It is not entirely clear where the name foxtrot comes from, because different sources contradict each other. The statement says that the popular dance is named after the steps... In English means trot: run or walk, and fox stands for the animal. This interpretation is probably incorrect. Another explanation is that the name foxtrot is named after the actor Harry Fox.

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It is a dance style that originated around 1910 in the United States. The dance resembles the quickstep, which arose out of the foxtrot, but is simpler and slower. The dance belongs to ballroom dancing, but not with the international standard dances and is therefore not danced in ballroom dancing competitions. Today he still lives in the swingfox where the basic steps of the foxtrot is used for movement around the floor.

The foxtrot was first introduced to Europe after the First World War. At a conference in London in 1920 was for the first time order created in the forest of various steps and turns. Until 1924 there was only a foxtrot. From 1924, one can distinguish the foxtrot as the regular version, the slowfox, a slow variation, and a faster variant as quickstep.

The foxtrot and quickstep were developed by the American Harry Fox. He combined for his in that time popular variety show "Harry Fox & the Zigfeld Follies" steps of the OneStep and the Castle Walk.

The Foxtrot name became synonymous with a range of so-called "rise and fall" dances, most of which no longer exist. The Foxtrot is completed with elements of ragtime and TwoStep.

The quickstep is actually an a bit faster played foxtrot. In 1927 he received his final name. The quickstep hase also some elements from the Charleston.

The slow foxtrot name speaks for itself: it is a slow foxtrot.


Unlike slowfox and the quickstep, which are technically quite complex, the foxtrot is quite simple and easy to learn. The steps are simple. Special dance postures, poses difficult or figures do not exist for it. What should be particularly important to ensure not to "hop" on the faster side close steps. Although it is tempting to do so, it does not belong in the dance and it looks strange. Because of its simplicity, the foxtrot is often used by dance schools as entry dance, in which technology is less important.