HISTORY OF DANCE:
ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO
As we teach many styles of dance, both smooth and rhythm categories, we on occasion love to geek-out with our students on the facts and historic background each of the dances have to offer. Today that dance is, Foxtrot.
As you may already know Foxtrot is a smooth style dance that has been around for a while. In fact it was Invented in 1914 by Vernon & Irene Castle. Here are some things to know about Foxtrot as you develop your technique and style dancing:
Foxtrot was originally danced to ragtime music.
The Castles initially called it the”Bunny Hug”, but shortly changed it to the Foxtrot. Arthur Murray subsequently standardized the Foxtrot after this change.
From 1910-1940 it was the most popular style of dance, trumping Waltz & Tango. In result, most of the music made during this time period was intended so people could dance the Foxtrot to it .
Today this dance is typically accompanied by the same “big band” music that swing is danced to.
We hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about this dance and have an opportunity to work on it with us in studio.
If you want to know more about the Foxtrot, be sure to let your dance instructor know on your next lesson!