Foxtrot is known as the “Dancer’s Dance” because it requires great skill to make it look easy. A common question is, “What is the difference between American and International Foxtrot styles?”
Before we get to that, let’s first take a look at the similarities between these two styles.
A supportive and solid frame is how the leader shows his intent and how the follower responds. This is the basis of all partner dancing regardless of style.
How you use your feet to achieve a specific result is called footwork. As Foxtrot is a traveling dance, in both of the Foxtrot styles the feet are used to rhythmically get around the floor.
Foxtrot uses slows and quicks, with the slow taking 2 beats of music and the quick taking 1. Furthermore, both styles freely use syncopated or split beats to express the music.
A figure is a step or pattern. Interestingly, the International and American Foxtrot styles share some figures. Sometimes the name is the same, such as the Weave. Other times the action is the same, but the name is different. For instance, the Open Left Turn in American and the leader’s part of a Reverse Turn with a Feather Finish in International are the same.
Here are the 3 main differences between American and International Foxtrot styles.
American style allows open work where partners separate from each other, while in International Foxtrot, and the other Ballroom dances, the couple remains in contact at all times.
For American Foxtrot, the recommended tempo is 120-136 BPM (beats per minute). On the other hand, the recommended tempo for International Foxtrot is 112-120 BPM.
Sassy and sexy would describe American style, while smooth and sleek is more the International style. Take a look at this lovely International Foxtrot performance.
Ask your instructor about the Foxtrot styles. Whether you dance the high technique of International or the jazzy good times of American, you’re gonna be glad you did. Please check out Dance Safari’s post, “Learn How to Dance…Yea or Nay?”.
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