- During the 1920s, many bands played the Foxtrot too fast and some couples couldn't keep up. Over time, a faster version was born, absorbing extra elements of ragtime such as the Charleston. This led to the creation of what we today call the Quickstep.
- This is a light, bright, twinkling and happy dance with tricky footwork. Quite sporty in its delivery as it is very springy and fast paced.
- The basic feel is slow, quick, quick, slow, quick, quick. The majority of the slow should be taken on the heel; the majority of the quick should be taken on the toe.
- The characteristic motion of a quickstep is an up-and-down swing motion. This rise-and-fall motion must be done at a fast pace.
- It is important to move powerfully and positively across the floor while remaining light on the feet.
- Two bodies moving in the speed of the quickstep require first of all a high level of synchronization and understanding about leg tension and use of the ankles. During execution of the "tricksteps," both dancers need the same tension of feet and legs.
- There needs to be lots of work on the balls of the feet and lots of spring from the feet.
- To achieve the right musical interpretation, the timing of the "Slows" should be slightly extended to force a sharp action in the ankles in the "Quicks."
- Look out for the facial expressions. They are not compulsory but help to capture the essence of the dance.
- Also watch out for Runs - quick little repetitive movements/steps.
- Floorcraft is required in this dance more than in the others.
In the photo: DEREK HOUGH, SHANNON ELIZABETH