Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Register
Blog Home All Blogs

2017 Regional Meetings - All the info!

Posted By Elsa Urmston on behalf of the IADMS Dance Educators’ Committee, Monday, March 27, 2017

This year we are working hard to reach new audiences through a range of international regional meetings, arranged by key members of the IADMS Dance Educators’ Committee.  The aim of these events is always to widen our reach and ensure that information about dance medicine and science is broadly disseminated, especially amongst artists, practitioners, teachers, educators, clinicians, students and parents for whom these ideas are relatively new.  This year we have events lined up in Australia, the USA and the UK, which seek to present ways in which dance medicine and science principles can be transferred to the classroom and applied in practice.







8.15 – 9.00      Registration; Tea and Coffee  FOYER


9.00 – 9.10      Opening Performance


Maggie Lorraine, Tim Storey

Welcome Address and Acknowledgement of Country


9.10 – 9.15      David McAllister, Artistic Director, The Australian Ballet (video)



9.15 – 11.15    Susan Mayes, Paula Baird-Colt, Megan Connelly     

Posterior ankle impingement syndrome


11.15 – 11.45  Refreshment Break                FOYER


11.45 – 1.15    Dana Rader and Debbi Fretus

Mobilizing and conditioning the upper body using GYROTONIC® Methodology


1:15-2:00         Lunch                                      FOYER


2:00-2:30         Janet Karin

Variability and the stability myth


2.30-3.00         Chris Swain and Sela Kiek

Research and teaching perspectives on spine health in adolescent dancers


3.00-3.45         Fiona Sutherland

Body Positive Nutrition for Dancers


3.45 -4.15        Afternoon Tea                                   FOYER


4.15- 5.15 app.Performance   Details to follow         





8:30-9:00         Tea and Coffee                       FOYER


9.00 – 9.05      Maggie Lorraine/Tim Storey

            Welcome to day two and Information session


9.05 – 9.45      Jill Cook

Jumping your way to knee injuries: Tendon problems in young dancers


9.45 – 10.15    Melanie Fuller

Understanding changes in training load related to injuries in dance


10.15 – 10.45  Refreshment Break    FOYER


10:45- 11:25    Gene Moyle

The curse of being highly gifted: The ethical intricacies of injury rehabilitation in an elite ballet setting


11.25 – 12.00  Janet Karin

The curse of being highly gifted: Restoring the body, restoring the dancer


12.00 -12.45    Susan Mayes

Healthy ballet hips


12.45 – 1.30    Lunch                          FOYER


1:30-2:30         Maggie Lorraine

Enhancing and strengthening the range of movement in young dancers’ hips through the GYROTONIC® Hamstring Series.


2.30 – 3.15      Paula Baird-Colt

Intrinsic foot muscle activation and strengthening exercises with the assistance of real time ultrasound imaging


3.15 – 3.45      Liz Hewett

Beyond Dance: Is dance alone enough to develop the young dancer?


3.45– 4.15       Q & A and conclusion


Location: Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, 57 Miles Street, Southbank, Victoria, Australia 3006
Click for map of location

Contact: Maggie Lorraine

Booking can be found here









8:00 – 8:45am             Welcome: Registration and Breakfast


8:45 – 8:55pm             Opening remarks


8:55 – 9:40am             Dancer as Athlete

Vanessa Muncrief, PT; Ballet Austin

9:40 - 9:50am              Q & A


9:55 – 10:40am           Using Rotator Discs to Increase Strength and Endurance in External Rotation in Dancer

 Carisa Armstrong, MFA and Christine Bergeron, MFA; Texas A&M University

10:40-10:50am            Q & A


10:55-11:40am            Motor Control Training for the Dancer’s Hip

Sally Donaubauer, PT, DPT, OCS; Pittsburgh, PA

11:40am-11:50am      Q & A


11:50 – 1:15pm           LUNCH BREAK


1:15 – 1:45pm             Research in Dance

                                    Amanda Clark Tanruther, MFA; Cleveland, OH

Margaret Wilson, PhD; University of Wyoming


1:50-2:30pm                Warming Up in Technique Class

Amanda Clark Tanruther, MFA; Cleveland, OH

2:30-2:40pm                Q&A


2:45 – 3:30pm             Movement Session

Margaret Wilson, PhD; University of Wyoming

3:30 – 3:40pm Q & A


3:45 – 4:30pm             Using a Roller for Myofascial Release

                                    Melissa Hausman, MS, ATC, LAT; Texas A&M University

4:30 – 4:40pm             Q & A


4:40-5:00pm                Closing Remarks


Date: May 6, 2017
Location: Texas A&M University, PEAP Building, College Station, Texas 77843-425, USA

