Hello! Kate made the trek across campus today to meet with Professor Andrew Palermo in UC Irvine’s Dance Department. She briefly pitched him our idea and explained what we could do with the Kinect. They talked about the dance classes he teaches at the local autism center. His classes consist of one part neurotypical dance class, one part partner dancing tailored to kids with autism, and one part dance routine. The dance routine is a composition of steps created by each person in the class. After our discussion, we are more excited than ever to move forward with our Dance Craft application for Kinect.
For our prototype that we will be demonstrating for the Autism AppJam, we will be creating an application that will encourage creative movement in the player/user. More details could be found here.
We will leave you with a video of the inspiration behind Professor Palermo’s dance classes- a choreography called beyond.words: