Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Foxtrot

By Herb Nishina, Kalealoa
What happened to Foxtrot in Hawaii? Right after the Big War it was an efficient method of travel on the dance floor.  And most of us were street dancers. Even if we were were just learning to dance, Foxtrot could teach us to walk more efficiently. Think about it, how many of the dances that you're learning have two, straight forward steps?  Foxtrot is the best dance for developing that pendulum, cross country skiing, power walking stride with your legs that will keep you cruising the dance floor to the music. Then in Hawaii it has always blended itself easily into Swing  - Like a knife through hot butter.

“Social dancers believe that dancing is inherently social,
but steps replace words and beats iron out pauses."


Foxtrot and Swing were a 1-2 punch in the Big Band era. In fact, many swing dancers would use Foxtrot around the edge of the dance floor to catch a breather before they went back to the center for more swing dancing. The music is interchangeable, and the dances are too. The dance has evolved very nicely and some of you may still think that Foxtrot is boring. Even the sound of the word itself may prompt an involuntary eye roll. Normal stuff and yet the Foxtrot, in the beginning is just a cocoon. In time, in the intermediate stages, the dance evolves into it's matured state where it gets its wings, a little sass, and covers a lot more ground.

 "Like A Virgin" by Madonna  1984


Don't let your pure hatred for the Foxtrot cloud your vision - this is a dance you can use everywhere. Whether it's at your office party, or you are giving away your daughter's hand in marriage, the Foxtrot is on standby, fueled and ready, to serve you in any suit and any dance situation. So it doesn't need to be your favorite, you don't even need to like it, but the most important item to remember is that it can be easy to lock in on a few dances, and close to the possibility of others - and if you are a social dancer, it's a piece of cake.

 “Some Social Dancers say that Dance is not something to talk about.
Dance is to dance.”