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    Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Hi all,

    I was told last night that I should be going to the intermediate class now, instead of the beginner class, by a taxi dancer. However, I've only been dancing for about 3 weeks. Would that be too soon to go to the intermediate classes? A lot of people who I've danced with in freestyle etc say I'm a good follower, and they don't just do beginner moves with me.

    I'm just not sure, as I don't think I've learnt all the beginner moves yet. But when I'm in the beginner class I am not struggling with it, and I'm just going over what I already know a lot of the time. What do you think?

    I just don't think I'm confident enough yet, but I do really enjoy it. I'm confused

    Any advice is appreciated

    LuLu xx

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    I'd take the advice of the taxi dancers if I was you. As a follow, you shouldn't be learning the beginner moves anyway - otherwise you won't follow, you'll be doing what you expect i.e. anticipating, which along with back-leading is the number one sin of following.

    If you find it too traumatic, you can always head back to the review class (and when they say to do the intermediates, they don't mean drop the beginners class - just the beginners review class). You might like to check with the teacher how complicated the intermediate class is likely to be too - my first one was horribly complicated with lots of arm-twisty half-nelson stuff. Try and find an easyish one.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    It really comes down to what you are comforatable - I stayed in beginners long after others told me I was ready for intermediate - and I am glad I did - I entered intermediate classes sure I knew my stuff so not so much stress.

    suspect this is a little less of an issue here as there is less focus on skills and technique here in a normal social class than in Aus.

    As Twirly said - check out the intermediate class - if you find it's not for you yet - you can always head back to the review session

    Good luck and remember the most important thing is to

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Do they demo the intermediate routine before the class? We do that here and it means those at the 'in between' stage can have a look at what is going to be taught and decide whether they want to give it a go, or prefer to stay in the revision class that week.

    Remember there is nothing wrong with trying the intermediate, deciding that you're not ready for it yet, and going back to the revision class the next week. There is no rush, learn at your own pace and do what feels comfortable for you.

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuLu Baby View Post
    Hi all,

    I was told last night that I should be going to the intermediate class now, instead of the beginner class, by a taxi dancer. However, I've only been dancing for about 3 weeks. Would that be too soon to go to the intermediate classes? A lot of people who I've danced with in freestyle etc say I'm a good follower, and they don't just do beginner moves with me.

    I'm just not sure, as I don't think I've learnt all the beginner moves yet. But when I'm in the beginner class I am not struggling with it, and I'm just going over what I already know a lot of the time. What do you think?

    I just don't think I'm confident enough yet, but I do really enjoy it. I'm confused

    Any advice is appreciated

    LuLu xx
    As a TD myself I have often advised lady beginners to move onto the intermediate class and give it ago if I thought they were allowing themselves to be lead and followed a lead well. You are probable doing that and the Taxi thought you would benefit from the intermediate lesson. If however you feel that your not confident enough yet stay in the beginners for another week or two. You pay your entrance fee its your choice. Most beginner ladies know when they have had enough or the refresher class. Good luck

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuLu Baby View Post
    I was told last night that I should be going to the intermediate class now, instead of the beginner class, by a taxi dancer.
    I recommend continuing to do the beginner class as well as the intermediate class, if it is possible to do both, rather than abandoning the beginner class for the intermediate class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinHarper View Post
    ...if it is possible to do both, rather than abandoning the beginner class for the intermediate class.

    In the beginner class, do not watch the stage, and check whether you are truly following, (& not going on "autopilot") by momentarily closing your eyes: this will help you concentrate on feeling the lead (a little trick I learned on this forum!)

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Yeah - do both, and see how comfortable you feel. If you don't like the intermediates, stick with the beginners and review classes until you do.

    I wouldn't take the word of a taxi dancer as gospel, either - do what you feel comfortable with, and don't let anyone push you into doing anything you don't want to yet.

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Thankyou all for your advice

    They do demo the intermediate routine before the class, therefore I could watch it and see if it looks like I could manage it or not. However, it may look complicated but when I'm learning it it might not be as bad, so could maybe just give it a shot and see how it goes. Like a lot of you said, even if I try it and it's too hard, then I can go back to the beginners review class next time. I'm not going to know if I'll manage unless I try I suppose. Or I might keep doing the beginners review class for another couple of weeks, and then I will hopefully have more confidence. I will keep doing the beginner class whatever I decide though, it's just choosing between the beginner review class and the intermediate class

    I will let you know what I decide to do, thanks again

    LuLu xx

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Don't be put off by what looks difficult: just remember what it looked like when you saw people dance the beginner's routine & how you can move through it now.

