Original Choreography

(Revised May 2004)

Demonstration of the dance is required, but performance skills will not be judged. Entrant must provide written score, noting any codes (i.e. labanotation, period codes such as catalonian bases, dance notation, etc.) Entrant must note either specific music (Ex. Earl of Salisbury Pavan) or general style (Ex. pavane).

Original Choreography; 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 choreography 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 the dance (steps, figures, music, etc.) used to complete the choreography.
  • Lists intended performance environment (court ball, country revel, theatre, 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 item will score best.

  • Form/function—style and steps are period or give a period effect.
  • Methods of creation—appropriate to period or are consistent and give a period effect (notation, etc.).
  • Elements used—are period or give a period effect.
  • Design, style—period style dance suited for a period performance environment.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant on the level at which they have entered, keeping in mind that not all period dance styles are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor (length, number of parts, etc.).
  • Difficulty/variety of steps, figures, sequences.
  • Structure—how complex is the arrangement of above elements.
  • Expression of theme or mood.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

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:

  • Effective use of methods—does the dance flow naturally, timing, spacing, accuracy.
  • Techniques—notation clean, accurate.
  • Design: use of appropriate period music, appropriate style to intended use, etc.
  • Form/Function: does it look right and convey the theme or mood well?
  • 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’d dance this at your wedding.

Original Choreography; 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 choreography 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 the elements of the dance (steps, figures, music, etc.) used to complete the choreography.
  • Some discussion of intended performance environment (court ball, country revel, theatre, 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—style and steps are period (apparent knowledge or application of period practice).
  • Methods of creation—appropriate to period or are consistent and give a period effect (notation, etc.).
  • Elements used—are period or give a period effect.
  • Design, style—period dance suited for a period performance environment.

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 dance styles are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor (length, number of parts, etc.).
  • Difficulty/variety of steps, figures, sequences.
  • Structure—how complex is the arrangement of above elements.
  • Expression of theme or mood.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

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:

  • Effective use of methods—does the dance flow naturally, timing, spacing, accuracy.
  • Techniques—notation clean, accurate.
  • Design: use of appropriate period music, appropriate style to intended use, etc.
  • Form/Function: does it look right and convey the theme or mood well?
  • 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’d dance this at your wedding.

Original Choreography; 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 steps, figures, style, sequences, 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 the elements of the dance (steps, figures, music, etc.) used to complete the choreography.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of intended performance environment (court ball, country revel, theatre, 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—style and steps are period (apparent knowledge or application of period practice).
  • Methods of creation—appropriate to period or are consistent and give a period effect (notation, etc.).
  • Elements used—are period or give a period effect.
  • Design, style—period dance suited for a period performance environment.

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 dance styles are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor (length, number of parts, etc.).
  • Difficulty/variety of steps, figures, sequences.
  • Structure—how complex is the arrangement of above elements.
  • Expression of theme or mood.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

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

  • Effective use of methods—does the dance flow naturally, timing, spacing, accuracy.
  • Techniques—notation clean, accurate.
  • Design: use of appropriate period music, appropriate style to intended use, etc.
  • Form/Function: does it look right and convey the theme or mood well?
  • 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’d dance this at your wedding.