The Quickstep takes its origin the ragtime period. It was developed in the 1920s in New York from a combination of Foxtrot, Charleston, Peabody and the One step. The dance was at first danced solo, away from your partner but it became later a partner dance. Its roots name was “Quick Time Fox Trot” and changed to be called “Quickstep”. Following its apparition in England, Quickstep was standardized in 1927 and developed into the dance that we know today.
Basically, Quickstep is a combination of walks and chasses. However, in an advanced stage hops jumps and many syncopations are utilized. The dance is elegant and glamourous where body contact is maintained throughout the dance.
The Quickstep music is written in 4/4 time and should be played at a tempo of about 48–52 measures per minute for examinations and competitions.
The Quickstep is a progressive and turning dance moving along the Line of Dance with the use of Walks and Chasse movements. International Quickstep characteristic combine rise and fall, sway and bounce action.