Ballroom Dancing – Basic Foxtrot Pattern

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional dance instructor Terry Dean breaks down the foxtrot pattern.

    Terry Dean

    Terry is the owner and principal male dance instructor of Terry Dean’s Dance Studio, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has been teaching ballroom dancing for 30 years and opened his own successful studio following a 19 year career with Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Terry has received accolades for his choreography and has been honored as Virginia State’s Top Studio and Top Teacher twice. He and his staff teach students of all levels, whether they are interested in social dancing, exhibition dancing, or competitive ballroom dance sport. He has led many of his students to win top level gold medal competitions, and he is pleased to share his expertise with you today.

    Terry Dean: Hi! I am Terry Dean, Terry Deans Dance Studio.

    Now, were going to be teaching you the basic step in the Foxtrot. Basic step is very easy, its most like walking. So, were going to start off and I am just going to show you as I dance with Cindy. Man is going to do two forward walks as the lady does two backward walks; walk walk and now were going to do a sidestep together. Side together.

    Well repeat that. It goes walk walk side together. Then well repeat; walk walk side together.

    So, now that were going to do that a little closer together.

    Walk walk side together.

    Now, as youre dancing the basic step, youll have to learn to dance counterclockwise around the ballroom. The dance room etiquette is very important, so you dont want to go against the traffic. So, when I am dancing, I am going to turn my back for a second. Were going to go slow slow quick.

    . quick.

    . walk walk sidestep walk walk sidestep, walk walk sidestep.

    So, thats your basic Foxtrot pattern.

    Now, were going to teach you about the posture and the dance hold.