The Beginner classes is where it all starts. We start with our basic hand hold and connection followed by getting on a learning a move.
The beginner classes are also popular with experienced dancers refining their basic skills and helping the newer dancers just by being there.
We have a set number of moves that arranged in sets so you can monitor your progress each week.
Included in the evening is a review class taken by our Taxi dancers who are here to help look after the beginners.
The review is 30 minutes long and is often split into two groups:
It's a great opportunity to ask questions and get one to one assistance.
We want everyone to have fun and be safe at our dance classes. To help with this we have a Skills Check that we ask everyone to take before joining an intermediate class.
Intro-mediate classes are for anyone who has attended at least 10 classes. You do not need to have pass a Skills Check.
We teach that are ideal for easy social partner dancing.
The intro-mediate review happens immediately after the class and is taken by the class teacher often assisted by their demo.
The review is approximately 15 minutes long and is a great opportunity to ask questions and get one to one assistance with any aspect of the intermediate class.
Modern Jive is a social partner dance where the emphasis is on being able to dance with a different people rather than with a fixed partner. The moves taught in intermediate classes are designed to be freestyleable rather than for competitions or performances.
Once you are confident dancing all the beginner moves then you may be interested in moving up to intermediate level where we present more challenging moves to spice up your repertoire.
To avoid injury to you or your partner, you need to have a Skills Check before attending an intermediate class.
Once you have passed your Skills Check you can attend any intermediate class on any night of the week, you can skip a week or go more than once a week, it doesn't matter. Advanced dancers use these classes to support new intermediates and to work on their own timing, posture and technique.
Our main focus for intermediate is to teach moves that are freestyleable with anyone who has good lead / follow skills and to teach higher level technique.
We have 20 base moves and technique points that are often included each class. Each base move can have many variations that can be developed from it.
The intermediate review happens immediately after the class and is taken by the class teacher often assisted by their demo.
Once you are confident dancing standard intermediate moves with good timing, connection and style, you may be interested in our Intermediate Plus Classes or Workshops.
You will learn more complex moves that require good knowledge and awareness of your partner's balance as well as your own.
It is important that people have a solid grasp of the fundamentals before moving up to higher levels. Dancers who are not up to the required level hold up the class for everyone else. Please make sure you pass the required assessment before attending a higher level class.
For some workshops, you will only be able to book and attend if you have passes the assessment. This is to ensure that dancers can expect everyone attending a higher level workshop to have the appropriate skill level.
An intermediate plus dancer is someone who can dance intermediate moves well, i.e. with good timing, posture, balance and lead and follow technique.
To ensure your safety and that of other dancers, all attendees must have been assessed as ready for intermediate plus by one of our teachers.
Able to lead or follow well
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