The Dance Fractal and Applications in Life

The Dance Fractal and Applications in Life

I believe the best creative ideas generate from coupling two distant ideas that seem to be immiscible. They seem to be distant from each other and of ne relevance. It is from this situation that we might mine the greatest creative ideas.

If I ask the reader what does dance has to do with teaching science, what would you say? Recent examples show that finding a relationship provides emerging creative ideas for teaching as evidenced by real examples. This is a great example of marrying arts and science.

Let us begin the discovery journey. A basic fact in life is dancing movement. Electrons dance around the nuclei, atoms dance, molecules dance, organs dance, cells dance, organs dance and the whole-body dances. Water- the main source of our living- dances. Dance is scale-free and seems to be a fractal beauty. So are our bodies even seemingly still the molecules inside are in constant dance.

Dance has been defined as β€œthe movement of the body in a rhythmic way and within a given space to express anΒ ideaΒ or emotion”. Dance is a communication tool. Bees waggle dance in shape of the number 8 to inform other bees of the source of food, its richness, distance and how far it is. Polar bears dance and the rhyme with which they dance has inspired this great video. You shall enjoy watching it.

The wiggling dance of bees has inspired research in many fields. For example, the waggling of interacting protein molecules at the nanosecond speed. This is a two-step process: the interaction step and a twist step for locking. It is a waggle dance between the interacting molecules. Molecules used waggling dance for communication as bees do.

The coupling of dance and teaching has allowed for the emergence of new teaching methods that were maybe unthinkable. For example, in teaching biology and other sciences and including social studies. The following has been reported by The Evergreen State College. Students will develop an understanding of the dance community and how it fits into a larger social and community context. Sometime will also be spent unpacking issues of privilege, stereotypes, and accessibility in the fields of dance, chemistry, and biology.

In another teaching experiment the students from elementary schools began to sense ecology through the pairing of dance with what happens in nature. Each fact taught along the way gets paired with a specific dancing movement, and at the end of the day, all the movements from the lesson get put together into a dance.

A very interesting research is combining chemistry with dance to teach chemistry using dancing movements. The research reports using science as a basis for movement discovery, investigating, challenging, and ultimately understanding the pairing of chemistry and dance to create a unique performing art. This is a very interesting paper because it uses chemistry to teach dancing and not the other way.

One interesting teaching application is the observation that dance movements need a split of second to observe what your partner does to keep the dancing rhyme. The post states that β€œto improve your mental acuity, it is best to involve yourself in an activity that demands split-second, rapid decision making. Dancing is an example of a fast-paced activity that demands speedy decision making”. This reminds me of the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act). Dancing and teaching strategic thinking are linked this way.

An interesting example is the potential for us to study thermal dance. This idea is borrowed from the desert lizards, these creatures use thermal dance to overcome the burning heat of the desert. To prevent their feet from burning they have adapted a thermal dance toΒ lift their feet off the hot sand – a front leg and opposite hind leg lifts on a rotational basis. Should it get too hot, the shovel-snouted lizard will dig into the dune sand or run up the dune to the shadedΒ side where temperatures are cooler.

There are many more examples of linking dancing to science such as neuroscience. However; I wish to end this post by referring to the great post on trust by Clau Valerio. This post inspired me to offer a new definition to trust, in emulation of hydrogen bonds in water. Water molecules were found to dance because they coordinate their motions which are thought to arise from the network of hydrogen bonds.

Thinking of the unthinkable is the way to go forward. What do you think?


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
Thank you for your splendid comment Isabella M H Wesoly. Yes, your examples are spot on and expands the horizon of using dance in teaching. Your last line is perfect and my answer is yes. We need both sensed movement and "silent movement" in the shape of being still why the cells of our minds make their dance.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
The same here dear Clau Valerio as I learn a lot from you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
I am glad you liked it because of your background dear Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. Your feedback counts heavily. Thank you

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Most fascinating buzz and I love the video, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #14

#15
Clau, You are quite welcome.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
You know what I like about you, probably the most dear Clau Valerio is that you combine the art and medicine science in a very natural way. I feel your scientific spirit is refined with your attendance to dancing. This reflects in your appreciation of others and feeling free to express those emotions. Than you so much for being part of my domain my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Dear Clau Valerio- I consider your comment as an integral part of the buzz. Your explanations and additions are vivid, to the point and gives more explanations. Yes, newest researches coupling arts and neuroscience are consistent with your comment. It is amazing how arts and science may reinforce each other. Many people tend to think they come from two separate worlds,; they are the opposite. Thank you so much for expanding the horizon of the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Music is an art and our tastes vary between different arts. Arts is beauty and loving beauty relaxes the mind.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Dear Tausif Mundrawala- I say a successful person has good habits. You have great habits and I can see you only progressing to more successes. Thank you for your appreciation and sharing your habits.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #9

In the case of Einstein it is not dance which is his marriage of arts and science but the depth of interest he took in music and especially the music of Mozart. http://www.openculture.com/2013/06/the_musical_mind_of_albert_einstein.html

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
I concur with your comment Roberto De la Cruz Utria. You are right because it is best to "study" dance with small steps to allow room for more trial and error. This is consistent with your writing "a good choreography requires a lot of ingenuity and creativity, in the search of the best result that satisfies the spectators"

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
Thank you dear @Savvy Raj. I had feelings this buzz of interest to you. I am glad to read your comment. Yes, dancing is an art that enriches our understanding of life and even sciences. I love your quote "Our movements are akin to our thoughts we are after all what we think ...".

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
And dear Jerry you wrote the music with your comment. You are right and the buzz of Clau Valerio made me rush this buzz so that the two ideas may tango together. Thank you for your great appreciation.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #5

Dr. Ali, Stimulating as usual. The bear dance is delightful. The article from Clau Valerio will provide as marvelous comment on trust and vital intelligence for an upcoming speech. As I see it, all life is movement and when the movement of two or more entities interact it becomes a dance and as the ancients noted, "the cosmos dances but we know not who wrote the music." And so it goes

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Clau Valerio- you are mentioned in this buzz

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
I couldn't agree more.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #2

Life is a choreography actions its movements

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Savvy Raj- I believe this buzz is of interest to you

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