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FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS: Dance your Science

In the early 2000's, Dr. John Bohannon started a contest called Dance Your Ph.D. The idea behind the dancing is that scientists have to explain their research with dance. In his words, "It seems to work. Dance really can make science easier to understand." Check out Dr. Bohannon's TED talk about dancing your science.

Here are the winners of the:


Kiana Frank Lab Dances Science and Culture!


At the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, microbiologist Dr. Kiana Frank is well known for her hula-inspired science dances. Check out her labhuiofrank website.

​To watch more of her science dances, follow Dr. Frank on social media @labuiofrank or subscribe to her youtube channel #BOSSdancefriends, where you will find Dr. Frank sharing videos of ʻāina based science—Expressing, educating and integrating SCIENCE and CULTURE through dance.  Dr. Fank's dances show "that science is funky fresh, most definitely FUN, and embodied within our traditional practices and stories!"



Create Your Own Science Dance!

  1. Think of a sicence topic or process you want to share .

  2. Write down 5-10 nouns and 5-10 verbs that are part of your science.

  3. Invent or assign dance moves that communicate your science nouns and verbs.

  4. Coreograph your dance.

  5. Set your dance to music.

  6. Dance your science!

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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.