Quickstep comes out of England in the 1850’s when the general public commemorated presidents, military exhibitions, regiments, and heroes with a march known as the "Quickstep". The English’s Quickstep was more about smooth steps of the Charleston with the movement and rhythm of the Foxtrot. In the United States, it was suburban New York that put Quickstep on the map and allowed it to thrive and develop. First danced by Caribbean and African dancers - Its origins are a combination of the English Quickstep (Slow Foxtrot + Charleston), Shag, Peabody, and One-step that evolved in the 1920's. Quickstep was heavily influenced by the jazz culture of the 1920s, and owes some of its movement to the popular Latin and Afro-Cuban dance crazes of the 1920s and 1930s. It kept evolving into the dance we know now with a lot movement on the dance floor, many advanced patterns including hops, runs, quick steps with much momentum, and rotation.
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