CREATOR OF DANCE EQUATIONS – Author, Educator, Speaker, Choreographer, Dancer. Math DanceMiranda Abbott is the creator of Dance Equations, a program that demonstrates how to teach mathematics through dance. After 15 years of teaching children various subjects through dance, Miranda was inspired to develop Beyond Movement, a Curriculum Resource for educators. Through her varied classroom experiences, Miranda learned that teachers could be even more effective by incorporating dance in their teaching. She began experimenting using mathematics in her choreography and developed multiple ways in which math could be taught. Empowering teachers to better connect students with the math curriculum by using dance has been particularly beneficial to ESL students, kinesthetic learners and children with special needs.
Dance Equations is designed to make math fun and get kids dancing! You don’t need any formal dance training to use our lessons. Through Dance Equations, you will learn how to guide students through their own math dance discoveries. This is what makes Dance Equations distinct from other programs. Through Dance Equations you will discover: ⦁ cross-curricular linkages to further enhance what you already know; ⦁ new ways to integrate mathematics with other subject areas, ⦁ many tools to engage ESL students and children with learning disabilities; ⦁ new methods to energize and motivate your students; and, ⦁ another way to enhance your drama and dance curriculum. USE THE 4 ELEMENTS OF DANCE TO TEACH MATH Space, Time, Force, Body Dance Equations teaches mathematics through these four main elements of dance, focusing on multiple intelligences. Elements of ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and break dance are integrated into many of the exercises, making learning more enjoyable. It gets kids up and moving while learning and having fun. Ultimately dance is about expressing yourself. Your MATH curriculum becomes the inspiration. As a teacher, you already have all the skills you need to incorporate dance into your lesson plans. Dance Equations primarily uses a style of dance called Creative Movement. This gives your students the ability to explore and create their own movements. The math curriculum is incorporated into these structured improvisational exercises. “BUT HOW DO I TEACH MATH USING DANCE? I STILL CAN’T VISUALIZE IT.” Think about the mathematics curriculum and concepts as: translation, reflections and rotations. They have a direct application to the physical space. By using Dance Equations exercises, you will see immediately who understands each concept as students explore the three-dimensional space.
Recipient of the following grants: - Canada Council of the Arts (curriculum development grant) - Water Region Arts Fund (production grant) - Ontario Arts Council (travel grant)
Miranda Abbott is a professional dancer and choreographer as well as an author, educator and workshop leader, specializing in teaching curriculum through dance, art and literature. She has provided Dance Equation™ workshops to hundreds of teachers and has taught thousands of children in Canada and Costa Rica. After teaching educational workshops for several years, Miranda felt it necessary to create Dance Equations, a company that develops math dance programs with cross-curricular linkages for educators. Beyond Movement is the first of many educational resources developed and illustrated by Miranda to teach educators a new way of helping students understand complex mathematical concepts. As the founder and chief artistic influence behind Event Horizon Dance, Miranda’s choreography focuses on math, science, philosophy and political themes. Her dance company has been featured on several radio and television programs and her dancers have performed at many musical theatre productions and festivals. Miranda has written programs and resource materials for The Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). She has also created illustrations, designs and marketing materials for her company and numerous other organizations.
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