Introducing Academies, a new revolutionary learning concept

All workshops will be organized in blocks of progressive workshops of 4 hours dedicated to a dance style or theme, for example Salsa on2, or Kizomba. Those blocks we call „Academies“. On Friday we will have 5 Academies parallel, on Saturday 8 Academies and on Sunday 7 Academies. 

We will ask you to make a choice and sign in

After you registered we will ask you to sign in for the Academies you have purchased using the "Sched" application. Signing in for an Academy is not a final decision, you will still be able to swap between Academies, even on the spot, though we do not encourage you to do so, as they are progressive units of learning. 

Academies marked "FULL! Do NOT sign in any more!"
Those Academies are REALLY FULL and that won’t change as they are in the smaller rooms so that the capacity can not be extended. Take this for serious, and do NOT sign in any more. You won’t get off the waiting list. And you won’t get in either on the spot. Use the time now and sign in for another Academy which is not marked FULL.

Academies marked "Filling"
Each Academy has set limited of attendees. Once we reached 70% of that threshold the Academy is marked "Filling". You can sign up for those Academies.

Academies marked "Full"
Once reached the threshold it is marked "Full". You can still sign up but you will be set on the waiting list. We monitor the number of attendees for each Academy including the waiting list and if needed we will change the rooms so you have good chances even if set on the waiting list. That is different to the Academies described before with "FULL! Do NOT sign in any more!".

Using Sched to connect and coordinate with your friends

Once you created your profile on Sched, we encourage you to set your profile to "public" - this will allow your friends to see for which Academies you have signed up for and you can check if you have choosen the same Academies as your friends. You may also connect your profile with your Facebook profile. When you’ve got your social media channels connected, you’ll see a number highlighting how many friends are also attending your event. Click “Attendees” to see which friends are also attending. Only friends that have also connected their social networks will be indicated with the red marker.

Together with the Academies concept we will also introduce a new labelling system for the level of each Academy using a scale from 1 to 10, allowing you to classify yourself more precisely and choosing your preferred Academies more accurately. Each Academy represents a scale of levels, never only one (exception: Master). For example Level 2 - 5. This means the emphasis in the particular Academy is on different main topics offering something to learn for each of those levels as described below.

Please refer to the following description of the labels when classifying yourself and when choosing your Academies. Disclaimer: the duration of time envolved (ie how many months you have been dancing) is a suggested average time scale.

Level 2 - The Basics. You are dancing for 3 - 6 month and you already took a number of basic classes. You master the basic rhythm of the dance and you are able to execute all basic moves of the dance.

Level 3 - The Timing. You are dancing for 6 - 9 month intensively taking classes. You easily keep the timing in the music while dancing and you already learned the basic techniques of leading/following your partner. Basic techniques for turns - if required in the chosen dance - are known and understood.

Level 4 - Leading & Following. You are dancing for 9 - 12 month. In the meantime you got addicted and you are taking classes whenever you have the chance. You also go out to socials to practice with different random partners. You are secure in leading/following all basic moves/combinations and in keeping the timing. Basic footwork you do with ease. 

Level 5 - Turns & Footwork. You are dancing for 12 - 18 month. Execution of multiple turns as leader/follower is no problem for you. More complicated combinations in partnerwork you learn with ease. When dancing socially you started to integrate some basic footwork. You never think about timing anymore when dancing.

Level 6 - Frame & Picture. You are dancing for 18 - 24 month. You already travel to festivals and weekenders whenever you can. Maybe you hated footwork in the beginning, but now footwork became a big part of your dancing. You create space for you and your partner for shines and dancing without being connected when it fits with the music.

Level 7 - Dynamics. You are dancing for 24 - 30 month. After you mastered all basic moves/combinations/footwork now you are looking to find your personal style with bodymovements and different dynamics while transferring the focus more and more to the music.Leading & following became internalized. You are a fast learner of combinations and footwork and you are able to execute them with random partners in short time. 

Level 8 - Musicality. You are dancing for 30 - 36 month. Musicality is now our new focus. A nice song inspires you to become creative. When dancing you go beyond reproducing the steps/combinations/moves you learned in classes, you are starting to become creative yourself.

Level 9 - Connection. You are dancing for 36 - 48 month. You are dancing socially whenever you can and probably you already participated in performance courses or bootcamps and maybe even performed on stage. You are always looking for the next challenge.  Listening to the music and adapting your dance/moves/styling accordingly became part of your social dancing. You truly care about the connection with your partner and always look out to enhance this connection.

Level 10 - Creativity. You are dancing for more than 48 month. Being creative while dancing in the music connected to your partner - that is your goal and mission now. You are looking for true challenges.

Master - After you mastered all levels you still love to learn and to enhance your dancing. Probably now you are already teaching or performing. But surely you love to dance all night long on the socials !

Master Pro - Looking for the ultimate challenge.