Skill Level Descriptions

Beginner

A beginner’s a beginner. You do not need any prior dance experience to go out and dance in the social scene. However, sometimes an instructional dance class can help you loosen up on the social dance floor. If you are looking for a class that will help you in the social scene, just pick a basic beginner class in the style that you enjoy. For example, a beginner hip hop class would be great for club or bar dancing and a basic latin ballroom class would help you feel comfortable at a salsa club.

Do not feel overwhelmed if your style does not exactly match others in the class or in the clubs. It’s all about making the choreography your own and simply having fun! For certain dance styles such as line dancing or salsa dancing, sometimes venues hire instructors to teach dances to the guests. Watching and learning is great for social dancing, but the most important thing is to relax and have fun no matter how nervous or “out of your comfort zone” you feel! Not to mention trying to learn a new dance style is a great way to meet people on and off the dance floor.

Intermediate

All social dance scenes are designed for every level of dancer: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. You do not have to be at the “intermediate level” to get your groove on at a club or honky tonk bar. Obviously the more styles of dance you’ve studied the more comfortable and “intermediate” you will be at showing off your moves in the social atmosphere. Technically there is no “intermediate social dancer” protocol since all levels are welcome but if you want to improve your moves, get your butt in a legitimate dance class. For intermediate dancers looking to improve on their dance skills, taking a class in your prefered genre of dance is a great start.

The ability you will develop in class to quickly pick up choreography and style can carry over onto the social dance scene. Once you are able to learn dances quickly you can confidently dance along with a group of people who have all just learned a line dance or a fun salsa combination.

Advanced

This is an example of an advanced social dancer. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT6xGvKLP8c) If this guy were to be in a club, and started busting out his crazy moves to popular songs, he would be the center of attention for the night. For beginner and intermediate social dancers, the good news is that the advanced dancers usually stick together and are the center of attention in a circle of people. All social dance scenes are designed for every level of dancer: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

You do not have to be at the “advanced level” to get your groove on at a club or honky tonk bar. Obviously the more styles of dance you’ve studied the more comfortable and “advanced” you will be at showing off your moves in the social atmosphere. Technically there is no “advanced social dancer” protocol since all levels are welcome but if you want to improve your moves, get your butt in a legitimate dance class.

For intermediate dancers looking to improve on their dance skills, taking a class in your preferred genre of dance is a great start. The ability you will develop in class to quickly pick up choreography and style can carry over onto the social dance scene. Once you are able to learn dances quickly, it is an awesome feeling to confidently dance along with a group of people who have all just learned a line dance or a fun salsa combination.