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One Dance UK Conference 2017

Posted By Janine Bryant on behalf of the IADMS Dance Educators' Committee, Sunday, December 31, 2017

The beginning of the academic year brought an exciting announcement from One Dance UK with the programme for its first-ever Conference Season to be held at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The conference, held in November, spread three separate programmes over two days and combined the best of the UK's dance sector knowledge and delivered an outstanding weekend of insights and conversations. One Dance UK presents an incredibly wide range of expertise and this conference was demonstrative of all the organisation has to offer. There were three conferences on the programme – the Dance Teaching and Participation Conference, a Choreographers' Conference, and a Healthier Dance Progamme Conference.


The timetable included workshops, keynotes, practical sessions, seminars and networking opportunities and offered attendees many options designed to update and up-skill their current knowledge. Interesting and thought-provoking sessions included 'Long Table' and 'World Café' formats, aimed at fostering collaboration, creativity and idea exchanges with industry leaders.

The Dance Teaching and Participation Conference, held on Saturday 25 November, focused on the value of dance in education, and included guest speaker Tamara Rojo CBE. This conference culminated in exciting performances by exceptional youth dance companies and the BBC's Young Dance Finalist, Jaina Modasia.

The Healthier Dancer Programme was held on 26 November, running concurrently with the Choreographer's Conference, and sometimes overlapping and sharing sessions.  This offered opportunities for dance artists and scientists to discuss various issues such as accessibility, sustainability and diversification in dance. Featured choreographers included Charlotte Vincent, Omari Carter and Rosie Kay. The discussion was lively and thought-provoking as each artist presented attendees with separate prompts to generate discussions in groups. We were encouraged to move around and switch groups, which made for an exciting and engaging session and was one of the first times that dance medicine and science specialists shared conversation-time with choreographers, a very welcome and inspiring opportunity for both sides!

This conference featured discussions on dancers' mental and psychological health, psychological impacts of dance injury and tips on how to help dancers overcome the after-effects of injury. Speakers included Irina Roncaglia, performance psychologist, rehearsal director, producer and teacher, Claire Cunningham, artist, Stuart Waters and an exciting talk by Dr. Roger Wolman, of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, whose vast expertise includes a focus on Sport and Exercise Medicine. Dr. Wolman shared information on the evolving discussion in the medical community regarding injuries in dance to include an understanding that, for dancers, injuries are an emotional as well as a physical event. His insights into the emotional impact of injuries for dancers were validating for all who attended the talk, as he offered ways to assist injured dancers through a multipronged approach.

It was an incredible weekend programmed with over 100 years of expertise in dance, supported by the outstanding venue, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and presented in partnership with The Bench.

Janine Bryant, BFA, MA, SFHEA, is a member of the IADMS Dance Educators' Committee, Associate Editor of The Bulletin for Dancers and Teachers, faculty member in the School of Performing Arts -The University of Wolverhampton and a Registered Provider of the Safe in Dance International Certification.

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Healthy Dancer Canada Conference 2017

Posted By Alyssa Perron on behalf of the IADMS Dance Educators’ Committee, Wednesday, November 29, 2017

This year’s annual Healthy Dancer Canada (HDC) Conference, held in Calgary, Alberta, brought together a diverse community of dance educators, medical practitioners, researchers, and artists from across Canada and around the globe. A breadth of topics were covered, all fitting within the conference theme: “Science to Studio to Stage”. Particular emphasis was given to the role of the dance educator, and on actively translating research into practice, which was definitely a highlight of all presentations.


 The three-day conference began with a warm welcome reception and a viewing of Calgary’s professional jazz dance company, Decidedly Jazz Dance’s, dress rehearsal, followed by an artist talkback. This set the stage for a weekend of discussions, collaborations, and practical applications of ideas aimed to improve dancer health.


 Our next morning began with a delightful breakfast and roundtable discussions before the first session. The agenda for the weekend was full of presentations in lecture, poster, and workshop formats. Question periods had a novel arrangement this year. Three consecutive presentations were followed by a longer, panel-style Q&A. This unique arrangement fostered a sense of community, encouraged interdisciplinary debate and sharing of ideas, and promoted a depth of discussion between delegates. In addition, this time created space for connections to be made between the ideas brought forth in the lectures and workshops, enabling conversation that otherwise may not have arisen.



