New Zealand Scholarship Dance

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Dance assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93311) Dance
Method of assessment Portfolio submission
For year 2022

Format of the assessment

Evidence is to be presented as a portfolio consisting of:

  • recordings of the candidate's own choreography and performance
  • written and visual evidence submitted as a PDF file.

The recordings

  • The recordings will be produced as 2 mp4 files.
  • One file will be a recording of a 2- to 5-minute dance, choreographed by the candidate. This choreography must be a complete work. The choreography may be a solo, duet, or group dance, and may be work that has been assessed for Level 3 Dance achievement standards 91588 or 91589 (provided this choreography was not collaborative). 
  • The other file should contain a further total of 2–5 minutes of dance performance: one complete dance, or excerpts from one or more dances and/or dance genres, performed by the candidate. The performance(s) may be a solo, duet, or group dance, and may be performance work that has been assessed for Level 3 Dance achievement standards 91590, 91591, and/or 91592
  • The dance performances should be recorded as one static camera long shot, front view, with minimal editing.

Written and visual evidence

The written and visual evidence:

  • must be submitted as a PDF file
  • will be limited to the equivalent of 18 single-sided A4 pages, inclusive of the introduction and contents pages (additional pages will not be assessed) with font size set at the rough equivalent of Arial 12
  • will consist of written reflection, and may include sketches, photographs, diagrams, etc.
  • will include an introductory page and a contents page, listing headings, and page numbers
  • must include reflections on choreographic processes and products (conceptualising, producing, and evaluating choreographic decisions – e.g. selecting a stimulus, developing a choreographic intention, choosing relevant technologies, deciding on movements and the use of dance elements to communicate the intention, choosing an appropriate style or styles, and choosing a method to produce movement) 
  • must include reflections on performance processes and products (e.g. learning, practising, interpreting, refining movements, applying expressive qualities, and evaluating and working with aspects of technology that contribute to a performance). 

Assessment

The 3 aspects that are assessed for Scholarship are:

  • the choreography
  • the reflection on the choreography
  • the reflection on performance.

These all have equal weighting. The performance excerpts are not assessed but do provide a context for the reflections on performance.

Submission and authenticity requirements

Submission instructions for submitting candidate recordings and authenticity requirements will be available in Term 3.

The non-recorded material (written and visual material) may be submitted as in previous years or may be submitted as a digital file.

Dance resources

The links listed below are for resources to help teachers and students understand what is required for success in New Zealand Scholarship.

Performance standard

 
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