Definition of quickstep in US English:



  • 1A dance similar to a fast foxtrot.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Played at a quickstep tempo, the dirge was at once transformed into a jaunty, comic, oompah version of the Scottish anthem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I believe they are the youngest couple in the country capable of performing the foxtrot, quickstep, waltz and tango.’
    • ‘An excellent dance band is playing quicksteps to a large elegant room built for hundreds but tonight seating fewer than a dozen.’
    • ‘She breathed a sigh of relief as the orchestra finished the quickstep they'd been playing.’
    • ‘Who now does the military two step, the foxtrot, the valetta, the quickstep, the destiny waltz, the gay gordons?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hinnegan's efforts involved the performance of the Argentine tango and the quickstep, both of which were executed with excellent expression.’
    • ‘While an eight-piece orchestra will play waltzes, foxtrots, and quicksteps at the Atrium, the poolside will have a brand new band from Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The All-Ireland ballroom dancing champions and wowed the crowd with their tangos and quicksteps and waltzes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meetings held on the floor below are being interrupted by the sounds of waltzes, quicksteps and foxtrots on wooden floors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On Christmas Night you're invited to a night of social and ceilidh dancing, the emphasis being on old time dances, waltzes and quicksteps.’
    • ‘Rhythmically vigorous - as fiddle tunes and quicksteps are - with never a wasted note, it gets your body moving or your grin going.’
    • ‘That explains why the quickstep is her favorite dance, followed by the paso, the samba, the blues and the starlight waltz.’
    • ‘The ballroom competition consists of the waltz, quickstep, slow foxtrot, Viennese 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.’
    • ‘Waltz, foxtrot, and quickstep were the popular ballroom dances.’
    1. 1.1 A piece of music written for a quickstep.
  • 2A step used when marching in quick time.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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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.’
    • ‘Lifelong dancing partners are quickstepping it out of Bolton to teach salsa in the sun.’
    • ‘Mention ballroom dancing and most people think of smiling couples dressed in designer suits and glitzy dresses waltzing, quickstepping and foxtrotting across the hardwood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘When I feinted to my left, he quickstepped to his right, gaze locked with mine.’