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Quick Quick

Is represented by a Double Rhythm Unit which is 2 steps to 2 beats of music. This is an Even Rhythm. Also see Slow.

"Quick Quick"
Double Rhythm

(Even Rhythm)


For diagram definitions see
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Quick Quick Slow System (QQS)

The purpose here is to show the differences between terms used in Raper's Dance Dictionary and those used by the "Quick Quick Slow" system. We will refer herein to Raper's Dance Dictionary as RDD and the Quick Quick Slow as QQS.  This information  is provided to help people survive the maze of differences in commonly used dance terminology.  Please note that I call the system "Quick Quick Slow" because it has been used by so many different dance studios and dance instructors over the years.  I think Laurie Hailé first wrote the dance manuals for the studios, but I am not sure.

In 4/4 time a Quick Quick would be 2 steps to 2 beats of music (stepping on each beat) and a Slow would 1 step to two beats of music (stepping on the first beat).

Annotation Differences between QQS & RDD

Discussion:  The annotation used in Raper's Dance Dictionary (RDD) adheres quite closely to that of the Universal Unit System (TM) or UUS.   Annotating syncopations in the Quick Quick Slow (QQS) system is a nightmare, where in the Universal Unit System (UUS) it is very easy.

QQS:  For dance annotation the system is almost exclusively based on Quick Quick's (2 steps) and Slow's (1 step). In 4/4 time a Quick Quick would be 2 steps to 2 beats of music (stepping on each beat) and a Slow would 1 step to two beats of music (stepping on the first beat).

RDD:   Some of the reasoning behind using the annotation methods of the UUS is as follows:  The UUS defines a Rhythm Unit to be 2 beats of music in 4/4 time and 3 beats of music in 3/4 time.  This makes it very simple to annotate dance.   Let's look at some examples in 4/4 time. 

First, the UUS uses a very simple Rhythm Unit count such as [1   2]  or [&1  &2]  or [&a1  &a2], the latter referred to as a "rolling count."  RDD uses a symbol such as an "X" to indicate a weight change and a slash "/" to indicate a beat of music without a weight change.  The UUS actually uses a "filled in circle" to represent a weight change, but we can't do that in HTML code without using a slow downloading graphic symbol so we use the alphabetic letter X  or x.

Let's look at a very commonly used syncopated swing dance step called a [kick step step].  The count is [1 & 2].  The weight change annotation is [/ x X] which indicates a kick on count "1" a step on count "&" and a step on count "2."

Double Rhythm

See:  Double Rhythm in Raper's Dance Dictionary to see how there are different definitions of Double Rhythm in common usage by dance instructors today.

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