What makes this dance recognizable? What is typical, distinctive or characteristic?

Quick turn and dance around the floor. The only ballroom dance where couples sometimes flush with two feet off the ground.


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BPM: 49-52 (Measure: 4 -quart, 4/4, slow -quick -quick –slow)

The naming will have happened following the Foxtrot to describe the rapid version of the Slowfox.

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It is a quick and merry dance. In the early 20th century, the revue evolved in France. The Paris revue theaters such as the Folies -Bergère and the Moulin Rouge were famous. The idea of a revue intrigued Florenz Ziegfeld particular. He founded in 1907 in America Ziegfeld Follies. In his revue theater 's greatest stars performed and brought songs by famous composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

One of the stars of Ziegfeld Follies was Harry Fox. In 1914 he brought on the then popular ragtime music his own new dance: a "trot" (trot dance). The Fox’ trot became a hit, and in the same year demonstrated a dance teacher from New York the foxtrot in London.

The dance was polished and refined, the leaps and antics were deleted and moves like the twinkle and chasse were attached. The foxtrot took its place among the ballroom dances.

In 1924 they called this dance Quick Time Foxtrot, because the music was played too fast for this dance to be able to dance moves of the slow foxtrot.

In the thirties, the foxtrot was at ever slower dance music: the slow form of the English style foxtrot got the (logical) name Slow Foxtrot.

In addition, the swift fox trot was again standardized and this dance in the English style got in 1927 the name Quickstep. The quickstep is the successor to the fast foxtrot. Charleston, Black Bottom and Shimmy have had much influence on this dance.

The rhythm of the quickstep is also different. He danced as a slow -quick -quick -quick. This rhythm has an extra quick compared to the slow foxtrot. The basis of the quickstep is step – side-lock-side.

The quickstep became one of the most performed dances. It is also one of the first dance you learn in dance class. The quickstep is also sometimes in books called "fast foxtrot”.

It is a progressive dance (it uses the entire dance floor). We dance counter clockwise. Speed, move and rotate are central. All has a smooth flowing character.

The Boston and the one-step were the first two dances based on a pass (or a few passes) to the front over the heel, followed by two or more steps forward on the ball of the foot. Later, these were replaced by a step foot cross behind the other: the lock steps.

Typical of the Quickstep is that both feet simultaneously may come off the floor. The two dance partners have to do this synchronous and come off exactly at the same moment off the dance floor.

Nowadays many uses hops, running, a lot of momentum and fast and far runs and turns. This is made ​​possible mainly by the use of intermediate measures. At a lower level, all of this is in a far lesser extent present.

If the rhythm is too fast for Jive, you can often dance a good Quickstep on it.