IADMS course: Healthy Dance Practice and Performance
Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PDT)
Saturday, July 13
5:00 - 7:00 pm
1000 Lenora Street
Cornish Main Campus Center (MCC)
7th floor boardroom
Sunday, July 14
1001 Lenora Street
Cornish Notions Building
Main floor lecture hall
Healthy Dance Practice and Performance
8:00 – 8:45 am Welcome: Registration and Refreshments
8:45 – 9:00 am Opening remarks
9:00 – 10:00 am Session 1: Alignment and anatomy
10:00 – 10:30 am Q & A
10:30 – 11:30 am Session 2: Sequencing the dance class
11:30 am – 12:00 Q & A
12 – 1pm LUNCH BREAK
1:00 – 2:00 pm Session 3: Injury prevention and management
2:00 – 2:30 pm Q & A
2:30 – 3:30 pm Session 4: Promoting healthy environments
3:30 – 4:00 pm Q & A
4:00 – 4:30 pm Experiential session
4:30 – 5:30 pm Fueling the Dancer and Bone Health
5:30 – 6:00 pm Q & A
The IADMS course Healthy Dance Practice and Performance will offer a day of sessions that provide the basic essentials and practical strategies for designing and delivering dance training that promotes the dancer’s health and wellbeing. The session on Alignment and Anatomy will give an overview of anatomy and will describe alignment for dancers that may reduce the risk of injury while enhancing technique. Common misalignments and muscle imbalances will be discussed. The session will provide teaching strategies for assessment and correction, including exercises and imagery work. This session on Sequencing the Dance Class will look at the importance of age-appropriate and physique-appropriate work, and how differentiation could enhance the training experience to optimize studio time. It will consider movements that are contraindicated for varying dance populations, and how to judge fatigue levels while providing sufficient challenges for all. The session on Injury Prevention and Management will provide up-to-date information regarding basic first aid to help teachers respond to acute injuries in the studio. The secondary topic will focus on prevention and rehabilitation for some of the most common dance injuries and will include exercises for improving proprioception. The session on Promoting Healthy Environments will be a discussion of the practical components of promoting healthy environments. The primary topic will include facilities: flooring, ambient temperature, and appropriate dress. The secondary topic will include personal aspects of the dance environment: warm-up, cool down, nutrition and hydration for dancers. The final session on Fueling the Dancer and Bone Health will be a discussion of appropriate nutritional considerations for dancers and insight into developing and maintaining good bone structure during the developmental years.
Information on how to get to Cornish College of the Arts, including a detailed map, can be found here: http://www.cornish.edu/campus/map/
Two hotels in the area near Cornish College of the Arts are offering discounted rates to people attending the course.
1) The Pan Pacific Hotel is across the street from Cornish’s main building and the Notions Lecture Hall, at 2125 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. It is a AAA 4 star hotel with valet parking at the hotel for guests at an extra rate.
Individuals can take public transportation from the airport and link to the South Lake Union trolley, which stops right in front of the hotel complex, so there is also no need for car rental. There are several restaurants in the complex, as well as a Whole Foods grocery store.
The link for registering and to receive the discount through Cornish College is:
If you wish instead to call, the toll free number is 1-877-324-4856.
Use the reference “Cornish” and the rate is $190.00 for the basic Deluxe room, or $215.00 for the upgrade plus the 15.6% hotel tax (on top of the price).
You can book at this rate right up to the time of the conference.
2) The Hotel Max is walking distance from Cornish, about 5 blocks away, at 620 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101.
Reservations can be made through the dedicated property reservations team at Local 206-728-6299 or Toll Free 866-833-6299. Please ask for the Cornish College rate to ensure that you get the specially discounted room rate.
Guestroom Rates: 15% Discount off of the Best Available Rate, based upon availability.
With the discount, rooms start at $169 + tax
Parking: $33 per Night, Valet Only.
Note that these rooms are subject to availability, so booking early is advised.
The link for the website is:
To get the discount, you will need to phone.
Kitty Daniels, M.A.
Kitty Daniels is the Chair of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She has performed professionally with ballet and modern dance companies in Europe and the United States, including the Bill Evans Dance Company, Concert Dance Company of Boston and Beth Soll and Dancers. Internationally-known as a teacher of ballet, modern dance and dance science, she has taught at the Bill Evans Summer Institutes of Dance, London Contemporary Dance School, California State University Summer Arts Programs, University of Washington, Boston University, Mount Holyoke College and Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. She has worked clinically as a dance kinesiologist, assisting kinesiologist Karen Clippinger. She has presented her research and taught master classes nationally and internationally at conferences of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, the National Dance Association, the National Dance Education Organization, Dance/USA, National Association of Schools of Dance, Not Just Any Body and Soul and American College Dance Festival Association. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Dance Education, the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Dance Teacher, Kinesiology and Medicine for Dance, and Kinesiology for Dance. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, National Dance Education Organization, National Association of Schools of Dance, and is President of the Council of Dance Administrators. She holds a B.A. from Goddard College and an M.A. in Dance Kinesiology from Lesley College. She specializes in the application of dance science to dance technique education.
Robin Kish, M.S., M.F.A.
