The Foxtrot was introduced in Europe
just before World War 1, from its origin the Foxtrot was a passional dance with slow and
quick movements, they say the name comes from a musical dancer Harry Fox. The European
dance teachers were not enthusiastic about the "wild" character of the Foxtrot
and started to polish it more. Between 1922 and 1929 Frank Ford, with whom Josephine
Bradley used to give demonstrations, developed the basic movements of the Slow Foxtrot.
With his interpretation he won the 1927 "Star Championships" with partner Molly
Spain. Many of the figures they danced are still used by today's competitors.
Strict tempo music was not yet invented in those days. The Foxtrot could be played at
anything from 40 to 50 Bars/min, and it is easy to guess how styles had to be rapidly
altered according to who was conducting the band! But once "Victor Silvestor's band
began recording the problem was solved.