Relationship Between Math & Dance

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Though it may not seem like it, mathematics and dance are actually very closely related in a number of interesting ways. Learn about the relationship between math and dance with help from a former Radio City Rockette and Broadway performer in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Emily Loftiss. I'm a former Radio City Rockette and professional dancer here in New York City. The question is what is the relationship between dance and math. Actually they go hand and hand. A truly experienced teacher or choreographer should be able to listen to the music and hear how many beats per measure without seeing a time signature. For an example, a march is in a 2-2. So it's 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2. A polka is 1,2,1,21,2. If you count slower it;s 1 2 3 4,1 2 3 4,1 2 3 4,1 2 3 4. And so a polka is a 2-4. A waltz is 1 2 3, 1 2 3, 1 2 3. You can hear the sway, 1 2 3, 1 2 3, 1 2 3. And last but not least is 4-4 which is common time, which is what most music is in, pop music, country and rock and roll. It is 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, 3 2 3 4 5 6 7 8. Hope that was helpful for you. Make sure you keep up with me at EmilyLoftiss.com. and my blog, Loftiss Says.

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