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Speedy Tricksteps Movement

Quickstep is the fun part of the five modern dances, there are no limitations in speed, movement, rotation and last but not least, to make fun on the competition floor. he quickstep is a light-hearted member of the standard ballroom dances.

The movement of the dance is fast and powerfully flowing and sprinkled with syncopations. The upbeat melodies that quickstep is danced to make it suitable for both formal and informal events. Its origins are in combination of slow foxtrot combined with the Charleston, a dance which was one of the precursors to what today is called swing dancing.

Quickstep Features

Quickstep has evolved into a dynamic dance with a lot of movement on the dance floor including hops, runs and steps with a lot of momentum and rotation

The basic feel of the Quickstep is slow-quick-quick, slow-quick-quick, with "slow" taking beats one and two, and "quick-quick" taking beats three and four. Most of the "slow" steps are taken on the heel, while most "quick" steps are taken on the balls of the feet.

Distinctive to the Quickstep is an up-and-down, rise-and-fall swinging motion performed at a fast pace.

To achieve the right musical interpretation the timing of the "Slows should be slightly extended to force a sharp action in the ankles in the "Quicks. Floorcraft is required in this dance more than in the others.

The Quickstep is derived from the Foxtrot. During the twenties many bands played the Slow Foxtrot too fast, 50 Bars/min, the large open steps from the Foxtrot could not be danced on this speed. The English developed from the original Charleston a progressive dance without kicks and made a mixture with the above mentioned fast foxtrot the called this dance "the Quicktime Foxtrot and Charleston".

The English couple Frank Ford and Molly Spain danced on the 'Star' Championships of 1927 a version of this Quicktime Foxtrot and Charleston without the characteristic Charleston knee actions and made it a dance for two instead of solo. The figures were Quarter Turns, Cross Chassées, Zig-zags, Cortes, Open Revers Turns, and Flat Charleston. In 1928/1929 the Quickstep was definitly born with the characteristic chassées steps.

  • Timing: 4/4
  • Tempo: 50 beats per minute
  • Accent: On beat 1 and 3
  • Competition: 1,5 - 2 minutes
  • Basic Rhythm: Slow Slow Quick Quick
  • Rise & Fall: Com to rise e/o 1, Continue for 2 and 3, Up/Lower e/o 4
1 Quarter Turns to Right & Left Quick Open reverse Six Quick Run
2 Natural Turn Fishtail Rumba Cross
3 Natural Turn w/Hesitation Running Right Turn Tipsy to Right & Left
4 Natural Pivot Turn Four Quick Run Hover Corte
5 Natural Spin Turn V-6
6 Progressive Chasses Closed Telemark
7 Chasses reverse Turn Cross Swivel
8 Forward & Backward Lock
9 Closed Impetus
10 Progressive Chasses to Right
11 Triple Chasses to Right
12 Running Finish
13 Natural Turn
14 Change of Direction
15 Double Reverse Turn
16 Cross Change
17 Zig Zag