The walking dance, characterised by long, continuous movements across the dancefloor with an appearance of elegance and sophistication. It is danced in 4/4 time, slow, quick, quick beats and although originally was danced to the ‘big band’ sounds of Joe Loss and Victor Sylvester there is now also very good modern music, usually vocal, to which the Foxtrot can be danced in many dancehalls – once you get to know a few of the steps you’ll start to recognise the tunes you can dance it too.
The exact origins of the name Foxtrot are unclear, although there is some evidence linking it back to the vaudeville actor Harry Fox. Overtime, the Foxtrot split into two difference versions, a slow version and a quick version. The quick version became known as the Quickstep; today, the Quickstep and Foxtrot are quite different dances though.
The basic figures in the Foxtrot are; feather, 3 step, natural turn, reverse turn and closed impetus.