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The Intersection of Dance and Mathematics: Combining Personal Passion and Academic Scholarship
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Hewitt is proud to celebrate Gabriella G., Class of 2024, whose academic paper “Choreographic Group Theory” will be published in Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching Pre-K–12, a journal from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). With support from her mathematics teacher, Dr. Benjamin Dickman, and dance teacher, Linda van Kesteren, Gabriella researched the connections between abstract algebra and the works of four choreographers. This innovative work, which combines her passions for both dance and mathematics, grew out of an Extended Inquiry* project Gabriella pursued during her junior year. In the video below, Gabriella speaks about the experience of publishing her work in an academic journal and shares her thoughts on the intersection of dance and mathematics.

*Hewitt’s Extended Inquiry (EI) program invites students in grades 9-12 to engage in authentic and purposeful learning that expands and deepens their understanding of subject material through independent research and exploration. EI projects are student-led and offer high schoolers the opportunity to take a deep dive into specific academic interests that are personally meaningful to them. Read more about Hewitt’s Extended Inquiry program here.

Click the video below to see the full interview with Gabriella G '24.

In this video, Gabriella G., Class of 2024, speaks about her passion for both dance and mathematics and what led her to write her paper "Choreographic Group Theory."