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What is the expected progression from one level to the next?

1 month - Complete beginner
You will understand the basic principles of Tango, and be able to lead/follow simple patterns, to easy music and on a not-too-crowded dance floor, with partners of a similar level. You should take at least two weekly classes to progress to the next level and do some recommended exercises at home.
3 months - Improver
You will consolidate your knowledge of the basic principles and lead/follow simple patterns with more confidence, starting to understand the basic structure of Tango, consisting of the walk and figures based on turns. You will lead/follow with more confidence and start to enjoy dancing to the music more, with improved musicality.
6 months - Level 2 improver
Your walking will look and feel much better, and you will start improvising with more elements, including simple turns, as well as combining other simple ideas, such as paradas and barridas. You will have an understanding of the principles of improvisation. You need to dance twice a week socially in order to get more fluidity and confidence in your leading and following skills with a variety of partners and increase your skill of interpretation of the music. You also need to observe other more experienced dancers.
1 year - Level 1 intermediate
Your walking will look and feel more confident and stylish, and you will interpret the music better. Your dancing will be more dynamic. You will have increased awareness of your own and your partner's posture and balance, and of your connection in the embrace. You will have a wider choice of moves to combine if you are a leader, and will respond to a more advanced lead if you are a follower. You will be able to dance with most leaders if you are a follower, while if you are a leader, you will start to get invited by more ladies to dance, once they have seen you sufficiently on the dance floor.
More and more you will enjoy going to dance socially more than twice a week, and if you get really hooked, you will go seven nights a week. You may want to find a partner with whom you enjoy dancing, and start going to the 'practicas', places you practice and work on different aspects of your dance with your partner in a more informal way.
2 years - Level 2 intermediate
You will still be working on polishing your walk, on pivoting (turning) technique, which will now combine more complex elements like gancios and boleos, and you will, in general, be concentrating more on studying figures based on turning. You will enjoy dancing with almost everybody on the social dance scene, possibly apart from teachers, and learn to adapt to the variety of leaders and followers.
You will be familiar with most styles of Tango music by now. You will still need to practice regularly, on your own and with a partner at milongas and practicas.
3 years - Level 3 intermediate
You will have to start working on more complex ideas (such as out-of-axis moves—colgadas and volcadas), and more complicated turns for which you will need lots of practice and a dedicated partner, in order to get to an advanced level. Most people reach this level but cannot go further because of poor understanding of the basic principles and too many bad habits acquired over the years.
In order to progress further, you will have to perhaps find out the areas in which you need to progress the most, by consulting the teacher in a group class, or even a private class.
5 years - Advanced level
In order to reach advanced level and perhaps to be a teacher, you need to be confident about all aspects of Tango; posture and balance, connection and embrace, leading and following skills, navigation, musicality, fluidity, dynamics, mechanics of the walk and turn. You need to be able to draw on a variety of elements and know how to combine them and integrate them in the walk and turns. You will need to be able to switch between in-axis and out-of-axis positions while dancing, implementing principles of creativity and improvisation and expression.