I often get asked by team members what it takes to get to a higher level of dance and I don't really know the answer ('cause I'm not there myself!). Often if seems like the temptation is to put a time frame on it, i.e., it takes one year to get through bronze. But obviously, that doesn't take into account a lot of factors. So, what does it take to be a bronze/silver/gold/open level dancer? How high can a dancer advance without private lessons or without a regular practice partner? What kind of commitment is required at each level? What skill sets should a dancer exihibit at each level? Is there a way for a dancer to self-evaluate what level they have achieved (beyond competition or an instructor's evaluation)?