Workshop Levels

During the Dansstage, 8 workshops will be offered simultaneously, at different levels. During your registration you can indicate your preference for the group you want to be in, so we know approximately how large the groups will be.

Since we want to keep the group sizes as evenly spread as possible, we might have to rearrange groups. Therefore you might end up in a different group than you initially indicated. During the weekend some adjustments may also be made if it turns out that you do not fit into the group for which you have signed up. In both of these cases, the rearrangement will of course be done in consultation.

To help you estimate your level, you’ll find a description of each group below.

Level 1 – Beginners

Those who have (almost) never been to a balfolk event or have only dared to watch.

Level 2a –Basic

Anyone who has been dancing for some time, but never before took any lessons.

Level 2b – Intermediate

Those who have mastered the basics fairly well will get the opportunity to refine their technique.

Level 3 – Advanced

To the advanced and the expert dancers we will offer different modules to choose from. There are 5 alternatives per timeslot, each with different levels (lv. 3 or lv. 4).

We expect everyone in level 3 to be able to dance a basic waltz in 3 times and have a decent technique of leading/following. If you meet the prerequisites, you can also take part in level 4 workshops, but only if you can keep up with the tempo of the workshop! Otherwise you might undesirably be slowing down the whole group. The schedule of workshops can be found here.

Level 4 – Expert

The expert dancers certainly do not have to stay home with the idea of knowing everything; for them we have a number of workshops with dances/styles which are relatively unknown or difficult, or where known dances are dealt with in great dept.

Level 4 is not a logical continuation of Level 3. You need to be a quick study to keep up with the tempo. Next to that each workshop specifies certain prerequisites. You may already have reached this level in some dances while for other dances you still need more practice. If in doubt, you can always consult with the teacher of the workshop in question. The choice workshops can be found here.