Quickstep music has 4 beats to the bar and about 50 bars per minute. Half a bar is one slow (S) or two quicks (QQ). Many figures are one and a half bars long making it impractical to count actual beats. It is possible to work in half bars (counting 1, 2 for each half) but easier to use slows and quicks. The first step (beat 1 of each bar) is usually forwards on the heel first or backwards on the toe first. The supporting knee is bent slightly to take the step before straightening to push off. The other steps are on the balls of the feet and should glide rather than bounce.
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