Thursday, May 5, 2011

All the Latest Steps: The Fox Trot

This weeks dance is the Fox Trot. Although it is not the most exciting dance in the book, I've decided to post the dances in the order they appear. Next week: The Paul Jones

The Fox Trot was invented in 1914 by an American vaudeville performer, Henry Fox (or, according to some sources, merely popularized by him). The Fox Trot is based on the two-step but is done with a "broken beat" (ie slow-slow quick-quick). It was considered "the easiest [dance] to pick up and the hardest to master" and was one of the most popular social dances of the era. Over time the dance was split into a slow version, the slow Foxtrot, and a fast version, the Quickstep.

The Instructions: (Click to enlarge)


  1. OOh lovely. It does look an easy dance to watch, but I find the control element tricky- it's terrible for bruised toes!

  2. What a lovely video, thanks for posting,and such a great tune!! X

  3. Yay! I love the fox trot (great video!). It's come in handy at many a wedding reception, plus the husband does it surprisingly well. Can't wait for "The Paul Jones!"