Contact: Christine Bergeron;; 979-845-5025

Booking can be found here









10.00 – 10.30am:        Arrival and Coffee


10.30 – 11.00am:         Keynote Presentation - Speaker to be confirmed


 11.00 – 12.00noon:     Training the Adolescent Dancer: Physiological and Psychological Perspectives

                                         Siobhan Mitchell, University of Bath


12.00 – 12.30pm:         Coffee


12.30 – 1.30pm:           Parallel Sessions:  

                                   Pointework Readiness

                                              Katy Chambers, Royal Academy of Dance  


                                   Resilience and Mental Health

                                               Stella Howard, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance


1.30 – 2.15pm:                                   Lunch


2.15 – 2.30pm:              Creating a safe environment for dance

                                                Mark Rasmussen, Harlequin Floors


 2.30 – 3.30pm:              Panel Discussion – How Do We Support Adolescent Dancers to Dance

                                                Chair:  Rachel Rist, Tring Park School for Performing Arts

Panellists:  Sujata Banerjee (Classical Indian Dance Artist); Hakeem Onibudo (Impact Dance and Changemaker at The Place);

Sarah Lewis (Glass House Dance and DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training);

Tracy Witney (Head of Learning and Participation, Northern School of Contemporary Dance)


3.30 – 4.30pm:                Parallel Sessions:  

                                      Nutrition for the Young Dancer 

Zerlina Mastin, Dance Dietitian and Author of Nutrition for the Dancer


                                      The Widening Role of the Dance Teacher

Tom Hobden, UNIT and DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training


4.30 – 5.00pm:                                   Tea


5.00 – 6.00pm:                Children and Young People Dance Performance

Location: DanceEast, Jerwood Dancehouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich IP4 3DW, United Kingdom
Click for map of location or Click for DanceEast's info page

Contact: Elsa Urmston
Booking: 01473 295230 or via DanceEast website



Elsa Urmston is Chair of the the IADMS Dance Educators’ Committee and a Member of the One Dance UK Expert Panel for Children and Young People.  She is a freelance Dance Educator, based in the UK.

Tags:  regional conference  regional meeting 

PermalinkComments (0)

Presenters at Australia's IADMS Regional Meeting April 2017

Posted By Maggie Lorraine, Thursday, January 26, 2017


The topics presented at the meeting will convey anatomical and medical information to the attendees. Presenters and practitioners will share anatomical and medical information as well as demonstrate potential methods of working with and helping students.


The Regional Meeting will be tailored toward the dance teaching community but it is envisaged that it will also stimulate interest with medical practitioners. The event will be hosted at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) which is the education provider to the Australian Ballet School.


Both of these schools attract dance students nationally and internationally.


Confirmed Presenters:


The Australian Ballet Health Team

Sue Mayes      Principal Physiotherapist.   

Susan Mayes has been the Principal Physiotherapist of The Australian Ballet since 1997. She manages the medical department of The Australian Ballet and treats the diverse injuries of the professional ballet dancer, as well as musicians of Orchestra Victoria. Susan graduated from La Trobe University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) and completed a Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 1996. She has been a collaborator or co-investigator in several ballet-related research projects and published the findings from her research on the hip in ballet dancers as part of her PhD


Paula Baird-Colt        Body Conditioning Specialist.         

Paula Baird-Colt graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, beginning her professional dance career with the West Australian Ballet before joining The Australian Ballet in 1987. After retiring in 2000, Paula retrained in the Pilates Method. From 2001 – 2007 she taught a dance-specific conditioning program at The Australian Ballet School. She is the co-author of the book Body wise: Discover a new connection with your ballet. A member of The Australian Ballet’s medical team since 2007, she works with dancers to help them understand and improve their body management and has developed an innovative approach to conditioning.


Megan Connolly        Ballet Mistress and Rehabilitation Specialist.        

Megan Connelly joined The Australian Ballet in 1991, performing in works such as The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle and Symphony in C. She later followed her passion for teaching and was appointed Assistant to the Ballet Staff. In 1995 Megan left the Australian Ballet but returned to the Company in 2001 as Assistant to Artistic Director and Ballet Coach. In 2009 she was appointed Ballet Technique & Rehabilitation Specialist. Since 2010 Megan has been on the teaching faculty of The Australian Ballet School, and has completed a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Elite Dance Instruction.


