The Fox Trot

The Foxtrot originated in the summer of 1914 by Vaudeville actor Harry Fox. Born Arthur Carringford in Pomona, California, in 1882, he adopted the stage name of "Fox" after his grandfather. The Foxtrot originated in the Jardin de Danse on the roof of the New York Theatre. As part of his act downstairs, Harry Fox was doing trotting steps to ragtime music, and people referred to his dance as "Fox's Trot". In the rise to fame of the Vernon Castles, exhibition dancers of outstanding talent and charm, there was no doubt that the Foxtrot was the most original and exciting of their various dances. The Foxtrot was the most significant development in all of ballroom dancing. The combination of quick and slow steps permits more flexibility and gives much greater dancing pleasure than the one-step and two-step, which it has replaced. There is more variety in the Foxtrot than in any other dance.

 

Variations of the Foxtrot include the Peabody, the Quickstep and Roseland foxtrot. Even dances such as the Lindy Hop and the Hustle are derived to some extent from the Foxtrot.

 

Song Suggestions:

 

Moon Dance by Van Morrison

A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square by Bobby Darin

Somewhere Beyond The Sea by Various Artists

A Wink And A Smile by Harry Connick Jr.

Fever by Michael Buble

Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra

I've Got The World On A String by Frank Sinatra

Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby? by Renee Olstead

On A Slow Boat To China by Renee Olstead

You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra

It Had To Be You by Harry Connick Jr.

Till There Was You by Rod Stewart (Great American Songbook)

I've Got You Under My Skin by Various Artists

Walking in a winter wonderland by Various Artists

The way you look tonight by Michael Buble

Come fly with me by Frank Sinatra & Various Artists

Unforgettable by Nat King Cole

A kiss to build a dream on by Various Artists

The lady is a tramp by Frank Sinatra

I won't dance by Various Artists

Dancing cheek to cheek by Various Artists

S'wonderful by Various Artists

Dancing in the dark by Fred Astaire

Night & Day by Frank Sinatra

Let's call the whole thing off by Various Artists

They can't take that away from me by Various Artists

You'd be so nice to come home to by Steve Tyrell

Fever by ElvisBaby It's Cold Outside by Various Artists

Cheek To Cheek by Various Artists

You've Got A Friend In Me by Toy Story Sountrack

L.O.V.E. by Natalie Cole

This Business Of Love by Domino - Mask Soundtrack

Straighten Up And Fly Right by Various Artists

Me & Mrs You by Michael Buble

The Best Is Yet To Come by Michael Buble

The Lady Is A Tramp by Frank Sinatra

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