First off…There is Intro, Beginners, Progressive, Intermediate, Advance, Masters, and Teachers
Each one has a purpose and meaning to all learners, unless the teacher is just throwing out titles for the sake of marketing.
Intro is a percursor to the Beginners Workshop. It’s pretty much the same except, it’s really a short introduction to what bachata is, and 1 or 2 basic movements
Beginners Workshop. A workshop focused on the structure and basic fundamentals of the dance. Most teachers teach patterns on this, which is a big mistake
Progressive Workshop. A continuation where the basic workshops (where beginners workshop left-off). Yes, you can introduce some basic pattern and principles of partnering; lead & Follow, the concept of footwork, turning&spinning concept
Intermediate Workshop. It is a workshop where you combine fundamentals, lead&follow principles footwork, turns, styling principle, etc. This is also a workshop where a teacher can share “creating movements on your own” concept
Advance Workshop. It’s really a workshop where the teacher can teach his/her signature moves. He can also focus on flow/functional/transitional movements during social dancing. In other words, it’s pretty much making up shit and inventing movements within the basic structure he taught from his previous lower level workshops.
Masters Workshop. I have no idea, but it looks great for marketing title, I suppose?
Teachers Workshops. The psychology of teaching. The concept of breaking down movements. The philosophy of proper technique execution. The concept of musicality and innovation.The history behind certain movements. How to handle hecklers. The flow of teaching a group lesson, private lesson and more.
ALL LEVELS Workshop. It’s a workshop where everyone is welcomed to take. It’s a workshop where concepts, philosophy, history, social dancing etiquette, musicality, psychology and even the principle of repetitions and muscle memory are taught.
Private Lesson. It can either be beginners, Intermediate, adv, teachers, etc. To me, my definition of private lesson is the same principle as bodybuilders and weightlifters adhere to: the priority principle. The priority principle is used by bodybuilders when certain body parts are lagging in growth compared to other body parts. So in the dance sense, If my cross-body-lead is weak, I will tell the teacher to train me in all aspect of CBL, etc.
I hate teaching ADV workshops unless it’s my signature moves, particularly, complicated footwork. All advance students at this level should be comfortable enough with their knowledge that they are able to create and invent moves on their own, not to mention, they can self-assess their own weakness thereby able to create a training program for their own growth. If they are not able to, then they are still in the intermediate level.
The most dangerous level of dancing is intermediate...because they alteady think they’re on advance level.
In conclusion, ALL LEVELS WORKSHOP is perhaps the best of all workshops to take.
There’s only few teachers that I know of, aside from myself (Rodchata) that does this; Carlos Cinta, Edwin & Dakota, Rudy Tiguere, Juan and Melanie, Jorge Elizondo, Juan Ruiz, Pierre Henry, Teddy Olaso (Sasla), Anya Katsevman (Salsa), Luis Aguilar (Salsa), John and Liz (Salsa), Rodolfo & Ava (Salsa), Jose Torres (Kizomba), Frankie Martinez (Salsa), Luiz & Ignacia (Kizomba), Tirso Chauca (Zouk) just to name a few.