Students will memorize a movement phrase and perform it to two contrasting musical selections. The teacher will provide a 16-count movement phrase, using the movement vocabulary from a specific style of dance included in the school’s curriculum.
The focus of this assessment is more on interpretation and musicality than technical mastery of specific skills. First-year (Level 1) students will only be required to perform the phrase on one side. In adapting this assessment for second-year (Level 2) students as well as third- and fourth-year (Level 3) students (not illustrated here), it is suggested that students perform a more complex and longer movement sequence and reverse the phrase, as well. The same instructions can be used, but the teacher-demonstrated dance movement shown to students in Step 4 would be modified accordingly.
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