New Zealand Scholarship Dance

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Dance assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93311) Dance
Mode of Assessment Portfolio submission
For Year 2019
Submission Date Wednesday 30 October 2019

Format of the assessment

Evidence is to be presented as a portfolio consisting of:

  • a DVD recording of the candidate's own choreography and performance
  • written and visual evidence.

The DVD recording

The recording will:

  • include one dance of 2–5 minutes, 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  
  • include, in addition to the dance above, 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

Written and visual evidence

The written and visual evidence:

  • 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 the choreographic processes and products (conceptualising, producing and evaluating choreographic decisions, e.g. selecting a stimulus, choosing relevant technologies, developing a choreographic 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). 


The three aspects that are assessed for Scholarship are the choreography, the reflection on the choreography, and the reflection on the performance. These all have equal weighting. The performance excerpts are not assessed but do provide a context for the reflections on performance.


Written and visual evidence must be securely stapled in the top left-hand corner. Candidate work must have the candidate’s NSN on the right-hand corner of the first visible page and on the surface of the DVD.

Each portfolio will be submitted in packaging supplied by NZQA in a pack out to schools in October.

To complete the submission process, candidates and teachers must follow the submission instructions published on the subject page at the beginning of term 3.


  • An A4 clear file is NOT required
  • Work submitted on USB will not be assessed
  • Portfolios will not be returned to candidates.


Schools are required to verify that the material presented for external assessment is the candidate's own work. Download the NZ Scholarship authenticity declaration (DOCX, 47KB) and ensure that one completed form is submitted with each candidate's work. Each completed form must be signed by the candidate as verification that the work is authentic.

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