History and Characteristics of Foxtrot
The Foxtrot originated in the summer of 1914 by Vaudeville actor Harry Fox. In early 1914, the New York Theater, one of the largest in the world, was converted into a movie house. As an extra attraction, the theater’s management decided to try Vaudeville acts between the shows. As a part of his act, Harry Fox was doing trotting steps to ragtime music. People started referring to his dancing as Fox’s Trot. The name was later shortened to Foxtrot.
The Foxtrot is characterized by a fluid gliding or strolling action. If done properly, Foxtrot should feel like taking a walk in the park on a spring day.
Foxtrot music is accented on the 1st and 3rd beats and should inspire a walking sensation.