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Foxtrot Overview   «
Ballroom Dancing Basics  
1. Forward Walk  
2. Back Walk  
3. Left Turn  
4a. Promenade  
4b. Promenade with Turn  
5. Box Step  
6. Chasses  

Foxtrot Mood

smooth, jazzy, smoky, easy-going, without a care, 1920's, American, Sinatra

Beats Per Bar: 4


28-32 bars per minute

Basic Count - SSQQ

Although Foxtrot music has 4 beats per bar, the basic dance rhythm is 6 counts long: SSQQ. This means that a basic step takes 1 bars of music (just like Swing).

You may notice that although the beginning and end of the Foxtrot steps don't always match the beginning and end of the bars, they do match up every 3 bars. More experienced Foxtrot dancers often use steps with alternative rhythms like the box step and chasses, to match the dancing to the music when it feels good to do so.

Music & History

Foxtrot can be danced to a variety of music, but is most naturally danced to the smooth jazz sounds of the 1920's-1940's.

The music can be romantic, mysterious, swingy or jazzy, but there is usually an underlying feeling of sophistication and ease about a good Foxtrot. Foxtrot music is particularly popular at weddings because of its timeless syrupy romance.

Popular Foxtrots

  • It Had to be You -- Harry Connick Jr.
  • The Way You Look Tonight -- Frank Sinatra
  • Sweet Caroline -- Neil Diamond

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