Slow Foxtrot Dancing is a American form of dancing consisting of a slow-quick-quick pattern of movement. Slow Foxtrot is another name for Foxtrot. The Slow Foxtrot is a ballroom dance which takes its name from its inventor, the vaudeville actor Harry Fox. The Foxtrot was the most significant development in all of ballroom dancing. The combination of quick and slow steps permits more flexibility and gives much greater dancing pleasure than the one-step or two-step, which it has replaced. There is more variety in the Foxtrot than any other dance, and in some ways is the hardest dance to learn.
According to legend, Fox was unable to find female dancers capable of performing the more difficult two-step. As a result, he added stagger steps (two trots), creating the basic Foxtrot rhythm of slow-slow-quick-quick. The dance was premiered in 1914, quickly catching the eye of the talented husband and wife duo Vernon and Irene Castle, who lent the dance its signature grace and style. At its inception, the Foxtrot was originally danced to ragtime. Today, the dance is customarily accompanied by the same big band music to which swing is also danced. From the late teens through the 1940's, the foxtrot was certainly the most popular fast dance and the vast majority of records issued during these years were foxtrots. The waltz and tango, while popular, never overtook the foxtrot.