European Dance

(Revised May 2004)

Individual or group entries. An original dance (by entrant or other) may be used if it is completely authentic in style. Choreography will not be judged; interpretation and alteration of a given choreography will be judged.

European Dance; Novice

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. For Novice level, a 3x5 card is the minimum required, but more is encouraged. Any discussion beyond listing of the criteria below, on period practice, any conscious compromises or research is encouraged and should receive higher points than simply listing the information. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the process of the creation of their dance beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description of entry including some of the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Lists elements of dance or explains creative elements.
  • Lists purpose/context of the dance, garb, social class, etc.
  • Research and reference: cites at least one source and one visual or descriptive reference, or two of either.

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Novice level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic dance will score best.

  • Form/function—period style dance, period style steps and sequences.
  • Methods of creation—translation and reconstruction from primary source, interpretation or creation based on period styles.
  • Materials used—period style construction, choreography.
  • Design, style—garb, music, posture, handholds and mood of dance (solemn, flirtatious, Court dance, revel, etc.) done in appropriate period style.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, keeping in mind that not all period dances are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—length, number of people, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements—use of props, special garb, mime, live music, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of steps, figures and sequences.
  • Difficulty/variety of speed, timing, spacing, theme or mood.
  • Extent of original work or ideas (well developed theme, props, etc.).

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, based on the following:

  • Accuracy, timing, confidence.
  • Expression of mood, audience awareness, showmanship.
  • Proper period execution of steps, including precision and grace.
  • Function: does it look as it should look?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You would buy tickets for this dance.

European Dance; Intermediate

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. Intermediate level documentation should have at least minimal discussion of the components involved. More in-depth discussion or period practices or conscious compromises is encouraged and should receive higher points. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their dance beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and some discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Some discussion of rationale for elements of dance or explanation of creative elements.
  • Some discussion of purpose/context of the dance, garb, social class, etc.
  • Research and reference: cites more than one source and one visual or descriptive reference, includes a reference sheet (bibliography) or cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic dance will score best.

  • Form/function—period style dance, period style steps and sequences.
  • Methods of creation—translation and reconstruction from primary source, interpretation or creation based on period styles.
  • Materials used—period style construction, choreography.
  • Design, style—garb, music, posture, handholds and mood of dance (solemn, flirtatious, Court dance, revel, etc.) done in appropriate period style.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind that not all period dances are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—length, number of people, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements—use of props, special garb, mime, live music, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of steps, figures and sequences.
  • Difficulty/variety of speed, timing, spacing, theme or mood.
  • Extent of original work or ideas (well developed theme, props, etc.).

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, based on the following:

  • Accuracy, timing, confidence.
  • Expression of mood, audience awareness, showmanship.
  • Proper period execution of steps, including precision and grace.
  • Function: does it look as it should look?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You would buy tickets for this dance.

European Dance; Advanced

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. Advanced level documentation should have a thorough discussion of the components of the item, explains the rationale behind methods, materials, skills and tools, provides illustrations (if available), references and notes, as well as any original research or experimentation. Any conscious compromises should be explained. A summary page is helpful if the documentation is exceptionally in-depth, and more detailed work can also be put in appendices. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their dance beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of rationale for elements of dance or explanation of creative elements.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of purpose/context of the dance, garb, social class, etc.
  • Research and reference: very complete sources and visual or descriptive references, includes a bibliography and cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Advanced level, keeping in mind any deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents must be plausible and explained. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic dance will score best.

  • Form/function—period style dance, period style steps and sequences.
  • Methods of creation—translation and reconstruction from primary source, interpretation or creation based on period styles.
  • Materials used—period style construction, choreography.
  • Design, style—garb, music, posture, handholds and mood of dance (solemn, flirtatious, Court dance, revel, etc.) done in appropriate period style.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Advanced level, keeping in mind that not all period dances are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—length, number of people, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements—use of props, special garb, mime, live music, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of steps, figures and sequences.
  • Difficulty/variety of speed, timing, spacing, theme or mood.
  • Extent of original work or ideas (well developed theme, props, etc.).

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Advanced level, keeping in mind that not all period dances are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—length, number of people, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements—use of props, special garb, mime, live music, etc.
  • Difficulty/variety of steps, figures and sequences.
  • Difficulty/variety of speed, timing, spacing, theme or mood.
  • Extent of original work or ideas (well developed theme, props, etc.).

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You would buy tickets for this dance.