Introduction: A Newcomer Level Introduction to Foxtrot.
Frame: Standard. Count: 1-2-3-4.
Leaders and Followers: Leaders and Followers may be doing different movements but must move as a unit.


Foxtrot is a pretty cool dance. It's perhaps one of the most iconic dances out there, characterized by its loping movements. Songs by Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin can usually be danced with Foxtrot. In essence, I ask that when you begin with Foxtrot to do nothing but Feather Step and Three Step over and over again, up and down the room. The reason is, there are 5 moves in Foxtrot newcomer and 3 moves in Foxtrot bronze. You want to polish these moves as much as possible, and Feather Step and Three Step are the two basic moves you will be doing over and over again.

In addition, Feather and Three Step are the moves you use to recover if you crash (example: If you were performing a routine in waltz and ran into another couple or something like that, natural and reverse turns would be your bread and butter to extricate yourself from the situation. The same is true for foxtrot with feather and three step). So practice practice practice because you can't use these two moves in an emergency unless you're used to them.

And of course, a few tips to keep in mind.
Strides: Long, nice strides. If you're tall, great. You've got a distinct advantage, but push yourself to travel as far as you can. And if you're short, practice some more to achieve the distance you need to distinguish yourself on the floor.
Music: Listen to lots and lots of music. Foxtrot has a very detailed count, where every beat and half-beat has a particular position you should be in. if you're not comfortable with the music, there's no way you're going to be able to apply the steps exactly where they need to be. So look up on Youtube the old black-white (or grainy color) vids of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin. They're actually pretty good with their vocals, so listen away.
Count: 1 And 2 And 3 And 4 And 5 And 6 And 7 And 8 And. The entire music of Foxtrot can be broken down into half-beats and each half-beat has a particular position you need to be in. For reference, + = And, which is the half beat. In addition, the latter 5+6+... can also be read/sung as 1+2+, just a second time around.

Best of luck.