Foxtrot Dance Lessons Toronto
Looking for Foxtrot lessons in Toronto? The Foxtrot provides a good foundation for all dances and is often called the “get-acquainted” or “first impression” dance. The Foxtrot is a standard ballroom dance the world over, and our Foxtrot dance lessons in Toronto (as well as The 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 Foxtrot combines both fast and slow steps, and arguably possesses more variety and versatility than any other dance. Read on to learn more about the Foxtrot lessons offered at Arthur Murray Dance Studios!
History of the Foxtrot
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.
Foxtrot Lessons – Characteristics
Foxtrot is a basic dance from which you can acquire a good foundation. With our Foxtrot lessons in Toronto, you’ll be learning to combine steps easily and smoothly teaches variety and maneuverability. The Foxtrot 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 Foxtrot lessons 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 Foxtrot is characterized by longer smooth, gliding steps, demanding ease of movement and control in order to give this dance an unhurried appearance.
Music Used for Foxtrot Lessons
Foxtrot lessons (and dances) use music that is written in 2/4 or 4/4 time. The first and third beats are accented in 4/4 time. The range of Foxtrot tempos makes it possible to consider Foxtrot as though it were three dances: Slow Foxtrot; Medium Foxtrot; and Fast Foxtrot, also called Society Tempo. Foxtrot has two major teaching rhythms: Magic Rhythm – Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick (SSQQ) and Box Rhythm – Slow, Quick, Quick (SQQ).
Foxtrot songs and artists include:
- New York New York, by Frank Sinatra
- My Baby Only Cares For Me, by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
- It Had To Be You, by Harry Connick Jr.
Contact Us for Foxtrot Dance Lessons in Toronto today!
Don’t wait another day to learn how to dance. Contact us at Arthur Murray for Foxtrot dance lessons in Toronto today. Interested in other ballroom dancing lessons? Check out our full ballroom dances list for lessons you might be interested in.
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