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, will be taught by Jolanda Snellenberg (NL). We will work on both the circle dances and the couple dances. In addition, we will pay attention to the basic techniques of leading and following, and some simple variations. Dances that we will address include the Scottish, the mazurka, the chapelloise and the Circassian circle. Depending on the level and needs of the group more dances can be added.

Level 2a –Basic

Anyone who has been dancing for some time, but never before took any lessons is advised to join the group of Louise Marius (NL). We expect that you can dance the basic versions the Circassian circle, the chapelloise and the Scottish in order to learn more variations and get a better understanding of these dances. This group will also work on the mazurka, dance posture and we will make a start with the waltz in 3 times.

Level 2b – Intermediate

Those who have mastered the basics fairly well will get the opportunity to refine their technique in the group of Rafael Correa Prieto (BE). We will learn more variations and work on the waltz in 3 times. Leading and following will also be discussed more extensively. We expect that you have mastered the steps of the mazurka and Scottish and you are to meet new challenges.

One choice workshop for this group will be offered together with level 3. The schedule for the selection of workshops can be found here.

Level 3 – Advanced

To the advanced and the expert dancers we will offer different modules to choose from. Themes such as advanced variations in couple dances, refining your leading/following techniques, but also polska, bourrée Auvergnate and Breton dances will be available 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. You can choose from themes such as Fandango, advanced Breton dances, Switch-dancing, Fusion-workshops and connecting with your partner while dancing.

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.