Quickstep Dance LessonsThe Quickstep

The 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. Quickstep was developed in the twenties in New York and was first danced by Caribbean and African dancers. 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

History

The Quickstep evolved in the 1920s from a combination of the Foxtrot, The Chase G Chug, Charleston, Shag, Peabody, and One-Step. The dance is English in origin, and was standardized in 1927. While it evolved from the Foxtrot, the Quickstep now is quite separate. Unlike the modern Foxtrot, the man often closes his feet and syncopated steps are regular occurrences (as was the case in early Foxtrot). Three characteristic dance figures of the Quickstep are the chass├ęs, where the feet are brought together, the quarter turns, and the lock step.

This dance gradually evolved into a very dynamic one with a lot of movement on the dance floor, with many advanced patterns including hops, runs, quick steps with a lot of momentum, and rotation. The tempo of Quickstep dance is rather brisk as it was developed to ragtime era jazz music which is fast-paced when compared to other dance music.

By the end of the 20th century the complexity of Quickstep as done by advanced dancers had increased, due to the extensive use of syncopated steps with eighth note durations. While in older times quickstep patterns were counted with “quick” (one beat) and “slow” (two beats) steps, many advanced patterns today are cued with split beats, such as “quick-and-quick-and-quick, quick, slow”, with there being further steps on the ‘and’s.

Schedule

for Quickstep Dance Classes

 

Syllabus

for the Quickstep Dance Classes

*You can start with either (1a) or (1b) and a partner is not required.

Syllabus (1a)

Quarter Turn to Right
Qurter Turn to Left
Progressive Chasse
Forward Lock Step
Natural Turn with Hesitation
Step Hop Triples

Syllabus (1b)

Quarter Turn to Right
Quarter Turn to Left
Reverse Promenade
Grapevine
Tumble Turn
Heel Turn
Leg Crawl

 

Music Selections

for the quickstep

BPM

104

104

104

104

Song Title

Blues on Parade

Top Of The World

Red Roses For A Blue Lady

Quick Step

Artist

 

 

 

The Starlite Orchestra