was curious as to why fencing is a gold rumba move

it seems like something so simple that it could be pre-bronze (or bronze perhaps since you could enter it from a fan)

is there some kind of difficulty/technique in it that I don't seem to get? it just seems like a very easy/straightforward move to me.
I think sometimes there are moves that could be placed elsewhere on the syllabus. For example, a Closed Telemark to me is easier than a Double Reverse Spin turn, but that is the way they have it devised. While I have small differences, overall I have a lot of respect especially for the International syllabus.


Active Member
I think also some steps just seem easier to us because of the training we had learning the basics. So maybe a step that is easy now and seems like it belongs in an easier level, might actually be much more difficult to accomplish when you are first at the lower level.

Also at the advanced level learning any figures are not difficult, but there are new challenges to tackle, to improvise on various elements,... right?
You could say the same thing about any figure, though. Fencing is nothing special - a Basic Movement is far more difficult.
i agree with this. I'd argue that a fan or an alemana are FAR FAR harder than fencing, and I see no reason that it would be considered a top difficulty move in terms of technique and/or connection.
The syllabus isn't necessarily in order of difficulty.
then what's the point of levels?

My impression is that the syllabus builds up through the levels by incorporating moves that require a skill set built up through doing the previous moves in the syllabus. That is to say, the figures tend to require more advanced technical skill as you proceed. That's the only way that makes sense to me. You expect bronze dancers to be able to do a certain set of things, then as they go up to silver, you give them more challenging things to do, and gold has the most difficult moves. What sense would it make to do it in random order of difficulty?


Active Member
Its not really random order of difficulty. I tell any lower level dancer who wishes to move up a level, as I've told you this multiple times, I don't see a reason to throw in special more difficult moves in a new level. If you are going to compete, and you decide to do silver instead of bronze, I don't see any reason why you would HAVE to put in silver steps. I would stick with the steps I do best, and do my bronze stuff. If you ever watch the gold cha I do, none of it is gold level, it is a completely silver routine, and it happened to be the dance I did best in and got the highest marks.

My point is, that even though the step is in a higher level of difficulty, if you can dance it well when you get to that level, you will do well in the end. Therefore, if you want to throw in a gold move when you have gold routines, why not throw in a step that is easy to do, and that you can do well?
well, i do agree with that it's best to not add moves simply because it's a higher level, however, the moves should be a higher level for as reason in my opinion...that's the whole point of the structure. There isn't a logical reason to have something that's objectively easier and less complicated for both roles at a higher difficulty.

Of course in the end, step difficulty isn't the primary motivator for choosing moves, but it seems silly to me.


Well-Known Member
It can be hard to analyze syllabus steps and why they are put where. If I am not mistaken, I think the chase is in bronze rhythm chacha, but in gold latin chacha. I guess whomever was deciding on what should go where had their own views of dance difficulty. I too find the fan/alemana to be more of an advanced move although it is in bronze.
I personally think its cause its hard to make it look good or appropriate :p
I'd say it would takes years longer to do a fan well...

But yeah, chase is silver in international, and bronze in american, but from what I understand the chase in latin technically includes foot changes so it's done on the same foot, which is why it would be more difficult.

But fencing still baffles me.


Active Member
I'd say it would takes years longer to do a fan well...
Yes but a lot of things build off of the fan or technique you learn from the fan. As far I as I'm concerned you don't "need" any fencing so yet another good enough reason for it to be in gold :)
you also don't need shoulder to shoulder, i wouldn't make that gold though. wouldn't say they are too far apart in difficulty either, yet one is pre-bronze and the other is gold.

doesnt make sense


Well-Known Member
It can be hard to analyze syllabus steps and why they are put where.

Theres a simple answer. one has to go back to the time when dances were being formulated .

Basic foundational figures were established by committee, and at that time period, many of todays variations in both Standard and latin, did not exist . As new variations were added,and as one famous coach said, " They had to put them somewhere ! ". Medal tests/ Exams, became the format for the "levels " .

Remember, up and until the late 40s, there was no Jive, no Cha Cha and Rumba was square . In addition, pretty much all the music ( waltz apart ) was written in 2/4.

With the advent of 4/4, it provided new ideas that were gradually adapted to the dances , as appropriate .

As to " fan ".. one has to take into account that, the modern day Rumba was formulated on 2 Amer. style dances.. Mambo and Bolero .
Both have CBL to an open position in their basic structure, hence in all probability, their inclusion at the lower level .

Dance Ads