International Style Ballroom Quickstep

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International Style Ballroom Quickstep
    
Brief Description
 
 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. 
  
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 1234 1234 123
Music Style
Up-Tempo Jazz/Swing Music
 
Hold 
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.
 
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