Initial Publication Date: May 21, 2009

Kinesthetic Learning of Symmetry Using "Old-Time" Dances--About This Project

This project was produced as part of the On the Cutting program for professional development of geoscience faculty. This module is part of a larger initiative to videotape best practices in classroom instruction. On the Cutting Edge is funded through the National Science Foundation , Division of Undergraduate Education Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement program (National Dissemination track, grant number DUE 06-18482).
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This project has been a collaboration between the Mineralogy course, Geology 204, Dept. Earth Sciences, Montana State University, Dr. David Mogk, professor and the graduate class in Film Preparation, Media and Theater Arts 523, School of Film and Photography, Montana State University, Dr. Dennis Aig, professor. Special thanks to graduate students Andy Adkins, Hilary Hudson, David Keto, and Sarah Smith for their many contributions to the design, development and production of these instructional videos. MSU Graduate Film Crew 4

Credits and Thanks!

The Music

The Broken String Band, playing old-time music for community dances in Bozeman, Montana for over 25 years! The musicians on these videos: Hallie Rugheimer, keyboards; Chelle Terwilliger, fiddle; Rich Morse, concertina and flute; Gerry Bishop, percussion.

The Dances

Special thanks to the Country Dance and Song Society for permission to use dances from Ted Sanella's Balance and Swing book: Do-si-Do and Face the Sides, and Ted's Triplet #7. Lady Walpole's Reel can be found in Larry Jennings' book Zesty Contras. Texas Star is an old-time traditional square dance. Be sure to visit the Country Dance and Song Society to learn more about old-time dancing, dance schedules, and other resources!

The Dancers

Special thanks to students, neighbors and the Bozeman Folklore Society for participating in the dances. The dancers are: Galena Ackerman, Iran B. Albini, Marty Albini, Clinton G. Bishop Jr., Brandon Bromley, Monica Bruckner, John Childs, Bob Cruz, Adriana Fernandez, Evan Gearity, Lee Hall, Logan Hansen, Taylor Hansen, Elizabeth Healy, Elizabeth Helmke, Peter Husby, Sara Jay, Zack Jay, Joanne Jennings, James Keefer, Mike Knell, Catherine Lash, Peter H. McNair, Scott Montross, Anita Moore-Nall, Richard Morse, Susan Penner, Hillary Rasker, Thomas Rendle, Hallie Rugheimer, Sharman Smith, Gwendy Stuart, Stephen Tanner, Michelle Terwilliger, Lindsay Turnquist, Jennifer Vance, Jeffrey Webber, Mimi Welsh, Jeannette Wolak, Cary Woodruff, Tony Zwink

The Film Crew

  • Hilary Hudson, Producer, Editor
  • Dave Keto, Director
  • Andy Adkins, Technical Director, Editor
  • Sarah Smith, Writer
  • Katie Gilbertson, Assistant Director
  • Jim Tharp, Camera
  • Dawson Dunning, Camera
  • Jaime Jelenchick, Camera
  • Parker Brown, Sound
  • Jen Grace, Sound Assistant
  • Steve Goodloe, Grip/Electric
  • Jim Barker, Grip/Electric
  • Josh Henning, Grip/Electric
  • Danny Schmidt, Grip/Assistant
  • Federico Pardo, Grip, Photographs featured on the site
  • Dave Kelly, Grip
  • Kara Adams, Craft

Crystallography Animations

The crystallography animations are from the DVD accompanying the textbook by Dyar, Gunter, Tasa, 2008, Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy. Special thanks to Denis Tasa and the Mineralogical Society of America for permission to use these figures in this project. These animations are a sampling of the very rich materials that are available on the DVD that accompanies this text; the DVD alone is worth the purchase of this textbook, but in any case, buy the book and support MSA! This textbook was also partially supported with funds from the National Science Foundation , Division of Undergraduate Education Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement program .

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