Janet Karin              

A former Principal Dancer of The Australian Ballet, Janet Karin established her teaching career in Canberra, devising her own teaching system and training many outstanding dancers, choreographers and teachers. Ms. Karin’s publications include a variety of papers and studies in dance training, dance education and cultural development. She has received awards for direction, teaching and services to dance, including the Medal of the Order of Australia. Dance science research is an important aspect of Ms Karin’s work as Kinetic Educator at The Australian Ballet School. In 2010 she was awarded a Centre of Clinical Research Excellence grant to carry out a study into imagery and dynamic pelvic stability with Professor Paul Hodges, international expert in spine health. This year she is investigating the neuroscience and management of pain, and also the development of movement efficiency in adolescents.



Liz Hewett    Absolute Health & Performance

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator/Exercise Physiologist

Imbalance Massage and Pilates, Pilates Teacher / Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Therapy Consulting Australia, Exercise Physiologist


Fiona Sutherland    Director, Body Positive Australia & The Mindful Dietitian

Fiona Sutherland is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist with a diverse working background including international clinical work, private practice, sports nutrition, corporate consultancy, research & working extensively in dietetic training. Fiona is also an Accredited Sports Dietitian, working with elite athletes, including the young dancers at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne.


Gene Moyle  Head of Dance QUT, Associate Professor

Creative Industries Faculty, School of Media, Entertainment and Creative Arts, Dance

Gene Moyle graduated from the Australian Ballet School and QUT Dance. After having danced with the Australian Ballet Dancers Company and Queensland Ballet, Gene completed a Masters and Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology.


Dana Rader GYROTONIC® Melbourne,             

Grad Dip Exercise Science (Rehab), Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA), GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Specialized International Master Trainer, Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology,


Debbi Fretus                        Innovative Physio,

Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy (MIMT) (AAMT), Level 4 Pilates Practitioner (APMA), Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology. GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Certified Instructor.

Debbi has a vast and varied dance background, from Ballet, Contemporary Jazz, Tap and Character. She has been employed as a professional dancer, teacher, adjudicator and choreographer nationally and internationally having danced with Sydney Festival Ballet, Athens City Ballet, Greece, and CH Tanzteater Zurich, Switzerland. Debbi has taught as a freelance ballet/dance teacher as well as having run her own ballet/dance school in Queensland. 


Professor Jill Cook

Professor in musculoskeletal health in the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia. PhD, Grad Cert Higher Ed, PG Dip Manips, BAppSci (Phty)

Professor, Deputy Director Australian Centre for Research in Injury in Sport and its Prevention

Jill’s research areas include sports medicine and tendon injury. After completing her PhD in 2000, she has investigated tendon pathology, treatment options and risk factors for tendon injury. Jill currently supplements her research by conducting a specialist tendon practice and by lecturing and presenting workshops both in Australia and overseas. 


Chris Swain, Australian Catholic University. Current research: Lower Back Pain in Adolescents

Chris Swain is a graduate of Trinity Laban and has presented at IADMS International Conferences, most recently at the IADMS Conference in Hong Kong.


Dr Sela Kiek-Callan     Contemporary Studies, VCE DANCE, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS)

Sela completed a Master of Philosophy researching site specific performance in 2003 through Coventry and Middlesex Universities in England. Sela is also a sessional lecturer on the dance degree programs at The Victorian College of the Arts and Deakin University. She completed a practice based PhD in Dance in 2011 through Deakin University and remains passionate about her area of research, architecture, the body and dance.


Maggie Lorraine

Vice Chair of the IADMS Dance Educators Committee. Leading Teacher in Ballet, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS). Certified Trainer of GYROTONIC® Level 2, and GYROKINESIS® Maggie joined the Ballet Rambert aged 16 years. Later she danced with The Royal Ballet Company, working with the Covent Garden Company and Touring Companies, London Festival Ballet, P.A.C.T. Ballet (South Africa), New Zealand Ballet and West Australian Ballet Company. On retiring as a dancer Maggie moved smoothly into a full time teaching position at Ecole Classique in Sydney, then later joining the faculty at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) in Melbourne. Maggie has been involved in the accreditation and course review of numerous tertiary institutions both nationally and internationally. In 2007 the Hong Kong Council appointed her as a Subject Specialist for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. Maggie is passionate in her position on the IADMS Dance Educators Committee, with the aspiration of bring the research and knowledge provided by IADMS to the dance community.


For further information please contact:

Tags:  Australia Regional Meeting 2017  regional conference 

PermalinkComments (3)

TaMed Dance Medicine Conference Report

Posted By Richard Gilmore, Wednesday, June 1, 2016

How to begin to capture my impressions of the weekend? The essence of the 13th Congress for Dance Medicine held by the Dance Medicine Organization in Dresden on this past Mother’s Day weekend requires a mental review of the subjects, ideas and movement classes. The fact that so many people were sufficiently captivated to stay indoors while the sun gave Germany a first preview of summer speaks for the event and for the inventiveness of our presenters and organizers. There are always new approaches and new aspects of dance medicine worth lending our ears, but also our bodies and souls.


