2022 Dance Educators Award Nominees - Part 1

The Dance Educators Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 nominees for the Dance Educators Award. Each year, the committee are overwhelmed by the nominations of dance educators working tirelessly across the globe to nurture dancers of all ages and backgrounds, sharing their knowledge and passion and utilizing dance science knowledge to inspire future generations of dancers and dance teachers.

In this blog post we learn a little about the wonderful work of the first half of the nominees for this years’ award. Be sure to also check out part 2, to learn about the rest of the nominees. 

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2022 Dance Educators Award Nominees - Part 2

The Dance Educators Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 nominees for the Dance Educators Award. Each year, the committee are overwhelmed by the nominations of dance educators working tirelessly across the globe to nurture dancers of all ages and backgrounds, sharing their knowledge and passion and utilizing dance science knowledge to inspire future generations of dancers and dance teachers.  

In this blog post we learn a little about the wonderful work of the remainder of the nominees for this years’ award. Be sure to also check out part 1, to learn about the other nominees. 

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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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