INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASSES
At Intermediate level we start to incorporate more complex moves into our turn patterns - including double spins and "copas". You will also find that within the turn patterns and moves that you are learning there is less 'recovery' time - i.e. you will be moving more quickly from one move to another without, for example, basic steps in between to give you time to 'get ready'. The focus is still on moves that are leadable and followable, and you will find that the leading/following is more challenging due to the nature of what is being taught.
It is therefore vital that you are comfortable with everything that you have learnt up to and including Improver level as you will be being challenged more technically and mentally, as well as physically.
What is required?
In order to take Intermediate level classes you will need to be comfortable and confident with all of the moves and techniques taught up to and including Improver level.
As well as this you should be able to remain on time and balanced through more complex moves such as spins.
You should also be able to apply your leading/following techniques comfortably so that you are able to dance moves that have not been 'taught' - i.e. you are happy 'freestyling' on the dance floor adapting your dancing to your partner and the music.
Typically it takes around 2 years to get to a stage where you feel comfortable enough to attend Intermediate classes - they are not just an 'alternative' to Improver level where different moves are taught, they are more mentally and physically challenging and an increased level of skill is required.
Once again, if you are in any doubt as to whether you are ready don't hesitate to ask any of the Abanico Team as we are well aware that some people are able to progress more quickly, and some like to take longer in order to perfect their dancing.
Where to next?
Most Salsa dancers remain at Intermediate level indefinitely, and for good reason. There is virtually no limit as to what can be taught at this level - it can take years to cover everything and get enough practice to feel happy to move up from here. Intermediate level classes can remain challenging even for very competent dancers due to the fluid nature of the dance - even more than at Improver level new ideas are evolving and being introduced all of the time.
However, once you are happy with everything taught at Intermediate level, have the ability to learn difficult techniques and moves quickly, and have a good understanding of timing, balance and movement, you are ready to move up to ADVANCED level.