The National Museum of Mathematics will present “Calculated Movements: The Surprising Connections Between Math and Dance” with Karl Schaffer on Wednesday, July 11 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event, which will explore the overlapping studies of dance and math, is the latest installment of the popular series, Math Encounters, a free series of public programs that celebrate the spectacular world of mathematics.
“Calculated Movements” will feature a special introduction by Presidential Award-winning educator Dave Masunaga. At the event, mathematician and choreographer Karl Schaffer will explore the many ways math and dance are connected through audience participation, video excerpts, slides, visuals, and lecture. Schaffer’s presentation will examine the mathematical concepts used in many types of choreography, including modern, ballet, folk, and other dance forms, and show how math patterns and sequences are embedded in dance steps. Also, Schaffer will explain how dance demonstrates how different types of symmetries can interact with each other.
This event will take place at 4PM and again at 7PM. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please visit the Museum’s web event for more information and to register.