Latin and Ballroom Dance Levels in the Access Ballroom Syllabus are Bronze, Silver and Gold, similarly to many other ballroom dance schools. The steps are broken down by the level of difficulty and technique. The dance styles include all Latin, Rhythm and Smooth dances. Smooth dances are Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz. Rhythm dances include Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Hustle, Samba and Mambo. Latin (street style) dances are Salsa, Bachata and Merengue. To learn more about these dances, click any of the dance names above.
You may be wondering what level you are in; or perhaps you would like to understand better where you are at in your current level and what is coming next. Continue reading to learn more about where your dance journey may take you.
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BRONZE (Bronze dance levels 1-4)
Bronze dance levels 1-4 are the foundation of a ballroom dancer’s journey. Within Bronze, there are four different dance levels including Bronze 1, Bronze 2, Bronze 3 and Bronze 4, the last one being more advanced.
When you complete Bronze dance levels 1 and 2, dancing starts to feel natural. In other words, you can dance and talk at the same time. Moreover, you are able to dance a variety of steps and patterns rather than just the basic step. You also start to recognize which dance would fit the music you hear. In addition to the footwork, a lot of the focus is placed on the lead and the follow. We also teach you to understand rhythm and timing for various dances. Finally, you start learning basic styling and technique.
In Bronze dance levels 3 and 4, you learn a greater variety of more intricate dance steps. We also work more on your technique and styling. You learn how to express the emotions and mood of the music through dance. You learn how to smoothly integrate various dance patterns, which will feel and look more advanced. This is when you begin to stand out on the dance floor in social settings.
SILVER (Silver dance levels 1-4)
In Silver dance levels 1-4 you learn even more advanced steps and styling. You are able to now flow more gracefully from one step to another. This is when you really stand out among others. More specifically, your dancing gets to a more professional level, mainly used on the ballroom dance floor, for example, competitions and championships. Higher level styling, musicality and technique are a must. Your balance and control significantly improve when you dance at Silver level.
GOLD (Gold dance levels 1-4)
Gold dance levels 1-4 is the highest in the ballroom world. If you are passionate about being in the spotlight of competitions, shows and performances at professional level, this is the level you should strive for. Imagine yourself being a professional dancer or choreographer in Dancing with the Stars. At Gold dance levels 1-4, your steps become even more intricate. Advanced styling and technique, excellent balance and the ability play around with the timing of the music are all the attributes of Gold dance levels 1-4.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it possible to be at a higher level in some dances and lower in the others?
Yes, it is. If you focus more time and effort on specific dances, you learn more steps and proceed to higher level steps. Preparing a dance routine for a performance is one of such examples – you grow significantly in the chosen dance. However, you will find that the way Access Ballroom Syllabus is built makes it easy to grow in multiple dances at the same time. For instance, when you know how to do a cross-body lead in Rumba, you can figure out the same step in Cha Cha, Bachata and Salsa. When it comes to technique, you will also find similarities between different dances, such as Cuban motion that is used in Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and even Cha Cha.
Q: Can I learn all steps with technique and styling starting from Bronze 1 dance level?
It is advisable that technique (for example, hip movement, Cuban motion, rise and fall, etc.) is introduced once you feel absolutely comfortable and natural with the steps. This usually starts when you move closer to Bronze 2 and 3 dance levels. By the time you reach Bronze 4 you will have perfected it.
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Q: Do I have to perform or compete to be considered at one of the specific dance levels (e.g. Bronze, Silver or Gold)?
No, you do not have to perform or compete. However, it is always good to have a goal. Competitions and performances, like nothing else, push your dance level way higher and make you grow faster than if you did not do them. Doing competitions and shows at any dance level (Bronze, Silver or Gold) will certainly jump up your growth as a dancer in a shorter period of time, as it gives you a goal with a deadline to strive for.
Q: Are there certain dance levels that I have to be in to compete or perform (e.g. Silver or Gold)?
No, not at all. In fact, you can start taking part in dance competitions and perform as early as Bronze 1. As long as you have been taking dance lessons for over three months, then we allow it. Your Dance Instructor at Access Ballroom will take you through each step of the way to prepare you for competitions and performances.
Q: Is it possible to achieve full Bronze and higher levels without taking private lessons, meaning if I take only groups?
No. You may learn some of the more advanced steps in the group classes as you progress from level to level. However, you also need to develop good dance habits from the beginning when it comes to the lead and follow, rhythm, technique, musicality, styling and more. That is why all Access Ballroom’s Dance Packages include private lessons in them, whether it is a Mixed Program or Privates only.
We do that to ensure that you progress as fast as possible, as private lessons add incredible value to your dancing experience and growth. During your private lesson, your Access Ballroom Dance Instructor focuses directly on you (or you and your partner) and can fix the bad habits from the start.
Of course, even though private lessons are pricier than group lessons, you instantly see the value and the difference of how the one-on-one lessons ensure your growth in the dance levels. You also get more value in the long run and save money on the difference in how group lessons take longer to get you to the desired level in technique. The difference is approximately 3 months of consistent privates equals 2 years of consistent group classes. Click here and here to take a look at the progress that our students made while taking private lessons regularly. In just 6-9 months, they were able to do Bronze 2-3 level steps without any prior dance experience whatsoever.
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