Definition of quickstep in English:


nounPlural quicksteps

  • 1A dance similar to a fast foxtrot.

    • ‘That explains why the quickstep is her favorite dance, followed by the paso, the samba, the blues and the starlight waltz.’
    • ‘Who now does the military two step, the foxtrot, the valetta, the quickstep, the destiny waltz, the gay gordons?’
    • ‘Men like the late Jim Butler and Seamus Sommers took us first-timers out on the floor to teach us to waltz, do foxtrots, quicksteps and to samba.’
    • ‘I believe they are the youngest couple in the country capable of performing the foxtrot, quickstep, waltz and tango.’
    • ‘Old time dancing lessons in quicksteps, old time waltzes, foxtrots, slow waltzes, etc. will recommence in the Bee Park Community Centre on Friday night, January 21 from 9pm to 11 pm.’
    • ‘She made it to the show's semi-finals with her professional dance partner, Anton Du Beke, having learnt to dance the waltz, foxtrot, samba, rumba, jive and quickstep among others.’
    • ‘There was no doubt his performances have captured the public's imagination as he performed the tango, foxtrot and quickstep in front of delighted fans.’
    • ‘The lessons, which will consist of waltzing, fox-trot, tango, salsa, quickstep, samba, rumba, will be given by Robelyne, a native of the Philippines, who is now living in Limerick.’
    • ‘The All-Ireland ballroom dancing champions and wowed the crowd with their tangos and quicksteps and waltzes.’
    • ‘The ballroom competition consists of the waltz, quickstep, slow foxtrot, Viennese waltz and tango.’
    • ‘The waltz, foxtrot, tango and quickstep are danced in rapid-fire succession in each ballroom round while salsa steps up the beat to let Latin competitors loosen up a little and go through the paces of the rhumba, samba and cha cha.’
    • ‘On Christmas Night you're invited to a night of social and ceilidh dancing, the emphasis being on old time dances, waltzes and quicksteps.’
    • ‘The foxtrot is still danced every night of the week in hundreds of modern sequence dance clubs around the country, along with the waltz, quickstep, tango, rhumba, cha cha, jive, mambo, salsa, saunter, blues, swing and so on.’
    • ‘Rhythmically vigorous - as fiddle tunes and quicksteps are - with never a wasted note, it gets your body moving or your grin going.’
    • ‘While an eight-piece orchestra will play waltzes, foxtrots, and quicksteps at the Atrium, the poolside will have a brand new band from Europe.’
    • ‘Meetings held on the floor below are being interrupted by the sounds of waltzes, quicksteps and foxtrots on wooden floors.’
    • ‘Waltz, foxtrot, and quickstep were the popular ballroom dances.’
    • ‘She breathed a sigh of relief as the orchestra finished the quickstep they'd been playing.’
    • ‘Played at a quickstep tempo, the dirge was at once transformed into a jaunty, comic, oompah version of the Scottish anthem.’
    • ‘Line Dancing classes, waltzing, jiving, quickstep, shoe the donkey etc are all being taught in Kennedy's Lounge every Thursday night from 9.30 to 11.30 pm.’
    • ‘We practiced the cha-cha, quickstep, jive and samba, all of which are coming along quite well.’
    • ‘I wasn't inundated with offers, but I found one gentleman - John - to lead me through waltzes and quicksteps.’
    • ‘An excellent dance band is playing quicksteps to a large elegant room built for hundreds but tonight seating fewer than a dozen.’
    • ‘Hinnegan's efforts involved the performance of the Argentine tango and the quickstep, both of which were executed with excellent expression.’
    • ‘Some of the better dancers among the youngsters are experts not only in folk and traditional dances, but also in ballroom dances like foxtrot, quickstep, waltz and tango, to say nothing of Latin dances such as rumba, samba, jive and salsa.’
    1. 1.1 A piece of music written for a quickstep.
  • 2A step used when marching in quick time.

    • ‘By creating its own elaborate patriotic ballads, many of which were in fact adapted from popular operas of the day, Saxton's band quickly became famous for its quickstep marches throughout Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas.’
    • ‘They wore sombre uniforms, with grey-blue trousers rather than the red of the line, drilled at the quickstep, used bugles rather than drums to transmit orders, and wore the hunting-horn badge.’

verbquickstepped, quickstepping, quicksteps

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  • Dance the quickstep.

    • ‘They married 18 months later and would quickstep together in what is now the new home of Tanwood, the old scout hall.’
    • ‘When I feinted to my left, he quickstepped to his right, gaze locked with mine.’
    • ‘Mention ballroom dancing and most people think of smiling couples dressed in designer suits and glitzy dresses waltzing, quickstepping and foxtrotting across the hardwood.’
    • ‘Lifelong dancing partners are quickstepping it out of Bolton to teach salsa in the sun.’
    • ‘‘They have a dance floor in here,’ she told me a bit of awe on her face as she watched a couple quickstep across the middle of the restaurant that was made to look like a villa courtyard.’
    • ‘Mr. Harris, who still lectured part-time in chemistry and statistics at Huddersfield University after his retirement, had taught hundreds of people to waltz and quickstep during years running a dance club as a hobby.’
    • ‘Space on the night will be limited to leave room for the brave to foxtrot and quickstep.’