Quickstep Defined

Quickstep Defined

Date added to ADN: Tue, February 21, 2012
Originally Published: Sun, January 01, 2012
by The AccessDance Network (About the Author)

Much like a fast version of the foxtrot, the quickstep is a light-hearted member of the ballroom dances. It is composed of extremely quick stepping and syncopated feet rhythms accompanied by fast-paced music.

The quickstep was developed by the English in the 1920s. Foxtrot and quickstep's origin are the same. In the 1920, several bands have been playing the slow-foxtrot in a very fast manner. Eventually, two different dances were developed. The tempo of the slow-foxtrot was slowed down and the quickstep became foxtrot's fast version. The Charleston that began in 1925 greatly influenced the quickstep. The Charleston was joined with the quick foxtrot and was named as "The QuickTime Foxtrot and Charleston" and was eventually known as the quickstep. It is believed to have entered the ballroom dance world during the Star Dance Championship in 1927, when Frank Ford and Molly Spain performed a version of the QuickTime foxtrot and Charleston removing the knee actions distinctive to Charleston, and was made into a dance for partners instead of solo.

The quickstep's basic feel is "slow-quick-quick, slow-quick-quick", with "slow" taking the 1st and 2nd beat, and the "quick-quick" as beats three and four. This dance usually follows a 4/4 time pattern. The "slow" steps are performed using the heel and the "quick" steps are executed on the balls of the feet. The up-and-down, rise-and-fall swinging motion danced at a fast-pace is distinctive to quickstep. Dancers are energetic but their feet appear extremely light, barely touching the ground. Also, in performing this dance, the upper body posture must be straight and strong. In advanced dancing, it lends itself to a variety of step combinations making the dance joyous and limitless.

Jazz and swing is the type of music commonly used to perform quickstep. The tempo is usually about 50 beats per minute, a little faster than a brisk walking pace. The upbeat melodies that accompany this dance make it suitable to be performed in both formal and informal occasions. Examples of songs that are danced to quickstep are "Puttin' on the Ritz" by Judy Garland , Nat King Cole's "Those-Hazy-Crazy-Days" and Bobby Darin's "I'm Sitting on Top of the World".

A dance of elegance, smoothness and glamour - quickstep it is. If you want to be a dancer who has the command of a dance that can never grows out-of-date, get on your feet and dance to the music of the quickstep. It is unquestionably a beautiful expression of rhythm. Learn with us today.

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