Learn Foxtrot as your New Year’s Resolution

  • Terry Whitten

WHAT: Beginning Foxtrot partner dance classes

WHEN: Wednesdays January 9, 16 & 23; 4:00 – 5:15 pm

WHERE: Lower West Rec

COST: January New Year’s Special: $5 per person per class

The New Year will be a good time to get those toes tapping and learn some basic Foxtrot dance moves!

Foxtrot is thought to have evolved from American Vaudeville performer Harry Fox around 1914 and was originally danced to faster music than today – like Scott Joplin’s ragtime music. After some changes over the years, the current style of Foxtrot became widespread and more danceable. This is a fun dance to a variety of music ranging from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald standards to songs by Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Adele, Jason Mraz, Aretha Franklin and more. There is probably more music that can be danced with Foxtrot than any other style of partner dance. It can be done compactly if the dance floor is crowded or with bigger gliding steps if there is a lot of room.

Over the 3 classes, we will build on the material taught each week. So it is best to attend at least the first 2 sessions. No partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. We also welcome any ladies that want to learn to lead. Once you do learn to lead, you can dance as much as you want at dances!! Likewise, we welcome any men who want to learn to follow.

Aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that dancing on a regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. Some even say that “dancing makes you smarter!”

Please let me know if you have any questions. You can email me (Terry Whitten) at twhitten@pacbell.net or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!

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