Modern Dance (Beginning) Participation Rubric, Fall 2011


  1. Excellent – Show up early. Bring water. Eat enough, but not too much, before class. Use the minutes before class to prepare both body and mind for the work ahead. Come prepared having done any assigned readings, viewings, writings, or creative projects, and taken time to reflect thoughtfully on how these assignments inform your work in the studio and your understanding of modern dance.
  2. Good – Show up on time and get changed before class begins. Warm up a little before class. Complete all out-of-class assignments.
  3. Acceptable – Show up just in time to start class. Complete most out-of-class assignments, sometimes with a minimum of effort.
  4. Unsatisfactory – Show up late. Don’t eat enough to provide energy for class. Don’t bring dance clothing. Do not complete out-of-class assignments.


  1. Excellent – In each exercise, explore the concepts presented by the teacher AND apply other relevant principles from the class. Carry personal goals over from class to class. Take personal responsibility for staying engaged and productive through out class. Think about the material between classes and ask questions based on thoughtful reflection. Make connections between readings/videos and our work in the studio.
  2. Good – Dance fully in each exercise, engaging with the concepts presented by the teacher. Work on personal goals from time to time. Ask thoughtful questions during/after class based on the day’s material.
  3. Acceptable – Do the actions of the exercises, and engage with the concepts when reminded. Dance as instructed, without bringing in your own goals/ideas. Stand around between exercises, rather than finding something to work on. Drop out sometimes when the exercise is complicated or difficult. Wait for the teacher to engage you in class. Watch others to figure things out, but don’t ask questions.
  4. Unsatisfactory – Don’t think about the concepts behind the exercises. Don’t track ideas from one class to another. Space out when the exercise is “too easy” or “too difficult.” Don’t ask questions.


1. Excellent – Dance with others, taking in and responding to their space, energy and timing. Be aware of the flow of class when choosing to ask a question and allow space for others to ask questions. Do not talk while the teacher is talking. Interact with others thoughtfully and respectfully, balancing your own needs with those of others.

2. Good – Use space fully while at the same time avoiding getting in the way of others. Ask questions without taking up more than your share of class time. Interact with others respectfully, although focusing more on your own needs.

3. Acceptable – Occasionally, take up more than your share of class time with personal questions and/or interrupt the movement portion of class with long comments. Dance without colliding with others. Occasionally talk while the teacher is talking or leave the room for a break at an important time during class. Interact with others somewhat carelessly, without taking into account the impact you might have on them.

4. Unsatisfactory – Dominate class time with personal questions and/or interrupt the class with frequent comments. Crash into others. Talk over the teacher. Interact with others in a way that is hurtful or judgmental.


  1. Excellent – Engage fully with class exercises, working with focus, energy and thoughtfulness. Work towards personal improvement, using the teacher’s expertise, but taking charge of own progress. Utilize all of class time to practice, ask questions, or carefully observe others. Give thoughtful and specific feedback to partners. Participate thoughtfully in class discussions of videos and readings.
  2. Good – Work with focus, energy and thoughtfulness. Ask for clarification when needed. Use the teacher’s expertise to drive technical development. Give good feedback to partners. Participate in class discussions of videos and readings.
  3. Acceptable – Work with focus and energy most of the time. Prefer to hide in the back and not be too visible. Have difficulty taking in and using corrections and technical/artistic directions. Do not ask m/any questions. Give vague feedback to partners. Pay attention to, but do not participate in class discussions of videos and readings.
  4. Unsatisfactory – Avoid exercises by sitting down or leaving the room frequently. Do not practice or ask questions to help you learn exercises or internalize material. Look limp or disinterested and complain a lot. Don’t have any feedback for partners. Do not pay attention to class discussions of videos and readings.

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