We got started not with our ears but with our stomachs, as three lectures addressed various aspects of nutrition for dancers. Among other things, we learned that classical dancers have more eating issues than Latin-American formation dancers, that depression can be one of the major predictors of eating disorders, and that we should have more than just a cappuccino for breakfast. While digesting these lectures we also heard that there are different methods of coping with injuries depending upon obsessive versus harmonious passion for dancing and we were introduced to a tool for fascia work to complete the first segment of the Congress.

Since dancers are not known for being especially awake at early hours, it was advantageous to begin the Saturday morning with Andrew Greenwood, who gave us information packed together with a movement “cappuccino”. He transmitted inspiration to get us all involved in a block of lectures mostly on dance with older or disabled people, but also touching on occupational diseases and skin problems. The wide variety of workshops on all three days allowed for individual selections which could give every participant the chance to find desired information on yoga or emotions, on eurythmy or holistic physiotherapy, fascia work or ballet for seniors, just to mention a few possibilities. The only frustration was from not being able to experience all of them.

Fascial therapy seems to have become established as a standard approach for therapy of dancer’s chronic problems. A lecture on its application to the foot, which followed an examination of factors leading to hallux valgus, the pathological bunion joint, addressed the need and possibilities for prevention.


The final segment of the congress began with holistic methods for treating dancers’ injuries, including a method called Wingwave®, which can root out the potentially emotional causes of barriers to performance. The final two lectures headed in a critical direction. While dance medicine attempts to find methods to relieve the pains and to avoid wear and tear from dancing, the world seems to just keep pushing dancers in a direction that is ever more demanding. It could not be determined from where these pressures originate, but the feeling seems to be that dancers are less appreciated as artists and have become more interchangeable, thus can be discarded when broken. While this was not a happy ending, it was cause for all to do some serious thinking.

Tags:  regional conference  TaMed 

PermalinkComments (0)

Beyond Ballet: Why and How? A Conference Report

Posted By Erin Sanchez on behalf of the IADMS Education Committee, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

  Image by Visuele Notulen | Michèle Giebing

On April 16-18th, ArtEZ School of Dance and Balettakademien Stockholm presented BEYOND ballet why and how, a conference "initiated by education, partnered by the dance profession" in Arnhem, the Netherlands. BEYOND's name alludes to the success of the event's predecessor in Stockholm in 2012; Ballet: Why and How?, which focused on ballet technique and its role in professional vocational training for dancers. This year's conference took on the future of dance with a wider view of dance education, training and professional life through five themes: Educational, Artistic, Urban, Preservation and Medicine and Science. Topics were progressively developed over three days through a series of linked lectures, workshops and practical classes, panel and research discussions, and time for open dialogue and debate.

Dance medicine and science were directly discussed in many areas of the conference, with sessions on empirically supported and clinically relevant medical care and the composition and uses of an interdisciplinary team in delivering support and health care for dancers. However, the most inspiring revelation was the continuing and growing appreciation from dancers, teachers, artistic directors and medical professionals of the value of dance medicine and science in every aspect of dance; from physical implications of collaboration between dance and circus, creative implications of research into synchronization in motor control, awareness of nutrition and body image among dancers and the lengthening of dance careers to radical improvement of traditional dance training through research on attentional focus, periodization and emotional intelligence.

Throughout the conference, methods of training, research, leadership and care of the dancer dominated the discourse. Delegates had time to discuss these themes and to hear rich debate and thought about the future of dance as an art form through the lens of these topics. Cross disciplinary dialogues between artists, educators and medical professionals provided safe place to debate change and growth. Further, students from both ArtEz and Balettakademien Stockholm provided a voice of the future by actively participating in every session, raising questions and providing insights. IADMS members Elsa Urmston, Sanna Nordin-Bates, Margot Rijven, Derrick Brown, Adrienne Stevens and Clare Guss-West all shared knowledge and research from their specialist fields.


If you are interested in learning more about the conference proceedings, sessions have been captured in video, articles and blog posts here.


Erin Sanchez, on behalf of the IADMS Education Committee

Healthier Dancer Programme Manager (part-time) Dance UK

Web Resources Administrator Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Medical Website

Dance UK, Unit A402A, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG

Tel: 020 7713 0730 | Mobile: 07838 956 423


Watch videos of the UK's first-ever industry-wide dance conference,

The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, conceived and developed by Dance UK.

