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TRUMP INAUGURAL BALL


Tracked and plotted the movements of Donald Trump and twenty-one other dancers at the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball during his inauguration on January 20, 2017.

The tip of the nose was chosen as the tracked point; tracking the hands and feet are the obvious choices for any sort of physical movement, but there were a lot of close-up headshots in this footage and the hands and feet were only infrequently visible. The nose provided a more consistent point and reflected the overall motion of their bodies, and also the interaction with others on the dance floor.

The CNN footage of the ball was used. Black lines outline the text boxes that were present on the screen during the broadcast. The footage was 8 min, 6 seconds + 17 frames – 30 fps. The total number of frames in the video is 14,597.

Legend, divided into dance partners:

Donald Trump – Dark Red
Melania Trump – Red

Michael Pence – Dark Blue
Karen Pence – Blue

Ivanka Trump – Orange
Jared Kushner – Dark Orange

Tiffany Trump – Yellow
Ross Mechanic – Light Yellow

Eric Trump – Lime
Lara Trump – Light Lime

Donald Trump, Jr. – Dark Green
Vanessa Trump – Green

Michael Pence, Jr. – Turquoise
Sarah Pence – Light Turquoise

Charlotte Pence – Dark Pink
Charlotte’s Date – Pink

Audrey Pence – Dark Purple
Audrey’s Date – Purple

Donald and Melania share the first dance, then they’re joined by Mike and Karen. Part way through the rest of the Trumps (minus Barron) and Pences come out on stage, as well as four Armed Service members. This ball, being a “Salute” to the Armed Services, featured Trump, Melania, Mike, and Karen each dancing with an armed service member for a song. Each main branch of the US Armed Services (Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marines) was represented:

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Catherine Cartmell – danced with Donald Trump – Dark Red Dashed
Army Staff Sgt. Jose Medina – Melania Trump – Red Dashed
Air Force Master Sgt. Tiffany Bradbury – Michael Pence – Dark Blue Dashed
Marine Corps Sgt. Angel Rodriguez – Karen Pence – Blue Dashed

 



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