How folks used to learn from mail-order dance steps.

“The Social Dance”

Foxtrot is known as the social dance for two reasons – the music and the movement. Jazzy big-band music from the 20’s, the crooners from the 60’s and the modern re-workings of classics from the likes of Michael Buble and Postmodern Jukebox all add to the breadth of music that the Foxtrot rhythm can be danced to. Because the basic pattern is easy to pick up and mimics natural walking movements, new dancers find themselves dancing across the floor much more quickly than they thought possible.

Although often associated with the style of Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers who made the dance wildly popular, the Foxtrot was actually introduced into the mainstream by Harry Fox in 1913 in his Vaudeville Routine. Within a sea of other “trots” at the time,  “Fox’s Trot” was embraced by the social dancers of the time because of it’s ease of movement and became known simply as the Foxtrot.

Foxtrot is a “Ballroom” or “American Smooth” dance, traveling around the line of dance (the general movement around the perimeter of the room in a counterclockwise direction). Smooth in fact is the main descriptor of this dance. The graceful, sweeping movements of the modern version is a far cry from the jerky, energetic antics of the Vaudville original, which make this dance just as popular and useful on the competitive dance floor as it does wherever you find a nice Jazzy tune. 

Read more about Foxtrot on Wikipedia.