Types of Ballroom Dances – The Foxtrot
The foxtrot was developed in the United States in the 1920’s and popularized by Vernon and Irene Castle. This smooth and elegant dance had its beginnings in a New York theatre in 1914. A young dancer named Harry Fox did his version of trotting in the Jardin de Danse on the roof of the New York Theatre with the Ziegfield Follies. Fox’s fast and jerky trot became the hot new thing in New York.On September 3rd, 1914, the “American Society of Professors of Dancing” started standardizing the steps of the Fox-trot. Oscar Duryea was hired to introduce the dance to the public. Duryea modified Fox’s dance, as the trotting could not be kept up for long periods without tiring out the dancers, so the trot was replaced by a glide or “Saunter.” A beautiful, romantic dance, the foxtrot is composed of fairly simple walking steps and side steps. It Eventually the dance evolved to incorporate the walking and brush steps that make this dance popular with beginners and advanced dancers alike. It is often associated with the smooth dancing style of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It has become one of the most popular ballroom dances in history.