It has been exciting to see the growth in the number of teaching-artists delivering dance in participatory settings to promote health and wellbeing among different populations. Alongside this, attempts are being made to capture data from their projects to build evidence of the value of dance as an activity that improves health and wellbeing. As a way of supporting the potential for collaboration between teaching-artists and researchers, the IADMS Dance for Health Committee created a set of guiding questions to help those who are planning dance for health projects in the form of an infographic, available in both English and French.
Each year the Dance Educators Committee opens nominations for the Dance Educator Award, with the winner being announced at the annual IADMS conference. As a committee we are consistently overwhelmed and impressed by the expertise, experience and wealth of knowledge and passion from those nominated and their commitment to the continued education of dancers at all levels across the world. This provides unique challenges in selecting just one deserving winner of this annual award, particularly with nominations for those who have made significant impact on educational and pedagogic practices, research and textbooks as well as pioneering work in the field of dance medicine and science.
As such, we are pleased to announce two further awards, which recognize a long-term commitment to the development of dance medicine and science work. Lifetime Achievement Award: Karen Clippinger, and Pioneer Dance Educator Award: David Leventhal. Read more about the recipients here.
One of our Special Interest Group (SIG) days this year is: A Day for Teachers organized by the IADMS Dance Educators' Committee. 24th October 2021 - 8am-5.15pm (MST)
Here the Dance Educators' Committee outline this year’s programme, which delves into topics from cueing for enhanced focus, to self care and movement explorations of the spine as well as setting boundaries to preserve ourselves and prevent burnout.
The IADMS Annual Conference is fast approaching and it is a great opportunity to learn about dance medicine and science, as well as connect with other dance medicine and science researchers. This year, the conference is virtual and we’d like to provide some tips on how to navigate the conference online and make the most out of the experience.
Author: Carolyn Keeler on behalf of the IADMS Medical Committee
One of our Special Interest Group (SIG) days this year is: A Day for Physicians organized by the IADMS Medical Committee. 24th October 2021 - 8am-5pm (MST)
Here, the Medical Committee introduce the expert lineup of Dance Medicine specialists and dynamic speakers who will impart their unique areas of knowledge and experience upon attendees. This day will be of value to medical and surgical specialists, along with other healthcare providers who share a passion in the care of dancers.
One of our Special Interest Group (SIG) days this year is: A Day for Dance for Health organized by the IADMS Dance for Health Committee. 24th October 2021 - 8am-2pm (MST)
Here, the Dance for Health Committee provide details of two of the events happening as part of this day: Presentation on the Colorado Ballet’s Dance and Down Syndrome Program BBBY – ‘Be Beautiful – Be Yourself’, and a Research Brainstorm Event entitled ‘Data Talks’. The day will also include Dance for Health focused lecture and movement presentations from a variety of presenters on topics including Parkinsons, dementia, multiple sclerosis and more which are not to be missed!