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Contradancing and Matrices

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: Bernie Scanlon, a mathematics instructor at Bakersfield College in California, has been dancing nearly every weekend since 1990, even traveling to distant parts of the country to join in the fun. His passion is contradancing - a dance form unknown to most people yet practiced with great devotion and abandon throughout the United States, from New England to California. The origins of contra dancing go back to colonial days, and its roots can be traced to English country dance. It's really a group rather than a couples effort, and it has elements that might remind you of traditional square dancing. Rhythm and pattern are the keys.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Matrices, Patterns/Relationships, Music

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