Am I Ready For Dance Level 2?

Generally, after 3-6 months in Level Dance 1, members will start to ask themselves, ‘Am I ready for Dance Level 2’?

Am I Ready for Dance Level 2? Guidelines for Progression and Evaluation

If you’re attending private lessons, your teacher is the best person to answer this! If you’re not doing private lessons, you will want to book a lesson to go through and check off each of your dances and gain some pointers along the way. You can do this through your QS Diary, where it says ‘Book an Extra Lesson.’’. During this lesson, the teacher will dance you through each style, checking off moves and techniques as you go to make sure you are ready.

Here are some videos that will show you the level of dancing and some of the skills required to go from Level 1 to Level 2.

Music and Timing- By the end of Dance Level 2, it is expected that you are starting to get more comfortable with recognizing which song best suits which style of music. Here is a little guessing game for you. Can you guess the style of dance before Kevin and Jam start dancing?

When Level 1 Rumba becomes Level 2 Rumba:

  • I can dance all of the steps in Level 1 Rumba to music without stopping
  • I can recognize which music I can dance the rumba to and count myself in
  • I am starting to lead and follow without prompting and understand how to dance socially

Below is a video of Kevin and Jam leading and following level 1 rumba to music. If you are dancing your Level 1 rumba this way, you are certainly ready for Level 2.

 

When Level 1 Bachata becomes Level 2 Bachata:

  • I can dance all of the steps in Level 1 Bachata to music without stopping.
  • I can recognize which music I can dance the Bachata to and count myself in.
  • I understand how to lead/follow timing changes and can apply them to my dancing.
  • I am starting to lead and follow without prompting and understand how to dance socially.
  • I know the different dance positions and how to change between them whilst dancing.

Below is a video of Kevin and Jam leading and following level 1 Bachata to music. If you are dancing your Level 1 Bachata like this, you are certainly ready for Dance Level 2.

 

When Level 1 Salsa becomes Level 2 Salsa:

  • I can dance all of the steps in Level 1 Salsa to music without stopping.
  • I can confidently use a Cross Body Lead whilst dancing Salsa.
  • I can recognize which music I can dance Salsa to and count myself in.
  • I am starting to lead/follow without prompting and understand how to dance socially.

Below is a video of Kevin and Jam leading and following level 1 Salsa music. If you are dancing your Level 1 Salsa like this, you are certainly ready for Level 2 Dance.

 

When Level 1 Rock ‘n Roll becomes Level 2 Rock ‘n Roll:

  • I can dance all of the steps in Level 1 Rock ‘n Roll to music without stopping.
  • I can recognize which music I can dance Rock ‘n Roll to and count myself in.
  • I am starting to lead/follow without prompting and understand how to dance socially.

Below is a video of Kevin and Jam leading and following level 1 Rock ‘n Roll to music. If you are dancing your Level 1 Rock ‘n Roll like this, you are certainly ready for Level 2.

 

When Level 1 Tango becomes Level 2 Tango:

  • I can dance all of the steps in Level 1 Tango to music without stopping.
  • I can recognize which music I can dance the Tango to and count myself in.
  • I am starting to lead/follow without prompting and understand how to dance socially.
  • I know how to hold a basic dance frame and maintain my own posture.

Below is a video of Kevin and Jam leading and following level 1 Tango to music. If you are dancing your Level 1 Tango like this, you are certainly ready for Dance Level 2.

 

When Level 1 Waltz becomes Level 2 Waltz:

  • I can dance all of the steps in Level 1 Waltz to music without stopping.
  • I can recognize which music I can dance the Waltz to and count myself in.
  • I am starting to lead/follow without prompting and understand how to dance socially.
  • I know how to hold a basic dance frame and maintain my own posture.
  • I understand how to change my weight whenever my feet come together (example Forward Chain).

Below is a video of Kevin and Jam leading and following level 1 Waltz to music. If you are dancing your Level 1 Waltz like this you are certainly ready for Level Dance 2.