Foxtrot Dance History
The Foxtrot originated in 1913 by Vaudeville actor Harry Fox (the adopted stage name of Arthur Cranford), was born in Pomona, California, in 1882.
This dance was the most important development in all of ballroom dancing. The Foxtrot was born in Jardin DE Danse, on the roof of New York Theater. The Foxtrot dance was part of his act downstairs, Harry Fox "trotted" steps to ragtime music, and people referred to his dance as "Fox's trot."
The mixture of quick and slow steps allows more flexibility and gives much greater dancing enjoyment than the one-step and two-step which it has replaced. The foxtrot is featured by smooth, gliding steps that development around the ballroom floor. Foxtrot music can be smooth or swingy, Big Band style or contemporary.
The dance was presented to the public with Oscar Duryea, a recognized choreographer of the epoch. His dance group introduced the Foxtrot as a rolling smooth slide that moved in large steps across the room.
Fox-trot has more diversity than any other dance. Faster foxtrots turn into Swing and Jitterbug. A fast Foxtrot known as a One Step is today the Quickstep, and faster adaptation of the original set to waltz music. The Foxtrot itself can be known as the Peabody, the Quickstep and the Roseland Foxtrot. The foxtrot gave place to some dances such as the lindy and the hustle.
The Foxtrot has a reputation for being an extraordinarily social dance, because of these diversities and their popularity.
A brief history of some styles of dance: