Beginner Social Foxtrot – Basic Step Ballroom Dance Lesson


We begin
with the basic step. Facing each other, by ourselves,
man and ladies step. Gentlemen, we’re going to start you off,
always, with the left foot. The ladies, start you off,
always, with the right foot. We begin.
Gentlemen, walk forward 2 steps,
lady walks back 2 steps, and…walk, walk.
A little sidestep, men’s left foot, lady’s right foot,
close the feet, change weight. And we count,
slow..slow..quick-quick. In reverse,
meaning the ladies will now come forward, and the gentlemen will go back.
Same rule, always start with the men’s left,
always start with the ladies’ right, and slow..slow..quick-quick.
As you can see, we have two halves of a basic step:
the forward half, and the back half.
When one partner goes forward, the other partner goes back.
We now join together. Dance hold, as in the other dances,
offset to the left, right foot point between our partners’ feet would be perfect,
and we have… and slow..slow..quick-quick,
slow..slow..quick-quick. If we do it facing you,
and we have… and slow..slow..quick-quick (x4).
We’ve already given you a description of the dance hold,
so we don’t need to do that again. With basic, the important thing is,
once again, staying off to your own left side looking over each other’s shoulders,
fairly close together. Don’t have too much space because too much
space will cause the two partners to separate easily,
and we don’t want that. We want to stay together.
Yeah? Now, we’ll show that to you with the music.
Basic step to Foxtrot. And as you can see,
what we did was gently curve it around the room,
counter-clockwise. And this is how people always move around
the room, counter-clockwise,
in these dances called the “standard” dances or “smooth” dances.
So the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz,
called the “standard” dances, all move around the room counter-clockwise.




Comments
  1. It seems odd to me that SSQQ,SSQQ is counted 123+,123+, while the music is counted 1234,1234. It's a three dance step over a four music. Does this seem odd to anyone else?

  2. Thanks for watching. A 'slow' is 2 beats and a 'quick' is 1 beat. Social foxtrot is actually a 4 step dance, not 3 steps. Therefore SSQQ is equal to 6 beats or 1 & 1/2 bars of music. This means dancing a forward basic and then a back basic will take 3 bars of music in total.
    Andy Wong, The Grand Ballroom

  3. @DanniSalsero
    Thanks for watching. Foxtrot music is 4/4 timing which means there are 4 beats to 1 bar of music. A 'slow' is 2 beats and a 'quick' is 1 beat. Social foxtrot is actually a 4 step dance. Therefore the basic step counted as SSQQ is equal to 6 beats or 1 & 1/2 bars of music. This means dancing a forward basic and then a back basic will take 3 bars of music in total.

    Andy Wong, The Grand Ballroom

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