Shall We (Math and) Dance?

  • Maria MannoneEmail author
  • Luca Turchet
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11502)


Can we use mathematics, and in particular the abstract branch of category theory, to describe some basics of dance, and to highlight structural similarities between music and dance? We first summarize recent studies between mathematics and dance, and between music and categories. Then, we extend this formalism and diagrammatic thinking style to dance.


2-categories Music Dance 



The authors are grateful to the mathematician, musician, and tango dancer Emmanuel Amiot for his helpful suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and InformaticsUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Information Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly

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