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TEACHERS
& LEVELS

Teachers
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Gastón (Gas) Fernández, teacher, Argentina

GAS

GASTÓN (GAS) FERNÁGastón (Gas) Fernández, teacher, ArgentinaNDEZ, teacher, Argentina
Alba Mengual, teacher, Spain

& ALBA

Alba Mengual, teacher, Spain
Pavlina Grombiri Korcova, teacher, Czech Republic

PAVLI

Pavlina Grombiri Korcova, teacher, Czech Republic
Victor Hristoskov, teacher, Bulgaria

& VICTOR

Victor Hristoskov, teacher, Bulgaria
Edmilson Da Cruz Botelho, teacher, Portugal

EDMILSON

Edmilson Da Cruz Botelho, teacher, Portugal
Andrea Liarco, teacher, Italy

ANDREA

Andrea Liarco, teacher, Italy
Lucia Mendoza, teacher, Spain
Lucia Mendoza, teacher, Spain

& LUCIA

Melanie, teacher, Spain

MELANIE

Melanie, teacher, Spain
Albert, teacher, Spain
Albert, teacher, Spain

& ALBERT

Levels
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LEVELS

What level should I take? Please read this before choosing your level.

 

It is very important that you are realistic & honest about your skill level. You will gain the most if you participate in classes that match your own skill level. Don’t overestimate yourself, or you and your fellow students won’t have any fun. Even when a higher level sounds great, you should only register for that level if you already have the required skills. This will allow the instructors to meet your specific needs to the best of their abilities.
 

We know it is hard to put yourself in the right level especially as levels have different meanings in different cities and communities. To give you a guideline to pick the appropriate level we created the elaborate level descriptions below. 
 

If you are still in doubt you can ask your/our teachers for a recommendation.
 

If you register with a partner, make sure to choose the level that fits both of you. If your level/expertise/experience doesn’t match, we prefer you to register at different levels. It will still count as ‘registering with a partner’.
 

The best advice we can give you is not to rush to get to a higher level. If you want to become better, you will benefit the most in the correct and not at the highest level.

Teachers will check during the first class if everybody is on the right level, and changes might be requested if they feel a couple or an individual would be better off at another level.

BEGINNER*

LEVEL

COUPLE TRACK

* Please note that our beginner level is only for people who have taken partnered dance classes before (any other style is fine).

  • I’ve never danced blues before (but I do have experience in other partnered dances)

       or

  • I had a few blues workshops/tasters 

       or

  • I’ve been taking blues classes for a few months or dancing blues for less than a year.

       or

  • I only participated in the previous edition of BB and haven’t taken regular classes since.

If one of the 4 descriptions above applies to you, this is your group!

Classes for beginners start on Friday evening at 19:30!!

INTERMEDIATE

LEVEL

COUPLE TRACK

  • I have taken regular (weekly) classes or workshops for at least 1 - 3 years. 
     

  • I am able to lead/follow the basic steps, and I know a nice range of vocabulary to play with on the social dancefloor.
     

  • I am able to switch between different types of connections (close embrace, open, closed, side by side…).
     

  • I can dance to different tempos, but the very fast (or very slow) ones can still be challenging.
     

  • I understand the importance of the role of each partner in blues dance.
     

  • I want to develop my skills and build confidence.

INTERMEDIATE/
ADVANCED

LEVEL

COUPLE TRACK

  • I have taken regular (weekly) classes or workshops for at least 3-6 years. 
     

  • I feel comfortable dancing to different tempos and styles of blues music.
     

  • I can incorporate different rhythms into my dancing.
     

  • I know about different styles of blues music and try to change my dancing to fit the music.
     

  • I go to socials frequently and can easily mix steps.
     

  • I have a sound understanding of the blues aesthetic and solid partnering technique.

ADVANCED

LEVEL

COUPLE TRACK

  • I have been blues dancing regularly for many years, and I am amongst the most experienced dancers in my community.
     

  • I (might) teach locally .
     

  • I am able to lead/follow a very wide range of moves.
     

  • I am confident in dancing to a large variety of blues music styles and a range of tempos (Latin blues, Texas Shuffle, Chicago triple,...).
     

  • I love to join jam circles, competitions or performances. 
     

  • I am a musical dancer and capable of improvisation.
     

  • I have a sound understanding of the blues aesthetic and solid partnering technique.
     

  • I have great quality of movement

SOLO*

LEVEL

SOLO TRACK

*This solo track aims at the more experienced dancers (intermediate/advanced). The tempo will be higher then what is expected in a ‘beginners or all levels class’

  • I have taken regular (weekly) classes or workshops for at least 1-3 years, dancing solo.
     

  • I know several steps from the solo blues vocabulary.
     

  • I feel comfortable dancing to different tempos and styles of blues music.
     

  • I am a musical dancer and capable of improvisation.
     

  • I don’t mind learning a choreo.

Levels Info
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