Dancing Math!

Dancing Math!
Learn key math concepts through full bodied movements, rhythms and song. Graphing: Perform a series of movements, collect data on times each component is performed; create bar graph. Identifying Fractions: Students see a chart with numbers 1-9 with each number assigned a specific dance action. Students receive fraction examples; create dance phrases to represent fractions; perform; class determines fraction danced. Working with Fractions: With predetermined examples of adding and subtracting fractions, use Identifying Fractions method to dance and determine demonstrated fractions.Place Value: Students learn song and dance to determine place value. Dance examples. Angles: Students use a large grid to demonstrate angles; create dance phrases of different kinds of angles. Symmetry: Working in groups, students create symmetric/asymmetric sculptures. Patterns: Formed with danced actions. Position Words: Students learn song and dance to demonstrate, in front, beside, between, etc.

Artist Background

Jody Cassell is a Teaching Artist in Dance, interactive dancing storyteller, and author of the children's book "Where's Leon"? The Durham Arts Council chose Jody as a 2010-2011 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Recipient. She served as a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in Vienna, VA from 2003-2013 and currently teaches classes for young children at the American Dance Festival community studios. Jody earned a M.F.A. in Dance from New York University School of the Arts, New York, NY and a M.S. (Dance/Movement Therapy) from Hunter College of the City University of New York, NY. She enjoys dancing with special needs populations. Movement possibilities provide a rich foundation for living.

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