Dance Tidbits – Quickstep

If you can dance the Quickstep you can dance just about anything. A bold statement, I think not. Here are some of the dances derived from the Quickstep: Foxtrot, Charleston, Swing and Shag. The basic Quickstep is based on the forward step. You start with the heel as the lead, followed by two more steps on the ball of feet. Now you know, you have danced that step a million times in your routines.

Quickstep evolved in the 1920’s in the New York and Boston areas. It was first danced by Caribbean and African dancers. It was kind of an exciting time as the Quickstep came upon the scene when Ragtime and Jazz music surfaced. During this time, the Quickstep became popular in Paris. The Europeans were known for using large arm movements combined with sidekicks. The whole world seemed to jump on the bandwagon with one exception. The boldness of this Quickstep was not embraced by proper ballrooms. They were more interested in toned down, refined dance steps. It was the beginning of the Quickstep becoming a standard ballroom dance.

Gradually the Quickstep evolved into a very dynamic dance using a lot of foot movement on the dance floor encompassing advanced patterns of hops, runs, rotations, turns and even a skip or two.

As dancers, here’s your moment to shine. The Quickstep is considered the “light-hearted” dance of the ballroom dances. There is always a faster tempo and upbeat melody in the music which will lend a fun, light and flowing nature to the dance.

Once you show the world how light you are on your feet, and how smooth and glamorous you can be, well, then there’s nothing left to do but enjoy yourself and smile to prove it!

Happy dancing,

Thought Of The Week:

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.” Maya Angelou



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website