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Student Events at the 2016 Conference in Hong Kong

Posted By IADMS Student Committee, Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Our Annual Conference is fast approaching and there are some exciting student events this year!


Our student social is a great way to meet new faces before the conference begins and to network with Dance Science students from across the globe! This years’ student social will take place the Wednesday before the conference begins to give you a chance to meet up in person before attending the conference.

Other student events and sessions include our student and young professionals networking event, the student roundtable and presentations on The future of dance medicine & science: An IADMS student survey, and Building your career: how to establish and foster a mentor-mentee partnership in your interest area – see details below!


Student Social

Our student social is a great way to meet new faces before the meeting begins and to network with Dance Science students from across the globe!


Networking and drinks with IADMS student members


Wednesday 19th October, 7pm


Meeting on the steps in front of the Jockey Club Amphitheatre at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. 


Student Roundtable


An opportunity to gain insights from an international group of students on a range of topics and issues affecting students of dance medicine and science.


Friday 21st October, 2pm – 3.30pm


Atrium Lounge 1st Floor


Building your career: how to establish and foster a mentor-mentee partnership in your interest area


For many aspiring dancers, clinicians, educators, and researchers, locating a mentor or an advisor in fields of interest as specific as those in dance medicine and science can be a daunting task. This talk will provide information for students and recent graduates about the value of having a career mentor and will discuss the process of finding, pursuing, and building a mentorship relationship. Topics will include: how to utilize peers and school resources to make connections with potential mentors, suggestions for contacting and pursuing potential mentors, ways to develop and maintain an ongoing mentor - mentee relationship, and tips for being an excellent mentee candidate.


Saturday October 22, 4.45pm – 5pm


Recital Hall


The future of dance medicine & science: An IADMS student survey


The IADMS Student Committee will present a retrospective snapshot of student membership and Educational Opportunities to illustrate a clear picture of the future of Dance Medicine & Science within the IADMS community to answer a question of “where is this field headed based on the current student interest?”


Saturday October 22, 5pm – 5.15pm


Recital Hall


Student and Young Professional Networking Workshop


An opportunity for students to connect with professionals and to build networks in their area of interest.


Saturday October 22, 5.30pm – 6.30pm


Studio 8


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Getting ready for the conference: Students and Young Professionals

Posted By the IADMS Student Committee, Thursday, July 14, 2016

The annual conference is fast approaching and it’s time to start making plans. This year the exciting city of Wanchai, Hong Kong will be on the map as the second Asian location for the meeting to be held. Here are a few things we’ve been thinking about in preparation for heading to the tropical paradise in a cosmopolitan city, which happens to have the highest density of 7-Eleven shops in the world AND the world’s largest collection of skyscrapers…



If you’re looking to meet up with other student members AND cut some costs why not find a roommate on our student forum. Don’t forget that you need a current membership to access the forums! This can be a great way to get to know other members and will mean you have company finding your way to/from the conference. If you’re in the UK and are looking for a roommate, you might also want to join the Dance Science Study UK Facebook group and share a post there, we’ve met loads of great new people this way!



Getting between the airport and the city…

You might want to start thinking about your travel plans for when you arrive in Hong Kong. This way, instead of feeling flustered when you arrive you can take in the sights and sounds of Hong Kong!

The airport express is the fastest way to get between the airport and the city, reaching Hong Kong Island in around 24 minutes. Airport Express allows free in-town check-in services for major airlines; passengers are also able to take a free shuttle bus from Kowloon and Hong Kong stations to major hotels. More information on the free shuttle bus here.


Getting to the conference venue…

Planning your route between where you’re staying and the conference venue ahead of time will also help you to make the most of your time in Hong Kong. If you’re presenting or hoping to make it to the conference for a particular session or workshop, you don’t want to be worrying about how to get there.

The quickest and most efficient way to get around Hong Kong is traveling via the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system. It covers major districts in Hong Kong, which includes stops at the boundary with Mainland China (Lok Ma Chau Station and Lo Wu Station). 

