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Committee Chairs

Committee Chairs

Andrea Kozai, MSc, CSCS

Chair, Development Committee

Andrea Kozai is a freelance ballet and modern dancer and owner of Virtuoso Fitness, LLC, a consultancy offering wellness teaching and training for dancers and dance instructors. Andrea received her BS with a double major in Exercise Science and Dance from Skidmore College, and earned her MSc (Distinction) in Dance Science from the University of Wolverhampton. Her research interests include quantifying daily workloads in dancers and determining optimal conditioning methods for injury mitigation and performance enhancement. She attended her first IADMS Annual Meeting in 2002, and was the 2004 Student Research Award recipient. Since then she has presented at numerous Annual Meetings and has been published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and the Bulletin for Teachers. Andrea's service to IADMS began in 2005 as a founding member of the Student Committee, and has included co-chairmanship of the Student Committee, membership of the Development Committee, and chairmanship of the 2015 Host Committee. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Margaret Wilson, PhD

Chair, Education Committee

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 & 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.

Alexander McKinven, PT, MSc

Chair, Program Committee

Alexander McKinven trained at The Arts Educational School in London, UK, in musical theatre. He has combined a career performing professionally with a career in physiotherapy, gaining his postgraduate MSc from King’s College, London.  Alexander has been involved with IADMS since 1997.  At the IADMS Annual Meetings, he has presented on several occasions including topics from his master’s research based on the work of Dr. Marijeanne Liederbach on the biomechanical effect of shoe heel height on jump landing in female dancers.  He is an enthusiastic advocate of the dance science and medicine community and currently works as one of a team of physiotherapists at the Royal Ballet School in London (UK) where his role involves educating and implementing dance science into the school’s curriculum, aiming to produce informed and healthy dancers.

Luke Hopper, PhD

Chair, Promotion Committee

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, MSc

Chair, Publications Committee

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.

Jatin P. Ambegaonkar, PhD, ATC, OT, CSCS

Chair, Research Committee

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 & 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.

Amanda Clark, MFA

Chair, Student Committee

Amanda Clark recently completed her MFA in the Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She earned her BFA in Dance from Kent State University (Kent, OH) in 2008. Clark is currently dancing professionally, lecturing at local colleges, and pioneering a new PK – 8 Dance Program in Cleveland Metropolitan Schools. She has danced internationally as an independent artist in the United States, Australia, and the Netherlands with a premiere of her solo work, which connected Dance to Environmental Science at the DANscienCE Festival in Brisbane, Australia in 2015. Shortly after becoming a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Ms. Clark attended her first Annual Meeting in Singapore in 2012. Clark presented two of her studies at the 24th Annual Meeting in Basel, Switzerland and has presented as the Committee Chair of the Student Committee at the 25th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has also presented research in Brisbane, Australia at the DANscienCE Festival in 2015 and hopes to continue researching to continue to contribute to the field. Her research interests are in dancer wellness and in the implementation of biomechanically appropriate pedagogical strategies.

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