Learn to Use Dance in your Classroom and Teach Mathematics Through Movement

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Learn to Use Dance in your Classroom and Teach Mathematics Through Movement

Introductory Course with Fundamental Math-Dance Lessons

updated on icon Updated on Nov, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Miranda Abbott

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Lectures -8

Duration -34 mins


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Course Description

Come and explore the intersections between mathematics and dance. In this 6-video course, Miranda will guide you through important foundational dance lessons. This workshop is designed to demonstrate the simplicity and effectiveness of using dance in education.

The lessons focus on:

  • Dance as a universal language

  • How to develop movement vocabulary

  • How to introduce mathematical themes through movement

  • How to generate choreography from mathematics

  • How to scale from the very simple introductory lessons to exercises suitable for high school students.

Miranda focuses on six introductory lessons. Each lesson establishes fundamental elements of her Dance Equations program. After this workshop, you will have clear ideas of how math and dance connect and you will walk away with new lesson ideas. There is no dance experience necessary but please come prepared to move. You will need comfortable clothing, a pen and paper for note-taking, and space around your computer to dance. This class is suitable for school teachers, professionals who teach teachers, and homeschool parents and groups. It is not grade-focused, Miranda demonstrates the spectrum of math dance education and focuses on dance as an effective tool to teach mathematics to various grades. She hopes that dance with become another teaching tool in your teacher toolbox and that this course will inspire you to use more dance in the classroom.

The 7th lesson and bonus video is a lesson example. In this additional lesson, I teach ratios through the understanding of the harmonic series. Please feel free to send me feedback in regard to this course. 


What will you learn in this course:

the goal of this course is to demonstrate that you have everything you need in order to use dance in your classroom or within your homeschool group. Through this course, you will learn that:

  • Dance is a useful tool in the classroom
  • You have everything you need to implement this method
  • Simple dance exercises can be enhanced and modified for any grade level
  • Similar to music, dance is mathematics and even more so
  • Creative movement allows you to access dance immediately without learning a dance style


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • There are no prerequisites to the course. Everyone has the capability to explore movement, even if they are confined to a chair. We start with developing our own movement vocabulary and then that vocabulary is used to develop choreography through the use of mathematics. Come with an open mind, ready to dance and explore your own creativity.
Learn to Use Dance in your Classroom and Teach Mathematics Through Movement


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

How to Teach Mathematics with Dance Mini-Course
8 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction and Welcome 00:41 00:41
  • play icon Dance as a Universal Form of Expression 02:05 02:05
  • play icon Creative Movement and Developing a Dance Vocabulary 08:54 08:54
  • play icon Number Patterns 04:01 04:01
  • play icon More Number Patterns 03:37 03:37
  • play icon The Stage and the Coordinate Plane 02:26 02:26
  • play icon Functions in Dance 03:36 03:36
  • play icon Bonus Lesson Example - Ratios and the Harmonic Series 09:04 09:04

Instructor Details

Miranda Abbott

Miranda Abbott

Miranda Abbott is a professional dancer and choreographer as well as an author, and educator, specializing in teaching curriculum through dance, art, and literature.

Miranda has toured across Canada with the Canadian Contemporary Dance Company and performed original and memorable works by many choreographers and dancers, including David Earle, Carol Anderson, José Limón, Sharon Moore, Michael Trent, and Keith Lee.

Miranda was also a member of the breakdance group So-Be-It Union and has appeared in music videos with Masia One and Classified, and was an opening act for Maestro Fresh Wes.

Miranda has written programs and resource materials for The Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto including her own company called Dance Equations.

Her training was earned through the National Ballet School of Canada, École supérieure de ballet du Québec, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and the Canadian Children's Dance Theatre.

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