Self Levelling – Am I ready for Dance Level 3?

Self Levelling – Am I ready for Dance Level 3?

Are you considering leveling up your dance skills to Level 3 but unsure if you’re ready? Dive into our latest blog post where we explore self-levelling techniques to gauge your readiness and take your dance journey to the next level.

When am I ready to move to Level 3? This is a common question! Here are some videos to help show what we are looking for in dancers that are comfortable and ready to move to a Level 3 dance.

Reminder: At QuickSteps our dance levels are:

  1. Level 1
  2. Level 2
  3. Level 3
  4. Specialist

 

These videos are to help you navigate the jump between Dance Level 2 and Dance Level 3.

 

Rumba

Can you do the following?

I can dance all of the steps in Level 2 Rumba to music without stopping.

So, I’ve started using rumba hip action, bending and straightening my knees.

I can dance without my feet leaving the floor.

Here is a video of Roi and Jam dancing Level 2 Rumba, ready to go on to Level 3. Their feet are staying in contact with the floor, they are bending and straightening their knees and they are comfortably dancing lots of Level 2 Rumba material mixed together.

 

Bachata 

Can you do the following?

I can dance all of the steps in Level 2 bachata to music without stopping (Bachata video 1).

I can string 3 Dance Level 2 step patterns together whilst I’m dancing (Bachata video 1).

Then, I’ve started using basic hip action, bending and straightening my knees (Bachata video 2).

I can dance an Inside Turn on my own and hold for a count of 3 before continuing my basic step (Bachata video 3).

This video shows Jam and Roi dancing through their Level 2 material, first with a basic step in between each, then without the basic step between the patterns. They are also able to play with timing too.

Bachata Video 1:

Bachata Video 2: In this video you will see Jam and Roi first doing the basic without hip movement then with hip movement.

Bachata Video 3: Balance is important when dancing. To be able to comfortably keep up with Dance Level 3 material, dancers need good balance. Practise turning and then stopping as Roi and Jam are demonstrating here.

 

Salsa 

Moving from salsa Level 2 to Dance Level 3 requires good balance.

I can dance all of the steps in Level 2 salsa to music without stopping (Salsa video 1).

Then , I can dance a Right Turn and a Left Turn on my own and at the end of the spin I can stop and count to 3 before taking my next step, this is because I have good balance (Salsa Video 2).

I can dance my salsa to authentic latin music as well as top 40 music and know how to count myself in.

**Not sure what music to salsa dance to? This blog should give you some options to practice with at home.

Salsa Dancing Songs

Salsa Video 1: Dancing without stopping

Salsa Video 2: Stopping after a turn

 

Rock n Roll

I can dance all of the steps in Dance Level 2 rock n roll to music without stopping (Rock n Roll video 1).

So, I can dance to both fast and slow rock n roll songs and stay in time (Rock n Roll video 2 shows Jam and Roi dancing to a much faster rock n roll song- note the small steps and how far forward their weight is on their feet).

I can dance at least 5 rock n roll steps in a row without going back to my basic step (Rock n Roll video 3).

Rock n Roll video 2

Rock n Roll video 3

 

Tango 

I can dance all of the steps in Level 2 tango to music without stopping.

I’m starting to use heel leads and toe releases while I dance.

Then, I am keeping my knees soft and my head is staying at a consistent level as I dance (not bobbing up and down) (Tango video 1).

I feel comfortable navigating on a crowded floor.

Tango video 1

 

Waltz (videos to come!)

I can dance all of the steps in Level 2 waltz to music without stopping.

I can dance in time with the music and ‘stop’ between any step pattern for the count of 3.

Then , I’m starting to use heel leads and toe releases while I dance.

I am comfortable using sway from side to side during my hesitations and forward chains.

When I dance I mainly use left and right box Combinations to move around the floor.

I can dance a twinkle keeping my feet on the ground.

I have been working on my posture and am standing up straight when I dance Waltz.