Chemistry and Culture: Elements of Dance
Friday 01 November 2013
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 S Park St
19:00 - Check-in, refreshment and open dance
19:30 - Welcome remarks and showcase dances
20:15 - Open dance, activities and prizes
22:00 - Conclusion
A social event with exhibit on “Molecular Foundation of Movement”
This is a modification of last years wildly successful Elements of Dance
The details and results can be found on the
Download the event flyer
and the event program
- Free Admission
- Free Snacks
- Free Dance Lesson
- Dance Showcases
- Puzzles – Win Prizes!
- Music: Ballroom, Latin, Swing & Country
- Partner not necessary – No dress code
- Open to the general public
With "Molecular Foundation of Movement" we
will connect atoms and molecules to exercise
science. Where is the chemistry? Well, your muscles
won't work unless you have iron, calcium and magnesium for
example. Attendees can win a prize by completing a puzzle that is
related to the information given in the exhibit.
The exhibit includes a special tribute to the work of
Dr. Alfred Bader, entrepreneur, fine arts collector and
There will be showcase dances with chemists, open dances, and line
dances in the auditorium, among others. The exhibit and refreshments
will be set up in the lobby. Everybody is asked to check in upon
arrival. The full program can be downloaded
Interested in studying up before the big day? Here are some videos
demonstrating the group line dances that will take
place. Don't worry, the steps will be described during the event as
well. The event is one day after Halloween. Feel free to wear your
Sunday best or come in a Halloween costume.
Attendees can win in several ways
- Come early enough to enter a drawing for a door prize.
Fill out the puzzle that is based on the exhibit in the lobby
titled "Molecular Foundation of Movement".
If you are a chemists you can enter a special drawing to win a
free pass to a local ballroom dance.
This year's prizes are:
- Trial membership to a local athletic club
- KACS T-Shirts
- AAAS T-Shirts
- Elemental pins
- Free pass to a local ballroom dance
- Water bottles
Thank you Donors!
This event is made possible through generous donations from the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Alfred
Bader Fine Arts, Aldrich Chemistry, VWR, Western Michigan University,
and the WMU Business Technology and Research Park.
Why Chemistry and Culture?
Chemists are not just experts in their field but are also interested
in art, history, cooking, baking, brewing, gardening and exercise,
among others. “Elements of Dance” invites all
chemists, chemistry enthusiasts and the general public to enjoy
ballroom dancing. Future “Chemistry and Culture” themes will address
topics like “Art Conservation”, “Forgery”, “Cooking” and “Gardening”,
The goals of the "Chemistry and Culture" series are...
To offer a social networking opportunity for members of the
Kalamazoo Local Section of the American Chemical Society (KACS)
and the public
To educate the general public about the goals and activities of KACS
- To highlight the connections between "chemistry" and "culture"
- To encourage student participation
To instill an appreciation for how chemistry contributes to the
world in many ways
- To forge ties with the local community
Chemists who have looked beyond their field
- Alfred Bader (Austrian-born Canadian chemist)
Founded the Aldrich Chemical Company, which later became
Sigma-Aldrich Corporation as one of the world’s leading supplier
of research chemicals. He founded the company’s journal
Aldrichimica Acta in 1968. He is a philanthropist and a life-long
fine arts collector. His artwork is displayed on the front cover
of the company’s chemical catalogs and its journal. He authored
two autobiographies titled Adventures of a Chemist Collector and
Chemistry & Art.
- Robert G. Bergman (University of California - Berkeley)
Made seminal contributions in inorganic and
organometallic chemistry. He enjoys ballroom dancing in his free
Carl Djerassi (Emeritus Austrian-American Chemist at Stanford University)
Co-inventor of the hormonal birth control pill and has published
several “science-in-fiction” novels. Together with Roald Hoffmann
he authored the play “Oxygen” in 1999.
- Roald Hoffmann (Polish-American Chemist at Cornell University)
1981 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and a co-host of
the TV series The World of Chemistry. He writes poetry and presents
the monthly series Entertaining Science at a New York City café,
which explores the connections between science and the arts.