Tags:  regional conference 

PermalinkComments (0)

Tring Park and IADMS present: Building a Dancer

Posted By Sarah Beck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On Sunday 10th May 2015 Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, UK, hosted a one day Professional Development Conference for dance teachers, in association with IADMS, entitled: Building a Dancer. An enthusiastic group of dance teachers, ranging from those working with professional and vocational dancers to grass roots community dance schools, gathered together to learn and discuss.

At the start of the day I was able to present a brief overview of the IADMS mission and the work IADMS does to achieve this. Key resources relevant to this group, such as the resource papers and the Bulletin for Dancers and Teachers were highlighted and copies of ‘The Challenge of the Adolescent Dancer’ paper flew off the promotion stand during the following coffee break.

Pictured: Rachel Rist

Former IADMS President, Director of Dance at Tring Park and Conference Organiser, Rachel Rist, gave the first presentation of the day which provided a detailed guide through a complex list of safe dance practice topics for teachers to navigate with a particular emphasis on ‘building a thinking dancer’ rather than an ‘obeying’ dancer. Principles highlighted and examples given were then beautifully demonstrated in practice to delegates who had the opportunity to watch Rachel in action teaching her Year 7 (11-12 year olds) Girls ballet class later in the afternoon. During this class the young students were highly engaged with their learning and went through a process of identifying, problem solving, and reflecting on their own technical and postural corrections through Rachel’s questioning and guidance. A particularly nice idea was asking each dancer to vocalise their ‘big learning’ and ‘small learning’ at the end of the lesson. Personally I found this approach to dance teaching incredibly positive as well as refreshing and inspiring.

Julie Pedrick, Pilates and Rehabilitation specialist at Tring Park, delivered a practical demonstration of some key conditioning exercises with three willing student volunteers. Working through all areas of the body, from the feet up, delegates gained an understanding of the important teaching points in each exercise and how they may be beneficial for their students.

Pictured: Julie Pedrick

After lunch, parallel sessions were offered. I attended a session introducing the teachers to certifications available through Safe in Dance International (SiDI). In this session Maggie Morris and Sonia Rafferty introduced the ten core principles examined by the course, which are drawn from a multidisciplinary examination of dance studio practice. 

Pictured: Maggie Morris and Sonia Rafferty

Alexander McKinven, Physiotherapist and IADMS Development Committee Chair, and Terry Wright, Deputy Director of Dance at Tring Park, talked us through (and demonstrated) the role of the central nervous system and an application of neuroscience in building the technique of dancers, with a particular focus on strategies of motor learning. 

Pictured: Alexander McKinven

With the day finishing with class observations, overall the conference did a fabulous job of bridging theory and practice; transforming all concepts discussed into tangible applications in the dance studio.  I personally now look forward to October 8th for the special interest group day: ‘A Day for Teachers’ at the IADMS 25th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh to continue these discussions!

Tags:  regional conference 

PermalinkComments (0)

Dancer Wellness: Power, Empower and Educate! Mid-Atlantic IADMS Regional Conference

Posted By Janine Bryant and Gayanne Grossman, Friday, May 1, 2015

On April 26th members of IADMS held their first Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference entitled Power, Empower and Educate! at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA. 

Speakers were Megan Richardson of Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, and Gayanne Grossman, Muhlenberg College Director of Dance Wellness and instructor of Anatomy and Kinesiology, Physical Therapist to dancers through the Lehigh Valley Health Network, PA., IADMS Education Committee member and Editor-in-Chief of the IADMS Bulletin for Teachers. The day was moderated by Janine Bryant, Director of Dance Programs, Eastern University, PA., IADMS Education Committee member, and PhD Candidate, Wolverhampton University, UK.

The program included sessions on dance medicine and science topics including: Plyometrics for building power, points on pointe training and readiness and improving alignment through releasing of myofascial restrictions. Delegates also engaged with an IADMS promotional table. Sessions were well attended by dancers, teachers, choreographers, and directors of schools and companies, college students, medical practitioners, and dance scientists; leading to stimulating discussions on dance medicine and science within practical dance settings. Attendees came from as far away as Boston and Virginia.


This conference offered exposure of dance medicine and science to the Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern region of the USA. Conference organizers, Gayanne Grossman and Janine Bryant hope that this event will provide the inspiration for participants to attend the 25th Annual Meeting held within reasonable driving distance from the Mid-Atlantic conference venue in Pittsburgh, PA. this coming October 2015.

Conference Organizers:
Janine Bryant, Tim Cowart and Gayanne Grossman

Tags:  IADMS  regional conference  wellness 

PermalinkComments (0)
Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal