There are standards that exist in dance education, and each standard or level represents a certain type of a dancer. These levels are accepted all over the world, and most established dance studios follow these levels in dancing. You would need to (in most cases) pass tests to get from one level to the next.
The first level in dancing is called the Bronze level. In this level there are a number of dances that are taught. The dances that get taught vary between the different ballroom dance studios. But there are certain dances that are considered the “standards”. In the Bronze level the standard dances are accepted to be: Fox Trot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Tango, Merengue, Samba, Salsa, and Disco. In our studios (all 3 locations: Silver Spring, Rockville, and Fairfax) we also teach Polka and Mambo. There are other dances that can be learned such as Freestyle Disco and Night Club Slow, but these dances are not a part of our standard dances.
The Bronze level represents being an excellent social dancer. At this level you will have been taught ten patterns in the dances of your choosing, and you would dance these patterns to perfection. Your technique, your styling, footwork, leading/following, your timing, pretty much every aspect of your dancing will be excellent. Upon completing the Bronze level in dancing, you would not need another dance lesson to be a better social dancer because Bronze completes that picture. As a Bronze dancer you will be able to dance with anyone to any kind of music in any dance situation and be excellent at it.
Each level in dancing has four sub-levels (or “semesters”, if you will). These levels are referred to as Bronze 1, Bronze 2, Bronze 3, and Full Bronze (or Bronze 4). Next week I will go into greater detail of each sub-level of Bronze with you.