The Academy is located roughly mid-way between the Admiralty and Wanchai MTR stations, although it is slightly closer to Admiralty (take exit D signposted to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts).

Another option is to use the bus. Buses in Hong Kong are comfortable, plentiful and mostly air-conditioned. They are popular for watching the great views from the top deck of the double-deckers.

Bus route guide for the conference venue:

A) A12, 18, 18P, 18X, 40M, 590, 720, 720A, 722, 780, 788

B) 2, A12, 18, 18P, 18X, 70, 104, 260, 307, 309, 590, 720, 720A, 720P, 722, 780, 788, 930A, 930X, 967X, 969X

Connecting with other students

The IADMS annual conference offers a unique opportunity to connect with peers and professionals who specialise in dance medicine and science. Here’s our top tips on how to make the most of this opportunity…

Top tips

·         Attend the student social – this is a great way to meet other students before the conference even begins!

·         Attend a roundtable – this can be a great way to meet other students and professionals in your area. There is also the student roundtable, an opportunity to discuss key issues with students in dance medicine and science

·         Check out the student networking session – this session brings together professionals from a wide range of dance medicine and science disciplines and gives you an opportunity to meet peers in your research area and to get to know the professionals in your area too.

·         Networking – put yourself out there and try to talk to as many new faces as possible. The IADMS conference is a great place to make new connections and to talk to professionals who are as passionate about dance science as you are!

·         Introduce yourself to the Student Committee - we’re really friendly and love getting to know other young people who share our passions J


Getting the most out of the conference

In addition to connecting with other students and professionals you want to make sure that you get the most out of what’s on offer at the conference and in the city of Hong Kong.

Top tips

·         Attend a variety of sessions not just your main area and try to sit down with the conference schedule before you go and plan out the sessions you want to check out

·         Be brave – ask questions during the sessions and get involved!

·         If you don’t fancy asking questions during the formal sessions, attend a roundtable. The roundtable is a great opportunity to engage in discussion with a smaller group of people on a more specific topic.

·         Make the most of your breaks – use this time to try to get to know new faces at the conference and to talk to new people.

·         Make the most of any free time to explore the city – this is one of the perks of being a part of an international association!


Student Events

Getting involved with student events can really help you to make the most out of your time at the conference and the events we have on offer mean that you can get to know some new faces before the conference even begins!

Student social

Our student social is a great way to meet other students before the meeting begins and to network with Dance Medicine and Science students from across the globe! This years’ student social will take place the Wednesday before the conference begins to give you a chance to meet up in person before attending the conference.


Other student events and sessions include our student and young professionals networking event, the student roundtable and presentations on The future of dance medicine & science: An IADMS student survey and Building your career: how to establish and foster a mentor-mentee partnership in your interest area


Little things…

Something as small as having the right travel charger can be the key to making your trip a success.

Travel chargers – The electric power is 220 Volt, 50 Hertz. A power converter is necessary to avoid damage to computers designed specifically for 120 V. Hong Kong uses a Type G electrical plug that has three rectangular blades in a triangular pattern and has an incorporated fuse (usually a 3 amps fuse for smaller appliances such as a computer and a 13 amps one for heavy duty appliances such as heaters). Check out this website for info on what type of adapter you will need.


Watch this space! More details to come on our student events in our upcoming blog posts :)

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From Student to Professional: Raising the next generation of IADMS – cheers to the next 25 years: A recap of student events at the 25th Annual Meeting

Posted By Carina (Stern) Nasrallah on behalf of the IADMS Student Committee, Saturday, October 24, 2015


Students from all over the globe had the opportunity to interact with colleagues and professionals alike at a variety of student-oriented events at this year’s Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The evening prior to the start of the annual meeting, students mingled at a local Pittsburgh bar, catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances.  Later during the weekend, Dr. Jeffrey Russell from Ohio University spoke to students about the process of publishing research in a peer-reviewed journal such as the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science.  He encouraged students not to be daunted by the prospect of publishing research but to view it as an opportunity to contribute to the expanding body of dance medicine literature and show pride in their hard work. A quote that stuck out from his talk was, “if you produce excellent work, people will notice,” which was encouraging students to continue to produce high quality research and writing over a span of time, and excellence can be achievable. 

