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.
This PDF talks about the mathematics of dance. I only focused on the symmetry portion which actually had a lot of good information. It talked about how Choreographers use
symmetry as a stylistic feature in their dance creations. It also said that in dance all 4 of the symmetries are used. Reflectional, rotational, translational and
glide reactional symmetry.
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.
This website talk about how symmetrical people make better dancers. A research was conducted involving 183 Jamaican teenagers, ranging between 14-19 years old, who danced while their movements were captured using motion-capture cameras. These cameras are similar to those used in video games and movies to give computer-generated characters fluid movements. The researchers conducting the experiment found that men judged to be better dancers tended to have a higher degree of body symmetry. The researchers speculate that higher body symmetry might also indicate better neuromuscular coordination. Symmetry is an important part of dance because it helps dancers balance, as well as make the dance seem more appealing.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
This website talked about the several different ways that math is involved in ballet. This website was a blog that was similar to a lot of other websites I came across, however it still had a lot of good information. This website gave a variety of different examples of math in ballet, such as spatial formation, angles, symmetry, and counting the music. When dancing in a group, dancers stay in formations. These formations are usually geometrical.
This website was useful because there were a lot of different examples, so when I have to narrow down my topic this will be a great website to refer back to. The example I found the most useful was spatial formation because not very many other websites had information o this topic.