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The quickstep evolved in the 1920s from a combination of the foxtrot, The Chase G Chug, Charleston, shag, peabody, and one-step. The dance is English in origin, and was standardized in 1927. While it evolved from the foxtrot, the quickstep now is quite separate. Unlike the modern foxtrot, the man often closes his feet and […]

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Viennese Waltz

This whirling, thrilling dance dates back to the early 1700’s in Europe. It was a dance first popular with the common folk and then with the upper classes. In 1774, the great writer Goethe wrote this about dancing the Viennese Waltz at a country dance, “Never have I moved so lightly. I was no longer […]

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Tango (the dance with the stop “Baille Con Carte”) originated in Spain or Morocco. The Tango was introduced to the New World by the Spanish settlers, eventually coming back to Spain with Black and Creole influences. In the early 19th century, the Tango was a solo dance performed by the woman. The Andalusian Tango was […]

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Around the turn of the 20th century, influential African American musicians, such as Scott Joplin began composing syncopated ragtime music. A smooth dance like the Waltz just did not suit this type of fervent music and a new breed of dances quickly evolved in response to ragtime. One of the first was called Turkey trot, […]

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The name Waltz came from the Italian word “volver” meaning to turn or revolve. It evolved from a German and Austrian peasant dance called the Landler in ¾ time replacing the heavy hopping and jumping movements with more polished and graceful gliding. It was also the first widely popular dance to feature a closed position. […]

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