Danceon: Culturally responsive creative computing

William C. Payne, Yoav Bergner, Mary Etta West, Carlie Charp, R. Benjamin Shapiro, Danielle Albers Szafr, Edd V. Taylor, Kayla DesPortes

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Dance provides unique opportunities for embodied interdisciplinary learning experiences that can be personally and culturally relevant. danceON is a system that supports learners to leverage their body movement as they engage in artistic practices across data science, computing, and dance. The technology includes a Domain Specifc Language (DSL) with declarative syntax and reactive behavior, a media player with pose detection and classifcation, and a web-based IDE. danceON provides a low-foor allowing users to bind virtual shapes to body positions in under three lines of code, while also enabling complex, dynamic animations that users can design working with conditionals and past position data. We developed danceON to support distance learning and deployed it in two consecutive cohorts of a remote, two-week summer camp for young women of color. We present our fndings from an analysis of the experience and the resulting computational performances. The work identifes implications for how design can support learners' expression across culturally relevant themes and examines challenges from the lens of usability of the computing language and technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationMaking Waves, Combining Strengths
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380966
StatePublished - May 6 2021
Event2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI 2021 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: May 8 2021May 13 2021

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Computing education
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Dance
  • Data literacy
  • Design based research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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