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Leigh Ponniah, MA, MSc

Leigh Ponniah, MA, MSc, is the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science's (IADMS) Director of Development, where she finds new avenues of growth for the organization, including overseeing membership needs and enhancing member and non-member benefits, managing educational programs, and building on plans to execute the organization's strategic plan. Prior to her start with IADMS, Leigh spent 10 years at the NYU Langone's Harkness Center for Dance Injuries as a Program Coordinator for Education and Marketing. There she developed a number of educational programs for the dance and medical community, provided lectures and workshops on the topic of kinesiology and injury prevention in dance, and helped to increase visibility of the Center. Leigh received her MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2006, and in 2012 she graduated with an MA in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Performing Arts. Leigh has a number of national certifications in fitness training through National Academy of Sports Medicine, KettleBell Concepts, and Athletics and Fitness Associates of America. She has also served on the Board for the New York State Dance Educators Association, and presented her research at a number of international conferences, including American College of Sports Medicine, National Dance Education Association, and IADMS.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Journal of Dance Medicine & Science

John Solomon, PhD

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Journal of Dance Medicine & Science

Ruth Solomon

As a performer Ruth Solomon has appeared on and off Broadway, on television, and in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. She was for many years a permanent member and solo dancer with the Jean Erdman Dance Theater. Ms. Solomon has choreographed more than sixty works in her unique version of the modern dance idiom. From 1967 to 1970 she was assistant director of the dance program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. After 1970 she headed the dance program that she established in Theater Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, until her retirement in 1995. Her highly successful teaching technique has been documented in an hour-long video, Anatomy As a Master Image in Training Dancers. Her research has produced articles in such medical journals as The Physician and Sports Medicine and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, in all of the major dance and sports medicine periodicals, and chapters in numerous books. Her most extensive publications are Preventing Dance Injuries (Second Edition, 2005), and East Meets West in Dance: Voices in the Cross-Cultural Dialogue. The latest book, Dance Medicine & Science Bibliography: Sixth Edition, covering the literature in the field for the last 53 years and containing over 3775 citations, became available in 2014. She was the National Dance Association’s Scholar of the Year for 1992, Dance Professional of the Year in 1998, and Heritage Honoree in 2003. She was a charter member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She has edited the Proceedings for the association’s 2003-2009 Annual Meetings. In 2003 Ms. Solomon became a Certified Medical Assistant.

EDITOR, IADMS Newsletter

Peter Lewton-Brain, DO, MA

Born in London but raised in East Africa and the United States, Peter trained as a dancer at the School of American Ballet and with Margaret Craske in New York City. After performing with various American companies he became a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Portugal and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo where he preformed the major roles in both the classical and neo classical repertory. He taught the men’s division at the Princesses Grace Dance Academy, and still teaches at the École Supérieure de Danse Cannes, Rosella Hightower. He has additionally taught dance history, anatomy and ballet at the European-Institute of Technology and the University of Nice. His studies include a BA from the State University of New York, an MA from the University of Nice, both French and Swiss Degrees in Osteopathy (DO) and training in Pilates Rehabilitation. Along with a private practice in Monaco, working closely with the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, he is the resident osteopath at the Princesses Grace Dance Academy. In 2006 he founded the Association Danse Médecine Recherche (ADMR) in Monte-Carlo and in 2010 the association Dance Environment Santé in France that has created a Dancer’s Health Clinic that serves the region from Marseille to Cannes. Speaking Italian, French, Portuguese and English his articles have been published in Dance Now, Danza & Danza, Dance Magazine, Tanz, the JDMS and the JSSM. He has served five terms as a Member-at-large of the Board of Directors of IADMS. He was the newsletter editor from 2009-2014, resuming this position in 2016.


Lucie Clements, PhD

Lucie is a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) with expertise in dance psychology teaching, research and consultancy. She is a Lecturer in Dance Science and Research Methods at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and she also lectures in Psychology and Research Methods at the University of Chichester. Lucie was awarded a PhD in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2017. She also has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Surrey, and an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban.

Lucie’s interests lie within the application of sports psychology principles to dance settings, in particular recognising the role of the dancer as creative artist. Her research focuses on understanding the creative demands of dance, in addition to the technical and performance demands. Lucie is a founding member of the Brazil-UK Dance Science Network, sponsored by the British Council. Lucie has previously served on the IADMS Student and Publications Committees and is delighted to join the staff as Associate Newsletter Editor.


David Allen


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