Mary Virginia ("Ginny") Wilmerding danced professionally for a number of modern dance companies in New York City before moving to New Mexico. She is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA where she teaches the Dance Program. She also teaches for the Public Academy for Performing Arts, a charter school. Ginny is a Past-President of IADMS (2005-2007), 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, injury incidence and prevention, pedagogical considerations in technique class, and the physiological requirements of various dance idioms. She choreographs for gymnastics, and won Choreographer of the Year in 1990 and 1991. She was a coach at the 1991 World Championships in Gymnastics when the U.S. team won the Silver medal. She continues to perform with the New Mexico Ballet Company.
Gayanne Grossman PT, EdM, is a physical therapist for dancers and an Associate Instructor of Anatomy and Kinesiology at Muhlenberg College and Temple University. She holds a BFA in Dance and a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah. She has an EdM in Dance Education from Temple University where she conducted Ph.D. studies. Her professional experience includes: physical therapy services for the University of Utah Departments of Ballet and Modern Dance, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Muhlenberg College Department of Theater and Dance, Temple University Department of Dance, and the Princeton Ballet School. Her teaching experience includes modern dance technique for the University of Utah Department of Continuing Education, Dance Kinesiology for Temple University and Muhlenberg College Departments of Dance, conditioning, and injury prevention classes and workshops for various dance schools and summer programs including the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Princeton Ballet School. She has conducted original research on conditioning programs which enhance dance performance and methods to validate turnout measurement. Gayanne has authored several papers and a book chapter on subjects such as physical therapy for dancers, management of dance injuries, advocating for dance science education and dance specific conditioning. She lectures nationally and internationally on dance medicine and science. She served as a Content Expert for the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Performing Arts Practice Analysis, as the Chair of the Nominating Committee and on the Board of Directors for the APTA Performing Arts Special Interest Group. Gayanne serves as the Co-Editor, with Marliese Kimmerle, PhD, for the IADMS Bulletin for Teachers.
Margaret Wilson received her PhD in Dance and Biomechanics at Texas Woman’s University and a MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Wyoming. She is an associate professor at the University of Wyoming (USA) teaching in the Department of Theatre & Dance where she combines her interests in the art and science of dance in teaching, choreography and research. She has conducted biomechanics research, looking at specific dance movements and the net forces acting on the body. Along with colleague Jennifer Deckert, she has developed a wellness screening program and a BFA in Dance Science at the University of Wyoming. Their collaborative research develops out of questions they have as dance teachers and the results in turn are applied in their teaching. Margaret has been active in IADMS for the past 10 years, having served on the Resource Papers Subcommittee for the Education Committee and been involved with the planning of several Special Interest Group days. She has also served as a chair of the Dance Kinesiology Teachers Group and maintains their mailing list. Margaret has published several articles in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and is conducting new research looking at center of mass movement in pirouettes and forces acting on the body in vertical dance. Her goals for working with the organization are to continue to look at the interface of dance science and dance education and actively solicit student involvement from the mountain west area (USA) to help develop the future of the organization. Her strengths lie in collaborative work – bringing teams of individuals together to combine their expertise to a larger project.
Luke Hopper is the field leader of biomechanics and functional anatomy at the School of Health Sciences at University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, Western Australia. He became interested in biomechanics during his training as a classical ballet dancer. In 2011 Luke completed his Australian Postgraduate Award funded PhD investigating the influence of dance floor mechanical properties on dancer injury rates, perceptions and landing mechanics at the University of Western Australia. Luke’s research involves the application of methods used in sport science and clinical biomechanics to assess mechanisms for injury and performance in dancers. In particular the influence of floor mechanical properties on lower limb loading and the implications of movement variability on health and dance performance. Luke’s collaborators include several international ballet companies, such as the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and universities from Australia and the UK. Luke’s work has been commended by the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science as the dual recipient of the student research award in both 2007 and 2009.
Frances Clarke is Senior Lecturer and the Course Leader for BA(Hons) Dance at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and a member of the Research Centre for Sport Exercise and Performance. In a performance career spanning over three decades she worked as a dancer in the UK and abroad and as Artistic Director of Springs Dance Company. In education, she has founded and led a number of dance departments in the UK (secondary and FE), and been an advisor for the BBC, Birmingham Royal Ballet Education, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Centre for Advanced Training, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge. Originally trained at Arts Educational Schools, she gained a BA(Hons) in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban, London. Following her interest in dance science, she received an MSc (Distinction) in Dance Science from the University of Wolverhampton and is currently a PhD candidate at that institution, looking at balance within dance populations. Frances’s research interests focus primarily on the application of dance science to enhance dance training and performance. In particular, she is interested in the development of balance testing and training for dancers. Other research interests include performance enhancement, the effects of dance footwear on stability, the use of performance profiling, imagery and self- talk in dance training and performance, and performance enhancement mentoring for professional teachers and artists. Frances regularly presents her research at international conferences and has presented original research at the last seven IADMS Annual Meetings, winning the President’s Prize for Poster Research in 2007. She was on the host committee for the 20th IADMS Annual Meeting in Birmingham, UK. She has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal papers in Medical Problems of Performing Artists and the International Journal of Sports Medicine. Frances is a reviewer for International Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, and Research in Dance Education.
Dr. Ambegaonkar is the Director of the Sports Medicine Assessment, Research, and Testing (SMART) Laboratory, Coordinator of the Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (EFHP) Graduate Program, and Associate Professor in the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at George Mason University, Virginia, USA. Dr. Ambegaonkar is a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and occupational therapist. His research interests include dance medicine and science and injury prevention during physical activity. Dr. Ambegaonkar is an associate editor for the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. His research has been published in multiple journals including Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Journal of Athletic Training, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Work, Dance Research Journal, Journal of Orthopedic Research, Sports Health, Isokinetics and Exercise Science, Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Journal of Allied Health. Dr. Ambegaonkar has presented his research and has been invited to speak at multiple regional, national, and international conferences.
Sarah graduated from the University of Exeter, UK with a BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Sports Sciences in 2009 and gained an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban, UK with a distinction in 2010. She is currently undertaking MPhil/ PhD study at Trinity Laban. Her research focuses on energy demand during dance activity and is attempting to develop understanding of concepts such as oxygen deficit, lactate threshold, and efficiency. Sarah also works part-time within the Dance Science Department at Trinity Laban as the Lab Technician and has delivered guest lectures on the MSc Dance Science course. Sarah has always been passionate about dance and has completed major examinations in Ballet, Tap, Modern, and Jazz. During her time at the University of Exeter, Sarah served as the President of the University’s Dance Society, taught beginners and advanced tap classes, and choreographed for competitions and shows.