Recurring themes of injury prevalence and related subjects including hypermobility, psychological pressures, and coping skills during periods of injury were discussed at length. Several speakers discussed how they were using previous research to implement practical programs in dance companies and schools, along with nuanced approaches to supplementary training. Emerging concepts, such as social media influences, alternative healing through First Nations dance, and the role of intention within performance, allowed delegates to consider dance medicine and science through a holistic, alternative lens.


 One highlight of the conference was Physiotherapist, Erika Mayall’s research on “Instaculture; the effects of social media and Instagram culture on young dancers”, in which she discussed new challenges of ensuring young dancers’ physical and mental health in this technological era. Young dancers seem to be willing to put themselves at risk for the “perfect shot” or more “likes” on a photo, and there is a growing problem with adolescent dancers idolizing, and normalizing potentially harmful tricks, contortions, and training styles. Another enlightening session was a lecture discussing the timing of maturation and how different timings have implications on health, training, and performance of female dancers. This work was presented by PhD Candidate, Siobhan Mitchell, who was this year’s winner of the HDC Research Award and serves as the IADMS Student Committee Chair – Congratulations Siobhan!


It was an incredible weekend, with a feeling not just of dissemination, but of true knowledge exchange. Healthy Dancer Canada’s next conference will be held in Toronto in Fall of 2018 and will mark 10 years of this important organization - hope to see you there!


Alyssa Perron BA, MSc is a member of The Healthy Dancer Canada Conference committee.

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Putting on a Conference: An Interview with IADMS Day for Teachers organizer Brenton Surgenor

Posted By IADMS Program Committee, Monday, August 8, 2016

A Day for Teachers is an important part of the annual IADMS programme. This popular event evolves year by year depending on where it is and who is organizing it. To find out exactly how the programme is developed I sat down with this year’s organizer, Brenton Surgenor, to find out what makes A Day for Teacher Hong Kong unique.


(1) How do you go about producing a Special Interest Day that is both educational and appealing?


Well that’s easy. I’ve been to going to IADMS conferences since 2010 and always attend A Day for Teachers (ADFT).  This experience has given me a good idea of who attends and what sort of content dance educators are looking for.  Firstly, I thought it was important to incorporate some practical session - which in Hong Kong will be Franklin Method for Dancers presented by Morten Dithmer. Then I felt it important to include a “hot topic” which this year is Nutrition for Dancerspresented by Frankie Siu from the Hong Kong Sports institute (which just happens to coincide with the IADMS Education Committees new resource paper on nutrition).  Finally, I wanted to include a panel discussion so dance educators could ask their burning dance science questions and get advice and support from our panel of experts.


(2) Who is involved in putting together A Day for Teachers?


Like so many advocates for the wonderful work of IADMS, I’m a bit of a Dance Science one-man band here in Hong Kong.  So the first thing I did was consult with local dance teachers to see what they thought was important to include.  Once I had an outline and some initial ideas I then sort the guidance and advice from my international colleagues (Edel Quin, Erin Sanchez and Margaret Wilson) who were instrumental in finalizing the programme and presenters. So I would say this has definitely been a team effort.


(3) Every Special Interest Day is different so what do you think is different or special about this year’s?


A Day for Teachers Hong Kong is unique because this year it’s nested within the main IADMS conference.  In the morning ADFT delegates have specially designed programme and then in the afternoon ADFT delegates are invited to attend any of the presentations or movement session offered as part of the main IADMS conference.  This is exciting as it means that our ADFT delegates will have the opportunity to be a part of the main IADMS conference and to meet and share ideas with delegates from across the world.  In this way it fully reflects IADMS commitment to inclusivity and introduces new delegates to the wonderful world of Dance Medicine and Science.


(4) What do you think you are most looking forward to about A Day for Teachers or conference as a whole? 


For me it’s all about learning.  And by this I mean knowing what is current in the field of dance medicine and science.  Dance medicine and science is evolving very quickly and there is always something new being discovered. By utilizing the knowledge I learn by attending an IADMS conference, it ensures that my students at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts have the best opportunity to be happy, healthy and performing at their very best.


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Putting on a Conference: An Interview with the IADMS Program Committee Chair Alexander McKinven

Posted By IADMS Program Committee, Monday, August 1, 2016
Alexander McKinven is the IADMS Program Committee Chair and works year-round to prepare for the IADMS Conference. Here are his answers to a few questions we had about what goes into planning a conference.


