As part of the updated programme, the level system will be changing in the 2019-2020 season.


The objectives of this change are:

  • to improve how you remember the content learnt and your ability to apply it on the dancefloor

  • to enable each student to progress at their own speed

  • to make the "invisible" skills required for good following more concrete and practise-able

  • to develop sensitivity, body consciousness and control in an integrated, enjoyable way. These skills are crucial for those magical, out-of-this-world dances.

For this reason, the levels do not correspond directly to the levels from last year so please read the descriptions carefully to decide which level to sign up for.

Check the descriptions of each level below to help you decide which level to sign up for.

Orientation Sessions

If after reading the descriptions you are still not sure which level to join, you can join us for an orientation session on Monday 9th September at 20:15 and/or on Wednesday 11th September at 19:00. We will dance with you and advise you which level will most benefit you.

How long does each level last?

Every student is different so each student will spend a different amount of time in each level. Of course, the more you dance (classes, practice sessions, parties, workshops, festivals…), the quicker you are likely to learn as well.


As a guideline, level 1 is designed with 3-6 months of content and levels 2 and 3 with 6-9 months of content. Most students need to learn and revise a concept or movement multiple times in order to make it an active part of their dance vocabulary so most students will spend longer than the 3/6 months minimum in each level.


Students who are progressing especially quickly should discuss their situation with Sarah who will advise them on the best option for them.

Access to lower levels included!

And remember, when you register for level 2 or 3, you also gain access to the lower level classes to consolidate your basics and/or learn the opposite role. (There are a few conditions applicable to ensure optimum learning conditions for everyone - see the FAQ and Conditions for more info.)

To join LEVEL 1 at the start of a trimester,

you should be able to:

- Smile!

No prior knowledge or experience required!


To join LEVEL 1 from week 3 onwards, you should be able to:

  • Perform the following movements:

Dois pra lá, dois pra cá | Vai e vem (base 1) | Opening and closing |Simple turn leader and follower


You don't need to master them perfectly, but you should be able to carry them out relatively autonomously at the speed of a slow song.

To join LEVEL 2, you should be able to:

  • Maintain a comfortable hug position for you and your dance partner

  • Transition smoothly between the following basic steps:

dois pra lá, dois pra cá | base 1 | base 2 | stepping on the spot | tempo | forró rhythm

  • Lead or follow the following movements clearly and smoothly:

giro simples | arm lock | chuveirinho | laço | caminhada | avião | giro de costas

  • Move around the dancefloor using at least three different variations (base 1, dois pra lá, forward, backwards, or others…)

  • Recognise the tempo forte

  • Adapt your dancing to the start and end of the song

  • Respect pauses in the music when dancing in closed position

  • Recognise arrastapê as different from xote and baião and adapt your dance appropriately

  • Leaders: lead all movements above clearly and comfortably

  • Followers: be able to execute movements accurately and independently

To join LEVEL 3, you should be able to:

  • Meet all the points for level 2

  • Lead and follow the following movements clearly and smoothly:

giro duplo | manivela | arco iris | costas com costas | peão múltiplo | banana banana | inverted turn for the follower

  • Respect pauses in the music when dancing in open position

  • Recognise the difference between xote and baião and clap both rhythms correctly

  • Adapt your dance to the energy level of the song

  • Leaders: Create short sequences mixing simple and complex movements smoothly and confidently

  • Leaders: Lead all movements clearly without using force

  • Followers: Turn confidently in a straight line (at least 5 steps) and control the next step number 1

  • Followers: Identify space available for self-expression and integrate one or two simple arm and footwork movements