Since you can create your own schedule of classes and the Rock That Swing Dance Camp offers so many different dances it is not possible to have audition for the various levels. This means it is all the more important that you respect your skill level.
We know it is hard to put yourself in the right level especially as levels have different meanings in different cities and communities. To give you a guidline to pick the appropriate level we created the following level descriptions. If you are still in doubt you can ask any of the teachers for a recommendation.
The best advice we can give you from here is to not rush to get to a higher level. If you dance with someone it is not important what class level you take, but rather how well you dance and how much fun it is to dance with you. If you want to become better you will benefit the most in the correct and not in the highest level.
No previous knowledge is required, just bring your dance shoes and a small portion of patience. The teachers will make sure that you will have a good time and be able to dance the night away.
If you are completely new to a dance it is important to start with the first lesson of the beginner track. You can’t jump into a later class without knowing the basics, because the three classes of a beginner track build on each other to lead you step by step to your dance success.
At the beginner/intermediate level you are some what in control over the basic steps and have the ability to lead or follow a few simple figures. The minimum requirement for the beginner/intermediate classes are the basic fundamentals as taught in a beginner track. So if you joined the beginner track on one day and want to learn more you can continue with the beginner/intermediate track the next day.
The only exception is Shag. If you have attended the Shag beginner track on Friday you can go directly to the intermediate classes on Sunday because we have no beginner/intermediate classes for Shag and after you know the basic the steps are less depending on each other compared to other Swing dances.
To join the intermediate level you need to have been dancing that dance for a while and are expected to be absolutely confident in your basics and in leading or following different variations. Mixing different basic steps and footwork should not be a challenge for you anymore. You want to improve your dance vocabulary by learning new steps and variations, but also want to improve your overall technique and improvisational skills to be able to express yourself better.
Since the intermediate level normally has the most number of participants, we offer two intermediate levels. The plus level might be on a slightly higher level to push you a bit more, but it has the same skill requirements as the Intemediate level.
To join the intermediate/advanced level you already understand that the quality of movement is more important than a large number of figures. You are striving to become a better dancer and to be able to dance well with anybody. You’d like to improve the quality of your movements, your musicality, and your leading or following. Your technique and basics should be at the level where you can use different rhythmical variations and improvise without fear. You can dance fluently to slow and faster music without throwing off your partner while maintaining your balance and your timing.
The advanced level is the highest level and shall ensure a working environment on a very high standard. Therefore you absolutely need to be sure that you belong in this level. Be fair to your classmates. For an advanced class you need to be dancing on a high level for a long time or have joined several competitions. Be reminded that you are not on an advanced level just because you took the intermediate or intermediate/advanced level the year before.
You are able to quickly master new steps and variations, because you already draw on a big repertoire of figures and variations, but you are always up for new challenges. You can easily adjust to different partners and their different styles. You understand that dancing is a communication between you and your partner. On the one hand your are able to lead or follow without effort and are able to change patterns at any time making transitions natural and comfortable. On the other hand you are able to give your partner enough freedom and space to express themselves, and are able to play off of each other. You can dance hassle-free, fluently, and dynamically from slow to very fast music. You maintain your balance and your timing even in complex movements. You’d like to play with the quality of your movements, improve your improvisational skills, use different levels of musicality, and bring the finesse of your leading or following to a new level. At this level self-criticism is probably your greatest asset. The best advice we can give you is to not rush to get to this level. If you are not put off, yet, then you either have a serious lack of self-awareness or you are a good candidate for the advanced class :-)
The competition classes are designed for competing couples or couples who want to compete in the future. Partners are required for that level!