A highlight of the student events was a stimulating networking session hosted on the second evening of the conference.  Eight different sub-disciplines of dance medicine & science were represented including medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, research, nutrition, psychology, dancer wellness screening, education, and advocacy.  Each group had the opportunity to engage with one or more professionals currently working in the field.  The room was a buzz with questions and discussion.  The enthusiasm was contagious as these students found themselves surrounded by like-minded peers who were equally curious to learn about careers in dance medicine & science.


Scattered around the room were a contingent of young professionals who had recently made the transition from student to professional.  They had attended previous annual meetings or joined IADMS as student members and had “grown up” in the IADMS; learning, growing, and connecting, and eventually trading in their student membership for professional status. They were able to share about their own challenges and victories with pursuing careers as recently as the past few months; some were even currently seeking employment. As the International Association for Dance & Science celebrated its 25th anniversary, likewise it celebrated the raising up of the first generation of researchers, educators, healthcare practitioners, and advocates in the field of dance medicine & science.  The student attendees of this year’s conference are the professionals of tomorrow and it is indeed their passion and knowledge that will carry forward the legacy of IADMS for the next 25 years.

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25th Annual Meeting: A Live Update!

Posted By Hannah Etlin-Stein, Saturday, October 10, 2015
Another year, another IADMS Annual Meeting - this one celebrating the 25th anniversary of IADMS! 

Day two is only halfway through and already there have been some memorable presentations and movement sessions. 

Yesterday began with some opening remarks by the IADMS team and a welcome from Terrence Orr, Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the newest honorary member of IADMS. He was followed by a Clinical Symposium from Dr. Paula Thomson who discussed the differences between dancers with high and low internalized shame. Dr. Thomson broke down important information related to the psychological profile of dancers in a highly informative and powerful presentation touching on psychological issues many dancers face.

The day progressed with many presentations and movement sessions of a high calibre. One of these was presented by Dr. Danielle Jarvis, winner of the IADMS student research award sponsored by the Harkness Centre for Dance Injuries, who delivered to a packed audience! Outlining the research she did for her PhD work at the University of Southern California, Danielle clearly and concisely discussed the effects of jump strategy modifications on energetics during dance jumps.


The first day of presentations ended with the research committee giving an extremely informative presentation on survey research lead by Lynda Mainwaring and Esther Chou. We were all reminded there are no easy options when it comes to research and surveys are no exception! From specifics on how to avoid sampling errors, vague wording and formatting we were given an in depth ‘how to’ on survey research!

Overall the energy in the conference has been extremely high with this year’s Annual Meeting having the largest number of delegates attending. As you walk through the crowd during coffee breaks you can hear the buzzing sounds of young students networking with established researchers, exciting collaborations being created and big plans for the future of IADMS.


There has been some really good engagement through social media on our twitter feed so head over there to join the conversation via #IADMS2015. There are still loads of presentations ahead including the famous IADMS dance party this evening so stay tuned! 

Hannah Etlin-Stein

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Learn, Share, Develop: The IADMS Clinical Experience Raffle

Posted By Alexander McKinven, Thursday, October 8, 2015

As summer fades, as the leaves drop from the trees, and as the nights draw in (well, in the northern hemisphere anyway) this is one of my favourite times of the year. Not because the winter is coming or that one starts planning end of year festivities but because it's the time for the annual meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science.

