The dance couple floats in wide-ranging fluent, wavy walk movements over the parquet. Long stretched swings are supplemented through fast rotations and surprising poses, that insert itself seamless into the general view. All step lengths are about the same. The body must be permanently in move whereby abrupt movements are to be avoided.
Slowfox is danced in 4/4-time with a speed of 28 to 31 beats per minute in the rhythm slow-quick-quick. In tournaments, 30 tact are played per minute.
Past and Present
The tradition of Foxtrot, Quickstep and Slowfox is based in old Onestep and Rag. Onestep, imported from North America to Europe in 1910, with its simplified one-step-move at constant rhythm has been a march or walk without chassee. It was danced in a quick 2/4-time forwards, backwards or sideways without turns on balls.
Slowfox is based on Jazz music of black coloured people and Rag respectively. It was danced in New York City by black people before it was adopted by the white population. Slowfox was a typical "go-where-ever-you-want dance", but as early as 1915 in Great Britain it was replaced by soft and calm motions: one slow step and two fast ones. Even today the typical rhythm is "slow-quick-quick" and it always remains a British domain.
Slowfox is characterized by flowing space covering motions, interpreting long drawn out never stopping waves. The couple should glide in a balanced way across the dance floor without hesitation. The speed is 30 beats per minute.