The Quickstep is an energetic ballroom dance that has recently gained more exposure from TV shows like, “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” It is characterized by quick, lively steps to very fast-paced music.
Today’s modern Quickstep is different than it’s earlier and original versions. The speed of the dance is around 200 beats per minute, is in 4/4 time, and is one of the five standard ballroom dances. Quickstep consists of a partner ballroom hold in closed position. It’s basic step is at a nearly running pace with hops, skips, points, flicks, crossing of the feet, kicks and more. Today, you can occasionally see traces of the Charleston, Black Bottom, and Peabody influences within the Quickstep dance movement. Many would agree that the Quickstep of today looks nothing like it’s original “Quick time Foxtrot and Charleston” namesake.
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