Line dance levels
Do you need some help to understand all the different levels in Line dancing? Then click on the questions below to find out more. The explanations are aimed as a rough guide for dancers and teachers. There are many views on what the levels are so don't be surprised if you find a variety of explanations from different places.
AB - Absolute beginners
Absolute beginners are those who are brand new to Line dancing and learning the absolute basics. AB level should be suitable for those trying Line dancing for the very first time with no prior knowledge/skills assumed or required. So someone should be able to walk off the street never having Line danced before and find AB stuff (movement, steps and dances) achievable. Dancers are not usually in an AB category for very long.
Beg - Beginners
Beginners - are those who are learning how to Line dance but have already got a few basic steps and absolute beginner dances under their belt (the old beginner category used to include both AB and beginners). They have progressed beyond being an AB. Some teachers may use AB instead of beginner but still mean a general beginner category and others will differentiate between the two categories.
Imp - Improvers
Improvers are Line dancers who are experienced beginners plus but they are not quite ready to tackle Intermediate dances. They are straddling between being a very experienced beginner and a new intermediate. In other forms of dance they are often referred to as novices - in other words between beginner and intermediate. They are still mastering some of the more complex basics but are able to learn and dance beginner dances confidently. They are generally ready to move out of Beginners but not quite ready to cope with Intermediate.
Inter - Intermediates
Intermediate Line dancers are generally those who have been Line dancing for some time and have mastered the basic steps and movements within Line dancing. Although as Line dancing evolves and new steps appear there are always new things to learn. They have sufficient experience to be able to pick up beginner and improver dances without any trouble. Intermediate dances will offer varying degrees of challenge and although at times will be tricky, a good foundation will ensure that dancers at this level can dance most Intermediate dances. Intermediate appears to be the main category for Line dancers. Many dancers are happy to remain an Intermediate Line dancer rather than move on to learning advanced level dances.
Adv - Advanced
Advanced Line dancers tend to be a smaller group of dancers who are particularly keen on pushing the boundaries and challenging themselves with steps and movements that may be beyond what intermediate dancers are comfortable with. General intermediate dances are within the grasp of most Intermediate dancers to learn but advanced ones may include some content that Intermediate dancers would struggle with - this may be content new to Line dancing (from a different dance genre perhaps) or it may require more than the usual amount of co-ordination/use of arms and so on or it may be that the dance is just very complex and danced at a speed that would challenge many Intermediate dancers. Some instructors steer clear of teaching Advanced dances.