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The Quickstep

            The Quickstep was originally a march which became popular about 1850. It was mainly used to celebrate Presidents, Military, Exhibitions, Regiments, Heroes etc. It was basically used as a type of propaganda and morale music as well.

    The One Step, The March, The Peabody, Black Bottom, Charleston and Fast Foxtrot merged to make the Quickstep dance of today. The original Ballroom Quickstep was a foxtrot that was mixed with the Charleston but was originally known as the Fast Foxtrot, however when the Fast Foxtrot was slowed down in music tempo, the faster version became known as the 'Quick-Time Foxtrot' or just Quickstep. The first version of this was supposedly done by Frank Ford and Molly Spain at the Star Dance Championships in 1927.

    Todays modern Quick Step is different than its original namesake above (Quick-Time Foxtrot). The speed of the dance is around 200 BPMs, is in 4/4 time and is one of the five main ballroom dances. The dance consists of a partner Ballroom hold in closed position with almost a running base, hops, skips, flicks, points, Crossing of the feet, Kicks etc. are al done as its base movements. You can occasionay see the Charleston, Black Bottom and Peabody influence as variations at times done with-in the above dance steps. It is a very fun, lively and dynamic dance and looks nothing like it's original namesake.


Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Dance Type

USA / England 1840s / 1927 Frank Ford & Molly Spain Ballroom

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Music preview clip

Music Titles

n/a 1850 - City Guard Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time 26th Regiment Quickstep [MP3]
      1858 - Exhibition Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Alexanders Ragtime Band
      1860 - Serenade Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Darktown Strutters Ball
      1861 - Ever of Thee Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree
      1862 - 44th RegimentQuickstep Video Clip not available at this time Fidgety Feet
      1862 - We Are Coming Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time I wanta Quickstep[Mod]
      1863 - Beauregards Charleston Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time It’s Delovely[Mod]
      1864 - Minute Men Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Jumpin' at the Woodside
      1864 - Mocking Bird Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Lilly Bell Quickstep [MP3]
      1870 - Army Navy Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Miss Peabody Brown[Mod]
      1870 - New York 7th Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Mr. Pinstripe Suit[Mod]
      1870 - Violet Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Quickstep - Allegro Spirto (Carr)
      1871 - Alpha Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Sing, Sing, Sing[Mod]
      1871 - Holiday Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Singing in the Rain
      1852 - Cockade City
Video Clip Pop-Up Window
Spanish Quickstep Medley (Keyboarders)
      1874 - College Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time The lady is a tramp [Mod]
      1880 - Burlesque Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Zoot Suit Riot[Mod]
      1880 - Racquet Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Various Marches/Quicksteps [CD]
      1882 - New Boston Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Various Foxtrot & Quickstep [CD]
      1884 - Arabella's Quickstep Video Clip not available at this time Come Dancing: Quickstep [CD]
               
 

Night Clubs

Theaters

Locations

n/a n/a England
            France
            USA
 

Films / Movies

Television

Ballets / Stage

n/a n/a n/a
             
             
           

Publications

            2/1961 - Ballroom Dance Mag.
                 
 

Other Related Dances of the time...

American Foxtrot One-Step Two Step n/a
Charleston International Peabody    
Fast Foxtrot March      
 

Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Political

n/a n/a n/a
     
 

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title Author Date Published Publisher
$ Ballroom dancing, 100 diagrams & photosof quickstep, waltz, Foxtrot, tango, etc
Alex Moore 1974 Pitman Pub
$ Quickstep Paul Bottomer 2003 Southwater Pub
       
 

Musicians

Bands

Poets / Writers

n/a Carr, Benjamin - (1768-1831) n/a
    Sid Phillips and his Band  
    Sousa, John Phillip - (1854-1932)    
         
 

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

Civil War International Sousa ??
Dance Sport March Charleston    
         
 
Other...
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March 26, 2013
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