Traditional Competition Marking Criteria

The marking will be divided into two parts – Notation Alignment & Performance

Notation Alignment

  1. Evidence of how the dance will be performed in line with the historic notation of the Tradition. Teams have the opportunity to submit in advance the notation which they are following and any specific or relevant comments they see fit to bring to the attention of the judges. The quality of the research and notation will be marked and can achieve up to 10% of the total mark. Where nothing is submitted by the team, the judges will use a published notation of their choosing to assess the performance.
  2. 2 of the judges will then mark teams based on the accuracy of their performance as set out in the referenced historic notation, taking into consideration how close the performance is to the original notation. This will make up 30% of the total mark
  3. Judges will use their own expertise and knowledge of the tradition in conjunction with submitted notes from each competing side to adequately assess this score. The judges can use their discretion to add up to 10% to the total mark.
  4. A successful team will recreate a performance of a Traditional dance in as close a manner as possible to the notation focusing on the dance itself; including but not limited to dance style; music choice; stepping technique; and choreography.
  5. The inclusion of historical costume, characters; type of musical instrument used and other accoutrements will have no effect on the marks given and do not need to match the original notation.
  6. Where a team has justified a deviation from the original notation in their supplied version; the deviation can be used for marking. e.g. Where supporting reference documents give alternative interpretations one of these can be used in lieu of the prime source. The source of this variation must be a close contemporary to the original source notation.
  7. The Notation Alignment based score will total 50% of the overall mark
  8. Notations will be collated and published post DERT


This will be marked in exactly the same way as the Main Competition, to the same marking criteria. One exception is the expectation that ‘There is a variety of stepping with interesting variations’. Choice of stepping styles should be dictated by the dance notation.

The Notation and Performance scores will then be added together to assess the winner of the Competition with a mark out of 200.