Loopy Dances

Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern
Proceedings of Bridges 2014: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2014)
Pages 515–518 Workshop Papers


This workshop for Bridges participants will explore integrating mathematics and dance in the classroom as well as on stage. This workshop involves mathematical topics related to the use of oversize loops of rope. These include play with dance sequences involving the loops, and construction of polygons and polyhedra, including several Platonic solids. Participants will create, practice, and perform short dance phrases, and simultaneously explore mathematical principles and critique the work from the point of view of both the mathematics and the artistry involved.