WaltzPlay holds dances every Sunday 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
October 26 – Foxtrot
Jay Aland will teach Foxtrot, which is a flexible dance which is good for all non-waltz music. The original foxtrot was a simple walking dance, which anyone could do – even those with “2 left feet”. Almost everyone danced foxtrot 100 years ago. Those dancers who had more skill added more complex steps, and invented new moves as they danced; the foxtrot also became the dance to challenge the advanced dancers.
This lesson will be perfect for beginners, non-dancers, and advanced dancers as well. We will start with the basic walking foxtrot. We will explore a variety of rhythms and steps so you can pick your favorites. We will experiment with leading and following techniques which will allow us to vary our steps, and even improvise, while staying in sync with our partners. The most skilled dancers will be able to change rhythms and steps to suit every phrase of the music and their own mood.
For more information about the original foxtrot, and some interesting videos, go to: http://www.walternelson.com/dr/adult-culture
“. . . they would do a dance that almost everyone could do. While there were step patterns and many possible routines, these were entirely optional. The essence of the dance was walking to the music while the leader used his close contact to lead his partner anywhere his fancy took them. It was a very unstructured and free-flowing dance, and the “slow-slow-quick-quick” and similar step patterns were simply options for the ambitious advanced dancer. The basic Foxtrot was very accessible, and being such a blank slate, marginal dancers could have a simple, low-stress and pleasant turn around the floor while skillful dancers could give their talents free reign.
And finally, it was a conversation between two people. It was not a show so it didn’t have as much of the “performance anxiety” that keeps a lot of moderns, especially men, off the dance floor. They didn’t do underarm twirls, twinkles or much of anything that caused them to separate and take up more than their fair share of crowded dance floor space. They just relaxed and glided across the floor together. They were cool, they were smooth, they were sophisticated and they were sexy, or at least that’s how they felt, and that’s really what matters.”
In addition to various styles of Waltz, we also do many other types of dances such as:
- One Step
- Ragtime Tango
Additional Helpful Information:
- Beginners are welcome.
- Come with or without a partner.
- Dress casually or fancy, it’s up to you.
- Wear shoes for dancing. (We strongly recommend leather-soled shoes.)