Dr. Merritt Moore is a professional ballet dancer and quantum physicist. She has danced professionally with top companies in the world such as Boston Ballet, Zurich Ballet, English National Ballet, and Norwegian National Ballet. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors in Physics from Harvard and with a Ph.D. in Atomic and Laser Physics from the University of Oxford. Dr. Moore was awarded Forbes 30 under 30, and was one of the 12 selected candidates to undergo rigorous astronaut selection on BBC Two 'Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?' With her ballet, physics and astronaut background, Dr. Moore’s focus has led her to programming and dancing with robots, which have been featured in TIME, Financial Times (FT), Vogue, and BBC.

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"Research shows that 93% of all communication is non-verbal and expressed predominantly through body language. But does body language only work through the human form? This work explores how dancing with a different type of 'body' can encourage a conversation around human creativity in collaboration with technology. Can machines be creative? Can they inspire us humans to a new level of creativity? Can the convergence of art and science lead to incredible breakthroughs that no one has yet imagined? I am also motivated to break down the existing stereotypes by offering another possible image for women in tech. Last year, only 5% of leadership positions in the tech sector were held by women and 19% of works at America's 50 largest ballet companies were choreographed by women. I hope that through these robot dances I can show that one can be a leader in tech and dance and simultaneously be creative and feminine."

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