Learn to dance the Quickstep

The Quickstep is a fun party dance that originated as a fast version of the Foxtrot. Originally called QuickTime, it includes elements of the Charleston.

In this 47-minute video dance class, you’ll learn the basic elements of Quickstep with a common group of figures that you can use to dance around the room by simply joining the end of the group back to the beginning.

Main Features

  • Designed with raw beginners in mind
  • Expert, step-by-step instruction for rapid learning
  • Two instructors show you each figure in detail
  • Detailed explanation of common mistakes to avoid
  • Learn how to combine steps to actually dance
  • Advanced information to upgrade your skill

Who is this course suited for?

  • Anyone learning for the very first time, with no dance experience
  • Those who have danced, maybe even for years, but with no formal training
  • Those who learned the Quickstep a long time ago and need a refresher

You’ll learn how to follow the music, important details about posture and Quickstep movement, and the proper Ballroom hold. Figures covered include the Quarter Turn to Right, Chasse, the Forward Lock and the Natural Pivot Turn.

Former champions George and Wendy finish off the program by showing you how you can link these figures back to the beginning to dance beautifully around the room.

1
Quickstep Preview
2:38

A quick preview of the Quickstep program from George and Wendy.

2
Quickstep Musicality and Movement
10:12

We cover the music of Quickstep, which is made up of quick and slow actions. There are more Slows than Quicks in a normal piece of Quickstep choreography. We also show you how to move efficiently and the Ballroom hold.

3
The Quarter Turn to the Right
8:34

This lesson goes over the basic figure that is used in the majority of Quickstep initial starts.

4
The Quickstep Chasse
4:56

A Chasse is a group of steps where the feet close in the middle and you change from one foot to the other. In Quickstep, the Chasse is the primary figure used throughout the dance.

5
The Quickstep Forward Lock
10:15

The Forward Lock (referring to the direction of the Lead) requires an understanding of how to lead properly in order for the lady to read the action and follow what was intended. We show you the details of proper leading for this figure. We show you why the lead is so important and how to lead it properly.

6
The Natural Pivot Turn
14:11

This is considered a Beginner step but isn't necessarily easy. We show you a number of aspects of this figure so that you can dance it beautifully in partnership. We go over the most common problems to watch out for. You'll use this figure to link back to the beginning so that you can dance all the way around the room. For additional insight, watch the video on the Man's Pivot in Spin Turns.

You can learn this dance with any shoes, or even in stocking feet if you like. We don't recommend shoes with soft rubber (crepe style) soles, as they can stick to the floor making it hard to move. But running shoes with hard rubber soles can often work okay.
The Quickstep moves around the room. For this Beginner program, we recommend having an area at least 10 feet x 20 feet in size (3 meters x 5 meters) to give you enough space to work through the individual figures we show you. A larger space is helpful but not essential for the initial learning process. Once you actually put the dance into practice, you'll need even more space in order to connect the figures into a pattern that moves.
You'll need a partner to dance the Quickstep, but 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: 6
Video: 47 minutes
Level: Beginner

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