American Smooth Foxtrot

American Smooth Foxtrot 
 
Brief Description
Foxtrot is a great foundation dance because it combines steps quickly and smoothly allowing even beginners to manoeuvre the dance floor with ease. Often called the “get-acquainted” dance, you should be able to dance and talk at the same time, making it great for social occasions like receptions and cruises. Foxtrot music can be slow, medium or fast tempos, so you instantly have a dance that fits a variety of circumstances. Foxtrot songs and artists include: 
“New York, New York” – Frank Sinatra; 
”It Had To Be You” – Harry Connick Jr.
 
Timing 
Time Signature - 4/4 (4 Beats to 1 Bar)

Tempo
30 - 34 Bars Per Minute
 
Basic Rhythm
Accented First and Third Beat 
(First being the Stronger)  
e.g 123
123
123
 
Music Style 
Medium-tempo jazz/swing music
American Smooth Foxtrot
 
Hold 
 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.
 
 http://www.youllbefinewithniall.co.uk/dances/dance-american-style/american-style-smooth-waltz/dance-figures---waltz
Suggested Dance Figures
 http://www.youllbefinewithniall.co.uk/dances/dance-american-style/american-style-smooth-waltz/dance-music---waltz
Suggested Music