TCHS Dance Department

Critique Paper-Fall 2016

About the project....
Critique Assignment Requirements (Click & Download the attachment)
Critique Paper- Fall 2016.pdf
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All papers are due Friday, December 9th at 5pm

Please email all typed papers to

How you will be graded....

​​Total Project Value:
  • The project is worth 32 points. 
  • Percentages will evaluated by dividing your total points earned/ total possible points. 
  • Look at the rubric in the packet attached above.
Late Submissions
  • Late submissions loose 1 point for each day the project is late. 
    • For example, if a student submits a project on December 20th, the project is 11 days late. The student originally scores a 28 out of 32 points. The students then looses 11 making the final total points earned, 17 out of 32. The student earns a 53%.
  • Late submissions are excepted until the project is completely depreciated of value.
  • Projects are not accepted after January 10th 2016.
Watch the video below to further understand how this critique paper is part of your Marking Period 2 grade. 

Performances to Write About...

Students are to select a performance they would like to write about. If a student is unable to attend a live show, they can select a digital performance to watch. Here are the options:

In Person Performances:
  • 10 Hairy Legs Performance at VPA, November 23, 2016
  • Roxey Ballet's the Nutcracker at TCNJ, December 5, 2016
Online Performances:
Nutcracker, Sаn Francisco Ваllеt 2007
​​The Nutcracker New York City Ballet, 1993

Tips for Writing about the 10HL Show

Program Order:
1. Together We Stand
Choreographer: Manuel Vignoulle
Music: "Al Maghfera" by Hugues de Courson and "Together" by Manuel Vignoulle​

2. Among the Stars That Have a Different Birth
*Performed by the TCHS Dance Company
Choreographer: Randy James
Music: Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

3. Trouble Will Find Me
Choreographer: Doug Elkins 
Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
​​Please watch sections of the dances below.
Together We Stand

Among the Stars That Have a Different Birth
Trouble Will Find Me

Tips for Writing about  Roxey Ballet's Nutcracker (Live)

USE THE PROGRAM FROM THE SHOW, to help you determine the choreographer, composer, synopsis, and sections of the dance

Here is a copy of the sample introduction paragraph were drafted in class.
All students are welcome to use this introductory paragraph and edit as they see fit.

            On December 5, 2016, audience members experienced the legendary holiday production of the Nutcracker performed by the Roxey Ballet Company of Lambertville, NJ.  The Nutcracker performance took place at Kendall Theatre at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ at 10:00am. This performance was presented as a representation of the Christmas Holiday. Roxey Ballet offered a school time matinee to broaden the exposure of ballet dance to public school students. This Nutcracker production was performed to the classical score composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and was based on the store by E.T.A. Hoffman. The production was staged, conceived, and choreographed by Mark and Melissa Roxey. This critique will focus on evaluating the sections of Sugar Plum Fairy and The Waltz of the Flowers during ACT II. 

Tips for Writing about the Recorded Nutcrackers

Nutcracker, Sаn Francisco Ваllеt 2007
​​The Nutcracker New York City Ballet, 1993
  • This version may benefit the viewer because it has some narration. Use the narration to help determine the story.
  • Use the credits before and after the video to help you determine valuable information that may be found in the program
  • This is another resource to help you understand the structure