Engineers and dancing

Wannabee

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I have visited this web site for a number of years and I have to say this is the most hilarious exchange I have ever read. I enjoyed it so much I finally decided to register and post something. I think the mention of p values in this context was the deciding factor for me. Who knew! I had no idea there were so many other nerds on the dance floor!
Welcome Bariumqueen! The p value comment made me smile as well :)
Of course, p values can only tell us whether something is statistically significant, not whether it is clinically significant, as that is more in the eye of the beholder. I deem this move stastically uncalled for, but clinically relevant to my dance enjoyment..evil laugh...
 
Mechanical engineering student here! Have done a year of applied physics and mathematics, but switched to mechanical engineering because it seemed more technical and more practical (which it is and i'm now quite happy with it).

Aside of that I'm a 10-dancer here in Holland competing in the national comps at mid level, but sadly currently partnerless and my height isn't helping (6'5")
 
Come to think of it, many people in ballroom keep asking me if I'm an engineer, and to my answer that I'm majoring in physics, math, and comp-sci, they respond something along the lines of, "So yeah, basically an engineer."

In terms of how that affects my dancing, I learn new figures really absurdly quickly. So I know figures way beyond my level, but applying technique to those figures is the trickier part. I'd still say I'm a faster learner than average in that respect. I can memorize figures, footwork, sway, body position, all that jazz great, it's just DOING it that's the trouble.

I'm also incredibly more suited to Standard than Latin. I'm learning how to use my hips, but that's like venturing into incredibly foreign territory. That might be an artifact of the personality type that makes me a scientist, but who knows?

Also, an exceptional number of people in ballroom at my university are some sort of scientist or engineer. It's a popular field for us.
 
Come to think of it, many people in ballroom keep asking me if I'm an engineer, and to my answer that I'm majoring in physics, math, and comp-sci, they respond something along the lines of, "So yeah, basically an engineer."

In terms of how that affects my dancing, I learn new figures really absurdly quickly. So I know figures way beyond my level, but applying technique to those figures is the trickier part. I'd still say I'm a faster learner than average in that respect. I can memorize figures, footwork, sway, body position, all that jazz great, it's just DOING it that's the trouble.

I'm also incredibly more suited to Standard than Latin. I'm learning how to use my hips, but that's like venturing into incredibly foreign territory. That might be an artifact of the personality type that makes me a scientist, but who knows?

Also, an exceptional number of people in ballroom at my university are some sort of scientist or engineer. It's a popular field for us.
Im a computer scientist (or was) started out in college as Mechanical engineer. I remember that one of the aptitude test is visualization , that is
and unfolded object and pick the shape it will be come. Might be why you can memorize figures.
 
Im a computer scientist (or was) started out in college as Mechanical engineer. I remember that one of the aptitude test is visualization , that is
and unfolded object and pick the shape it will be come. Might be why you can memorize figures.
Possibly, but I'm not actually certain I'm good at the visualization thing. When I remember figures, it's very much in the context of numbers (the count structure) and alignments, not visualizing what it should look like.
 

danceronice

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Im a computer scientist (or was) started out in college as Mechanical engineer. I remember that one of the aptitude test is visualization , that is
and unfolded object and pick the shape it will be come. Might be why you can memorize figures.
Makes sense to me...I have zero engineering/math aptitude but I score in the top percentile on visualization tests like that (the BBC IQ one cracked me up as it said "This is the range usually scored by engineers.")
 

tancos

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Folkdancing always attracts a disproportionate number of engineering and computer science types. I suspect it is partly because we like the unique musical patterns in many of the Balkan dances. Last week I taught a Bulgarian dance in 18/16 time:
1-2 1-2 1-2-3 1-2 1-2 1-2-3 1-2 1-2 counted as qqsqqsqq (q=quick, s=slow).
I'm a computer scientist.
 

tancos

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Unusual meters are common in the Balkans, with 5/16, 7/16, 9/16 and 11/16 being prevalant in Bulgaria and 12/16 in Macedonia. The first thing we engineer/folkdancers do when hearing an unfamiliar tune is to identify the meter so we know which dances would fit. On a historical note the Jazz community thought it was revolutionary when Dave Brubeck released a song in an irregular meter (Take 5). It turns out the he had spent time in the Balkans during his military service where they have been using irregular meters for centuries.
 

Twilight_Elena

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Civil engineering student. Absolutely related. Dancing is hard work, all about understanding mechanisms and thinking. Only conflicting concept is that sometimes NOT thinking is good in dancing, lets your body do what it knows best. ;)
 

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