The Fox Trot’s originated in the early 1900s. While it first came about in New York City as a true Trot in a Vaudeville act by Harry Fox and his company of American Beauties, it is thought to have started as a slow dance in the blues clubs of the African-American community. It wasn’t until the Castles, who were contemporaries of Harry Fox, came up with the current name on a cross-Atlantic flight, that the Fox Trot was truly born. The dance was traditionally performed to ragtime music, but the Castles and Arthur Murray helped evolve the dance from a social blues dance to a classical ballroom dance. Arthur Murray eventually borrowed from Tango and Waltz to help give Fox Trot it's current classical framing.
Musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble and other similar artists have caused the dance to stay popular as an elegant, sexy ballroom dance — and for good reason. The Fox Trot provides the perfect foundation for all dances and is often considered a get-acquainted or first-impression dance.
Traditionally, the Fox Trot allows people to travel slowly around the floor while socializing and getting to know each other. As students evolve from a social to a more competitive style, Fox Trot is a great dance for beginners. Learning to combine steps easily and smoothly teaches variety and maneuverability. The Fox Trot posture is high-standing and helpful to all other dances. Learning to dance to slow, medium, and fast tempos will add confidence to your moves and assure fun and relaxation for your partner.