21st Century Choreographers, Oct. 15

New York City Ballet’s 21st Century Choreographers program was a mixed bill of five ballets, three of them new works. Continue reading


Danish Dance Theatre, Oct. 13

I didn’t really know what to expect from Danish Dance Theatre’s Black Diamond. In particular, I didn’t know how I would feel about a two-act non-narrative (or, as it turns out, weak narrative) work. I was pleasantly surprised at how consistent the tone was (despite some disjointness) and how much I enjoyed the work. Continue reading

NY Quadrille: Oct. 9th

The second day of NY Quadrille at the Joyce featured the Loni Landon Dance Project.

The first thing I noticed was that every dancer work socks, and those who weren’t in long pants also wore knee sleeves. This meant that there was a lot of sliding going on, and Landon used this very effectively. Continue reading


Balanchine Black & White: All Stravinsky, Sept. 29

My first live NYCB performance ever was Balanchine Black & White: All Stravinsky a couple of weeks ago. The program included five ballets. Continue reading


NY Quadrille: Oct. 8th

I went to the third and fourth parts (out of four) of the NY Quadrille series at the Joyce. Each part included two pieces, one of them commissioned for this series, done on a square stage with seating on all four sides. The third part was by Tere O’Connor Dance. Continue reading


Classic NYCB, October 8th

I went to the New York City Ballet’s program Classic NYCB on Friday night, which included Balanchine’s Serenade, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Western Symphony and Wheeldon’s American Rhapsody. Continue reading


Math, the Atmosphere, and Dance

Hello! My name is Jessie Oehrlein. I’m a first year PhD student in the Applied Math and Applied Physics department at Columbia University. I’m on the applied math side of that, and my research will be related to atmospheric science (thus Math in the Sky). There’s more thorough background information on my About page.

The content on this blog will fall into a few different categories:

  • Some posts will be thoughts about how grad school is going and other school/math related activities that I’ve been up to. I love conferences, so when I get to go to one, I’ll likely say a lot about it.
  • There will be posts that are more about the math and atmospheric science topics themselves. As I read papers, I plan to write about some of my favorites.
  • Because I live in New York City, there will be many posts about dance performances, which will be something between reactions and reviews. My favorite form is ballet, but I also watch a lot of modern dance.

The blog will likely be light on the second category to start because my first year of graduate school is almost entirely classes. I’m not doing research yet, and I’m not reading as widely in atmospheric science as I hope to yet. Once I start to, my hope is that this blog will help me become more proficient in articulating atmospheric science and applied mathematics concepts and results to a general audience.

But for now, there will be lots to say in the first category, and I’m already averaging one dance performance per week. Welcome!