Advancement Support

Here you’ll find information on general skills as well as specific figures that our Club Professionals will be looking for to see if you’re ready to advance to the next class.

Prerequisites for Level 2

If you are ready for Level 2, you should have an understanding of the basic character and movement of each dance taught in level 1 (e.g., Waltz floats and Two Step smoothly travels around the dance floor, while Cha-Cha is a more stationary, Latin influenced dance). You should also be able to dance most of the basic figures of each dance taught in level 1 with:

  • correct timing
  • good posture, frame and tone and the ability to use these to effectively lead/follow
  • good basic foot work (heel lead verses toe lead etc.)
  • the ability to apply line of dance and general floor craft rules

Level 1 Social/Ballroom figures you should know before taking Level 2:

Waltz
Rumba
East Coast Swing
Foxtrot
Cha Cha
Box step
Box
Basic in open position
Side basic
Side basic
Left turning box
Left turning box
Basic in closed position
Rock turn to the left
Progressive basic
Progressive/change steps
Side basic
Basics turning right and left, simple transfers between open and closed positions
Swap step
Crossover breaks
Balance steps/hesitations
5th position breaks
Lady’s underarm turns to her left and right
Promenade
Walk around turns
Box with underarm turn
Crossover breaks
Cuddle/wrap
Promenade with underarm turn
Outside partner breaks
Balance/hesitation and box
Outside partner breaks
Hammerlock/Wringer
Backwards basic
Simple chase turns (progressive basic with no hands)
Balance steps with underarm turn
Back hand change (gentleman’s turn)
Box step
Lady’s underarm turn to (her) right

Basic Country figures you should know before moving to Level 2

Two Step
Night Club
Triple Two Step
Country Cha Cha
Basic
Basic
Basic
Side basic
Promenade
Flat spin (lady’s underarm turn to her right)
Lady’s flare (zig zagging basic)
Forward and back basic
Lady’s outside turn
Side travelling basic
Lady’s flare with underarm turn to her right (outside turn)
Crossover breaks
Lady’s inside turn from promenade
Left turning basic
Right turning loop
Outside partner breaks
Wrap and walk out
Left turning basic with lady’s inside turn (to her left)
Right turning loop
Fifth position breaks
Wrap and check turn out
Right turning basic
Basket
Walk around turns for man and lady
1/2 couple rotation to the right
Right turning basic with lady’s outside turn (to her right)
Left turning loop
Open break and underarm turn
Couple rotation to the right
Walk around underarm turn
Left turning loop with lady’s underarm turn to her left (inside turn)
Underarm turns for man and lady
Sweetheart and free spin out
Lace
Wrap
3 Cha-cha-chas forwards and backwards
Grapevine
Cross body lead

Prerequisites for Level 3

  • You have mastered your basics and a variety of figures in multiple dances and are now an intermediate level social dancer.
  • You have a more in-depth knowledge of the character and movement of the various dances taught in level 2 (eg. Waltz uses rise and fall, long strides and rotations to portray the couple elegantly swooping and gliding across the floor)
  • You have the ability to dance the majority of figures of each dance taught in level 2 in addition to the basics from level 1 (see prerequisites for Social 2) with such elements as:
    correct timing
    good posture, frame and tone and a more in-depth application of these with regards to leading/following
    enhanced footwork (use of supporting foot, elevation etc.)
    beginner level of various expressive elements such as: cuban motion, rise and fall, arm styling etc, effective floor craft and pattern combinations

Figures expected before moving to Level 3

Waltz
Rumba
East Coast Swing
Cha Cha
Foxtrot
Simple twinkle
Cross body lead
Double face loop
Cross body lead
Zig zags inline
Face to face and back to back
Cross over and side rocks
Back hand change with “swim” variation
Chase turns
Zig zags outside partner
Face to face and back to back from box with underarm turn
Cross body lead with open Cuban walks
Tuck and free spins with L to R or R to R hand holds
3 cha-cha-chas
Rock turn to the right
Turn return
Open break to lady’s underarm turn
Hand slide
Double cross overs with flick/check and walk around turn
Simple twinkle
Right box
Shoulder catch
Sugar push
Chase challenges
Promenade twinkles (promenade to counter promenade and back to promenade)
Cradle circle
Double overhead

Prerequisites for Interational Silver

  • You are an intermediate level dancer. You have experience and knowledge of many of the figures in the International Bronze syllabus OR have completed a year of level 3 in the social program and are comfortable using closed (body contact position) in the ballroom dances
  • You have refined the characters and typical movements of a variety of dances and now easily use elements such as hip action, rise and fall, and arm styling to express yourself on the dance floor
  • You have the ability to dance a variety of intermediate level figures in multiple dances with such elements such as: (1) correct timing, (2) good posture, frame, and tone, and effective lead/follow skills (3) refined footwork and improved balance and weight transfers, (4) intermediate level of expressive elements – hip action, rise and fall etc., and (5) good use of pattern combinations and good floor craft.

Figures expected before taking International Silver

Waltz
Rumba
Foxtrot
Cha Cha
Tango
Natural turn
Basic movements
Feather step
Basic movements
Walks
Change steps/closed changes
New Yorks
Three step
New Yorks
Progressive side step
Reverse turn
Spot turns/underarm turns
Natural turn
Spot turns/underarm turns
Progressive link
Natural spin turn
Shoulder to shoulder
Reverse turn
Shoulder to shoulder
Closed promenade
Whisks (forwards and backwards)
Hand to hand
Closed impetus and feather finish
Hand to had
Rock turn
Chasse from promenade position
Progressive rocks
Natural weave
Three cha cha chas
Open reverse turn, Lady outside
Closed impetus
Fan
Change of direction
Fan
Back corte
Hesitation change
Alemana
Alemana
Open reverse turn, lady inline
Outside change
Hockey stick
Hockey stick
Left foot and right foot rocks
Progressive chasse to the right
Natural opening out movement
Natural opening out movement
Twist turn

Prerequisites for International Gold

  • You are an seasoned, intermediate + level dancer.
  • You have have taken the Silver class, preferably for a minimum of 2 years AND feel confident with the material presented OR you have other dance experience and are confident with the majority of the figures in both the International Bronze and Silver syllabus (see also Silver prerequisites)
  • You have refined the characters and typical movements of a variety of dances and now easily use elements such as various hip actions, rise and fall, sway and arm styling to express yourself on the dance floor
  • You have the ability to dance a variety of intermediate level figures in multiple dances with such elements such as: (1) correct timing and some basic phrasing, (2) very good posture, frame and tone and effective lead/follow skills, (3)  refined footwork and improved balance and settling of weight, (4) intermediate level of expressive elements – hip action, rise and fall etc., (5) very good use of pattern combinations, and (6) good floor craft.

Figures expected before taking International Gold

Waltz
Rumba
Foxtrot
Cha Cha
Tango
Double reverse spin
Opening out right and left
Open impetus
Cuban breaks and split Cuban breaks
Progressive side step reverse turn
Reverse pivot
Closed hip twist
Closed telemark
Closed hip twist
Open promenade
Weaves, basic and from promenade
Open hip twist
Open telemark
Open hip twist
Natural promenade turn
Open impetus
Fan (development)
Hover telemark
Fan (development)
Promenade link
Closed telemark
Natural top
Natural telemark
Natural top
Four step
Open telemark
Reverse top
Hover cross
Reverse top
Four step change
Cross hesitation
Aida
Outside swivel
Aida
Brush tap
Wing
Spiral
Weaves, basic and from promenade
Spiral
Back open promenade

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