Who we are:

The dance company, founded in 1987, is co-directed by Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern, and tours internationally. Our long-time collaborators have included Gregg Lizenbery, Scott Kim, and Chris Jones. Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, and the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.

See the October, 2012 TEDx presentation by Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern on our educational approach to combining dance and mathematics.

Summer, Fall 2014

Wed., June 4th: Mosaic: Dances of Peace, Justice, Culture and Conflict in the Middle East, choreographed and directed by Karl Schaffer, was performed Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 1:30 PM at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at De Anza College, sponsored by the De Anza Institute for Community and Civic Engagement and the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education.
More information, Facebook page, Flyer, Audience responses to Mosaic,
interviews about Mosaic in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Good Times.

Thursday, June 26. Karl Schaffer will give a workshop on "Dance and Geometry" for the Monterey Bay Area Math Project's Summer Institute.

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, Erik and Karl will teach an all day workshop on math and dance for teachers at the Eagleview Middle School in Colorado Springs.

Aug. 14-19, 2014, Erik, Karl, and Saki will perform at Bridges Seoul 2014, an international conference on math and the arts. Performances will be Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday Aug. 17 at the Gwacheon National Science Museum in Seoul, Korea.

Fri/Sat., Sep. 5/6, 2014, Karl, Erik, and Saki will do a performance and workshops at the Houston Arts Partners Conference

Fri., Oct. 17, 2014, Karl and dancers will do onsite performing and audience participation with live music by Zambra, as part of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History's GLOW: A Festival of Light event. Karl is one of the museum's Participatory Performing Artists in Residence (PPAIR) for 2014.

Spring, 2014:

The Daughters of Hypatia, April 7-13, 2014
Choreographed and directed by Karl Schaffer, performed at West End Studio Theatre, April 7-13, with five school matinee performances and four public performances. This show celebrates great women mathematicians throughout history.
Postcard Flyer --- News release --- Tickets for public performances
Schools: Tri-fold flyer for school matinees (10 Mb) --- Cover letter for educators

Mar. 28, 2014. Erik Stern did a keynote presentation at a Weber State Univ. Arts Integration Conference, March 28 on "Creative and Critical Thinking: An Active Arts Learning Approach."

Summer and Fall 2013, Winter 2014:

Feb. 7/8, 2014 Showcase performances: Maria Basile performed Karl Schaffer's "The Mourning After" from Mosaic at the sjDanceco showcase Fri/Sat Feb. 7/8. Jane Real, Saki, and Lila Salhov performed "Trio for Six," part of the upcoming Daughters of Hypatia show, at the SpectorDance showcase Sat., Feb. 8: review. "Trio for Six" was originally choreographed by Karl, Scott Kim, and Barbara Susco.

Mosaic: Dances of Peace, Justice, Culture and Conflict in the Middle East, was performed Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 AM in the PEACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST (formerly the First Congregational Church in Santa Cruz).
More information, Facebook page, Flyer

Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble performed and taught on the East Coast during September and October, 2013, see links below.

Sat., Oct. 26, Karl and Erik gave a 2-part workshop at the National Dance Education Organization conference in Miami.
Tue., Oct. 22, Performance at Univ of Buffalo, 10:30 AM, Mainstage Theatre at the Center for the Arts, Schooltime Adventure Series, University of Buffalo, ticket info: The Secret Life of Squares: The Dance of Math. Note: was originally scheduled for Sep. 24, was rescheduled due to transformer failure at the theater.
Mon., Sep. 30 to Fri., Oct. 4, residency at Westfield State Univ., Massachusetts: taught two large workshops for math, dance, and education students, and one math dept. seminar; guest taught four math classes; had numerous meetings with math faculty centered on there Discovering the Art of Mathematics curriculum.
Fri. Sep. 27, Museum of Mathematics, Manhattan, 7-8:30 PM, The Secret Life of Squares: Dance Performances and Lecture/Demonstration.
Thu., Sep. 26, residency work at Tapestry School, Buffalo.
Wed., Sep. 25
, workshops and classes at Tapestry School, Buffalo.
Mon., Sep. 23, Univ. of Buffalo class
Sat., Sep. 21, Math Dance Workshop for Educators, SUNY Brockport, registration and more information here.
Fri., Sep. 20, math/dance workshops at SUNY Brockport.
Thu., Sep. 19, Buffalo State Univ. math/dance workshop, 4-7 PM, registration and info here.
Wed., Sep. 18, class and rehearsal at Buffalo State Univ.

Article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Stephen Ornes, June 25, 2013, on Karl and Erik's math and dance work.

Karl Schaffer taught six different math and dance workshops at Create 2013, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 10 and 11, 2013, sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission, a math/dance workshop at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on July 24, 2013, and gave a paper at the Bridges Math and Art Conference in Eschede, Netherlands, July 27-31, 2013.

