The Foxtrot Dance History

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foxtrot-dance-historyThe foxtrot dance history has its roots from the 1914 summer at Vaudeville where it’s origin, thanks to Harry Fox. Born in 1882 in California, Pomona, Fox’s childhood name was Arthur Carringford. As he grew older, Harry adopted ‘Fox’, which was his grandfather’s name foe a stage name.

Fox then started becoming his ‘own’ provider at a tender age of fifteen years in the foxtrot dance history. He then decided to become a circus member for a short tour. Additionally, Fox was a professional baseball player for some time before venturing to music. His successful career in music is due to a music publisher who apparently got pleasure from his voice and decided to employ Fox so that he can be performing in San Francisco at vaudeville theatres. Immediately in 1904, Harry featured in a comedy in one Belvedere theatre labeled “Mr. Frisky of Frisco.” As soon as the 1906 fire and earthquake in Francisco ended, Harry moved to the East and eventually made his last stop in Ney York.

In the early periods of 1914, there was a big change in the history of foxtrot dance. Harry started showing up in most of the shows in New York. In April, Fox came together with Yansci Dolly, who belonged to the prominent Dolly Sisters in the course of Hammerstein’s. At that time, the New York theatre, which is the largest globally, was converted to a movie house. As a further addition, the management team of the theatre came to a decision of incorporating the acts of vaudeville in the middle parts of the shows. The team then picked on Harry and his ‘American Beauties’ associates to come up with a dancing routine. An article published in Variety Magazine claimed, “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”.

The Foxtrot dance history came from the Jardin de Danse on the New York Theatre roof. As a constituent of his downstairs acts, Fox performed trotting steps to the ragtime kind of music and his audience labeled his moves ‘Fox’s Trot’.

Just as the Venon Castles gained popularity, talented exhibition performers, full of charm and appeal also gained equal fame. That way, there was little doubt that the dance move named after Fox was one of the exciting and original as compared to any other kind of dance ever performed.

In the history of Foxtrot dance, due to the popularity levels of the dance that ballroom dancing took pleasure in, it was important  to develop a dance aspect that has the capabilities of expressing the 4/4 slow syncopated rhythms and could still be ‘on the spot’. However, this was not a replacement of the ‘travelling’ fox trot although the ‘on the spot’ dance never offered enjoyment options for the music in environments that were accommodative and enjoyable for large crowds. The environments also incorporated numerous band singers, producing individual and outstanding singers. Apart from that, the musicians put into practice the beat and sound assortment from the United States of America.

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