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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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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Dance Educators Award 2021 - Nominees and Nominators Part 1

We are delighted to celebrate dance educators across the world with the announcement of the nominees for the 2021 Dance Educators Award. Read all about the first 9 nominees here. 

The winner will be announced at the Closing Ceremonies of the 31st Annual Conference - DenverLive, to be held Saturday, October 23rd.

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Dance Educators Award 2021 - Nominees and Nominators Part 2

We are delighted to celebrate dance educators across the world with the announcement of the nominees for the 2021 Dance Educators Award. Read all about the final 8 nominees here. 

The winner will be announced at the Closing Ceremonies of the 31st Annual Conference - DenverLive, to be held Saturday, October 23rd.

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IADMS Big Messy Conversations #2: Student Concerns

Authors: Ellie Kusner, Beth Ackroyd, and Joe Bowie on behalf of the IADMS Student and Dance Educators’ Committees

August 8 saw the second installment of the IADMS Big Messy Conversations. This conversation was co-hosted by the Dance Educators’ Committee (DEC) and the Student Committee as the topic of discussion was student concerns: What do Dance Science students want today?

Read all about the rich discussion, summarized by some of our committee members, here.

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Bridging IADMS Webinar #1 – ‘Attention is a process’

Authors: Emma Redding and Clare Guss-West

The first webinar in a 5-part series ‘Bridging IADMS’ - Discovering attention and focus strategies in practice took place on May 29th 2021. Aimed at dance educators the first webinar was entitled “How to use an external focus of attention in effective teaching.” Read a summary of the webinar and reflections from participants here. 

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IADMS Big Messy Conversations: “How did we get here?” – How did it go?

Author: Claire Farmer on behalf of the IADMS Dance Educators' Committee

The first of the IADMS Big Messy Conversations, curated by the Dance Educators’ Committee took place on April 25 with attendees from all corners of the globe.  Rather than identifying facts, this inaugural conversation aimed to open doors for new discussions, open to all voices and passions.

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Dance Educators' Committee: Big Messy Conversation Series

Author: Ellie Kusner on behalf of the IADMS Dance Educators' Committee

In acknowledgement of where we are now and what might come next, the Dance Educators’ Committee presents: BIG MESSY CONVERSATIONS: Where is Dance Science Education going in 2021, and beyond? 

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