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How to Do Basic Foxtrot Steps

Learn how to basic foxtrot steps from dance instructors Aaron Mitchum and Kristina Reese in this ballroom dance tutorial from Howcast.


Aaron: Hey guys, it's Aaron.

Kristina: And I'm Kristina.

Aaron: And we are professional dance instructors here in New York City. Now today we're going to be talking about a little dance we like to call the foxtrot, and we're going to be starting here with the basic step. So what we're going to do is break it apart, and I'm going to show you the gentlemen's part and then Kristina is going to demonstrate for us the ladies'. So, in its most basic form, what we're looking at here gentlemen, we're starting again with our left leg just as we have in all the dances previous.

So what we're going to be starting with is two walking steps forward. Walk, walk. And then we're going to step to our left. Side, together. And then we would just repeat that from there. Walk, walk, and side, together. So taking a look at that one more time, now we're going to add the actual counts to this step, which is going to be slow, slow, quick quick. And slow, slow, quick quick. Now I'm going to let Kristina demonstrate the ladies'.

Kristina: Okay, so for the ladies we are generally in the smooth dances moving backwards, so we're going to start on our right foot. We're going to take two backwards steps, so we have back, back, and then side right, close left foot to right foot. Again, back, back, side, close. And the counts for that, as Aaron had said, are slow, slow, quick quick. So we're going to go on the right foot heading back slow, slow, quick quick. Slow, slow, quick quick. So let's try this together with a partner. And slow, slow, quick quick. Slow, slow, quick quick.

Aaron: Now, let's try that to music.

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