Fox Trot Dance Lessons North York, Etobicoke, and Surrounding Area

The Fox Trot provides a good foundation for all dances and is often called the “get-acquainted” or “first impression” dance. The Fox Trot is a standard ballroom dance the world over, and our Fox trot dance lessons in North York and Etobicoke (as well asThe Kingsway, Downtown Toronto (Yorkville), North York/Scarborough, and Vaughan /Woodbridge.) serve as a good foundation for social dances in 2/4 and 4/4 time. The Fox Trot combines both fast and slow steps, and arguably possesses more variety and versatility than any other dance. At Arthur Murray Dance Studio, we offer Fox Trot dance classes in North York, Etobicoke, and some surrounding cities to serve our customers with a great dance lesson experience close to home.

History of the
Fox Trot

In 1913, Harry Fox, a vaudeville comedian, introduced a trot to a ragtime song in the 1913 Ziegfeld Follies that pushed other trots into the background. It became America’s most popular dance and remains so to this day as the standard of social dances.

Characteristics of
Fox Trot:

Fox Trot is a basic dance from which you can acquire a good foundation. Learning to combine steps easily and smoothly teaches variety and manoeuvrability. The Fox Trot posture is attractive in appearance and helpful to all other dances. Being able to dance to slow, medium and fast tempos will add confidence to your dancing and will assure fun and relaxation for your partner.

The basic components of Fox Trot are walking steps and side steps. Crowded dance floors or night club conditions require that all three tempos be expressed with short steps. In larger ballrooms the slow Fox Trot is characterized by longer smooth, gliding steps, demanding ease of movement and control in order to give this dance an unhurried appearance.

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Fox Trot Music:

Fox Trot music is written in 2/4 or 4/4 time. The first and third beats are accented in 4/4 time. The range of Fox Trot tempos makes it possible to consider Fox Trot as though it were three dances: Slow Fox Trot; Medium Fox Trot; and Fast Fox Trot, also called Society Tempo. Fox Trot has two major teaching rhythms: Magic Rhythm – Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick (SSQQ) and Box Rhythm – Slow, Quick, Quick (SQQ). Fox Trot songs and artists include:

  • New York New York – Frank Sinatra
  • My Baby Only Cares for Me – the Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Jr