Dance Science Fest Performs “Forces at Play” for Snow College

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Dance and Science are two separate categories, but combine the two together and the result is a mystifying performance known as Dance Science.

Weber State Professors, Erik Stern and Adam Johnston, recently came to Snow College Convocations to show their collaborative project known as Dance Science Fest. Erik Stern is a teaching artist for the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, whereas Adam Johnston is a Physics professor specifically in Science Education. Stern and Johnston’s project is based on the combination of dance and physics which shows applications of interdisciplinary studies. Stern and Johnston created their Dance Science project with help from Weber State students and their ideas around the topics of dance and physics.

Celia Benson, who is over Convocations, discussed why she brought Dance Science Fest to Convocations. Benson met Adam Johnston at a conference where she learned about his Dance Science collaborative project with Stern. She said, “With cross-curricular learning becoming more prominent, their [Stern and Johnston’s] performance and workshops relate to all fields and emphasize how to use interdisciplinary approaches and high impact practices in effective and engaging ways.”

Dancers from Northern Utah and the Snow College dance department helped Stern and Johnston with their new Dance Science performance called “Forces at Play.” Stern, Johnston, and the dancers used physical props like paper, packaging peanuts, beach balls, rubber balls dangling from a PVC pipe, and a leaf blower to show the element of physics with dance.

Snow College student, Shylah Day, said, “At first it [the performance of the combination of dance and physics] sounded a bit odd. But seeing it in motion and being combined into one was really astonishing! It’s really interesting to see how similar two different subjects are and how we can show that to our peers.”

Hannah Stephenson, a Snow College student, said she really appreciated Stern and Johnston’s view on interdisciplinary studies. She said, “All areas of study have things that are beneficial to each other and their performance was a good example of this combination.”

Students who are interested in checking out more information about Erik Stern and Adam Johnston’s Dance Science collaborative project can check out their information at https://dancesciencefest.org/.

Northern Utah dancers perform effortlessly with paper to show the combination of physics and dance for Dance Science Fest. Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Palmer

Northern Utah dancers perform effortlessly with paper to show the combination of physics and dance for Dance Science Fest. Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Palmer

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