About Math in Your FeetFirst and foremost, Math in Your Feet is an integration of two separate but highly complementary paths of inquiry. Percussive dance is a sophisticated, precise, and physical expression of time and space using footbased dance patterns. Mathematics has been called both an art as well as the ‘science of patterns’ and initially developed to understand, describe, and manipulate the physical world.
Math in Your Feet leads students through the process of creating their own percussive dance patterns. Along the way, they increase their understanding of mathematical topics such as congruence, symmetry, transformation, angles and degrees, attributes, categorical variables, manipulation and analysis of complex patterns, mapping on a coordinate grid, as well as deep experience with mathematical practices and problem solving. Here are some other ways to describe the program:
The mathematical content of all activities was developed in collaboration with awardwinning math education specialist Jane Cooney. In recent years, the content and pedagogy of Math in Your Feet has been significantly deepened through productive collaborations between Malke and her Teaching Artist Journal colleagues, as well as Dr. Maria Droujkova and Dr. Christopher Danielson, both leading math education thinkers and educators. 
"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
"Within five minutes of participating in a workshop [Malke] led for interdisciplinary arts teachers, I was inspired and curious about the mathematical ideas that were surfacing in our work ... my participation in [the] workshop changed the way I think about teaching symmetry with my future elementary teachers. Malke's work gave me a way to structure the study of transformations and symmetry that grounds my students’ learning in their physical experience and in words that meaningfully describe that experience."
Dr. Christopher Danielson, Author of Talking Math with your kids and Common Core Math for Parents for Dummies 
"My class and I absolutely loved the residency. The students and I learned so much about math and dance...I appreciated her manner with the students as well as her deep thinking about making real connections to math."  4th Grade Teacher

"For me as a teacher, one of the most valuable aspects of Math in Your Feet was watching the children learn in a completely different approach."  4th Grade Teacher

"[All my] students were able to grasp so many different math concepts and a large variety of math vocabulary, while dancing, in a very short amount of time."  4th Grade Teacher
