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Narberth: 913 Montgomery Ave.
Narberth, PA 19072-1501
Phone: 610-668-8870610-668-8870

Paoli: 20 West Lancaster Ave.
Paoli, PA 19301
Phone: 610-993-9305610-993-9305

The Fox Trot provides a good foundation for all dances and is often called the "get-acquainted" or "first impression" dance.


In 1913, Harry Fox a vaudeville comedian, introduced a trot to a ragtime song in the 1913 Ziegfeld Follies that pushed other trots into the background. It became America’s most popular dance and remains so to this day as the standard of social dances.


Fox Trot music is written in 2/4 or 414 time. The first and third beats are accented in 4/4 time. The range of Fox Trot tempos makes it possible to consider Foxtrot as though it were three dances: Slow Fox Trot; Medium Fox Trot; and Fast Fox Trot, also called Society Tempo. Fox Trot has two major teaching rhythms: Magic Rhythm—Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick (SSQQ) and Box Rhythm—Slow, Quick, Quick (SQQ).


The basic components of Fox Trot are walking steps and side steps. Crowded dance floors or night club conditions require that all three tempos be expressed with short steps. In larger ballrooms the slow Fox Trot is characterized by longer smooth, gliding steps, demanding ease of movement and control in order to give this dance an unhurried appearance.

Teaching Elements

  • Dance Position
To develop attractive appearance in ballroom dancing
  • Footwork
Work on ankle flexibility, smooth walks and chasses
  • Follow Through
Develop control of timing
  • Maneuverability
Learn to move comfortably in all directions
  • Amalgamations
Combine steps easily and smoothly to all tempos, transitions from
Swing to Fox Trot and back
  • Continuity
Be able to move continuously and smoothly
  • Compare/Contrast

Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Swing

Fox Trot songs and artists include:

New York New York — Frank Sinatra
My Baby Only Cares For Me — The Brian Setzer Orchestra
It Had to Be You — Harry Connick Jr.


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    Arthur Murray Dance Studio
    Arthur Murray Dance Centers Narberth:
    913 Montgomery Avenue, Narberth, PA 19072-1501
    | Phone: 610-668-8870610-668-8870 | Fax: 610-668-8872
    20 West Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301
    | Phone: 610-993-9305610-993-9305
    Business Hours: Monday – Friday: 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM