Dancing Molecules: A Study in Dance and Chemistry Integration

Kathleen Butler, Dance, South Charlotte MS

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This unit focuses on the integration of medicinal chemistry into the dance curriculum. Movement fosters retention of new material and is a perfect medium for kinesthetic learning. Students will learn about concepts related to medicinal chemistry and use dance to explain, and create a presentation about, what they have learned. They will participate in various activities that expand their knowledge of both dance and chemistry. As a culminating activity in this unit, students will investigate a particular kind of drug that they are likely to encounter in everyday life. These drugs include NSAIDs, bronchodilators, epinephrine, and antihistamines. They will utilize dance as a form of communication to express the effects of the specific drug in the body.