Robin Kish is Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at Chapman University. She teaches dance technique, Pilates, Anatomy for Dancers, Injury Prevention, Choreographs and oversees student choreography. Robin has taught graduate level courses in Anatomy for Dancers at the University of California Irvine and California State University Long Beach. Robin's scholarly work examines various dance medicine issues. Her current research includes dance competitions, bullying in the arts, hearing loss in dancers, and preparation of undergraduates for life after graduation. She is on the Education Committee of IADMS and recently served as co-chair of the program and schedule for PAMA’s 30th anniversary conference in Aspen, Co. In 2010 Robin was awarded the Certificate in Safe and Effective Dance Practice from Trinity College London. She has presented papers at both IADMS and PAMA conferences and has also mentored several students who have presented papers and posters at both venues. Robin has been active in the dance community in Southern California as a dancer and a choreographer. She danced with Benita Bike's DanceArt Company performing in various venues including San Francisco and San Diego. Her choreography has appeared in various educational and professional venues including Grand Central Theatre, California and the American College Dance Festival. Additional certifications include Pilates, Foam Roller Work, Massage Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy. As a product of the private studio / competition environment she is passionate about bringing dancer wellness and safe teaching practices to the industry. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Krasnow, Ph.D.
Donna Krasnow is a full professor in the Department of Dance at York University in Toronto, and a lecturer at California State University, Northridge, and California Institute of the Arts. For the past thirty years she has worked professionally as a choreographer, performer, dance educator, and researcher. She was founding Artistic Director for Möbius Dance Company in San Francisco, and has performed and taught extensively in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan. She has performed with Footloose Dance Company (San Francisco), Daniel Lewis Repertory Dance Company (New York), Northern Lights Dance Company (Toronto) and as performing as a guest artist with Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company in its 1990 Toronto season. Donna also specializes in dance science research, concentrating on dance kinesiology, injury prevention and care, conditioning for dancers, and motor learning and motor control, with a special emphasis on the young dancer. She was the Conference Director for the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science from 2004-2008, and served on the IADMS Board of Directors from 1996-2008. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, and was a founding member of Healthy Dancer Canada. Donna has created a specialized body conditioning system for dancers called C-I Training™ (conditioning with imagery). She has produced a DVD series of this work, and in 2010, she published the book Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers with co-author Jordana Deveau. She has also published extensively in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, and Journal of Dance Education, as well as invited author for three resource papers for IADMS, in collaboration with Dr. Virginia Wilmerding. Donna recently received her PhD through the University of Wolverhampton, and she is currently working with Dr. Wilmerding on a book on Motor Learning for Dancers.
Erin Sanchez, M.Sc.
Erin Sanchez is the Healthier Dancer Programme Manager (job share) at Dance UK, and administrates the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation’s Medical Website for healthcare professionals and dancers. Originally from the United States, Erin pursued vocational dance training with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey School. She also holds a B.A. (Hons) in Dance and Sociology from the University of New Mexico and an M.Sc. in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. As a researcher, Erin’s main interests include dance and psychology, specifically looking at socio-psychological parameters of health and talent. Her research into cultural background variables in dance talent development among students in one of the UK Centres for Advanced Training was published in Research in Dance Education on 2012. Erin is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) and has lectured in dance science, taught dance technique and holds the qualification in Safe and Effective Dance Practice.
Ginny Wilmerding, Ph.D.
Ginny Wilmerding danced professionally for a number of modern dance companies in New York City before moving to New Mexico. She is now a Research Professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ginny is a Past-President of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) from 2005 to2007, is a member of the Education Committee, a past member of the Research Committee and the IADMS Board of Directors (1999-2011). She has published original research in Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and Idea Today. Research interests include body composition, training methodologies, biomechanics, injury incidence and prevention, pedagogical considerations in technique class, and the physiological requirements of various dance idioms. She is currently working with Dr. Krasnow on a book on Motor Learning for Dancers.
When & Where
International Association for Dance Medicine & Science
The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science was formed in 1990 by an international group of dance medicine practitioners, dance educators, dance scientists, and dancers. Membership is drawn equally from the medical and dance professions, and has grown from an initial 48 members in 1991 to over 900 members at present world-wide, representing 35 countries.
The organization has held an annual conference since its inception, drawing several hundred participants each year. Beginning in 1997, a separate “Day For Teachers” has been held before or after the annual conference. In 2005 a "Special Interests Group (SIG) Day" was held in association with the Annual Meeting for the first time and included separate programs for dance educators, kinesiology teachers, and orthopaedic surgeons. Subsequent SIG Day have included separate programs for: dance educators; physiotherapists and other allied health professionals; dance movement researchers; perceptuo-motor learning and dance kinesiology teachers; medical doctors; and students.
IADMS was formed to foster several related goals in the dance medicine and science field; the purposes and objectives of the organization are summarized in its Mission Statement: IADMS enhances the health, well-being, training, and performance of dancers by cultivating educational, medical, and scientific excellence.
IADMS has always striven to promote an international network of communication between dance and medicine. To this end, membership and conference participation is recruited internationally from both fields, and a balance of medical and dance professionals is maintained among the officers and Board of Directors.
For more information about IADMS: http://www.iadms.org/index.cfm