International Ballroom Quickstep

International Ballroom Quickstep
   
Brief Description
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.
  
Timing 
Time Signature - 4/4 (4 Beats to 1 Bar)
 
Tempo
48 - 52 Bars Per Minute 
 
Basic Rhythm
Accented First and Third Beat 
(First being the Stronger) 
eg 123
123
1234
 
Music Style
Up-Tempo Jazz/Swing Music
International Ballroom Quickstep
 
Hold 
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.
 
 http://www.youllbefinewithniall.co.uk/dances/dance-american-style/american-style-smooth-waltz/dance-figures---waltz
Suggested Dance Figures
 http://www.youllbefinewithniall.co.uk/dances/dance-american-style/american-style-smooth-waltz/dance-music---waltz
Suggested Music