Wherever it is in the world - Central Europe, Asia, or North America - one can be sure that as you walk into venue you'll bump into someone you met last year, see familiar faces who are at the leading edge of the dance science frontier, or be introduced to someone who has only recently heard about the organisation and is brimming with ideas to explore, challenge, and apply.

On so many different levels IADMS is special. I have never met so many intelligent yet humble and approachable scientists. And scientists who all want to learn, share and develop. Our annual meeting brings these people from the four corners of the globe for this very purpose. And it's celebrating 25 years of doing so.

To facilitate this sharing of knowledge, 14 clinical experiences have been sourced with internationally respected clinicians offering to spend quality one on one time with lucky individuals. I remember learning so much as a eager, young, developing physiotherapist from people who are still closely involved in the organisation; Marijeanne Liederbach at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in NYC, Sue Mayes of the Australian Ballet, and Sharon Morrison, former clinical director of the Jerwood Centre for the prevention and treatment of dance injuries in Birmingham, UK. 
Do you have a mentor who inspired you in the field or someone who you worked with who helped develop your scientific interests? These people helped to shape my clinical development and mentored me into the role I currently hold supporting the students at the Royal Ballet School in London.


Make sure you look out for the clinical experiences stand at the 2015 IADMS annual meeting in Pittsburgh and get your raffle ticket for the chance to learn from some our most inspiring members.


Alexander McKinven is chair of the Development Committee of IADMS

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Student Events at the 2015 Annual Meeting

Posted By IADMS Student Committee, Friday, October 2, 2015

The 25th Annual Meeting is fast approaching and the Student Committee is hosting and facilitating many exciting events for student members this year. The Student Social is an informal event, which will allow for students (21+) to connect in a relaxed environment the night before the Annual Meeting begins. A session for anyone interested in publishing is also on the schedule, hosted by the committee and presented by Jeffrey Russell (PhD, AT, Athens, Ohio, USA). Dr. Russell will be talking about his personal experiences with publishing research, highlighting specific challenges and discussing strategies to overcome each. As a part of our mission to drive connections between students and professionals, a Networking Session is one of our most anticipated events for the meeting. Students will have an opportunity to interact with many professionals in a variety of areas of Dance Medicine & Science including physiotherapists, educators, physicians, and researchers. Please see the descriptions of each event below for more information.


We can’t wait to meet and see all of you in just a week!


If you have any questions or comments, contact us at


Student Social


Networking and drinks with IADMS student members


8th October, 7.30-10.30pm


The upstairs VIP lounge at Olive or Twist (

140 6th St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Important info

Students must be age 21+ to attend and will need to show ID for entrance.


Publishing your research: Advice from the Experts


Aiming to publish your latest research study? Not sure where to start? Looking for the latest and greatest tips on publishing, specific to dance medicine and science? Then our session on publishing your research is the place to be! This talk will provide information for those who are interested in writing and publishing research in the field of dance medicine and science. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discuss your thoughts at the end of the session.


Saturday 10th October, 6.00 - 6.10pm


Salons 4-5


Student Networking Event


Our student networking event is an opportunity for students to connect with professionals and to build networks in their area of interest. This could be your chance to mingle with academics whose papers you’ve been reading all year, your chance to ask about their journey in dance medicine and science, or maybe even be the chance to find a mentor! Our student networking event is the perfect time and place so come along!


Saturday 10th October, 6.45pm


Salons 4-5

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Creating the Annual “picture”

Posted By IADMS Program Committee, Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Annual Meeting is the highlight of the IADMS calendar. The Program Committee (PC) has the complex task of piecing together the various jigsaw puzzle pieces in order to produce a scientific conference that is both educational and enticing. The committee is made up of four long standing IADMS members: Ginny Wilmerding, Marika Molnar, David Weiss and Alexander McKinven. The mix of professions, nationalities, backgrounds and personal interests means that each of us has a unique perspective on how the Annual Meeting should evolve.  Every Annual Meeting has its own character, with many variables, but the PC strives to develop each one and make it even better than the last.

