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The Fox Trot is the foundation of Smoothe  Dances.
In 1913, vaudeville comedian, Harry Fox, introduced a trotting step to rag time music during the hit musical productions of the Ziegfeld Follies in New York.  In 1914 the American Society of Professors of Dancing standardized the step of the "Foxtrot" as we now it today.  Arthur Murray himself got started by selling these printed dance steps through the mail for 10 cents each.  To this day the Foxtrot remains to be America's best loved dance.


Music = 4/4 Timing - 4 beats per bar
Steps Rhythm* = S, S, Q, Q (Slow, slow, quick, quick)
Steps Counts = 1-2, 3-4, 5,6

*Remember every Slow equals two Quicks.
The Foxtrot is a jazzy and lively dance performed to slow and fast tempos. .  Traditionally danced to big band music but can really be danced to any 2/4 or 4/4 timing which is virtually any song.

Frank Sinatra - "Fly Me to the Moon", "I've Got You Under My Skin"
Harry Connick, Jr. - "It Has to Be You"

The foxtrot is a traveling dance moving counter clockwise ("Line of Dance").  Forward steps should be long and with a heel lead.  Side steps should be short and led with the ball of your foot.  There is no motion above the hips, only the legs move..

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