West Side Story

Casey Yazejian

PhD Student, Physics Department, Portland State University

West Side Story— The Right Moves: Where Science Meets Dance

A presentation on the physics of dancing.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Portland, OR

Film Synopsis

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Two rival gangs, the white Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks, battle for turf on the streets of New York City. When former Jet Tony (Richard Beymer) and younger sister of Shark gang leader, Maria (Natalie Wood), meet at a dance, no one can stop their love. But tragedy strikes as tensions escalate and the young couple are faced with the heartbreaking consequences. 

About the Speaker

Casey Yazejian is a PhD student in the Physics Department at Portland State University, and a dance enthusiast.