Fox's Trot as it was originally known emerged in America in 1914 with Harry Fox who introduced a trotting style dance using a syncopated rhythm (that is, the 'slow' step) in one of his shows.
Oscar Duryea, a recognized dance instructor of the time had the job of introducing this dance to the American public and added a gliding movement to slow the dance down.
Around the same time, a smooth traveling or continuity style of Foxtrot was adopted in England to suit the more melodious popular music of the time. In America, a 'Closed' or more 'On the Spot' style also evolved to make the dance easier and more practical on crowded dance floors.
The 'Closed' style is an easy dance for beginners while the 'Continuity' style is suited to more advanced dancers - both styles are taught at DanceFix.
Social Foxtrot is often called 'the conversation dance' as it has a casual and relaxed personality. It is characterized by 'Astair' body sway and a relaxed walking movement where the dancer's legs swing from one step to the next.
It can be danced very smoothly or more flamboyantly to give it a cabaret feel.
The Foxtrot is best suited to larger dance floors and slow to medium tempo music including Jazz, Swing, Cabaret and the Dean Martin/Frank Sinatra style tunes.