The description of levels of classes at our studio.
Since there are so many ways to describe levels of difficulty in dancing, each school decides to have their own set that indicates where you are in your learning. The break down into levels is also in some way a reflection of school’s philosophy of dancing and teaching how to dance. Here are our levels, for ease of comprehension compared to something everybody is familiar with – the school system that we go through when growing up. Mind you it’s obviously not the same time line.
Novice – just starting – from the moment you enter the dance studio for the first time, to about first 3 to 6 months of dancing – you are still learning how to learn, how your body works on the dance floor and how to find your way around the “other person” in front of you. You learn what leading and following is all about and how information is transferred from leader to the follower, and back. You learn how to listen to music, what it means to dance to the rhythm, and what it means to lead and follow to the rhythm. You also learn about how your stance makes it possible – or impossible – to do “things” on the dance floor. In general: it’s the Preschool of dancing.
Beginner – more or less your first year to about year and a half of dancing – you already know how to learn. At that level you get to “touch” and get to try simple examples of basic concepts in a given style of dancing. You learn a little bit of everything, so that you get a fairly broad – but not very detailed – picture of the dance you have chosen for your hobby. Junior High school.
Improver – By that time your’e done with the Beginner level and advance to Improver, you will already understand most basic concepts and can execute simple examples in each. At this stage, rather then “digging deeper”, you’ll get to focus on how to dance things you already know better and with more fluidity, and broaden your repertoire by adding more patterns to your dance. At this stage you’ll be focusing on fluidity in moving from one pattern to another as well as learning new variations of patterns you already know. High school.
Intermediate – this stage of learning is about more complicated stuff, but also about returning to basics, with understanding, that it’s the good basics that make the complicated stuff flow, dance well and look easy. It’s also time to start doing things that previously were – out of lack of control in basics – impossible to attempt. Senior high school.
Advanced – This would be comparable to university learning and working towards masters degree.