Judging Guidelines & Criteria – 2019

  1. A Wakakirri Story Dance is a 3-7 minute performance by a group of students that theatrically tells a story using any combination of
    • Dancing
    • Acting
    • Creative movement
    • Sets and Props
    • Costumes
    • Pre-recorded music
    • Live singing (Secondary Challenge & Dance Challenge only)
    • Projection (Secondary Challenge & Dance Challenge only)
  2. Schools can tell any story they wish.
  3. As an option, schools can incorporate the annual signature item into their story for an extra challenge (not compulsory).
  4. A Wakakirri Story should be progressive (orientation, complication, resolution) easy to follow, appropriate, and relevant to the performers.  Creativity and characterisation are important elements of a Wakakirri Story Dance.
  5. The blend of dancing, creative movement and acting to tell the story (Story-Dancing) is an important element of a Wakakirri Story-Dance.
  6. The story should be mainly told through Story Dancing. The soundtrack should enhance the telling of the story but not relied upon to tell the story.  Lyrical content MUST be G rated. Some narration is allowed (again to enhance not tell the story).
  7. Wakakirri encourages schools to minimise their environmental footprint when creating props and costumes for their performance. This means a Story-Dance item should have sets, props and costumes that are supportive of the story, well utilised and are not gratuitous. Special awards are available to schools that can demonstrate additional ways they have reduced their footprint.
  8. Secondary Challenge & Dance Challenge only: Schools have the option of using live singing or spoken word (e.g. narration or dialogue) to enhance their performance.
  9. Creative Diversity Philosophy. The Creative Diversity Philosophy recognises that there can often be two schools that are creatively equal but different in style, scale and technique. The Creative Diversity Philosophy encourages Wakakirri judges to nominate both schools (if appropriate) for National Awards. This philosophy ensures ‘blockbuster’ and ‘minimalist’ style productions have an equal chance of winning national titles and promotes creative diversity in Wakakirri schools.