Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by wooh, Jan 15, 2009.
Any good contemporary foxtrot music?
How about "Me and Mr. Jones" by Amy Winehouse.
Definitely modern lyrics!
Jonathan and Hazel used this on 2008 World Super Stars.
"Fever" by Beyonce. Old lyrics but definitely new take.
Pretty much anything Michael Buble (again, old songs, but re-done).
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" as covered by Paul Anka. Heck, most of his Rock Swings and Modern Songs My Way CDs will work for fox.
Paul Anka's CD, "Classic Songs, My Way" includes some foxtrot settings of fairly contemporary songs, including
Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You"
Bryan Adams' "Heaven"
Billy Joel's "I go to Extremes"
Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis"
Bob Seger's "Against the Wind"
On The Puppini Sisters' CD, "Betcha Bottom Dollar" there's a fairly cool foxtrot version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive."
Anything Secret Garden that's in 4-count.
Daft Punkt's "One More Time"
what about that one...um geez..."it's my life...I'm gonna live while I'm alive"...can't remember who sang it originally but it got converted into a FT...and I beleive it was origianlly a rock song...am sure someone out there will rescue me on that...
By the way, you can Foxtrot to anything with a 4/4 beat that's the right speed. A friend of mine and I Foxtrot to hip hop tracks from time to time.
Please tell me they didn't foxtrot a Bon Jovi song....
Fasc, you're thinking of Paul Anka's cover of Bon Jovi's "It's My Life."
I've heard it said that Foxtrot should really be danced as 2/4. Some syllabus figures put you "in the middle of the measure".
I get the point, but would counter that it's important to be aware that you've ended up in the middle of the measure. Musically speaking switching to 2/4 doesn't mean you get to ignore the unit equivalent to the 4/4 measure (which is now a pair of measures), but practically speaking the temptation to do so might increase.
I'm with Laura. As long as song was in 4 and I had a clear floor, danced FT to some strange pieces.
contemporary and blues foxtrots
I have fun dancing Foxtrot to some of my WCS blues and contemporary numbers. I just published an iMix with a few of them. Tempos may not be correct, but I take them into Audacity and adjust them before I burn to CD or add to my iPod.
Here's the imix: "Ballroom Foxtrots - Pushing the Edge of the Envelope." http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewIMix?id=302922979
I think it's fun to dance to different types of music, but traditionalists (my teacher included) may cringe at the thought, particularly with something like hip hop. It's not the tempo they don't like. They'll tell you it doesn't fit the character of the dance.
Heh. I think it's really really fun to dance Foxtrot to techno, hip-hop, and so on. If it's a piece of music I love it transports me and my dancing becomes more satisfying and musical.
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