The History of Dance : Foxtrot

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Despite many different theories to the origins of the Foxtrot, many believe it came from Vaudeville Actor Henry Fox in the summer of 1914.

While appearing in New York shows with Yansci Dolly of the famous Dolly Sisters in the act of Hammerstein's, Henry involved trotting steps to ragtime music that members of the audience would then go away and imitate, reffering to the dance as "Fox's Trot."

Here's Karen and Ian to explain a little more about the Foxtrot (and see if you can include the grizzly bear in your Christmas Party dance):

As the Latin dance styles began to hit the scene in the 1930s the Foxtrot took on a smoother quality.

The timing is slow, quick, quick, slow... with the dancers driving off on the slow while letting the quicks take care of themselves.

These movements are why it's one of the most difficult dance styles to make look good because they all have to be smooth and flow with ease.


The key moves to this dance style are:


  • Feather Step - when the man steps outside the woman
  • Reverse turns - as in the Waltz
  • Natural turns - as in the Waltz
  • Lines - they should be very elegant
  • Cover the floor - working in a zig-zag pattern
  • Heel turn by the lady - on the turns and telemarks the lady brings her feet together and turns on the heels of her feet
  • Weave - 6 quicks in a row and done on the toes. Taken on one toe generally, slows on the heels
  • Trotting



Here are some Strictly high flyers and low divers from over the series:

Rachel Stevens and Vincent Simone - Series 6, weeks 10 and 14 - 40/40

Lisa Snowdon and Brendan Cole - Series 6, weeks 11 and 14 = 40/40

Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup - Series 6, week 12 - 39/40

Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe - Series 7, week 12 - 48/50

Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev - Series 9, week 7 - 36/40


Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone - Series 9, week 2 - 19/40

Fiona Phillips and Brendan Cole - Series 3, week 4 - 20/40

John Sergeant and Kristina Rihanoff - Series 6, week 7 - 20/40

Jo Wood and Brendan Cole - Series 7, week 4 - 20/40

Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff - Series 7, week 4 - 20/40

Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke - Series 8, week 7 - 20/40


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