Voice over narration

Department of Dance: Contemporary & Modern Dance Technique 

Assignment brief

Video Documentation of Practical Dance Skills

Record a practical skills remediation video using narrative voice-over. Students who missed a significant number of studio classes in the Contemporary/Modern Dance Technique course may, if they provide official documentation regarding their absences, submit a remediation video as an alternate or make-up assignment.

Use SmART resources for formal testing and summative assessment. Guidelines for student remediation work and skills narrative assessment (video capture; narrative voice-over). Procedures for video composition/documentation and instructions and student self-assessment procedures. Rubrics for instructor feedback and evaluation (with student declaration form).


  1. The student will select 3 key technical concepts from the course and demonstrate how they have acquired these skills in 3 short dance combinations. Students should be clear about which three concepts they are highlighting and practice applying the concepts in the combinations before producing a video recording of their work.
    1. Examples of technical concepts: fall/rebound, contraction/release, proper alignment of pelvis and torso, lengthening limbs (i.e. actively stretching from plié or fondue, standing leg in balances, brushes along the floor into battement, etc.), shifting weight, applying dynamics of weight/space/time/flow, etc. (Choose 3.)
    2. Examples of combinations: Sequencing through spine or upper body swings from Limon floorwork; “the bounces”, “breathings”, wave contractions or long leans from Graham floorwork; Xs and Os from Bartenieff Fundamentals; standing Limon swing combination; brushes in attitude with spiral and shift of weight; adage; step-brush combination across the floor; triplet combination across the floor; big jump combination; etc.
  2. When the student has adequately practised their 3 combinations and they are prepared to demonstrate their skills acquisition, they will video record their dancing (perhaps with assistance from a peer from the course).
    1. The student will record one video (not longer than 10 min) showing all three combinations.
    2. The student’s whole body and their face must be visible throughout the video.
  3. Narration – The student will watch the video and add a narration to the video.
    1. The narration should begin with a brief introduction: student’s name, date, course name, the 3 technical concepts that will be demonstrated, and the names of the 3 combinations.
    2. Throughout the video, the student uses narration to point out the specific moments in the combinations when the technical concepts are being applied. (Suggested programs for voiceover include Zoom or iClicker.)
    3. Concluding statement: the student reflects on their own progress with regards to the 3 skills/concepts, challenges they faced, or are still facing with regards to mastering the skills and how they plan to continue to apply the concepts to their dancing in the future.
  4. Summary of requirements:
    1. The one 10 min video you are submitting must include:
    2. A complete skill performance (3 Contemporary/Modern Dance technique concepts in 3 combinations)
    3. A narration accompanying the skill video explaining what you are doing, selfassessment, and related challenges or feelings.
    4. A final reflection on suggested strategies for applying the concept and/or addressing the challenges in the future.

Students are responsible for providing a recording device for videotaping. This can be a cell phone, iPad, computer, or video recorder. Please make sure your recording device has enough room and battery life to complete the recording.

Grading criteria

Assessment and Evaluation Procedures

  • Students skill/concept list will form the evaluation
  • Evaluation can be in the form of pass/fail or co-created between students and faculty
  • Students are asked to upload their video to Google Drive, Dropbox, or Youtube.
  • ‘Best Practices’ SmART Note: If using Youtube, be aware you will need an account to upload your video and, as you upload, you will select unlisted, not ‘private’ or ‘public’, or else the instructor cannot view your video.
  • A copy of the link to the video must be emailed by [instructor date]. Please do not email your entire video: only a link will be accepted. As a back-up, students may also choose to submit the video on a usb stick.

Assessment Rubric and Instructions for Students (Declaration)

Final Practical Narrative Video Submission Declaration

The video I am submitting has been recorded in compliance with the criteria specified in the course outline. I have adhered to copyright and protected privacy principles in the video frame. The material presented is an original work and no use of any material/item to remind us of assessments would be in direct violation of the academic honesty policy. Violations will be handled as academic honesty offenses.

I have ensured:

  • ! I am the only person in the recording area.
  • ! The recording area is free of any material or items that could be used to commit an academic
  • honesty offense (e.g. notes, diagrams, exam rubric, electronic device)
  • ! My full name is clearly stated at the beginning of the video.
  • ! I have provided a narration to describe the 3 skills/concepts I demonstrate in the video.
  • ! The video recording is limited to 10 minutes.
  • ! The submission is by video link and/or on a USB memory stick.

Student Name: ________________________________________(please print)



Student work

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