Foxtrot is known as the only American ballroom dance, and certainly holds a unique flavor. It is a graceful, yet somewhat difficult dance to master and has grown in popularity from the early 1900’s until the present. Not uncommonly, the history of Foxtrot is not exactly set in stone. There are some indications that the initial development of this dance can be attributed to Vernon and Irene Castle and before them to African slaves. However, there is another story that seems a little more solid, as the dance is likely named for the man who brought it to life.
If you've ever studied ballroom dance or even taken a quickie wedding prep dance class, you've certainly learned the basic slow-slow-quick-quick of the Foxtrot.
The Foxtrot burst onto the national dance scene in the early 20th century.
Harry Fox, a vaudeville actor among other things, developed the Foxtrot dance in 1914.
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