Foxtrot was created by a vaudeville performer named Harry Fox in 1913, who introduced this fun, theatrical dance to the world. Foxtrot dancers travel around the perimeter of the room in a counter clockwise direction in a basic rhythm of slow-slow-quick-quick. You will learn to combine steps easily and smoothly while experiencing variety and manoeuvrability. The Fox Trot posture is attractive in appearance and helpful to all other dances. Being able to dance to all tempos will add confidence to your dancing and will assure fun and relaxation for your partner. Fox trot is often called the ‘get acquainted’ or ‘first impression’ dance.
Tango’s routes began in Argentina, and were later brought to North America. Some say the famous Rudolph Valentino played a large role in its popularity in the 20’s due to his production of ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’. Tango is a distinctive style of dance which incorporates staccato footwork, along with fluid graceful movements. The unique rhythm of the music is ideal training for timing and phrasing which develops as the dancer becomes more proficient.
Tango can be subdivided into Argentine, American, and International styles. In Argentine Tango, the dancer interprets the music spontaneously without any predetermined slows or quicks. The North American Tango differs in that it focuses on structure which is correlated to its musical phrasing. It may be executed both in closed position and in various types of extravagant dance relationships which incorporate a particular freedom of expression that is not present in the International style. International Tango is a highly disciplined and distinctively structured form of the Tango which is accepted worldwide as the format for dancesport events. The dancers remain in traditional closed position throughout and express the staccato aspects of the type of music appropriate to this style.
Waltz, ‘the mother of present day dances’ is composed of its ¾ rhythms and a strong accent on the first beat. Although this easy and flowing dance is said to have originated all around the world, known in Italy as the Volta, Volte in France, Weller in Germany, and Landler in Austria, it’ s true origin began in southern Germany in the seventeenth century. Today the slow Waltz is the American Waltz, English Waltz or just Waltz, and the faster is the Viennese Waltz.
The basic Waltz steps are the foundations patterns used in most ballroom dances. It’s attributes include posture, rise and fall, and flowing movements which should be stressed to achieve good styling. The elegant sweeping movement of the Waltz gives dancers the opportunity to practice balance, move lightly with ease while developing control. It is one of the four foundation dances.
The Viennese Waltz is the quicker version of the waltz with a tempo of about 180 beats a minute. This dance is characterized by its fast pace and continuous circling. With the help of such composers as Johann Strauss and others, the Waltz had become more and more refined. With the addition of speed, compact steps and smoother turns we now have the beautiful Viennese Waltz! The Viennese Waltz is a glamorous, uplifting, whirling experience for the more advanced dancers to pursue and enjoy!
The English version of the Fast Fox Trot, which has quick hopping steps set in with the smoother gliding figures. It is very popular in Europe as a competition dance