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What Level is that Dance?
   
by Bill Larson


This is the first in a series of articles written by Bill Larson aimed at choreographers

This list of dance terms was put together as a guideline for line dance teachers & choreographers. It will assist choreographers in assigning a level to their dances, and help teachers determine the level of a dance that has no level assigned to it.

Please keep in mind this is a guideline only. All dancers, teachers and classes are different, and what’s intermediate for one group may be advanced for another. The important thing to keep in mind is that a natural progression should take place. As with anything you learn…you need the basic information before you can move forward with more intricate details.

The terms listed are, by no means, every dance term available. They are, however, some of the more common terms used in line dancing. Once you see the categories, you will have a better idea of where other terms would fit as well.

The breakdown is as follows:

Beginner:     For dancers who are new to any form of dance.
Easy Intermediate: Also known as Improver or Advanced Beginner levels. For dancers who have a basic knowledge of dance terminology and who are coping well with Beginner
material and wish to move to the next level but aren’t ready for the full Intermediate level. This is a good bridge between the Beginner and Intermediate platforms, where steps may crossover from one level to another.
Intermediate: For dancers with a solid knowledge of dance terminology, who are not new to dancing.
Advanced: For dancers who not only have a solid grasp on dance terminology, but can also execute more complex steps and patterns with ease, and are able to perform more style-specific technique.


Suggested Minimum Levels for Dances Containing Common Step Sequences
 

BEGINNER

Apart
Back Recover
Balance
Beats
Behind
Brush
Bump
Centre
Charleston
Count
Cross
Cross Recover
Fan (Heel/Toe)
Foot Positions
Forward Recover
Grapevine (Vine)
Hitch
Hook
Kick
Knee Pops
Point
Rock Step
Recover
Rocking Chair
Scuff
Side Recover
Splits (Heel / Toe)
Start Position
Step
Step Quarter Turn
Stomp
Strut (Heel / Toe)
Sway
Timing
Together
Touch (Tap)
Walk
Waltz Basic
Waltz Turn
Weight Change
   

IMPROVER

Ball Change
Ball Step
Ball Cross
Chasse (Side Triple/shuffle)
Clap(s)
Coaster
Coaster Cross
Count “&”
Cross Unwind
Cross Shuffle
Drag
Heel Grind
Hold
Hop
Jazz Box
Jazz Box Turn
Jump
Paddle Quarter Turn
Pivot Half Turn
Restart
Rolling Vine
Rhumba Box
Shimmy
Shuffle (Forward, Back)
Skate
Slide
Swivel
Tag
Twinkle (Cross Waltz)
Twist
Weave


INTERMEDIATE

Arm Movements
Boogie Walk
Cha Cha Timing
Chug
Diagonal (Steps)
Diagonal (Lock)
Dorothy Step
Heel Ball Change
Heel Ball Cross
Heel Jacks
Hinge Turn
Kick Ball Change
Kick Ball Cross
Lock Step
Lunge
Mambo Step
Mambo Turn
Monterey Turn
Night Club 2 Step
One Eighth Turns
Out, Out, In, In
Ronde (Sweep)
Sailor Step
Sailor Step Turn
Sailor Step Cross
Samba
Samba Cross
Scoot
Spin
Spot Turn
Switches (Side)
Switches (Heel)
Swivels
Tempo Change
Three Step Turn
Toe Heel Cross
Triple Turn
Vaudervilles


ADVANCED

Applejacks
Body Rolls
Corkscrew Turn
Count “a”
Count “8 & 1”
Hat Movements
Pencil Turn
Reverse Turns
Rise & Fall
Styling
Swivet


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