ADVANCED LABANOTATION Requirements for Advanced Certification
Note that Advanced Theory is not taught by correspondence; the Dance
Notation Bureau requires that it be studied in a classroom situation.
It is highly recommended that a student do the advanced work twice,
as this affords the possibility of working with the material in a practical
way, and then re-examining it theoretically. A great body of theoretical
material is presented in a concentrated period of time. Three requirements
must be met in order to earn the Advanced certificate.
1. Advanced Exam: 85% correct. Note: all advanced examinations
are graded by two qualified notators, one of them from the Dance Notation
2. Independent project: Notation of a dance, section of a dance,
dance technique, or other movement such as gymnastics. There should
be approximately 8 to 10 pages of notation. The number of pages is flexible
depending on the complexity of the notation, the amount of notation
on each page, etc. The student must be prepared to demonstrate the movement,
have it demonstrated, or to provide the notator who grades the exam
with a film or videotape in order to verify the movement. Once the student
has selected a project, an outline or brief description of the movement
should be submitted to the teacher for approval before work is begun
on the notation. This requirement is made to avoid needless time being
devoted to the notation of unsuitable material. The independent project
may be graded by the teacher of the advanced course and then submitted
to the Dance Notation Bureau, or it may be graded at the Dance Notation
3. Reading requirement: The student must demonstrate an ability
to read advanced material and scoring for groups. The most satisfactory
way for a student to fulfill this requirement is by taking a DNB sponsored
course in Directing from Score. Another possibility is for the student
to do a staging from score under the supervision of a qualified stager.
The teacher of the advanced theory course may simply submit to the Dance
Notation Bureau a statement that the student has fulfilled the reading
4. Fees for Advanced Labanotation Exam: $200 for exam grading ($100 for each grader); $250 for reading project; $200 grading of written project.