The Physics of Dance:
Kenneth Laws visits the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kenneth Laws spent four days at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in September, 2002, conducting a variety of events concerning the connection between physics and classical ballet technique. Laws, a Professor of Physics Emeritus at Dickinson College, is an expert on the subject with three books and numerous journal articles to his credit. While on campus he taught several classes at the Department of Dance, presented the subject to physicists at a Physics Department Colloquium, delivered a CAS/MillerComm lecture to the interested public at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and held a very active afternoon session with University High School subfreshmen.

A scanned image of the MillerComm poster is here.

Here is a link to George Gollin's Physics of Dance web pages.

We kept Ken very busy during his visit! His schedule included the following events:

We photographed many of Ken's presentations. Since pictures were taken with a Canon PowerShot S30 hand-held digital camera, often using available light, some will show the effects of motion blur or camera vibration. Some of the shots would benefit from Photoshop work to rebalance and crop the images.

Each of the pages in the following links displays a number of thumbnail images linked to larger images.

Comments or question?
Contact George Gollin at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.