STYLES OF DANCE
Harry Fox, a Vaudeville star who trotted around the stage with various partners, chosen alternately from a dancing group, is generally accepted as the initiator of the Fox Trot. Mr. Fox was believed to be the first to use the "slow step"; hence the birth of the Fox Trot.
This first free style use of the "slow step" came into vogue around 1912. During this period of ragtime, beginning in 1910, a completely new phase of ballroom dancing was born. Partners danced closer together, ad-libbed to the music, and found this new ragtime music exciting and exhilarating. Prior to this time, the Polka, Waltz and the One-step were popular. In these dances, partners were held at arms' length and a set pattern was observed. By 1915 another change took place... a new and melodious type of music was being written. Tunes like "oh, you beautiful doll" and Ida" were the smash hits of the day.
The public was quick to appreciate the change to a smoother, more rhythmic style of music, and their dancing began to absorb the better attributes of the older dances. From 1917 up to the present time, the accent has been on smoother dancing and individualized expression.
The Bronze Fox Trot is a progressive and turning dance moving along the Line of Dance. The figures described in Bronze level syllabi are taken with body flight and are designed for the larger ballroom floor. However these same figures are also suited to the average nightclub floor when danced more compactly.
Sway and Rise and Fall highlight the smooth style of the Fox Trot.