Erik Stern taught a math and dance workshop at the First International Conference on Creative Mathematical Sciences Communication, Aug. 2-5, 2013, in Darwin, Australia. Erik taught a week of math/dance workshops for the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, in Birmingham, Alabama, during the first week of June, 2013.

 


Math Dance Hands
Photo by Steve Savage
MATH DANCE
WITH DR. SCHAFFER AND MR. STERN

132 page book now available from our BOOK SHOP

Classroom activities for teaching
mathematics
and performing arts
through whole-body movement

For grades 4-12



Latest video:

See the October, 2012 TEDx presentation by Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern on our educational approach to combining dance and mathematics.

Other Recent Links:
(1) Article on a Weber State University math dance workshop by Erik Stern, Apr. 20, 2013.
(2) Video excerpts of Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble works.
(3) Madison Science Festival, review of performance by Karl Schaffer and Erik Stern, Sep., 2012.
(4) Article on Schaffer/Stern workshop at Univ. of Wisconsin Dance Dept., Sep. 28, 2012.
(5) Article on Karl Schaffer's Tri-College Mellon Creative Residency: Math and Dance, Sep. 2012.
(6) Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics Keynote performance, Oct. 18, 2012, Columbus, Ohio.
(7) Madison Area Technical College Talk Sep. 28, 2012, by Karl Schaffer.
(8) Article by Karl Schaffer and sarah-marie belcastro on math and dance in Best Writing on Mathematics 2012.

If you would like to be notified about new shows, please email us at karl_schaffer@yahoo.com, or join our Facebook group "Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble," and we will put you on a notification list. Thank you for your support!

Funds needed! We are raising funds to support an August performance in Seoul, Korea, as part of the Bridges Art and Math conference. Please send donations using our PayPal button or by sending a check/money order to MoveSpeakSpin, PO Box 8055, Santa Cruz, CA 95061, earmarked for summer 2014; donations are tax deductible.

Recent News:

Photo of Maria Basile from concert MosaicRecent concert: Mosaic, Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, 2013, at 8 PM, at Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz, Karl Schaffer's dance concert on peace, justice, conflict, and culture, in Palestine, Israel, and the Middle East, including musical perfrmances by Zambra and Fattah Abbou.
Detailed information on the show here....
Articles on the concert in the Santa Cruz Sentinel and Good Times.

 

 

The Daughters of Hypatia: Circles of Mathematical Women, Karl Schaffer's show about the lives, struggle, and work of important woment mathematicians, was performed in February, 2012 in Santa Cruz.
Article in the Santa Cruz Good Times on Daughters of Hypatia show.


Karl/Erik froggie poseRecently published article: Karl and Erik's pioneering and ongoing math dance work is featured in an article in Dance Teacher Magazine in the March, 2010 issue.

Events. Karl and Erik performed and presented at two European interdisciplinary conferences in summer 2010:
July 24-28, Bridges 2010, in Pecs, Hungary. We will give a public performance in the National Theatre of Pécs.
Aug. 16-20, Constructionism 2010, in Paris, France.


Video excerpts of Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble works are now on Youtube.

Remembering Ronn

Photos of Ronn Reinberg, long-time tech director, advisor, and friend to Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern.


Kennedy Center Partners in Education program. Karl and Erik continue as Teaching Artists presenting math dance workshops for educators and students through this national arts integration program.


Puerto Rico. Both Erik and Karl taught many workshops for teachers, students and artists in Puerto Rico in April and August, 2009, as part of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. They found the children, teachers, and artists they worked with extremely excited by the math dance work in this follow-up trip to their 2005 residency. The residency was sponsored by the Instituto de Cultura Puertoriquenna.


Erik's dance

Choreography for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Erik choreographed a new work that premiered in RW's September 2009 concert "Equilibrium." "Unlikely Ritual" is a short fractured look at the strange self-designations men and women are asked to give themselves when filling out dating and compatibility forms.

 


Recent Bay Area work. Deanna Ross and Karl Schaffer performed the duet "The Atom Bomb Game," at Counterpulse in San Francisco on Sunday, Dec. 13, in Monterey Peninsula College's Fall Concert, Dec. 4th and 5th, 2009, and at SJDancCo's ChoreoProject Awards, Feb. 19 and 20, 2010.


Karl is featured in "Cool Careers in Math," a new booklet designed to interest teenagers in mathematics, just published by Sally Ride Science. He and Saki, Fabricio Olsson, and Deanna Ross performed for the San Jose Children's Discovery Museum's Legacy for Children Award 2010, honoring Physicist/Astronaut Sally Ride on Friday, May 14, 2010.


Trio DancingKarl Schaffer produced a concert of mathematically playful new dance works, “Imaginary Numbers,” at the 418 Project in Santa Cruz, May 2009. The concert featured “Harmonious Equations,” a new work directed and narrated by National Public Radio’s “Math Guy” Keith Devlin, and based on music composed and performed by Santa Cruz choral group Zambra. Read More...