D.E419

Comparing Two Styles Through Locomotor Movement

Comparing Two Styles Through Locomotor Movement

Students will perform combination locomotor movement phrases center floor that maintain space, time, and energy on both the right and left sides. They will learn and perform a 24-count locomotor phrase in one dance form on the right. Students will then reverse the phrase to the other side (the left) and perform it. The process will be repeated using a second, contrasting dance form. After watching his/her videotaped performances, each student will evaluate his/her own performance using the Teacher Scoring Rubric and write his/her reflections on them.

Sample movement phrases for teacher use are listed on pages 9–10 of the Teacher Booklet.

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This is an analytic rubric. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

TEACHER SCORING RUBRIC

  • Dimension
  • Accuracy of Technical Skill and Concept

  • Musicality: Rhythm, Syncopation, Phrasing

  • Effective Use of Space: Directions, Line, Spatial Clarity in Motion

  • Dynamics of Movement: Quality and Attack

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  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Most dance steps are not performed correctly and safely. Understanding of the appropriate concepts, initiation, completion, and movement awareness and understanding are not evident. Transitions between steps are not effective.

    N/A at this time.
  • Few dance steps are performed correctly and safely. Some of the appropriate concepts, initiation, completion, and movement awareness and understanding are present. Most transitions between steps are effective.

    N/A at this time.
  • Most aspects of the dance steps are performed correctly and safely. Most of the appropriate concepts, initiation, completion, and movement awareness and understanding are present. Most transitions between steps are effective.

    N/A at this time.
  • Dance steps are performed correctly and safely. The appropriate concepts, initiation, completion, and movement awareness and understanding are present. Transitions between steps are effective.

    N/A at this time.
  • The dance element of time is not used effectively. Movement is rarely performed demonstrating an ability to feel and present the rhythm and musicality of the dance combination.

    N/A at this time.
  • The dance element of time is used inconsistently. Movement is performed demonstrating an inconsistent ability to feel and present the rhythm and musicality of the dance combination.

    N/A at this time.
  • The use of the dance element of time is mostly effective. Movement is mostly performed demonstrating an ability to feel and present the rhythm and musicality of the dance combination.

    N/A at this time.
  • The dance element of time is used effectively. Movement is performed demonstrating an ability to feel and present the rhythm and musicality of the dance combination.

    N/A at this time.
  • There is little awareness of how the body and limbs can use the space around them. Body shape and air pathways of arms and legs are not clear. Level and direction changes are not clear and appropriate to dance form. Spatial awareness of self and others is inconsistent.

    N/A at this time.
  • Awareness of space is underdeveloped through body and limbs. Some level and direction changes are clear and appropriate to dance form. Spatial awareness of self and others is inconsistent.

    N/A at this time.
  • Awareness of space is developed through body and limbs most of the time. Level and direction changes are usually clear and appropriate to dance form. Spatial awareness of self and others is usually evident in performance.

    N/A at this time.
  • Awareness of space is developed through body and limbs. Level and direction changes are clear and appropriate to dance form. Spatial awareness of self and others is evident in performance.

    N/A at this time.
  • The dance element of energy is rarely used effectively throughout the combination. Rarely demonstrates quality of movement understanding and does not show effective use of texture, attack, flow, weight, and effort appropriate to dance form.

    N/A at this time.
  • The dance element of energy is used effectively throughout some of the combination. Demonstrates quality of movement understanding and shows effective use of texture, attack, flow, weight, and effort appropriate to dance form some of the time.

    N/A at this time.
  • The dance element of energy is used effectively throughout most of the combination. Demonstrates quality of movement understanding and shows effective use of texture, attack, flow, weight, and effort appropriate to dance form most of the time.

    N/A at this time.
  • The dance element of energy is used effectively throughout the combination. Demonstrates quality of movement understanding and shows effective use of texture, attack, flow, weight, and effort appropriate to dance form.

    N/A at this time.
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