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NAEP - Sleeping Beauty Exercise Four

Development Strategies

Arts Tasks in This Report

Exercise Four From the Sleeping Beauty Task

Students were required to make more extensive comparisons among the dances in the next exercise and in exercises five and six than in the first set of exercises. More written responses were expected. As indicated in the directions shown below, before responding to the exercises, students were given another opportunity to view the dances.

You will see Dances 1, 2, and 3 one more time. Before you see them, read questions 6 through 10, but do not write your answers yet. Now watch Dances 1, 2, and 3 one more time.

Students are then asked to consider stylistic and compositional elements of the different dance styles.

How do the costumes worn by the women in the three dances contribute to and emphasize the movements of the dances?

Scoring Guide

This question assesses whether students can identify how one element of dance composition (costuming) affects other elements of composition (movement and choreography).

4 - EXTENSIVE The student appropriately relates the costumes to the movements of the three dances (movement qualities and/or choreography). [Sample Response]

3 - ESSENTIAL The student appropriately relates the costumes to the movements of two dances (movement qualities and/or choreography). [Sample Response]

2 - PARTIAL The response appropriately relates the costumes to the movements of one dance (movement qualities and/or choreography). [Sample Response]

1 - UNACCEPTABLE The response does not relate the costumes to any dance's movement qualities or choreography.

Addendum to the Scoring Guide
Responses receiving credit could include:

Dance 1

  • The pointe shoes complement the short tutu and lengthen the line of the leg.
  • The pointe shoes emphasize footwork.
  • The tutu creates illusion of lightness (makes moves lighter).
  • The tutu/tights show line/lines of the leg.
  • The tutu/tights allow for freedom of movement/high leg extensions.
  • The tutu/tights allow you to see/emphasizes exact and precise movements.

Dance 2

  • Manipulation of the dress as a part of the dance and how or why movement is affected (it emphasizes, allows you to see the footwork, swings back and forth, makes movements look big/bigger, swing to show change of direction).
  • The dress is snug/tight on upper body, and part of the lower body (restricts leg movements).
  • The ruffles accentuate movement of the upper body.
  • The hard shoes emphasize the stomping movement of feet.

Dance 3

  • The dress emphasizes the flowing movements of both partners in the dance.
  • The dress enhances the intimacy of the dance by flowing around and enveloping both dancers as they move in unison.
  • The open back of the dress features the stillness and posture of the female dancer.
  • The length of dress allows you to see footwork.


  • Very general responses like, "The costumes help to see the movement"
  • "Grace"/"femininity," or "color of dress"--in these responses are not related to movements of particular dances.
  • "Emphasizes movements," with no other details.

NEXT: Exercise Five from the Sleeping Beauty Task

Last updated 7 March 2003 (HM)