Malke Rosenfeld is a percussive dancer, teaching artist, math explorer, curriculum designer, collaborator, editor and writer. Her interdisciplinary inquiry focuses on the intersections between percussive dance and mathematics and how to best illustrate these connections for students.
In her program Math in Your Feet, percussive dance becomes the platform for a robust choreographic inquiry into mathematical thinking, practices and topics. In addition to her work with elementary students, Malke also shares her work with teachers and teaching artists who wish to learn more about what math learning can look and feel like outside a textbook context.
As curator and editor of ALT/space, an active, international online writing project of the Teaching Artist Journal, she curates stories of practice from those working at the crossroads of art and learning.
In her personal blog, The Map is Not the Territory, Malke documents and shares her personal journey toward a deeper understanding of mathematics and how to teach it; this inquiry often overlaps with the adventures she has with her now eight-year-old daughter. Many of these making projects are collected on the Math by Design page of this website.
Malke is a contributing writer to the Moebius Noodles blog, a leader in adventurous, rich math experiences for babies, toddlers, young children and their adults. She is currently in the process of collaborating on a book of games, puzzles and making activities that explore the math concepts of variables, attributes, properties and more.
"Everyone with kids or interested in progressive education should check out Malke's blog and work. It is absolutely inspired and inspiring re: the young mind and math." -Sam Bartlett, Stuntologist
"Your programming is incredible.You have such a gift for engaging students and creating space for them to gain confidence in their own creative choices." -Education Director, The Carnegie Center for the Arts, Covington, KY
"Malke is an amazing presenter. She utilizes her incredible dance background and combines it with math movements and vocabulary. My elementary teachers thoroughly enjoyed her workshop. One week after [our training], blue squares are marked and students are having a great time [with] Math In Your Feet." -Elementary Principal