Assessment Specifications

Level 1 Dance 2023

General information


Dance Perspectives

Method of assessment

Written examination


90861  90005

Information relating to both achievement standards

Candidates will be required to respond in bullet-point form, paragraphs, diagrams, or sketches.

Diagrams or sketches will be assessed on the quality of information conveyed and not their artistic merit (i.e. simple stick figures are satisfactory). Candidates should label their diagrams or sketches to indicate features that may not be clear.

Candidates must use ink for both sketched and written answers.

Information in planning spaces will not be marked.

Specific information for individual achievement standards




Demonstrate understanding of a dance performance



Number of credits


Candidates will be required to answer 3 questions relating to a dance performance they have viewed and studied.

Candidates will be given 5 minutes to read the questions.

A recording of the dance performance (3–6 minutes in duration) will then be shown twice, with a pause of 10 minutes in between.

Candidates may start making notes or answering the questions at any time after the examination begins.

Candidates will be required to answer questions on key aspects of the dance performance. Candidates should be familiar with:

  • relationships
  • production technologies
  • repeated movement
  • opening or closing moment.

Candidates may refer to key aspects not shown in the recording to support their answers.

The dance performance should have sufficient variation and content to enable candidates to respond in detail. Examples of suitable dances include:

Dance From Choreographer Company
Opening section Mauri Stephen Bradshaw Atamira Dance Company
Various Poi Mary Jane O'Reilly Limbs Dance Company
Various This Way Up Catherine Chappell Touch Compass Dance Company
Various Rotunda Shona McCullagh NZDC
Various Run Marc Brew Touch Compass Dance Company
Section 1 Trees, Birds then People Shona McCullagh NZDC
Opening section Ghost Dances Christopher Bruce Rambert Dance Company 

For further information, refer to the Explanatory Notes in AS 90861, and the Assessment Report.

The recording

The recording of the dance performance may comprise either a complete work, or a single continuous excerpt from a longer work. It must:

  • include only the 3–6 minutes of material that is to be viewed by the candidates
  • NOT be a compilation of excerpts
  • be of a dance work that is choreographed, performed, and filmed to a professional standard, and include little or no acting footage that is not integral to the choreography
  • show at least THREE dancers
  • feature minimal editing (e.g. long shots, close-ups, and special filming effects), which does not detract from the candidates’ overall view and understanding of the work.

The recording may be presented on any digital medium that can produce a high-quality display on a 60 cm screen. The recording must include only a single instance (or “playing”) of the 3–6 minutes of material.

Resources to be supplied by the school

The school must provide to the Exam Centre Manager, for each examination space:

  • TWO copies of the recording of the dance performance
  • a means of displaying the recording (i.e. monitor or screen) at least 60 cm (25 in) in size (measured on the diagonal)
  • a means of playing the recording, plus a back-up device.




Demonstrate knowledge of a dance genre or style



Number of credits


Candidates will be required to answer 3 questions relating to ONE dance genre or style they have studied during the year.

Candidates will be required to answer questions on the features and / or background of the dance genre or style. Candidates should be familiar with:

  • circumstances and conditions
  • typical clothing
  • purpose
  • characteristic movement.

Candidates must refer to the same dance genre or style throughout, but may refer to a number of specific dances in the genre or style.

Candidates would benefit from having experienced the dance genre or style.

Examples of suitable dance genres or styles include:

  • capoeira
  • Martha Graham modern dance
  • Argentinian tango
  • classical ballet
  • Romantic ballet
  • kapa haka
  • gumboot dance.

For further information, refer to the Explanatory Notes in AS 90005, and the Assessment Report.

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Examination timetable

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