Demo Show

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Portlandia is the second-largest hammered-copper statue in the United States (the Statue of Liberty is the largest). —

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Portland Center for Performing Arts
Newmark Theatre

dance_movesDemonstrating dance moves using physics demos.

Ballet dancers' grace and beauty of movement is awe-inspiring. Dancers have learned how to use physics concepts such as force, impulse, inertia, and conservation of angular momentum to perform artful jumps and turns that wow audiences. Portland State University's Science Outreach Society and the Oregon Ballet Theatre will define these concepts and demonstrate them through the vocabulary of ballet. The show will include dance performances as well as ideas and demonstrations that you can use in your classroom. The performance will feature results from motion capture analysis of dancers taken at the Oregon Health & Science University and audience participation challenges, where volunteers win by turning physics into action.

Balancing on-point on a force plate.


Motion capture and tracking of various body parts during a Grand Jete.

Presenters: Kelsey Adams, Elizabeth Anderson, Elliot Mylott, Justin Dunlap, Lester Lampert, Ralf Widenhorn, Portland State University, Department of Physics and Portland State’s Science Outreach Society, Kenneth Laws, Dickinson College, Anne Mueller and dancers from the Oregon Ballet Theatre

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