Which level class should I choose?

One of the most common things I get asked is which level of class to join – and when to move up to the next level! So in this post, I’ll be answering all of the top questions I hear from dancers who are thinking of joining my classes, or wondering which level to join for the next term.

Can I take the beginners course more than once?

Yes, absolutely! In fact I strongly encourage it.

There’s no limit on how many times you can take my beginners courses if you’re enjoying them, and there’s no pressure to move up if you don’t feel like it! I use new music and cover a different selection of moves each time, so there will always be something new to explore.

When can I move from the beginners to the improvers class?

As a rough guide, if you have started as a complete beginner then I recommend taking my beginners courses at least 3-4 times before you think about trying an improvers course. As I mentioned above, I cover different moves every time, so it takes several repeats to cover all of the technique you’ll need to know before taking things to the next level!

I’ve done some dancing before – do I still need to join the beginners class?

It depends! And if you aren’t sure, you can always email me for advice.

But in general, if you have taken classes with another teacher for less than a year, I’d definitely recommend starting with beginners. Every bellydance teacher does things a bit differently, and includes different things in their classes, so it’s always best to start out at a slightly lower level when you join a new teacher, to give you a chance get used to their unique style.

If you’ve never taken classes, but have done a lot of social dancing or dancing at home, again I’d recommend starting with beginners even if you’re a confident dancer already.

This is because there will probably be some bits of technique in my beginner level that are totally new for you, even if you also know lots of more advanced moves. By starting at the beginning, we can make sure you’ve got a solid foundation with all the skills you’ll need to progress further in future!

I’ve been dancing for many years, but I’m a bit out of practice at the moment. Which class should I come to?

It is up to you, and it depends on what you want from classes at the moment.

If you are feeling ready to dive back into dance, and you think you’ll be energised by some new challenges, then the improvers class will probably be a good choice for you.

But if you’d prefer to ease back into your practice more gently, then it’s certainly also fine to start by joining the beginners for a bit. I do sometimes find that more experienced dancers enjoy coming to the beginners classes just to unwind, have a bit of fun, and practise the basics in a mindful way. It’s totally your decision, and I will be happy either way as long as you’re enjoying whichever class you join!

Do you offer anything beyond “improvers”?

At the moment the “improvers” class is my most challenging weekly class. The level of this class is flexible – I include optional levels of complexity so that it is accessible to dancers who have completed a few terms of beginners classes, but also genuinely challenging and interesting even for dancers who’ve been learning for decades.

I also offer occasional weekend workshops on special topics throughout the year, at an intermediate to advanced level.

If you’re really keen to push yourself and develop your dance skills, you could also consider booking me for some one-to-one lessons (here in Manchester at my home studio, or on Zoom!). These give you the chance to study whatever you like, work on your own projects, get personalised technique coaching, or to pick my brains on any dance topic – no matter how obscure and nerdy!

I hope that clears up anything you weren’t sure about! And if you still have questions I’ve missed here, you’re always very welcome to get in touch at info@rachaelbellydance.co.uk, and I will do my best to help.

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