Born out of Ragtime and Jazz in the early 20th century, the Fox Trot was the most prominent dance of the 1920s and 1930s. It was based on simple, graceful walking, which made it easy to learn. More experienced dancers often incorporated more intricate step patterns into the dance, making it incredibly versatile for almost any type of music.
When to Dance the Fox Trot
At one point, any dance with 4/4 time might have been called a Fox Trot – and its name was often used interchangeably with Swing in the late 1930s. To this day, the Fox Trot can be modified to fit any tempo or situation. It is a wonderful beginner dance for partners and can be performed at any type of venue.
- It was also known as the “One Step” and the “Walk-Step.”
- “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets was originally labeled, “Fox Trot with Vocals.”
- The Peabody and the Quickstep are variations of the Fox Trot, and some argue that the dance is also the foundation for the Lindy Hop and the Hustle.