1)       How do you go about producing a conference that is both educational and appealing?


As a multi-profession organisation, it is so important that the conference is relevant to all members. We are relatively guided by the abstracts submitted each year but do balance this with clinical symposia choices.

The program committee has continued to develop our selection process to ensure the highest quality of presenters are selected for conference and want to ensure that the association is at the forefront of dance medicine and dance science development.

As this is our second time in Asia, we have tried to harness the expertise from Australasia and the Indian subcontinent.


2)       Who is involved in putting together the conference program?


It truly is a combined effort from SO many people. The program committee are responsible for the scientific content of the program but behind the scenes we have the blinded reviewers for the abstract selection, the IADMS IT personnel, the local host committee and the education committee of IADMS who specifically help develop the special interest group day. This year, the work of IADMS member Brenton Surgenor and Hong Kong Doctor Jason Brockwell have been instrumental in these SIG days.


3)       What timeline do you have to work to leading up to the conference?


The conference work is ongoing throughout the year.

After each conference we review the delegates’ feedback and see how we can implement the members’ views to improve the next conference.

At the start of the year we ensure that all the systems are in place for when the call for abstracts goes out. Once all the abstracts are submitted the program committee work exceptionally hard to review and select the very best for conference. I am excited for our members to see the Hong Kong schedule once it is released and am so proud and thankful to the team that I have lead this year.


4)       Every annual meeting is different so what do you think is different or special about this year’s?


The IADMS conference is three and half days long this year, with the special interest group days called A day for Teachers and A day for Medics, running concurrently within the main program. This decision was taken in line with IADMS mission statement, to raise the standard of the SIG days and to work with the local community where the conference is taking place. China is such a vibrant country and the opportunity to learn and work with the local community of Hong Kong is exciting. I am very much looking forward to seeing some of the performances that have been lined up and exploring the wonderful culture of the East.


5)       What do you think you are most looking forward to about the conference?


There are some fantastic presentations this year. What I look forward to most is attending a talk or movement session on a topic I know relatively little about. I really believe that this cross collaboration is what makes the IADMS conferences unique and would urge delegates to expand their knowledge and challenge their benefits by trying something beyond their professional norms.

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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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Dance Medicine and Science at Dance UK’s ‘The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations’ Conference

Posted By Sarah Beck, Monday, April 13, 2015

This past weekend, from April 9th to 12th, Dance UK hosted their first ever Industry Wide Conference titled The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations. With the future of the dance sector at the heart of this conference, it seemed only right that dance medicine and science featured within discussions.

The program on Saturday 11th included 12 ‘healthier dancer’ sessions on a wide range of dance medicine and science topics including: ‘Protein for dancers’ from Professor Kevin Tipton, ‘The hypermobile student in dance class’ from Nicky Ellis, and ‘Psychology of injury: the impact of what we say and do’ from Dr Natalie Walker. Dance UK were also extremely honoured to be able to feature four presentations that were previously presented during the IADMS 24th Annual Meeting in Basel and extend thanks to IADMS for their partnership in this. IADMS also had a promotional stand at the conference, which delegates engaged with. Sessions were filled to capacity and attended by dancers, teachers, choreographers, and directors of schools and companies, as well as medical doctors, students, physiotherapists and dance scientists. This mixture led to interesting discussion on the application of principles discussed into practice, something I know we all strive for in this field. Many of the sessions were filmed and video clips will be available over the next few weeks.

The final day of the conference focused on education and training the dance artists of the future and although no specific dance medicine and science content was scheduled in this day, it certainly featured in discussion in a way that any dance medicine and science enthusiast would be proud of. One topic in particular kept resurfacing: periodization. It seems imaginations had been sparked by the presentation on the previous day from Professor Matthew Wyon and Joost Van Megan on the work in periodization currently underway at ArtEz in the Netherlands (also presented at the IADMS 24th Annual Meeting). I urge you all to follow the link and watch Dr Christopher Bannerman’s keynote speech, in particular from around 36 minutes 30 seconds in, to hear him enthusiastically discussing this presentation. 

This conference provided fabulous exposure of dance medicine and science into the wider dance sector in the UK, which we hope continues to inspire debate, collaboration, and practical implementation of and around ideas presented.

[The IADMS blog would like to feature further write ups of events and conferences so please do let us know about those happening in your local area so that they can be included.]

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