Strength and Conditioning; Returning to Dance After a Break - Part 1

Author: Andrew Schaeffer CSCS on behalf of the IADMS Dance Educators Committee

What does it take to get back to dancing after a break? In this three-part series, Andrew Schaeffer CSCS takes us through the training programme of a retired dancer in preparation for her return to dance with Mark Morris Dance Company.



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Reflections from the 2021 IADMS Strategic Planning Process

In 2021, IADMS embarked on a strategic planning process to refine and further define the Association’s direction, and layout the long-term goals and short-term actions to accomplish such a feat. Three of the IADMS Strategic Planning Workgroup members, Joe Bowie, Andrea Kozai, and Gregory Youdan, offered us their perspective on the process and end-result of the new IADMS 3-Year Strategic Plan.  

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Introducing the 2021 Student Research Fund Recipients (Part 1)

The IADMS Research Committee is proud to announce the eight recipients of the 2021 Student Research Fund! 

This is the first of two blog posts and introduces the first four recipients. Be sure to also check out part 2 to hear from all eight recipients and learn more about their research and what receiving the award means to them!

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Introducing the 2021 Student Research Fund Recipients (Part 2)

The IADMS Research Committee is proud to announce the eight recipients of the 2021 Student Research Fund! 

This is the second of two blog posts and introduces the rest of this years' recipients. Be sure to also check out part 1 to hear from all eight recipients and learn more about their research and what receiving the award means to them!

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Developing a Dance for Health Project: Considerations

Author: The IADMS Dance for Health Committee

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. 

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2021 Dance Educator Award - Special Awards Announcement

Author: the IADMS Dance Educators' Committee

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.

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Announcing the 2021 Dance Educator Award Winner

Author: the IADMS Dance Educators’ Committee

During the closing ceremonies of our 31st Annual Conference, the IADMS Dance Educators' Committee were delighted to announce that the 2021 Dance Educator Award winner is Edel Quin.

Edel was presented with her award by the cast of Riverdance, on October 23 2021, during their 25th Anniversary UK tour. Watch the full presentation video here.

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31st Annual Conference Special Interest Group (SIG) Day: A Day for Teachers

Author: the IADMS Dance Educators' Committee

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.

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Student and Young Professional Events at the 31st Annual Conference!

Authors: IADMS Student Committee

Our annual conference is fast approaching and there are some exciting student events this year! 

Here’s a rundown of what not to miss if you’re a student or young professional attending the IADMS 31st Annual Conference this year.

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Making the most of the conference: students and young professionals

Authors: the IADMS Student Committee

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. 

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