STEMarts Curriculum Tool

Taos Youth Ballet

Totality of Being is a modern dance performance piece based on exploration of theoretical astrophysics. The performance attempts to visualize stellar dynamic, galaxy formation and evolution, and scientific concepts such as Emergence Theory and Chaos Theory. The performers will use fabric to demonstrate the dramatic paradox qualities of the universe while allowing the performer to demonstrate the fragile qualities of being an individual human. Audience participation elements create a fully interactive performance piece. Inspired though collaboration with Astrophysicist, Nicole Marie Lloyd-Ronning and Choreographer Amber Vasquez.

About the artist

Taos Youth Ballet's mission is to provide the Taos Community with a comprehensive artistic education that inspires, educates and encourages artistic excellence for its dance lovers. They strive to create a studio that is overflowing with joy, commitment and friendship. 

Amber Vasquez has been teaching integrative arts in the public schools for 13 years. She created the "Learn and Dance" program which teaches Math and science concepts through dance, and currently works with Twirl bringing "wordplay" a early literacy program for preschoolers.

  • Astrophysics Documentary on Space, Time, and the Universe
    Chaotic Planets
    Simulation of the Formation of the Milky Way Galaxy
    Gravity 3D SpaceTime
    Nicole Lloyd Ronning Black Hole Demonstration 
  • Astrophysics Documentary on Space, Time, and the Universe

skills applied

  • Quantum Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Chaos theory


As a collaboration between a dancer and an astrophysicist we explored science concepts such as emergence theory, chaos theory and space-time to inform the choreography. You can watch the videos above to learn about these concepts before you come and see the dance performance in the Space Cloud. You can also click on STEAM activities in the STEAM Wiki to try to choregraph your own physics-inspired dance or try out some Astrophysics activities. Learn more about the science concepts that inspired Totality of Being.


STEAM wiki

The STEAM-Wiki is a place to get started with your artist research. You will find links to articles, images, video, and tutorials that relate to Amber Vasquez and the Taos Youth Ballet's work.

You can search by clicking on the links below or you can click on the topic words in the word cloud for specific areas of interest. For example, search DANCE to get ideas on using dance to explore science concepts or ASTROPHYSICS to learn about the science that informed this work. If you are looking for STEM + Art activities type in STEAM Activities.  To view all options, use the keyword ALL.

Remember the resource is an open forum sharing links and ideas that others have found – always check your sources and give credit where credit is due. The open source movement generously shares its knowledge and relies on user feedback – so if there’s something really good or doesn’t work let others know.


Next Generation Science Standard

Core Idea ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe
ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars
ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

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