The Quickstep

Ballroom dance doesn’t have to be something you only see on television and in old movies. Dance lessons can take you back in time as you learn the steps taken by previous generations. The Quickstep, one of the classic ballroom dances from the early twentieth century, is something anyone can learn and appreciate. Arthur Murray Dance Studios is a great place to learn and experience the dance world through instruction and group activities.

What Is The Quickstep?

While ballroom dancing has many styles that have changed a lot over the years, the Quickstep is one of the five major dances used in competitions today. The Quickstep is best known as a dance born from two other well-known dances during the 1920s: the Charleston and the Foxtrot. The English origin adds a propriety to the Quickstep that many associate with ballroom dance as a whole. While the present version we are most familiar with reached a solid technique around 1927, the rich history of the dance goes back much further.

The Quickstep is associated with a celebratory march exhibited during the mid-1800s. The Foxtrot – and the music associated with it – eventually went through enough changes to produce an entirely different melody, which helped to form the Quickstep. While these changes took over 75 years to stabilize into a common form, the dance is unmistakable in competitive circles. Addition of the Quickstep to your dance repertoire is well worth the effort for those interested in learning a part of our history.

The Unmistakable Style Of The Quickstep

Technical moves that help to distinguish the Quickstep include the closed position of the couple and the closing of the male’s feet during certain movements. While the basic steps form the dance, dancers learn to take liberties with feet placement, kicks and lifts. As with many standard ballroom dances, there are different forms of the Quickstep to be enjoyed by dancers and spectators alike. Arthur Murray Dance Studios will help you find the right dance or combination class to suit your needs. Mastery of the Quickstep is an attainable goal with proper training.

It is important to gain a good basic dance knowledge and technique before focusing on a dance such as the Quickstep. The fast movement requires precision from both partners. Arthur Murray Dance Studios offers classes from beginner to advanced. At our studios, you will have the opportunity to build a firm dance foundation. Early classes can help you with technique while encouraging you to find a good fit if you are searching for a dance to specialize in. The Quickstep’s energetic pace will keep you active and challenged.

As with all ballroom dances, the music is a defining element of the Quickstep. While the history of Quickstep rhythm falls into the ragtime jazz category, the beats have changed over the years. However, fast is the name of the game when it comes to the Quickstep. The intricate syncopation of the music provides a certain balance to the presentation. Dancers move quickly and lightly across the floor, giving the appearance of minimal effort.

We Help You Learn

If you want to master the dance, you will indeed need to practice! Arthur Murray Dance Studios are dedicated to bringing plenty of dance time into your schedule. We know you need time on the floor to get it right. Feel free to take advantage of our various activities outside your regular class time to continue honing your skills.

Arthur Murray Dance Studios wants to add the joy of the Quickstep and other ballroom dances to your lifestyle. Group lessons, private lessons, and social activities make learning convenient and enjoyable. Many adults come to us with the need to learn a dance for a special occasion, such as a wedding. We can help you focus on particular needs for such formal occasions, or start you on a series of classes to learn a myriad of ballroom techniques. What you learn is up to you. Arthur Murray is here to guide you to the completion of your dance goals.

The Quickstep is also a lot of fun to watch. One good way to see how Arthur Murray Dance Studios operate is to come by and watch our students in action. Our social calendar offers opportunities for mingling with other students as well to help you join our dance family. Our website gives an overview of our studio events and locations.

Learn The Quickstep Today

Whether you focus on the Quickstep or a different smooth and standard dance, we hope your experience at Arthur Murray enhances your appreciation of the beautiful art of ballroom dancing. We want your class or activity to be your favorite part of the week. Our instructors are carefully chosen for their knowledge, their talent, and their love of people, and we trust them with the careful development of our students. You will soon be gliding effortlessly across the dance floor after enjoying our classes. Book your introductory lesson at one of our Southern California studios today!


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