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Foxtrot

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When dancing Foxtrot, one move blends into another with no obvious break or link between them. It can be a tricky dance style to get under control at first, but it’s worth the time and practice needed to get it right as it looks so damn classy when it’s done well.

The precise origins of the Foxtrot are lost in the mists of time, though we do know that it first appeared in the early 20th century and was widely popularised by the great dance team of Vernon and Irene Castle although Vernon did say that he had drawn inspiration from a dance that he had seen at African-American dance clubs over the years.

The Foxtrot has changed quite a bit since the early days, but perhaps the best way to picture how it looks and feels today is to think of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers gliding across the floor to a Cole Porter tune, smooth and silky, then you have the perfect mental image of the Foxtrot.

Click on the link for a short playlist of songs suitable to use to dance Foxtrot.

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