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DANCE EQUATIONS

USE THE 4 ELEMENTS OF DANCE TO TEACH MATH

Dance Equations teaches mathematics through the four main elements of dance which are; space, time, body and force. Styles of dance such as of ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and breakdance are integrated into many of the exercises. Dance Equations also uses a lot of creative movement and improvisation which makes learning dance fun. It gets kids up and moving while learning and expressing themselves.

Let your math curriculum become the inspiration for choreography and school presentations. Read more about the four elements of dance below.

 

You know more about dance than you think!

Space

This category focuses on shape, level, direction, and size of movements.

Time

This category focuses on the beat, tempo, accent, duration, and pattern.

Body

This category focuses on specific parts of the body, steps, and movements.

Force

This category focuses on the attack, weight, strength, and flow of movements.

HOW TO INCORPORATE MATH CURRICULUM

INTO DANCE LESSONS

WHAT MIRANDA ABBOTT AND DANCE EQUATIONS CAN TEACH YOU?

As a teacher, you already have all the skills you need to incorporate dance into your lesson plans. Dance Equations primarily uses a style of dance called Creative Movement. This gives your students the ability to explore and create their own movements. The math curriculum is incorporated into these structured improvisational exercises. 

“BUT HOW DO I TEACH MATH USING DANCE? I STILL CAN’T VISUALIZE IT.”

Think about the mathematics curriculum and concepts as: translation, reflections and rotations. They have a direct application to the physical space. By using Dance Equations exercises, you will see immediately who understands each concept as students explore the three-dimensional space.

“I TEACH GRADE 7, WHAT DOES DANCE EQUATIONS PROVIDE FOR OLDER STUDENTS?”

As mentioned earlier, Dance Equations exercises are not just simple patterning and basic mathematical concepts. The exercises are more complex for higher grades. By using algebra and calculus applications, students can choreograph exercises with numbers as symbols.

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