International Standard Ballroom Slow Foxtrot-Popular dances for Social and Wedding Dance
The International Slow Foxtrot is a casual looking smooth dance that flows around the ballroom. Its long elegant movements in closed position are punctuated by weaving quick variations. This is a lovely dance to learn swinging movement.
The Foxtrot came to England with Vern and Irene Castle. It was driven underground with the closing of ballrooms in the First World War.
When the ballrooms re-opened in 1917, there were some changes. The jerky and hoppy movements of the original animal Foxtrot to ragtime music were gone. The new jazz and blues were increasing in popularity, so the Slow Foxtrot developed moves to fit the new blues. Not all was lost for the original foxtrot, it was kept to the up-beat Dixieland and ragtime tempos and was renamed the Quickstep.
The Slow Foxtrot is danced to jazz, blues, and big band music. The music is 4/4 time at 28-30 bars per minute. You can catch it’s boom- chuck sound in the baseline. Slow Foxtrot maintains a closed hold allowing lead-follow in every step without rehearsed choreography. It is a popular dance in competition dancing. It is often studied in America to promote advanced technique and the use of shared centers.
International Slow Foxtrot Overview:
- Danced to jazz, blues, and big band music
- Long, swinging movements
- The music is 4/4 time at 28-30 bars per minute
- Slow, Quick, Quick, or QQQQ
- It maintains a closed hold
- Lead-follow in every step
- Popular competition dance
- Promotes advanced technique
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