While most people think that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers created the Foxtrot, it was really a vaudeville performer named Harry Fox who introduced this fun, theatrical dance to the world.
Foxtrot dancers travel around the perimeter of the room in a counterclockwise direction in a basic rhythm of slow-slow-quick-quick. Still a classic dance for wedding receptions, the Foxtrot is a true American favorite.
The Viennese Waltz, made popular in the 1880s by the invigorating music of Johann Strauss, is a very fast version of the waltz at a tempo of about 180 beats a minute. This dance is characterized by its fast pace and continuous circling.
A beautiful dance to watch and perform, the Viennese Waltz is a glamorous, uplifting, whirling experience for everyone to enjoy.
The Waltz, with its ¾ rhythms and strong accent on the first beat, was born in the suburbs of Vienna.
When the dance was first introduced in the early 19th century, people were shocked since it was the first ballroom dance where the man put his hand on a woman’s waist! But the Waltz gained in popularity and quickly became one of the most popular of all dances. This easy and flowing dance is still commonly seen at weddings and other social events.
Much like its slow counterpart the foxtrot, the quickstep shares many of its technical elements but is different in tempo and character. Danced to lively and upbeat big band music, the quickstep is known for its speedy foot patterns, signature chasses and lock steps, and high energy! As you become a more advanced quickstep dancer, you will be able to master more syncopated patterns and speed. Using variations of Charleston, Peabody, and Foxtrot steps, the quickstep takes on a form of its own to create a dynamic and rhythmic dance.