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Leigh Ponniah, MA, MSc



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, MSc

Lucie graduated from the University of Surrey with a BSc in Psychology in 2013 and from Trinity Laban with an MSc in Dance Science in 2014.

Within dance science, Lucie’s main interest is in dance psychology teaching and research, and she is currently undertaking MPhil/PhD study at Trinity Laban. Lucie’s research is funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of a large-scale investigation of the relationship between imagery and creativity in contemporary dance. Lucie’s PhD is a mixed methods investigation of the meaning and assessment of creativity in contemporary dance. She is examining the extent to which dance is understood within the creativity framework found in the psychology literature. Alongside the use of standardised creativity measures, she is developing a dance-specific measure of creativity. On completion of her PhD, Lucie will be eligible for Chartered Psychologist Membership of the British Psychological Society. As a trainee, Lucie lectures and runs performance psychology workshops for dancers. Lucie is a founding member of the Brazil-UK Dance Science Network, sponsored by the British Council.


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