Dance Concert Critique;You will analyze, and discuss the evolution of dance through historical, cultural, and artistic developments. SLO #2. Students will use vocabulary learned from dance notation symbols to analyze the quality of movement. Dance notatio

SLO #1. Students will analyze, and discuss the evolution of dance through historical, cultural, and artistic developments. SLO #2. Students will use vocabulary learned from dance notation symbols to analyze the quality of movement. Dance notation symbols are mentioned below at the paragraph “USE OF MOVEMENT VOCABULARY AND ANALYSIS.”

WRITING ASSIGNMENT:

Now is your chance to see live dance performed in your local community. When possible, it is recommended that you attend your school’s semester dance concert, since this will inform you of dance opportunities in your community and help support the arts program at your school. Other possibilities would be to select a live dance concert at another community college or four-year institution in your area or concerts performed by local professional dance companies. It is strongly recommended that you get prior approval from your instructor before attending and critiquing the dance concert you have chosen. Please do not review a music concert that happens to have dance incorporated in it, or a competition dance show, or a high school performance. The goal of this assignment is to expose you to the world of live concert dance as art rather than commercial entertainment.

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Please respond to the performance in a formal dance critique.

Display through your critique (650 to 750 words) your thorough understanding of the Language of Dance elements covered in the course, the historical context in which the dance was created, the theatrical elements incorporated into the production and your concluding analysis of the success of the piece as a concept and performance.

In your critique, select two pieces from the concert and analyze them in a compare and contrast paper. Include specific observations from each dance to support your analysis. Do not go into analysis of each and every piece in the concert (as that will yield a superficial coverage); what you should provide is an in-depth breakdown of the two selected pieces. Feel free to bring a pen with you to take notes inside your program during short pauses between pieces.

Don’t forget the details!

Remember to include the title and date of the concert you attended, the titles of the pieces you are discussing, refer to the choreographer by last name (after introducing them with their full name), check your spelling and grammar, organize your paper into succinct and articulate paragraphs with topic sentences that refer directly to your thesis statement and support your analysis with concrete observations using Language of Dance terminology as appropriate.

Pleas Note: You may find that reading through the Elements of Production lecture in Lesson 16 may help you make stronger observations of the theatrical elements of the dance performance. Also, a review of the Framework for Analysis in the Modern Dance lesson will also be extremely helpful in building your analysis for this assignment.

SJCC’s Fall Dance Concert is Nov 15-17 at 8pm in the SJCC Theater. Other events you may attend for this assignment can be found on the document “Local Dance Events Fall 18.”

Grading Rubric

Points
CATEGORY 10 8 6 4
Quality of Information There is a clear compare and contrast element to the essay. The critique discusses what is similar between these two dances and what is different and includes several supporting details and/or examples.
There is a moderately clear compare and contrast element to the essay. What is similar between these two dances and what is different is somewhat addressed.

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There is a vague compare and contrast element to the essay. What is similar between these two dances and what is different is loosely addressed. There is little or no compare and contrast elements to the essay. The similarities and differences are not discussed.

USE OF MOVEMENT VOCABULARY AND ANALYSIS Discussion of choreography through body, space, time, energy and relationships is clear and thorough. The concept or meaning of the dance is addressed.
Discussion of choreography through body, space, time, energy and relationships is somewhat clear and thorough. The concept or meaning of the dance is somewhat addressed.

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Discussion of choreography through body, space, time, energy and relationships is vague and not thorough. The concept or meaning of the dance is loosely addressed. There is a little to no description of choreography and movement qualities. The concept or meaning of the dance is not addressed.
Concert elements and Design Essay clearly establishes the who, what, where of this concert and the pieces being discussed. Discussion clearly describes the music, lighting and costumes and how they relate to this dance. 
Essay establishes some of the who, what, where of this concert and the pieces being discussed. Discussion somewhat describes the music, lighting and costumes and how they relate to this dance.

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Essay establishes some of the who, what, where of this concert and the pieces being discussed. Discussion vaguely describes the music, lighting and costumes and how they relate to this dance. Essay does not establish the who, what, where of this concert and the pieces being discussed. Discussion does not describe the music, lighting and costumes and how they relate to this dance. 
Amount of Information All topics are addressed and all questions answered with responses in the 650 – 750 word range. All topics are addressed and most questions answered with responses in the 550-650 word range.
Some topics are addressed, and some questions answered with responses in the 450-550 word range.

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Several topics were not addressed and work count is in the 350-450 range.
Mechanics No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors A few grammatical spelling, or punctuation errors. Many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.

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