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How to Dance Quickstep

Learn Quickstep with these online dance classes. The ticket2dance videos can compliment or replace traditional dance lessons.

Quick Start

Video to be added: Quickstep Complete Beginner

Quickstep Complete Beginner (A chance to get dancing straight away and learn some core skills at the same time. This is the same as the foxtrot complete beginner video but danced to faster music. This video works much better if you do the complete beginner foxtrot video first.)

Once you are enjoying this and want to learn more you could learn foxtrot and waltz complete beginners as well. That gives you a set of different dances to enjoy safely at a basic level socially.

If you want to learn more quickstep you can simply work through the videos in the order shown below.

Beginner Slow Slow Quick Quick

This is a repeated pattern that is popular socially. It is often done with a third part to the pattern. I do not recommend the extended sequence of three moves as I think the extra difficulty is not worth it.

Video to be added: Quickstep Beginner SSQQ (Slow Slow Quick Quick)

Quickstep Beginner SSQQ (Slow Slow Quick Quick) (A repeated pattern of steps that is popular with beginners in quickstep. This is the same as the pattern in foxtrot and this video works much better if you do the SSQQ foxtrot video first.)

Beginner Solo Practice

Beginner videos for when you do not have a partner to practice with.

Video to be added: Quickstep Beginner Leader Solo Practice

Quickstep Beginner Leader Solo Practice (A chance for leaders to practice dancing quickstep without a partner.)

Improver Slow Variations

Many consider slow steps to be an important building block of quickstep and part of its history. Others think it is wrong. I like it as a variation.

As an advanced dancer I find slow steps work really well with very new dancers who are not stuck in the habit of stepping fast yet. I also find that advanced dancers who are used to following often enjoy the variation. Finally, people who have learnt with me will not be surprised anyway as I teach it regularly.

Video to be added: Quickstep Improver Slow Steps Offset and Promenade

Quickstep Improver Follower Zig Zag (Learn to dance in different shapes to add instant variety to your dancing. Changing between them can be a bit messy to begin with but that can be half the fun!)

Video to be added: Quickstep Improver Follower Slow Zig Zag

Quickstep Improver Follower Slow Zig Zag (This is best done after the Quickstep Improver Slow Steps and Promenade video. The follower dances a slow zig zag shape in this move as the leader continues to step forwards.)

Video to be added: Quickstep Improver Leader and Follower Slow Zig Zag

Quickstep Improver Leader and Follower Slow Zig Zag (This is best done after the Quickstep Improver Follower Slow Zig Zag video. Add to the fun by getting the leader to do the zig zag shape as well.)

Improver Pivot Turns

I find teaching improver quickstep very difficult. The dance is very fast giving little time to think. This lack of time is why I often teach slower moves to improvers.

In general I suggest that improvers concentrate on learning more in their other dances. Let the quickstep get easier and easier and leave it longer before you start trying to learn more variations.

I enjoy the pivot turn and find it can work for the improver level. It can take a long time to get it working though. It is a fun move but can be very dangerous on a crowded dance floor so please only use this very carefully. For example, you might do it if dancing on your own or in a place with plenty of room between couples.

Video to be added: Quickstep Improver Pivot Turn Back on Left

Quickstep Improver Pivot Turn Back on Left (This is a fun move that can should probably not be attempted except by very experienced dancers on a crowded dance floot. I have included it as an improver move because it is fun, not too advanced and if you are dancing on your own or with lots of space with the follower also looking out for danger it can be used.)

Video to be added: Quickstep Improver Pivot Turn Back on Right

Quickstep Improver Pivot Turn Back on Right (As for the pivot turn back on the left but in the opposite direction and starting at a different point in your stepping. Learners who learn by shape or feel often do best leaving this until the pivot turn on the left is good. Learners who learn by thinking or understanding often do best by doing this at the same time so they can better analyse what is happening.)

Video to be added: Quickstep Improver Pivot Turn Back on Both

Quickstep Improver Pivot Turn Back on Both (Once you are getting good at the pivot turns back on the left and right you can try the challenge of doing either depending on what is happening in the dance. This is not easy and it can be many months after starting pivot turns before you are ready for this.)

Demonstration Dances

Finally, here are some demonstration dances to give you more ideas of how a partner dance can look.

Lady is a Tramp (Quickstep) Demo Dance - Andrew Cannon Band (ticket2dance test video) (YouTube)



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