Heather Wolpert-Gawron

So You Think You Can Dance + Math = STEAM

By on June 9, 2014

I just wanted to share a quick classroom resource today that I stumbled on in my TiVO feed.

I admit it, I’m a So You Think You Can Dance geek.  It’s always been a great show in terms of modeling reflection and learning.  After all, its premise is to take a kid with talent and perhaps some training in one genre of dance, put them in a studio each week with some of the best choreographers in different genres of dance – from Bollywood to Ballroom, from Krump to Contemporary – and introduce those young people to dances that take them out of their comfort level.

The great thing about the show is that the judges are rooting for everyone.  Yep, there are winners who adapt better than others, but the judges’ job is to critique and help the dancers reflect and learn.  The successful competitors are those who utilize this amazing classroom the best.

So what does this have to do with math, you say?  A lot.  For those teachers who study art, you know that there is a direct correlation between math and artistic expression in many mediums.  Still don’t see it?  Check out the new opening of Season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance:

It’s a marriage of dance and math, of angles and perspectives, of art and kinesthetic engineering.  Perhaps there’s a way to incorporate it into the math classroom.  Or, perhaps, it’s just to be appreciated and enjoyed as one of the fascinating correlations between nature’s balance in art and science.


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