Appendix: Dance Level Classification

These are the classifications I have used when trying to give a subjective assessment of the difficulty of a particular dance.
Level  Name  Comments  Dancers
 0 No brain needed The easiest. Absolute beginners should have no problems. Very few very simple moves, no particular steps, easy formations and progressions. Absolutely anyone
 1 Simple Very easy. No one should have difficulties. Easier beginners type dances. Simple formations and progressions only very simple moves. Anyone
 2 Pretty easy About the average level for a beginners dance, some of the more interesting moves such as ladies chain, dip and dive etc. Still pretty simple formations and progressions (longways duple being about the most advanced). Most beginners
3 Moderate You could probably get away with a few of these at a beginners dance, particularly if they were fairly good. Some of the more complex moves such as reels, cloverleafs, etc with more advanced formations and progressions. Good beginners
4 Simple club level The sort of dances that most experienced dancers would find very easy, but which would probably be a bit too much for most beginners. Most moves, formations and progressions, but not particularly fast complex sequences. Any club dancer
5 Some skill required This is where it starts getting interesting. The sort of thing where people not only need to know the moves formations etc, but have to be confident with them, since the sequences may come thick and fast and involve unusual positions. Good dancers
6 Concentration needed Not only do you have to be thoroughly familiar with all the moves, formation etc, you have to think about it, probably due to rapid sequences of unusual moves, long sequences and performing the moves from unusual positions. I am thinking of some of the more advanced double (or more) progression contras and some of the more unusual Play ford dances. Experienced dancers
7 Difficult Even if you know what you are doing this is going to stretch you, probably due to unusual formations and moves and even longer and faster sequences. You will need a good caller as well. Experienced dancers who are awake
8 Very hard  Only for very experienced dancers, thoroughly familiar with the style and with a very good caller. Usually lots of things happening at the same time in unusual formations with unusual moves. The best dancers and callers
9 Displays only Extremely difficult. Probably only suitable for display which can be thoroughly rehearsed beforehand. Normally due to the fact that a lot happens at the same time. Display teams

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