Students throw light on dance
COMBINING dance with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (Stem) is just a normal day for Year 10 students at John Curtin College of the Arts.
The students participate in guided workshops on coding and how to program lights that respond to either sound or movement at Curtin University.
Science teacher and science Stem outreach officer Peta Scorer said both arts and Stem subjects used higher order thinking skills.
“Many people think you can only be good at one or the other; in fact, many scientist and mathematicians have been great artists and vice versa,” she said.
“Dance and chorography uses pure geometry and is driven by physical laws.”
Ms Scorer said students programmed lights to reflect the colours and speeds they prefer to complement their movement.
“The students then created a short dance that was presented and performed with their lights,” she said.
Dance co-ordinator Judy Hendrickse said she hoped students felt more comfortable engaging in Stem concepts.
“Both Stem and dance is about finding new solutions, new possibilities and creating something that has not existed prior, as well as building confidence to find their own motivation to pursue knowledge,” she said.
“At the moment dance students are working on a dance production titled Cosmos, which explores the theories relating to the universe.”
Year 10 students said it had really made them think about the different ways they could use coding.
Esta Perrone said both areas had different things to offer. She said they often been thought of as opposites but they fit together well.
“I learnt that coding isn’t just numbers and it is more accessible than we think. Combining this with dance is new, modern and moving with the times,” she said.
Dancers Esta Perrone, Chelsea Pianto, Georgia Walker and Olivia Jason with Law Collins, Willow Armitstead and Sasha Currie.