How to Assess Your Skill Level in Dance (podcast)


I’ll be honest – I’m pretty level agnostic. I don’t believe in absolute levels. I think it’s always relative to your scene or the attendees of a given dance event. As a teacher, I know that an intermediate class I teach in one city will be called an advanced class in another. As a student, I know that I can be more interested in beginner level classes at one festival and intermediate classes at another. But in order to have this dynamic approach to level assignment, it’s important to have valid tools for self-assessment. A couple of years ago I posted a response on the topic “What Level Should I Be?” Discussing this idea with Charles was great fun, and I think you will find a lot of useful ideas. Go have a listen!

Dance Your Heart on Fire 029: How to Self-Assess Your Skill Level in Dance

For those of you who prefer a written outline:

Problems of assigning levels
Dealing with ego and arrogance
Addressing insecurities
We are all learning

Tools of Assessment
Years of experience – but how much time was intentional learning?
Completion of certain levels of class
Feedback from social dance partners
Video with an international teacher
Performance team participation
Competition wins
Teaching classes
Feedback from instructors
Being in demand as a social dancer
Getting information from organizers about level definitions for an event

What your level means
Just tells what you need to do or learn next
Misconceptions of advanced level classes
Who people dance with based on level
Which classes you should take and why
Importance of maintaining an attitude of readiness to learn
Value of seeking to connect with people at all levels