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  • Writer's pictureWendy Richards

Foxtrot This Way Pinhoe!

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 and two-step which it has replaced. There is more variety in the fox-trot than in any other dance, and in some ways it is the hardest dance to learn!


The Foxtrot originated in the summer of 1914 by Vaudeville actor Harry Fox. Born Arthur Carr

ingford in Pomona, California, in 1882, he adopted the stage name of "Fox" after his grandfather.

In early 1914, Fox was appearing in various vaudeville shows in the New York area. In April he teamed up with Yansci Dolly of the famous Dolly Sisters in an act of Hammerstein's. At the same time, the New York Theatre, one of the largest in the World, was being converted into a movie house. As an extra attraction, the theater's management decided to try vaudeville acts between the shows. They selected Harry Fox and his company of "American Beauties" to put on a dancing act. An article in Variety Magazinestated "Harry Fox will appear for a month or longer at a large salary with billing that will occupy the front of the theatre in electrics".

At the same time, the roof of the theatre was converted to a Jardin de Danse, and the Dolly sisters were featured in a nightly revue.

The Fox-trot originated in the Jardin de Danse on the roof of the New York Theatre. As part of his act downstairs, Harry Fox was doing trotting steps to ragtime music, and people referred to his dance as "Fox's Trot."


Our class at Pinhoe soon took to the Foxtrot and although we ahve only covered the basics, using the 3 step, the Feather Step and a Hesitation this is all put together very well and our dancers are able to get around the room and will now be ready for a few more steps!

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