Stimulus Wasted: “Dance Draw” – Interactive Dance Software Development (Charlotte, NC) – $762,372

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte received more than $760,000 in stimulus funds to help develop a computerized choreography program that its creators believe could lead to a YouTube-like “Dance Tube” online application. The grant says UNC-Charlotte will “define an evolving system that assists in the design and production of interactive dance performances with real-time audience interaction.”

A device is attached to each dancer, which will be recorded on video, and their movements will be logged and analyzed. “This will allow choreographers to explore interactive dance without always having a full cast of dancers present,” the grant states. One day, dance performances may enjoy the popularity of YouTube hits like “double rainbow” or “dramatic-look prairie dog.” States the grant: “The system will be extended into a Web-based ‘Dance Tube’ application that will allow the public to engage in interactive dance choreography.”

Administrative expenses are unusually high for this project, however. The project’s lead researcher noted that the university is taking a 44 percent cut to cover “overhead expenses.”


2 thoughts on “Stimulus Wasted: “Dance Draw” – Interactive Dance Software Development (Charlotte, NC) – $762,372

  1. I didn’t actually see this project listed in the actual stimulus bill. Is this accurate?

    • The bill itself simply appropriated a lump sum. Money was distributed according to a grant-type process. So you won’t find specific projects listed in it.

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