    There is a lit of greif on this forum about folk moving up too soon - personally, I think that it's nonsense (and if you're actually asking, then I would say you are ready ) - it's more about self confidence than anything else. If the taxi has beleif in your abilities, it can't hurt to try*.

    {* erm... depending on the moves the teacher and your leads of course }

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Thanks Gadget

    I'm going to go tonight, and I'll do the beginners class. I will then watch the demo for the intermediate routine, and decide then whether I feel confident enough or not to give it a go. I agree that self confidence plays a huge part, which I don't have a lot of.

    I really enjoy dancing, so whatever I decide is fine, as long as I enjoy it right? Thats the most important thing for me.

    LuLu xx

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Not everyone in the intermediate class can get the routine. Infact from experiance quite often a vast majority cant get to grips with intermediate routines despite them attending several months, so really don't worry that you might not get it. If you don't you wont be alone.

    I would sugest the same as the others. Do the beginners classes, then just try the intermediates. Even if you struggle and dont get it, it doesn't mean you should be there, it just means, like the rest of us, you are learning.

    I was forced in to the intermediates class on my first day dancing as there was not enough men so I didn't have that dilema.

    Let us know how you get on.

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Woodface, that must have been scary on your first day dancing!

    Thanks for the reply

    I will let you all know how I get on

    LuLu xx

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuLu Baby View Post
    Woodface, that must have been scary on your first day dancing!

    Thanks for the reply

    I will let you all know how I get on

    LuLu xx

    Not as scary as the old lady in beginners class that was giving me the eye. Was one of the reasons I agreed

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    I've been going 7 weeks and am moving up to the Internemediates next week. Feel a little intimadated, but I guess I can mix it up and switch between the Beginners and Intermediates.
    People should be allowed to go at their own pace and not get ''forced' or coerced into stepping up when they don't feel confident.

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodface View Post
    Not as scary as the old lady in beginners class that was giving me the eye. Was one of the reasons I agreed


    Rogboy, good luck with moving up to the intermediates, just take it easy and go at your own pace

    Hey all,

    Well last night I watched the intermediate routine and thought it looked really hard so went to the beginners review class instead. However, the review class was too easy. I think I'm stuck in between now!

    The taxi dancer said I should be doing the intermediate class now and I could manage it. He has danced with me in the freestyle too and says I'm good. He kept me back after the review class last night and showed me one of the moves in the intermediate routine that I thought looked hard, and I done it no problem.

    I think I will probably give the intermediate class a go next week, and if it's too difficult I can go back to the review class.

    I am really enjoying ceroc, it's the best thing I've ever chosen to do, and it's so addictive!

    Thanks everyone for all your advice

    LuLu xx

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    ... maybe do the intermediate class 1-on-1 with a good leader you 'get on with', instead of 'rotating' up and down the lines with all and sundry ?
    Most would be flattered if you asked. Maybe an off-duty taxi ?
    Someone you are happy to lead you through intermediate moves in freestyle ?
    Some teachers/venues may not like a line of 'fixed couples', but it is a good way to get started in intermediates ...

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Thanks for the reply Eric, much appreciated

    I'm not sure if they will allow me to do the intermediate routine with only one person. However, I can ask. I'm sure that would help, thanks for the suggestion

    LuLu xx

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuLu Baby View Post
    Thanks for the reply Eric, much appreciated

    I'm not sure if they will allow me to do the intermediate routine with only one person. However, I can ask. I'm sure that would help, thanks for the suggestion

    LuLu xx

    Hi LuLu, no need to ask anyone honey, just make sure you stay out of the way of rotation so the teacher doesn't get you mixed up with those wanting to move around. I've helped some beginner ladies who've asked me to do their first lesson as a "fixed couple" and you'll be suprised how fast you pick it up.

    Make sure you ask someone who regularly attends intermedate lessons and "get's them" because if you're with a lead who is struggling a little with the routine, you'll start thinking "it's all my fault!!!" and will probably be put off.

    Good luck honey!

    Jamie x

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    Re: Beginner class or intermediate class?

    Aw thanks for the reply Jamie, thanks for the advice

    I will let you all know how it goes. I'm going tomorrow night, can't wait!

    LuLu xx

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