Fox Trot Dancing Instructions

by Lena Freund

The Fox Trot is a ballroom dance similar to a waltz, only danced in four-quarter time instead of waltz triplets. There are American and International styles of Fox Trot -- as with the other ballroom dances -- however, the International style is the style seen on television in major ballroom dancing competitions. In order to dance a Fox Trot, dancers must know how to dance basic steps and how to dance with a partner.

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Step 1

Begin with both feet together, with weight distributed equally on the floor.

Step 2

Step forward with the left foot, and then with the right foot. At the end of these steps, the right foot should be slightly in front of the left foot on the floor. You should perform these steps slowly.

Step 3

Step forward and slightly to the left with the right foot. Then follow with the left foot, ending with both feet together on the floor. These steps are the quick steps.

Step 4

Perform Step 2 in reverse. Step back slightly with the left foot and then with the right foot, ending with the right foot just behind the left foot. Perform these steps slowly.

Step 5

Step back and to the left with the left foot and then with the right foot, ending with both feet together on the floor. Perform these steps slowly.

Step 6

Perform these exact steps in reverse if you are following, as they say that Ginger Rogers did with Fred Astaire.

Tips & Warnings

  • Normally, men lead women in this dance, but sometimes there are reverse dance rounds, as well as single-sex couples when there is a lack of sufficient dancers of both genders. The steps described above are simply what is called the "basic" -- the basic step that comprises the essence of the Fox Trot. The term "basic" is used to refer to the basic step in every ballroom dance.
  • When dancing with a partner, keep a small amount of tension in your arms; otherwise, your partner will have a hard time moving with you across the floor. Also, do not think too much about accidentally stepping on your partner's toes because this will actually cause you to do that. Most importantly, keep your eyes off the floor; as they say in ballroom dancing, "there are no directions written on the floor."

About the Author

Based in Washington, D.C., Lena Freund began writing professionally in 2007, while living in Tel Aviv. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Middle Eastern studies and Hispanic studies from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern history from Tel Aviv University. Freund's articles about travel, languages and cultures have been published on various websites.

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