Although often associated with the style of Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, the Foxtrot was actually introduced into the mainstream by Harry Fox in 1913 in his Vaudeville Routine. As “Fox’s Trot” was embraced by the social dancers of the time, it became simply the Foxtrot.Foxtrot is a “Ballroom” or Smooth dance, traveling around the line of dance (the perimeter of the room in a counterclockwise direction). “Smooth” is the main description of the dance. Men generally like Foxtrot because it is a lot like walking or strolling. Musically it is very easy to hear the Foxtrot rhythm. The dance is in some ways similar to Waltz, but the focus is much more linear, traveling straight around the room, rather than in a circular fashion. It also has much less of the characteristic “Rise and Fall” of Waltz.
Jazz dance technique focuses on placement and alignment of the body, footwork, stretches, musicality, isolations, turning, jumping and other preparatory work necessary for establishment of a technical foundation. Different varieties of Jazz dance and well-known choreographer’s works in areas like Musical Theatre, show-style, Broadway, funky-jazz, television & movie-styles are explored.