Skill Level Descriptions
A beginner’s a beginner. You should not have any prior dance experience to begin studying ballroom. Age doesn’t matter as there are classes for young children, seniors, and everyone inbetween. The majority of beginner ballroom dancers start out with American style ballroom. A beginner ballroom dancer can be classified as someone who needs an instructor to physically walk them through the basic steps such as the box step and the underarm turn. You may still be taking a beginner class after a whole year of study, but the basics will lead to surprising results for your dance technique and your overall fitness. Hard work and patience is key for a beginner. Soon you will be waltzing towards the more intermediate classes.
NOTE TO ALL BEGINNERS
Recital studio ballroom classes are recreational and less strict. These are classes for the beginner dancers. In most cases, only after experience in basic beginner level classes does one work up to the competition level.
Intermediate ballroom dancers have a significant amount of experience in the style. An intermediate ballroom dancer should be able to confidently go out into the middle of the floor, recognize the type of dance by hearing the beats in the music, and then begin improvising by putting the appropriate steps in an order of their choice. As soon as you hear a piece of music, you can grab a partner and begin a basic step. If you are a woman, then you understand the art of following, and if you are a man you can lead properly at the appropriate time. After about 10 to 15 hours of lessons under your belt, you may now have the ability to piece two or three steps together yourself. After you are able to do rudimentary improv, you have begun advancing to the intermediate level. You have to develop the “ear” for the music and pick up the beat which takes time.
Sometimes, people have a natural talent for listening and hearing the beats, but don't get discouraged if you have to practice.Flexibility and stamina should match most of the other dancers in the class, however this is not always the case. A beginner can naturally be super flexible while an advanced ballroom dancer might struggle in that particular area but excel in others. Intermediate ballroom classes require more difficult combinations along with an expected understanding of the dance language and terms. If you or your child have reached the level of intermediate, prepare for higher intensity and potentially a larger time commitment depending on the studio.
A beginner should not take an advanced ballroom class because flexibility, stamina, and lack of prior knowledge alone will prohibit the dancer from keeping up and getting the most out of the class. Unlike some styles of dance, an advanced ballroom class requires commitment. These classes will most likely be for professional or pre-professional dancers looking for advanced performance opportunities or high intensity training and preparation for ballroom competitions.<.p>