Intermediate Quickstep

The Quickstep is a fun, lively party dance that originated as a fast version of the Foxtrot. Originally called Quicktime, it includes elements of the Charleston, though these characteristics are not visible in the basic figures.

This is a comprehensive course totaling nearly three hours. Though presented in video form, it’s the same program we teach in our six-week Intermediate Quickstep group class series. We’ve broken it down into 17 individual lessons to make it easy to study. Each group is also described in our downloadable comprehensive Choreography Guide.

You’ll learn Bronze, Silver and even some Gold figures, and you’ll learn how to put the different figures together to create interesting choreography for your dancing. Each group includes one new figure that we show you in considerable detail so that you understand the principles you’ll need to know to look great on the dance floor and to lead or follow the figure effectively.

Rather than teaching a routine, we focus on “groups” of step patterns. The reason is that when people learn a routine they quickly fall into a pattern where they only dance the routine the same way every time, which is not only boring but limits your ability to improvise and explore everything ballroom dancing represents.

Throughout the videos, we cover common issues that we see in teaching and in watching social dancers, providing useful insights to help you dance a more technically accurate and enjoyable Quickstep, yet without the burden of too much technique.

What makes this program different from others is that we don’t just show you the figures in isolation, but in sets of step groupings so that you can see how each figure can be used in a sequence with others. This helps you to better understand each figure, and gives you insight and experience in finding new ways to combine figures in different ways as you dance.

Main Features

  • 16 terrific groups of figures perfect for social dancing
  • Expert, step-by-step instruction for rapid learning
  • Two instructors show you each figure in detail
  • Each group demonstrated from two directions
  • Detailed explanation of common mistakes to avoid
  • Learn how to combine steps to actually dance
  • Downloadable choreography guide

Who is this course suited for?

  • Anyone with basic ballroom experience wanting to learn Quickstep
  • Anyone with basic Quickstep experience wanting to expand their skill
  • Those who want to learn new figures in Quickstep
  • Those who want different ways to combine figures in creative choreography

1
Quickstep Group 1: Introduction & Basic Pattern
21:31

The first group in our Intermediate Quickstep reviews basic technique to help you look your best when dancing Quickstep. We look at how to move in this dance, along with the Quarter Turn to Right and Quickstep Chasse. Note: This is the same content used in our Beginner Quickstep Program.

2
Quickstep Group 2: Forward Lock and Natural Pivot Turn
24:11

Group 2 includes the Forward Lock and a somewhat challenging Bronze figure called the Natural Pivot Turn. Note: This is the same content used in our Beginner Quickstep Program.

3
Quickstep Group 3: Natural Spin Turn
12:36

Group 3 in our choreography selections looks at the Quarter Turn to Right, Chasse and then the Natural Spin Turn with a Chasse ending.

4
Quickstep Group 4: Heel Pull and Chasse Reverse Turn
7:56

Group 4 includes the Forward Lock, then a Natural Turn with Hesitation (the Hesitation is technically a Heel Pull) and the Chasse Reverse Turn.

5
Quickstep Group 5: Closed and Open Impetus
16:14

Group 5 in this series starts with a Progressive Chasse to Right followed by a Back Lock and the Closed Impetus. We also give you a look at the Open Impetus with information on how to lead the difference.

6
Quickstep Group 6: The Running Finish
7:51

This group covers a more challenging Bronze figure known as the Running Finish. While it can be started from a Closed Position right after a Natural Turn, we have found that students find it easier to lead and more fluid when danced from a moving figure so we apply it right after a Back Lock.

7
Quickstep Group 7: Running Finish / Open Natural
5:10

In Group 7 we take the Running Finish and upgrade your skill by adding the Open Natural (or Passing Natural) to link to another Running Finish. This is a great way to get around an obstacle on the floor to find open space to continue normal Quickstep choreography.

8
Quickstep Group 8: Natural Spin Turn & Reverse Pivot
9:30

Group 8 consists of a Natural Spin Turn followed by a Reverse Pivot, which allows you to quickly change directions. We then continue with a Progressive Chasse to the Right.

9
Quickstep Group 9: The Double Reverse Spin
11:54

In Group 9 you'll learn how to apply the Natural Spin Turn and Reverse Pivot to link to a Double Reverse Spin. This is a lovely combination that rotates right and then rapidly rotates left to create beautiful light and shade in your dancing.

10
Quickstep Group 10: Heel Pull to Double Reverse Spin
1:27

This is a simple group that consists of a Forward Lock, Natural Turn with Hesitation (Heel Pull), then a Double Reverse Spin and ends with a Progressive Chasse to the Right.

11
Quickstep Group 11: The Tipple Chasse
17:28

Group 11 is made up of a Natural Turn, Back Lock and a Bronze figure called the Tipple Chasse. We show you how to apply the Tipple Chasse both to turn a corner and to continue moving down the line of dance.

12
Quickstep Group 12: The Quick Open Reverse
8:22

In group 12 we take the Natural Spin Turn and Chasse, overturning the Chasse to face the Line of Dance, and then applying a Quick Open Reverse.

13
Quickstep Group 13: The V6
8:22

Group 13 introduces the V6 after a Natural Spin Turn, followed by a Chasse.

14
Quickstep Group 14: The Four Quick Run
9:12

In group 14 we overturn the V6 to face the Line of Dance and then apply a Quick Open Reverse and a new figure called the Four Quick Run.

15
Quickstep Group 15: The Fish Tail
11:19

Group 15 introduces the Fishtail, a spectacular active figure. We give you the detail you need to dance the Fishtail properly.

16
Quickstep Group 16: The Cross Chasse
3:47

Our final grouping consists of the Natural Spin Turn and Reverse Pivot, followed by a new figure called the Cross Chasse and then moves on to the Fishtail.

You can learn this dance with any shoes, or even in stocking feet if you like. Avoid shoes with soft crepe-style rubber soles, as those will stick to the floor making it hard to turn or slide the feet when needed.
The Quickstep moves around the floor in a counter-clockwise direction. You can work on individual groups in a space at least 25 x 25 feet in size (3.5 x 3.5 meters). Some groups are best experienced with slightly more floor space but it isn't essential.
Although you'll need a partner to dance the Quickstep, you don't need one to learn the dance through this video program. We show you the figures from both the man's and lady's perspectives, so you can learn and practice without a partner.

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Lectures: 16
Video: 2 hours 57 minutes
Level: Intermediate

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