When the PC gets involved, the location for the Annual Meeting has already been chosen and the Annual Meeting Producer is already working with the local host team. They have an understanding of the size/space available and times slots needed to be filled. Think of this like the template on a canvas with the Program Committee ‘artists’ waiting to know the colours of paints, (the abstracts), they will be given.

After the abstract submission deadline, the committee works on a strict timeline to ensure the integrity, standard, and relevance of the conference by:

·         Making sure the submitted abstracts follow appropriate international ethics standards and any commercial interests are disclosed,

·         Working with the Continuing Education Committee to ensure CME credits are available for healthcare professionals,

·         Distributing the abstracts to a group of independent reviewers who, blinded to the abstracts authors, will perform the task of grading the submitted abstracts,

·         Categorizing the abstracts into relevant topics/subjects to ensure flow, and

·         through their networks, inviting learned colleagues to fill the ever popular and always well attended Clinical Symposia.

As the number of submitted abstracts increases each year - 123 of them in 2006, and growing to an all-time high of 228 of them in 2015 - the task of selecting the best presentations gets harder and harder. Throughout the selection and planning process, there can be unforeseen changes to the program due to presenter’s work commitments, medical problems, flight cancelations, and electronic meltdowns; the Program Committee team are in regular contact with the selected presenters. (The sooner we know about these issues, the better!)

When October comes, hearing the buzz, seeing the presentations live, and being involved in the discussions makes all the hard work worthwhile. To know that we are helping the international dance scientists, clinicians, and researchers have a platform to showcase their work and to see the  satisfaction from the ‘painting’ you helped develop, grow, and stand on its in own is a very satisfying process for the four of us!

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A Welcome Message from the 2015 Annual Meeting Host Committee: Top 10 things to do on your trip to Pittsburgh

Posted By Andrea Kozai on behalf of the Host Committee, Monday, August 24, 2015
The Host Committee for the 25th Annual Meeting is incredibly excited to welcome you to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! Pittsburgh is a beautiful metropolis in the heart of Steel Country, and has transformed itself from an industrial powerhouse of yesteryear to a vibrant economy based in technology, medicine, and academics. There is lots to do and see, so we thought it would be helpful to share a list of our favorite parts of this city. Without further ado:

10. Visit the historic Strip District. Whether you're looking for local shopping or local food (breakfast at Pamela's is a must), the Strip is the place to be. Pittsburgh is a town proud of its sports teams, so pick up some black and gold gear while you're there!

9. Tour local movie sets. Did you know Pittsburgh is known as "Hollywood of the East"? Movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Dogma, Jack Reacher, Night of the Living Dead, and Flashdance were all filmed here (and a few, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Flashdance, were set here too!) Create your own tour using suggestions from this excellent article.

8. Visit Fallingwater. A bit farther afield, Fallingwater is a home Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the Kauffman family of Pittsburgh. It is built over a waterfall and appears to not even stand on solid ground. It is a National Historic Landmark and is open for public tours. Click here for more information.

7. Take a walk from the Marriott City Center to Point State Park, located at the confluence of Pittsburgh's three rivers. See where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers come together to form the Ohio river and take in the glorious views.

6. Visit one of Pittsburgh's many museums. The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh boast a number of options for art (including the Warhol Museum), natural history, and science. Or, check out the Toonseum or the Heinz History Center.

5. Get lunch at Primanti Bros. With several locations including one walking distance from the Annual Meeting, opportunities abound to experience this classic Pittsburgh eatery. Don't be surprised when your fries come on top of your sandwich instead of next to it!

4. Take a trip up one of the inclines for the best views of Downtown Pittsburgh (or, as the locals call it, the Golden Triangle.) See how many bridges you can count (Pittsburgh has the most of any city in the world, including Venice!)

3. See the artists of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater up close. On Thursday, Oct 8th the delegates of IADMS have a special opportunity to see a studio showing put on by Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Afterwards, enjoy drinks and light bites with the artists. Sign up when you register for the conference.

