Foxtrot, the origins of which are rather unusual, was invented by Harry Fox for a stage show in New York in 1913. Foxtrot was part of the performance “Jardin Danse”, on the roof of the New York theater. As part of his speech, Harry Fox was taking steps the “trot” (trotting) to the music of ragtime, and people called his dance “Fox’s Trot”. This dance is characterized by imposing a very smooth follow-through that distinguishes it from all other dances. After the First World War, Fox’s trot craze spread to Europe.

Foxtrot gave the most significant impetus for ballroom dance in the entirety. Thanks to him, the inverted position of the feet was standardized, the feet placed in a parallel line. The combination of fast and slow steps created a huge amount of variation, the ligaments of the dance. A huge number of movements of the Foxtrot were borrowed for a Slow Waltz. This variability has made it very popular amongst dancers, who liked to change the rhythmic pattern in the course of the dance, and also enjoyed by the audience. Admirers of this dance soon appeared, and adapted it to a Social Foxtrot, which for a public dance floors, turned a more static view of dancing to a much more travelling dance.


Movement: linear, progressive, continuous (with swing), soft and smooth.

Mood: elegance, politeness, courtesy, politeness.

Scenario: a romantic evening, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Frank Sinatra

Aura: light, playful, catchy


Time signature: 4/4.


Beats per minute: 29-30.

Accent: 1 and 3 hit (1 stronger).

Rise and Fall:  rise at the end of 1, 2 is up, lower at the end of 3.