As I related in another thread, I had an AT lesson with a different teacher yesterday who made a comment that I was intermediate going on advanced. I was shocked. I've said for a long time that I won't consider myself as anything but a beginner until 2 things happen--1)I find/figure out/consciously use my center/core, 2)following happens naturally and my mind is freed up to think about musicality. I'm not exactly sure where some other things fit into the "define your AT level" schema--things like being grounded, consciously and deliberately making use of various body parts (and, therefore, being aware of them), having a completely free non-supporting leg. But, whatever. How do you define yourself and your level? What criteria do you use? What should be used? Where does the transition from intermediate to advanced come in? Between advanced and great? I'm not talking about syllabus steps, necessarily, for ballroom folks. I mean, I can pretty much follow silver steps in a variety of dances, but I'd certainly never consider myself a silver level dancer. Not yet, at least. (To be fair, I don't consider myself a dancer yet at all...just someone who loves attepmting to dance while avoiding toes.) But what qualities need to be present before one isn't a beginner anymore? And how do you differentiate (yourselves? others?) between a beginner-beginner and a beginner? If that makes sense. What i think of as someone who's green v. someone who's a beginner. Sorry so many questions...just so many thoughts rattling around in my brain.