Miranda Abbott is the creator of Dance Equations. A math dance program that goes beyond clapping, rudimentary motor skills, simple patterning and basic mathematical concepts.
Through Dance Equations, Miranda shows us how to teach mathematics in a new way by bringing dance into the classroom. ANYONE can teach this program, because you don’t need dance training.
Miranda focuses on Creative Movement so that both teacher and student can explore movement. You do not need to teach steps in order to teach dance. Dance is in all of us and is one of the most useful teaching tools, in addition it has a strong connection with mathematics.
Dance Equations is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
With their support, Dance Equations will release a new resource book in June 2017. This book with feature exercises for grades 7-12, with a greater emphasis on Choreography. We’d like to thank the Canada Council for their support.
Miranda Abbott has worked with hundreds of schools and school boards and can deliver full day, weekend or 3 hour workshops for educational professionals. If you are interested in having Miranda at your next event, please contact Dance Equations by filling out the Contact Form.
Understanding dance through these four elements will allow you to introduce curriculum. Dance is not only about technique or steps, ultimately it’s about expressing yourself, a concept, story or idea. Your MATH curriculum becomes the inspiration, and it gets kids up and moving while learning and having fun.
What MIRANDA ABBOTT and DANCE EQUATIONS can teach you
As a teacher you already have all the skills you need to incorporate dance into your lessons and in the classroom. In Dance Equations we primarily use a style of dance called Creative Movement. This gives your students the ability to explore and create their own movements. For each exercise outlined in our lesson plans (or provided by Miranda through Personal Development Sessions) math curriculum is incorporated into the structured improvisations.
“But how do I teach math with dance? I still can’t visualize it.”
Think about the mathematical curriculum and concepts like; translation, reflections and rotations. They have a direct application to the physical space. By using dance you will see immediately who understand each concept and students will already be exploring in three dimensional space.
“I teach Grade 7, what does Dance Equations provide for older students?”
Not a problem, the whole Dance Equations concept came from Miranda’s choreography. In her Choreography she used mathematical equations to determine what steps she used, the directions of the dancers and their pathways. Numbers are symbols and in the same way we use numbers, Miranda can show you how you can choreograph with Algebra or Calculus.
Our student workshops fit easily into daily school routines; we can provide four workshops a day, with 15 minutes to set up and an hour for each workshop. A gymnasium or multi purpose room is the best location for the workshops as students will need to move around without feeling inhibited by space constraints.
Teachers are invited to join in; the work is easy to learn. It is suggested that each school purchase Dance Equations’ BEYOND MOVEMENT to get the most out of the workshop.
Professional Development workshops expand on all of the concepts in BEYOND MOVEMENT, our main Dance Equations resource. This includes detailed instructions on how to create lessons and how to enhance the mathematical curriculum.
The Dance Equations program includes webinars, online help and advice at anytime. Miranda personaly leads teachers through lessons showing how dance is educational on many levels, particularly in mathematics.
We asked our students to tell us what they thought of the program