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Foxtrot is a cool dance that is easy to learn for beginners. We have put together a list of our favorite Foxtrot steps.

Check out our American Foxtrot Step List.

American Foxtrot Bronze Step List

Foxtrot Forward Basic

The Forward Basic is the foundational step for foxtrot and one of the first steps you should learn. It uses rhythm timing: slow, slow, quick, quick. 

Foxtrot Rock Turn

The rock turn is a great Foxtrot step that allows you to easily change directions. This is good for the corner or at any point in the room. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick. The rock turn can be used to turn left starting with a rock forward or turn right starting with a rock backwards.

Foxtrot Promenade Step

The promenade step is another step that allows you to move into another direction on the dance floor. This step utilizes the promenade dance position. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick.

Promenade with Underarm Turn

In the promenade position you can add a underarm turn where the lady is turning to the right. Turns are a great way to make your dancing more dynamic. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick.

Sway Step

The sway step is a good step that can be done in place. This is helpful when learning floor craft because if someone gets in your way this is a step you can do in place as you wait for them to move out of your way. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick.

Box Step

The box step is a good foundational step that is used in many different dances including rumba and waltz. The box step in Foxtrot uses box timing: slow, quick, quick.  Fotrot is a diverse dance because it uses both rhythm timing (slow, slow, quick, quick) and box timing (slow, quick, quick).

Change Step

The change step is another essential step that is used in all Smooth dances. It allows you to change from a left foot lead to a right foot lead. This step uses box timing which is slow, quick, quick. The video below shows how to do the change step for Waltz, but the same applies for Foxtrot.

Closed Twinkle

A twinkle is a way to move from closed dance position to promenade position. The timing is slow, quick, quick.

Promenade Pivot

This step introduces a pivoting action. At a bronze level you can only do one pivot at a time. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick.

Syncopated Chasse

The syncopated chasse introduces the chasse acition which uses synopated timing: quick, and, quick. The chasse action is a step, together, step (quick, and, quick). Demonstrated in the video below a twinkle is used to get in the promenade position and the stepping out of promenade and leading the chasse action.


The grapevine is a fun step that adds character to foxtrot. This step is performed with continuous quicks. The timing for this step is slow, slow, quick, quick, quick, quick and then you can transition into another step. In the video below the grapevine is finished with a rock turn.

Foxtrot Music

Looking for some Foxtrot music ideas? 

Check out this spotify playlist for American Foxtrot music.

Want to learn more about American Foxtrot?

Learn how to dance the other American Smooth dances:

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