These and other activities included in our book, Math Dance with Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern, now available from our Book Shop

Clap Your Name. Patterns are everywhere, even in our names. Working in groups of two or three, participants convert the vowels and consonants in their names into clapping patterns, then turn them into movements.

Counting Handshakes. Combinations are the basis of many types of mathematics and dance. Working in groups of two or three, participants find how many ways there are to shake hands, then learn to perform them in sequence. hands

Rotational Symmetry. Seeing symmetry is one thing, but doing it with your whole body is a whole new challenge. This elegant introduction to rotational symmetry is good for beginners. Working in groups of three, participants form symmetrical shapes. rotational symmetry
The Four Basic Symmetries. The best way to learn about and remember the four basic planar symmetries is to perform them. Here's how. A great follow-up to the previous "Rotational Symmetry" exercise. basic symmetry

String Polyhedra. The best way to study three-dimensional objects is to make them. These straightforward exercises, which use loops of string, foster cooperation, dexterity and an understanding of polyhedra. (Some video links are here.)
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Assessment. Guidelines for grading mathematics and dance activities.


Bibliography. Published materials about combining mathematics and dance.


The following lesson by Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern is one that we offer through the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program. (It is not included in our book Math Dance. but is downloadable below.)
Dancing Permutations: Exploring Sequences and Combinations in Mathematics and Dance. In this workshop, participants actively discover how sequences, permutations, and combinations are fundamental principles in both mathematics and dance. Participants explore accessible ways to help students develop greater understanding of the mathematical concepts of patterns, probability, and combinations by using sequencing to create choreographic studies based on everyday movements.