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Foxtrot Dance Lessons

The Foxtrot Dance Style

Graceful and romantic, the Foxtrot is a great all-round dance that can be applied to almost any social dance scenario. Similarly, its versatility makes it work well with most kinds of music. Because of its flexibility, the Foxtrot is a great choice for couples wishing to learn to dance for social functions. It is also a popular foundation choice for people with an interest in ballroom dancing.

History of the Foxtrot

Originally invented in 1914 by vaudeville actor Harry Fox, who performed to audiences between movie screenings at the New York theatre, the FoxTrot reached the height of popularity in the 1930s and remains one of the world’s most popular dances even today.

Named for its originally quick series of steps resembling a trot, the FoxTrot has since evolved into a graceful and sophisticated dance style.

Foxtrot Music

One of the most versatile dance styles in terms of music, the FoxTrot is a popular favourite because it can easily be adjusted to suit many different tempos. It is however, best suited to a blues or big band style of music, ideally with a tempo of 110 – 135 BPM (beats per minute).

Here are our Top Ten song choices for dancing the Foxtrot:

  1. New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
  2. Summer Wind – Michael Bublé
  3. This Will be an Everlasting Love – Natalie Cole
  4. My Baby Only Cares For Me – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  5. Just in Time – Dean Martin
  6. Moondance – Van Morrison
  7. The Girl From Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto
  8. Love You I Do – Jennifer Hudson
  9. It Had to be You – Harry Connick Jr.
  10. Singin’ in the Rain – Gene Kelly

How to get Started Learning the Foxtrot

Graceful and elegant, the Fox Trot has four basic elements: glides, slides, long steps and short steps. The Foxtrot is a great dance for beginners or as a starting point for those interested in learning any of the ballroom dances. At Arthur Murray we offer a range of options for people interested in learning more about this simple but intoxicating dance style.

A timeless classic, the Foxtrot is one of our most popular dances. At Arthur Murray we have Foxtrot lessons to suit every skill level. Whether you’re partnered or coming alone, an absolute beginner or an experienced dancer, we can create a lesson plan that would help you achieve your goals and aspirations.

Foxtrot Sydney Classes

This classic dance is known for its elegance and grace, and is especially great for beginners. Our friendly instructors will help you master this dance in a relaxed, social setting, just as we’ve helped thousands of students over the past 50 years in our dance studios across Sydney. If you’re looking for FoxTrot classes in Sydney then you’ve come to the right place. At Arthur Murray we offer classes for singles, couples and groups, at every experience level from the absolute beginner right through to advanced dancers. Contact us today to redeem your free private Foxtrot lesson.

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Sydney CBD
Monday to Friday – 12:45pm – 10:00pm
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Both my wife and I are extremely happy learning ballroom dancing at Crows Nest Arthur Murray Studio. We have found the dancing instructors to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. We are more than happy to continue enjoying our dancing experience and social activities with all the other students. We feel like part of a large joyous dancing family.John & Marilynread more
John Chung
John Chung
11:16 14 Feb 17
We were interested in learning Tango for our daughter's wedding last year, but here we are in our second year at AM, Crows Nest - dancing has now become our passion, due in large part, to the excellence of teaching and supportive atmosphere of this studio! The journey is long and I so envy the folks who have started years ago to achieve the beauty and grace of ballroom and the seduction of Latin dancing. We are determined to continue !!!read more
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
23:35 06 Feb 17
We started dancing in 2009 for our wedding - and had so much fun learning that we kept it up. They have incredible flexibility to do as much as you want, on your schedule, and consist of staff that appreciate busy working (and family!) lives --- while encouraging you to always improve yourselves! As a couple learning they have accommodated both our learning styles very more
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
08:48 04 Feb 17
I walked through the doors at Arthur Murray Crows Nest over 10 years ago having never danced a day in my life… I was looking for something fun to do outside of work and I’ve been there ever since!! There are local and overseas competitions, social nights and lots of glamorous events throughout the year to keep you busy. It’s fun, challenging, incredibly rewarding and you have an absolute blast along the way!!read more
Amy Hendry
Amy Hendry
02:29 31 Jan 17
I have loved dance all of my life but the Arthur Murray Crows Nest experience has taken my love and learning to another level. I have been dancing here for 14 years and will continue until my body gives up. My lessons are so much fun, challenging in a good way and a great form of exercise. Add to that the social side, great people, parties, outings, local and overseas competitions and you have the ultimate more
Janet Black
Janet Black
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