International Style Ballroom Slow Foxtrot
Slow Foxtrot is a dance of long, gliding, smooth steps.
Demanding ease of movement and control to give its
effortless appearance. With 28 - 30 Bars or 112 - 120
Beats per minute. The most beautiful music who
couldn't be swept off their feet by Slow Foxtrot.
The foxtrot made its first appearance in the States
in 1914 and it was danced by the black population
of New York for some time before it was popularised
by white America. The lilt of the new foxtrot music
was an overnight phenomenon and soon crossed
over into England. The Slow Foxtrot needs a great
deal of space and is a difficult dance to learn.
For beginners, or on a crowded dance floor,
I recommend dancing the Social Foxtrot.
Time Signature - 4/4 (4 Beats to 1 Bar)
28 - 30 Bars Per Minute
Accented First and Third Beat (First being the Stronger)
eg 1234 1234 1234
Medium-Slow Jazz/Swing Music
The same hold is applied as for the Waltz.
Gent's Right arm placed just below Lady's shoulder blade
finding the Lady's bra strap. Gent's Left hand takes hold
of Lady's right hand, arm raised with hand at Lady's eye
level. Both elbows should be level on same line. Not too
tight Gents. Lady needs to breathe.
Lady will place her Left arm gently resting on the
Gent's Right arm. Holding her own weight, not grasping
or clawing at Gent's arm. Her Right hand should be
placed into the Gent's Left hand.
The Lady should be standing slightly over to the
Gent''s Right hand side. Head to Left so she can
see over Gent's Right shoulder. His head is up
and to the Left so he can see over her Right shoulder.