2. Attend the Opening Reception and participate in the Silver Anniversary Auction. In honor of the 25th Anniversary of IADMS, a silent auction will run through the conference to raise funds for IADMS-IT. Donate something, bid on something, and be a part of the next 25 years of IADMS!

1. Learn, network, and participate in everything the 25th Annual Meeting has to offer! A fabulous program awaits you, so don't miss a minute of it.

For more ideas and assistance planning your trip to Pittsburgh, check out See you in October!

- Andrea Kozai, Host Committee Chair

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IADMS 2015 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Posted By Hannah Etlin-Stein, Monday, April 20, 2015

IADMS is now gearing up for another Annual Meeting and this year it is in Pittsburgh!



As IADMS is a diversely international community, the Annul Meeting is a fabulous way to explore a new city and culture, while connecting with the IADMS community.

For those who have never attended an Annual Meeting it's an experience unlike any other and can provide many benefits.

  1. Multidisciplinary- IADMS is unlike many professional organizations in that not only do our members come from all over the globe, but they come from different professional backgrounds as well. Dancers, educators, health care practitioners, students, physicians and dance enthusiasts all gather together to share their knowledge and passion for the health and wellbeing of dancers. This allows for interesting discussions to emerge between attendees with varying expertise.

  2. Networking - In a world where it is so easy to connect virtually with someone across the globe, it becomes even more important to continue to foster those face-to-face connections. IADMS Annual Meetings are a great place to meet and connect to the small yet vast dance science community. When I first presented at IADMS, I was amazed how many people came up to me after my presentation to tell me about research they were doing in a similar field. This type of networking is essential. Who knows - you might just meet your next research partner this year in Pittsburgh!

  3. Mentorship -Although growing yearly, one of the many qualities of IADMS is its intimacy. For a student or someone entering the dance science field, it is remarkable to turn to your left and realize you are sitting next to a researcher you have referenced numerous times. It’s also amazing that they will most likely be willing to talk to you and offer advice or mentorship. The relationships developed at Annual Meetings are critical and potentially career changing opportunities.

  4. The dance party - no other organization provides such an informative, inspiring and FUN Annual Meeting as IADMS. If you haven't been yet, you will witness how the IADMS members know how to simultaneously engage in meaningful scientific inquiry while being able to let loose and have fun.

This year the Annual Meeting will be held in Pittsburgh!! There are many things to do in this Vibrant city! What's cool about Pittsburgh you ask?

Pittsburgh Trivia:

  • In 1954 the first Polio vaccine was developed by Jonas Salk and his team at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • The first smiley faces emoticon is credited to have been invented in 1982 in Pittsburgh by a man named Scott Fahlman :)

  • Famous Pittsburghers include Martha Graham and Gene Kelly, dancers/choreographers we know and love.

  • Pittsburgh has the most certified 'green' buildings in the USA! Now how's that for a city!

Things to check out in Pittsburgh:

The Cathedral of Learning: Standing at 535 feet, the Cathedral of Learning is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere and the second tallest gothic-styled building in the world. This Pittsburgh landmark is the centrepiece of the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus. (pictured below)



Andy Warhol Museum: With over 900 paintings, 100 sculptures and numerous prints, photographs and videos, this museum covers work from all periods of Andy Warhol’s career.

Point State Park: This 36 acre state park located in downtown Pittsburgh is marked by one of the country’s largest iconic fountain. A beautiful landmark Pittsburgh is known for. (pictured below)



The Duquesne Incline: Open 365 days a year, this century-old cable car will provide the best views of downtown Pittsburgh. Scaling Mount Washington and one of the few remaining inclines in the country this is a must do in Pittsburgh. The Incline is also featured in Flashdance! (pictured at the top of article)


Hope to see you all in Pittsburgh for the IADMS 25th Annual Meeting, October 9-11 2015. For more information click here!

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