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How to Dance the Fox Trot

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If you are one of those dads who feels a little intimidated or anxious about having to dance, then this very basic instruction in how to dance the fox trot will be helpful. My son is an expert ballroom dancer and has danced on a nationally ranked high school ballroom team, so he is not at all concerned; in fact, he loves to dance. So we worked on trying to find an easy way to describe this versatile dance step.

This is a step which can be used for music with a 4/4 beat. The basic step is a forward movement first, followed by a backward movement (for the leading man).

Here is how to do the basic fox trot step.

1. You begin this dance in the basic ballroom position. You and your partner stand together facing one another. Your right hand, dad, is on her waist and your left hand is raised up and her left hand is in it. Then her right hand is on your left shoulder. You've seen it a hundred times in movies. Your partner will mirror your movements.

2. On the first beat, step forward slowly with your left foot, and then step forward with your right foot, passing your left foot just like you were walking. Your partner, of course, will be stepping backward first with her right foot, then back another step with her left foot.

3. Then, move your left foot quickly to the left and then quickly slide your right foot beside it. Again, your partner will be mirroring your movements. At the end of this move you should be facing one another like you were at the beginning, only forward and left one step.

4. Now, we begin the man's backward step. You will step back slowly with your left foot, then slowly back with your right foot passing the left one.

5. Then you will step left quickly and slide your right foot quickly next to it.

So, with the fox trot you take your forward and back steps slowly and your side steps quickly.

If you would like to see a good video of the basic fox trot step, visit the BallroomDancers.com Fox Trot page to be able to visualize this dance step.

The Fox Trot is a very versatile dance step for many dance songs used at weddings, proms and other events. Mastering this step, and then adding variations will help you survive and actually enjoy many dancing events.

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