Assessments


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Routine Evaluation

If you would like to check to see if you are doing a routine well (by our standards), you can request an evaluation. We have have evaluations at the end of a course.


What do I need to know for an evaluation:

  1. The speed of the music will always be 80 bpm. The music will be similar to the selection of songs on the music page.
  2. You will do the movement individually and with a teacher. 
  3. You will receive a list of some suggested technical improvements and a grade of proficiency
Grading:
Can you do the movement?
Can you execute it with most partners?
Can you do it every time?
Do you use it in the social?


Attending the social is part of the program



What do I need to know for the full assessment?

  1. Select one or two songs of your choice from one of the list of songs on our music page (www.mazouka.com/music).

  2. One dance to a song of your choice where you will perform the routines with a teacher combining all the Level 1 routines while adhering to the technical principles.

  3. One dance to a song of your choice where you will perform the routines without a partner to demonstrate complete understanding of the principles.

You will be assessed by both a teacher you are dancing with and with an observing teacher based on the list of technical concepts below.



Follower’s Technique

Leader’s Technique

Foot

Activated, placement in alignment with frame, creating clear connection to the floor before moving on, ball-heel transition always

Activated, placement in alignment with frame, creating clear connection to the floor before moving on

Frame

Steady, level, open, clear orientation and shape, supported by the lats

Steady, level, open, clear orientation and shape, supported by the lats

Hips

In alignment with the Frame, clearly position of hips, obliques supporting each hip swing

In alignment with the Frame, clear position of hips, obliques supporting each hip swing

Hands

Steady, level, open / alive, clear orientation and shape, moving in coordination with your movement

Steady, level, open / alive, clear orientation and shape, moving in coordination with the Follower’s movement

Head

Level, open, dictating the orientation of the Frame

Level, open, following the orientation of the Frame

Hair

Following the Frame’s movement, clear position of the hair

N/A

Rhythm

Following the 1 345 78 count, maintaining the phrasing “and, slow, quick”

Following the 1 345 78 count, transitioning after two bars of 8, maintaining the phrasing “and, slow, quick”

Connection

Clear transitions during connection changes, connecting comfortably

Clear transitions during connection changes, connecting comfortably

Breath

Breathing used to regulate movement speed, breathing used to coordinate movement

Breathing used to regulate movement speed, breathing used to coordinate movement


Sample Assessment:

Diana

(Solo)


What we’d like to see:


What we really liked seeing:

Foot

Activated during Basic steps

Foot placed consistently in alignment with the Frame throughout the dance

Frame

Frame shape preserved during Bonus

Frame supported by the lats during the Basic, Corridor and Basic Turns

Hips

Obliques being used to support each hip swing

Hips in alignment with the Frame throughout the dance

Hands

Activated when in contact with partner’s hands, moving in coordination with your movement during Lateral

Hands steady, beautiful shapes during the Yoyo

Head

Kept level during the Side Turn

Head orientation excellent for the Spiral Turn

Hair

Hair position more clearly indicated


Rhythm


Maintaining the phrasing “and, slow, quick”

Connection

Clear transitions between during connection changes

Very comfortable connections

Breath

Breathing used to regulate movement speed,



Sample Self-testing questions:

  1. Please list all the Open Position Traveling Movements below.

  2. What large muscle group do we want supporting our frame?

  3. When the hands are “activated”, will it feel like you are being “pulled towards” your partner or “kept away”?

  4. Please draw the Level 1 flow diagram.


I’ve passed the assessment now what?!

Time to move on… to LEVEL 2!! Wahooo!!

- Mazouka Dance Company