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Dance Educator Award

Integrating Dance Medicine and Science into Practice 

The Dance Educators' Committee seeks to recognize teachers who integrate principles of dance science in their teaching.  The criteria for the award describe a dance educator who:

  • demonstrates long standing support for the integration and implementation of dance science in the classroom and technique studio

  • has developed a system of training based on a sound knowledge of human anatomy physiology and/or psychology

  • understands and effectively communicates the biomechanical components of movement and dance training principles, both intuitively and based on research, to augment artistic performance

  • can address artistic and pedagogical priorities within a scientific context to help researchers understand the art of dance and dance teaching

  • demonstrates innovative in thinking in teaching, not afraid to challenge myths and historical methods

  • demonstrates attention to physical development and emotional welfare of the student, working to train and educate independent artists fully-able in mind, body and spirit

  • has students who embody and practice the principles which underpin the teacher’s philosophy

  • demonstrates an ongoing commitment to furthering the field of dance and dance science, and IADMS as an organization.

The recipient shows evidence of substantial impact through teaching dance, and has influenced future dance teachers. Additional evidence for the award comes from service to the field of dance medicine and science as well as mentoring students participating in dance medicine and science events and conferences.

Nominations from around the world will be solicited for this award. An initial letter of nomination will be used to address the candidate’s eligibility, and additional letters of support will be solicited from parents, school directors or former students.

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