The Quickstep, with its roots in Ragtime, was developed in the 1920’s in New York from a combination of Foxtrot, Charleston, Peabody and the One step.
Originally it was danced away from your partner, but later became a partner dance. It was originally given the name Quick Time Fox Trot but eventually that name was changed to Quickstep. The dance traveled to England and was developed into the dance that we know today, standardized in 1927.
In a basic form Quickstep is a combination of walks and chases but in an advanced form hops, jumps, and syncopation are utilized. It is an elegant and glamorous dance in which body contact is maintained throughout the dance.