Grading Policies

UW Dance Program Grading Profiles For Dance Technique

The Dance Program utilizes a limited grading system for dance technique courses and alternative movement studies courses. The following criteria are used for assessing and grading the demonstration of skills and understanding of movement concepts in all dance technique/alternative movement studies courses. Final grades may also be affected by other factors (such as homework assignments and attendance). Please consult with each instructor /course syllabus for additional information relating to requirements, assessment and grading policies. If you are very concerned about now this new system might affect your overall GPA, you should consider signing up for technique courses on a S/NS basis.

Instructors may allot grades in half point increments (e.g. 3.5, 2.5, 1.5) if student demonstrates traits from two or more grading profiles.

A 4.0 Student:

  • Displays technical mastery over movement material presented in class (appropriate to the level of the course).
  • Effectively integrates feedback offered by the instructor, and is consistent in applying this feedback through self-correction.
  • Demonstrates self-directed learning.
  • Consistently works responsibly both independently and collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving.
  • Makes informed choices about the development of individual artistic voice.

A 3.0 Student:

  • Displays technical competence with movement material presented in class.
  • Displays continual effort to integrate feedback offered by the instructor, but may rely on instructor for prompts to correct and implement.
  • Is developing skills in self-directed learning.
  • Can work responsibly both independently and collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving.
  • Demonstrates some evidence in development of individual artistic voice.

A 2.0 Student:

  • Does not display technical competence with movement material presented in class.
  • Has difficulty integrating feedback offered by the instructor, and relies on instructor for prompts to correct and implement.
  • Lacks awareness to do effective independent work.
  • Is inconsistent in working collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving.

A 1.0 Student:

  • Does not display technical competence with movement material presented in class.
  • Does not integrate feedback offered by the instructor.
  • Lacks awareness to do effective independent work.
  • Does not work collaboratively with peers and the instructor on course concepts and problem solving.