International Style Ballroom Quickstep
Quickstep is a lively, fast, joyful dance. It should
appear that dancers are dancing over hot coals.
Elegance and energy all in one dance. With the
First and Third beats accented. 48 - 52 Bars or
192 - 208 Beats per minute. Lively jazz/swing
music you can't help but want to dance.
The quickstep originates from the 1920s when
it was developed by people to interpret the more
sophisticated up-tempo music emerging at that time.
A dance based on walks and chassés, It is a bright
and happy dance that is also based on a diagonal
pattern like the waltz. The basics of this dance are
not to difficult to learn and you can find yourself
progressing around the floor in a relatively short time.
Time Signature - 4/4 (4 Beats to 1 Bar)
48 - 52 Bars Per Minute
Accented First and Third Beat
(First being the Stronger)
eg 1234 1234 1234
Up-Tempo Jazz/Swing Music
The same hold is applied as for the Waltz.
Gent's Right arm placed just below Lady's shoulder blade
finding the Lady's bra strap. Gent's Left hand takes hold
of Lady's right hand, arm raised with hand at Lady's eye
level. Both elbows should be level on same line. Not too
tight Gents. Lady needs to breathe.
Lady will place her Left arm gently resting on the
Gent's Right arm. Holding her own weight, not grasping
or clawing at Gent's arm. Her Right hand should be
placed into the Gent's Left hand.
The Lady should be standing slightly over to the
Gent''s Right hand side. Head to Left so she can
see over Gent's Right shoulder. His head is up
and to the Left so he can see over her Right shoulder.