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Module Two Post Five ( Savannah Ballet- The Geometry of Dance)

For my last post I decided to reuse this site:http://www.savannahballettheatre.org/about/education-outreach/the-geometry-of-dance-powerpoint

Although the site is titled the geometry of dance, there are actually a lot of examples for how symmetry is involved as well. I wanted to reuse this site because it was becoming quite difficult for me to find other websites that I had’t used already, and I remembered that this site had a lot of great examples. Although this is a slideshow and there are no words, there are a lot of pictures that are easy to visualize and that are pretty self explanatory.

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Module Two Post Two (The Mathematics of Dance)

http://passionconnect.in/articleview/articleid/Dance-In-Mathematics-And-The-Mathematics-Of-Dance

This website talked about several different kinds of math involved in ballet however since I narrowed my topic to symmetry and ballet I only focused on the symmetry portion of the website. This website talked about both symmetry and asymmetry. It explained that if something has symmetry then it can be rotated, shifted, or reflected and still end up looking the same. When watching a choreographed dance, one thing you’ll notice is the use of the symmetry of motion, in both that of an individual dancer and that of a group.Another thing you’ll most likely notice is the use of asymmetry as a method to break the eye from the scene, or to demonstrate dissent within the piece.

Module One Post Fifteen (The Physicist Who Figured Out Ballet)

This website explains how ballet is related to physics. This site had a lot of really good information and great explanations. It explained which moves involve physics as well as how to apply it. Kevin Laws is the author of this article, he is actually a ballet teacher now, and he has written three books. He says it’s important that ballet dancers see the value of scientific perspective. He says that dialogue between science and ballet can produce concrete results. He also explains that there is so much more to ballet than just strong toes and practice.

This website was helpful because the author gave multiple examples of how ballet involves physics, as well as real stories as to how he explained to his students the involvement of physics in ballet. This article also taught me how to apply this while I’m doing ballet.

Module One Post Fourteen (The Geometry of Ballet)

This last prezi although titled the same as all the others didn’t talk about rotation, translation, or reflection like the others did. Instead, it focused on symmetry, angles, and lines. When a dancer performs an arabesque their leg must be at a 90-135 degree angle. However when performing a grand jeté the dancer’s legs must be at a 180-degree angle.(A straight line)

I was reluctant at first to use this prezi since it was titled the same as the others I assumed it would have the same information. However, it had different information and examples. When I read the title I expected it to be all on geometry, but it was quite different from what the title suggested and talked more about other topics. This was useful because it talked about angles of the studio, which I had no idea about until reading this.

Module One Post Thirteen (The Geometry of Ballet)

This is another prezi on geometry and ballet it’s similar to the last prezi I used: https://prezi.com/72rlha79knaz/the-geometry-of-ballet/ but with different explanations. This prezi explains how geometry helps dancers as well as how rotation, translation, and reflection are all involved in ballet. This prezi also explains the meaning of the term transformation in geometry.

ballet geometry GIF

Although this prezi had a few more grammatical errors than the other one, it still had useful information. It had good explanations, and a lot of pictures to demonstrate what was being explained.

Module 2 Post 5 (The Dance Class)

I found this last site and it was really helpful because it included lots of pictures and a video at the end with all the positions of ballet. I wish I found this site sooner because it was filled with info on different types of math involved in ballet and there are a lot. The site said that ballet is based off perfect angles and shapes and that dancers must have perfect balance and harmony,

 

https://allencentre.wikispaces.com/The+Dance+Class

Module 2 Post 4 (How is geometry used in dance?)

I found this prezi on how ballet is related to geometry and I found it useful because it also talked about angles and symmetry and those are related to geometry somehow. I decided to use it since it’s getting harder to find more resources about geometry in ballet. This prezi explained the use of angles in ballet. It also explained how choreographers use angles and shapes to make their dances more interesting and appealing. And as a dancer geometry in dance is very appealing especially if you are in the audience and you don’t know what happened in the process of creating the dance.

 

https://prezi.com/utnu4mg20qkq/how-is-geometry-used-in-dance/

Module One Post Twelve (The Geometry of Ballet)

Although this is a Prezi it was still quite useful and had food information. This Prezi explains basic geometry, reflections, translations, rotation, and symmetry in ballet. When doing a pirouette a dancer is using rotation. The center of rotation is placed either on the ball of the foot or on the toes, depending on whether or not the dancer is wearing pointe shoes.  If a dancer is slouching or sitting on one hip then it won’t be a proper reflection and they won’t be symmetrical.

Image result for symmetry in ballet

This was useful because it had a lot of pictures and videos to go along with the information. It also had good examples and everything was explained very clearly. I didn’t have any other resource that talked about rotations and translations, so this slideshow was very useful.

 

Module 2 Post 2 (The Problem)

For my second post I decided to focus on another important thing a ballerina has. Most principal ballerinas have pointe shoes. But it’s important that the pointe shoes fits perfectly onto her feet. If it doesn’t it could ruin the balance and control a ballerina has. Most ballerina’s get their pointe shoes custom made so they need to consider the following,
-Shape of foot
-Shape of pointe shoe box

http://perfectfitpointe.com/the-problem/

 

Image result for ballerina pointe shoes

Module 2 Post 1 (Ballet Rotoscope; Geometry in Ballet)

So for module 2 I have decided to narrow my topic down to Geometry in Ballet. And for my first post of module 2 I found a really cool video. In the video there is a dancer and while she’s dancing there are lines surrounding her so it shows the shape she is making while she dances. It’s really cool because in the beginning of the video it starts with just the outline of the shape and probably about 4 counts into the dance they add in her body. It shows her arm movements to. So when she moves her arm it leaves an edited line to show what she drew with her arm.