Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, and more!

FOX TROT CLASSES

The Foxtrot provides a good foundation for all dances and is often called the “get-acquainted” or “first impression” dance.

History

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.

Music

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

Characteristics

The basic components of Foxtrot 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 Foxtrot is characterized by longer smooth, gliding steps, demanding ease of movement and control in order to give this dance an unhurried appearance.

Foxtrot 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.
Fever – Michael Buble

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OTHER DANCES WE TEACH

WALTZ

FOXTROT

TANGO

VIENNESE WALTZ

ARGENTINE TANGO

RUMBA

CHA CHA

SWING

MAMBO

SALSA

SAMBA

MERENGUE

HUSTLE

BOLERO

WEST COAST SWING

LINDY HOP

CAROLINA SHAG

JITTERBUG

PASO DOBLE

BACHATA

CW 2-STEP

Our professional instructors also teach other specialized dance lessons for your specific needs and interests.

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PRIVATE

Arthur Murray Virginia Beach provides dance lessons for students in one-on-one private settings.

BEGINNER

Arthur Murray Virginia Beach provides dance lessons for students who are just getting started.

INTERMEDIATE

Dance lessons are available for students with experience who wish to expand their skill-sets.

ADVANCED

For advanced-level students wishing to continue their training, dance lessons are available.

WEDDINGS

Arthur Murray Virginia Beach provides lessons for wedding dances: your first dance, bridal party, & more.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Arthur Murray Virginia Beach provides dance lessons for various special occasions & events.