Foxtrot – originated in New York in the summer of 1914. Harry Fox, Vaudeville actor, was doing trotting steps to ragtime music as part of his act downstairs, and people referred to his dance as “Fox’s Trot.” The Foxtrot is a combination of quick and slow steps. There is more variety in the fox-trot than in any other dance, and in some ways it is the hardest dance to learn! Variations include the Peabody, the Quickstep. Even dances such as the lindy and the hustle are derived to some extent from the foxtrot.
Tango is one of the most fascinating of all dances. The story goes that it started with the sailors locked up on the ship. After months at sea, the smelly sailors would go to the crowded nightclubs and ask the local girls to dance. Since the sailors hasn’t showered, the lady would dance in the crook of the man’s right arm, holding her head back.Rudolph Valentino made the Tango a hit in 1921. Styles vary in Tango. There is the Argentine, International, and American style. c. Tango music is like a story, phrasing in 16 or 32 beats of music. Just as there are paragraphs and sentences in a story, there are major (paragraphs) and minor (sentences) phrases; and the period at the end of the sentence is the Tango close.
The Tango is easy and forgiving. If you get tangled up, you just Tango on.” Check out some of the Tango movies and watch for the story.
Waltz is the “Queen of all Dances”, the first closed couple dance. Polka was 2nd closed position couple dance. Waltz is written in 3/4 time (3 quarter notes per measure)–one downbeat, two upbeats. Basic Step 1Down 2Up 3Up
Viennese Waltz – Viennese Waltz is a very fast waltz with its own unique step variation. It is danced in continuous circles and is smooth as glass.
Swing – From Elvis’ “Hound Dog” to Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” to “At the Hop”, the 50′s and 60′s swing has been reborn. There are varieties of Swing: East Coast Swing (also known as Jitterbug) which can be danced in single time swing or triple swing; West Coast Swing ; Lindy Hop. West Coast Swing is danced to slower swing music. “Kansas City” is an example. Basic step is the Whip, with a count of 8. Lindy Hop was created at the Savoy in the 40′s. A high energy dance with its own unique styling, using a similar 8-count basic step as West Coast Swing.