Types of Ballroom Dances – The Quickstep
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.
Its origins are a combination of slow foxtrot with the Charleston, a dance which was one of the precursors to what today is called swing dancing. The quickstep evolved in the 1920s from a combination of the foxtrot, Charleston, shag, peabody, and one-step. The dance is English in origin, and was standardized in 1927. While it evolved from the foxtrot, the quickstep now is quite separate. This dance gradually evolved into a very dynamic one with a lot of movement on the dance floor, with many advanced patterns including hops, runs, quick steps with a lot of momentum, and rotation.
Elegant, smooth and glamorous, Quickstep dancers are energetic while appearing extremely light on their feet. It may appear that the feet of the dancers barely touch the ground if they are doing it correctly. Much like the Foxtrot, dancers should strive for elegance. Upper body posture must be straight and strong throughout each movement to give the movement that light, airy appearance. It's also a joyful dance, making it enjoyable to practice and view.