CDC Revision Notes

Basic Quickstep

This is a fairly fast dance in 2/4 or 4/4 time (approx. 50 bars per minute of music). When travelling around the room, the Line-Of-Dance follows the wall in an anticlockwise direction. The leader will be largely facing the wall (but looking left) while the follower largely faces into the centre of the room (but also looks left).

Unlike some other dances, quickstep figures do not match up with whole bars of music (a typical basic figure occupies one and a half bars). Also some steps are slower than others - with a "slow" taking twice as long as a "quick". However, the feet are still used alternately.

The simplest rhythm pattern is slow, quick, quick, slow with the simplest foot pattern for that being a step forwards or backwards followed by a chassé - ie a step to the side, a closing step and another step to the side. This pattern of four steps means that each figure begins on the same foot, right for the leader and left for the follower, and the leader's steps are not simply the same as the follower's at a different time.

A slow forwards step will be on the heel first. A backwards step has to be on the toe first. The 3 steps of a chassé (or a lock) will also be on the toes as anything else would be too slow and clumsy.

Forwards Basic (or Quarter Turn)

The leader steps forwards on the right foot (towards the wall, on the heel first) and then dances a left chassé (along the line of dance) - which is a step to the side on the left foot, a closing step with the right and another step to the side on the left foot (leaving the feet apart). The leader's initial step can be inline with partner but will be outside partner for subsequent repeats once the couple is moving.

The follower steps backwards on the left foot and then dances a right chassé - which is a step to the side on the right foot, a closing step with the left and another step to the side on the right foot (leaving the feet apart). Once the couple are moving, that backwards step will be very much under the body and will only work well if the follower remembers to keep looking to the left.

There will be a slight rotation to the right (no more than a quarter turn) across the steps of this figure, which alters how the direction of the last step in the chassé feels. It also means that the forwards basic must be followed by a backwards figure.

Backwards Basic (or Progressive Chassé)

The leader steps backwards on the right foot (away from the wall) and then dances a left chassé (along the line of dance) - which is a step to the side on the left foot, a closing step with the right and another step to the side on the left foot (leaving the feet apart).

The follower steps forwards on the left foot (on the heel first) and then dances a right chassé - which is a step to the side on the right foot, a closing step with the left and another step to the side on the right foot (leaving the feet apart). The follower's initial step will always be inline with partner.

There will be a slight rotation to the left (no more than a quarter turn) across the steps of this figure, which alters how the direction of the last step in the chassé feels. It also means that the backwards basic must be followed by a forwards figure.

Forward Lock

This is slightly more difficult than the most basic pair of figures above. Rhythmically and in terms of foot alternation the lock component is directly equivalent to a chassé and is typically preceded by the same kind of slow step. However, the footwork is harder to do and needs to keep going in the same direction rather than getting stuck or twisting weirdly midway.

The leader steps forwards on the right foot (diagonally towards the wall, outside partner), forwards again on the left foot, tucks/crosses the right foot closely behind the left foot (without twisting) and steps forwards once more on the left foot.

The follower steps backwards on the left foot backwards again on the right foot, tucks/crosses the left foot closely in front of the right foot (without twisting) and steps back once more on the right foot.

The consistent forwards (or backwards) motion of the lock means that this figure must be followed by another starting in the same direction.


Beginners Easy Quickstep

A repeating set of 2 basics:

Beginners Harder Quickstep

A repeating set of 3 figures: