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Math and Dance

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Kimberly McGuire

on 4 April 2013

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Transcript of Math and Dance

and Math Dance Although some would believe that math and dance are as far from each other as the earth is from the sun, mathematics and dance are actually related to one another. Dance movement is made up of a combination of lines and angles, and dancers move their bodies in a series of arcs and circles. Angles are a big part of dance. Let me introduce you to some types of angles you find in dance. Because there are many many ways to find angles...I'll only be discussing those made with legs and feet. Acute Angles Obtuse Angles Straight Angle (approximately) Angles less than
90 degrees Angles greater
than 90 degrees
but less than 180 180 degree angles Now that you know all the different angles, you can see them in action! I was in a dance performance...so you get to see me dance! How many angles made by the dancers legs and feet can you identify? What types occur? Memories Graph Following one dancer in the ballet dance, I figured out how many of each type of angles she used in her performance. The results are shown above. I did this with two other types of dances as well and the results are as follows... Bohemian Rhapsody Contemporary Dance Ballet dance Radioactive Jazz dance Comparing.... It looks like that the types of dance I studied (ballet, contemporary and Jazz) all have many acute angles within their movements. However, jazz has more obtuse angles than ballet or contemporary because there are more leaps and big jumps. My Conclusion: When dancers form shapes with their bodies and move in patterns across the floor they are physically practicing geometry. If you like softer, simpler steps with smaller angles, try ballet or contemporary. If you prefer a more energetic piece with big leaps and jumps, go try some jazz. Studying the angles involved in different types of dances can really tell you about the movement. From there, you can figure out which type of dance will work best for you. My Conclusion: Thanks for watching! Go dance and make the world go round. :) What types of angles show up in different styles of dance? My Question: Radioactive Memories Bohemian Rhapsody
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