A Physicist Walks into a Barre: A Case Study in Integrating Science and the Arts

Dr. Adam Johnston
Department of Physics
Weber State University

Dance obviously incorporates principles of physics. After all, movement involves forces and matter and energy, and these provide ways to analyze the art form from a scientific perspective. But there are other angles as well. I embedded myself into a dance company to see some of the physics in this context, and while those were meaningful, practices of dance and dance education have informed my work and teaching. Moreover, my collaboration with a dance educator and students led to a creation of dance/science performances, workshops, and curricula that show parallels in our practices, even as we have different purposes.