Adeene Denton giving her TedX talk, "Netflix and Chill at 0 Kelvin". TedXProvidence, Courtesy Denton

Love Dance and Science? Adeene Denton on How They Can Work Together

Choreographer and dancer Adeene Denton, who's pursuing a PhD in planetary geology at Purdue University, shares how her interests in dance and science complement one another.


Find parallels

Dance and science may seem to live in two polar spheres, but they have one crucial similarity. "At their core, the arts and sciences are tools for trying to understand the universe," Denton says. "Both look at the same problem of what it is to be alive."

Find time

Once she began graduate school, Denton thought that at some point, she would stop dancing. "But I just kept finding ways to do both." All of her choreographic work has had ties to her scientific research. "I became a much better dancer and choreographer when I was able to stop apologizing for the diversity of my interests," says Denton.

Find new perspectives

The possibilities are infinite when it comes to cross-collaboration. Last summer, Denton participated in Doug Varone's DEVICES, a choreographic workshop and mentorship program, where she created a solo based on her relationship to space exploration. It coincided with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. "As a dancer and a scientist, I try to push the boundaries of my own creativity," she says.

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4 Reasons Interdisciplinary Education Can Make You a Stronger Dancer, According to CalArts

After years spent training in their childhood studio, it can be hard for dancers to realize exactly how many pathways there are toward career success. The School of Dance at CalArts aims to show its students all of them.

Built with the intention to break barriers and bend the rules, CalArts' interdisciplinary curriculum ensures that students take classes that cover an entire spectrum of artistic approaches. The result? A dance program that gives you much more than just dance.

Last week, Dance Magazine caught up with Kevin Whitmire, assistant director of admission for CalArts School of Dance, and recent alum Kevin Zambrano for the inside scoop on how an interdisciplinary curriculum can make you a stronger artist. Watch the full event below, and read on for the highlights.

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July 2021