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5 Questions With Amanda Clark

Posted By IADMS Student Committee, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Our next featured member in the “5 Questions With…” column is our Student Committee Chair, Amanda Clark. Her areas of interest include dancer wellness, health, and education. Amanda will be graduating from Case Western Reserve University with an MFA in Contemporary Dance this May.

-How did you first get interested in dance science/medicine?

I chose to read Sally Fitt’s Dance Kinesiology textbook for a free reading assignment in my sophomore English class and once I finished the book I went to my favorite Science teacher and said “I know what I want to do when I grow up. I want to be a Dance Medicine Specialist.” He looked at me and said “What does that mean?” and I responded “I’m not quite sure. I’m not quite sure how I’ll get there, where I should study or what I should study, but I’m going to make it happen; I’ll call you when I do.” I loved dancing and knew I couldn’t stop doing what I was passionate about, but also had a passion for science and said “Yes! This is it!” I’ve been enjoying every step of my professional journey since that day.


-Are you currently participating in research? Can you give us your elevator pitch about your research area?

I presented the current iterations of my research that I have been participating in for the past two and a half years at the Annual Meeting in Basel, Switzerland. I hope to continue to finesse my study on attitudes and perceptions related to wellness screening and plan to publish in the future. My research is qualitative, and I am ever-curious about environmental & cultural effects on dancers’ attitudes and perceptions related to various health and wellness activities.


-Which annual meeting has been your favorite so far and why?

My favorite annual meeting was the 22nd Annual Meeting in Singapore. It will always hold a special place with me because it was my first experience as an IADMS member. I had heard about the organization through my undergraduate studies and always looked forward to the opportunity to join, attend the AM, and to hear what others in the field of Dance Medicine & Science are doing. It helped me realize how wide-spread yet close the community is. I was able to meet other student members, make new connections, and pick professionals’ brains. The innovations, findings, and studies that were presented helped me figure out what pathway I want to go down as a professional. 


-What is the best thing about being a student member of IADMS?

Being able to connect with and network with such a range of intelligent and creative individuals is great. Having resources available like the Educational Opportunities Document, the forums on the IADMS website, and social media connections to other students and young professionals from around the world make me feel like if I have any questions, want to connect with another student for research, or anything else I might need, I can get answers, discussion, and connected.


-What would you say to a student thinking of joining IADMS?

You should definitely join IADMS. The benefits are wonderful, the people are kind, the presentations at the Annual Meetings are inspiring, and the student committee is ever-helpful.

If you are interested in the Student Committee and its initiatives, contact us at

Special thanks to the “5 Questions With...” sub-committee, Andrea Alvarez and Siobhan Mitchell.

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5 Questions with Claire Low

Posted By IADMS Student Committee, Monday, February 9, 2015

The Student Committee would like to introduce “5 Questions With…” a column designed to give students an opportunity to share something about themselves, their research, and their involvement with the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). Our first featured member is Claire Low, recipient of the Student Research Award in 2014 at the 24th Annual Meeting in Basel, Switzerland. She graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University and is currently a physiotherapist at Singapore General Hospital. Her areas of interest include dance injury, injury prevention, and Pilates for dancers.


-How did you first get interested in dance science/medicine?

My love for dance started early; I was in baby ballet by the time I was 3 years old. Over the years of training, I realized that I was restricted and had difficulty executing a number movements such as turn out. My dream to continue classical ballet was dashed when an examiner told my dance teacher that I was not a suitable candidate during one of the vocational examinations. Heartbroken, I went to the local library to do research on why my body was "different." It was then I stumbled upon Karen Clippinger's book "Dance Anatomy & Physiology." I learned that my physical limitations were structural and not because I did not work hard enough. Where I trained, anatomy is usually not taught or explained during dance class. There also are not any screening protocols to assist teachers and students in assessing their functional capabilities before pursuing dance. It was then at 14 years old that I decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy, which would allow me to work with dancers to promote understanding about their own bodies and prevent dance injuries through education. 


-Are you currently participating in research? Can you give us your elevator pitch about your research area?

I am currently working on writing up a publication of my research "Effects of supplemental training on fitness parameters in dancers: A Critical Review and Meta-analysis," which was presented at the Annual Meeting. The review aims to update dancers and practitioners about what current studies recommend on the type and duration of supplemental exercise, versus normal dance training, in improving fitness parameters like muscle strength and endurance capacity in ballet, contemporary, and modern dancers.


-What is the best thing about being a student member of IADMS?

Having access to the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science at a reduced rate! It helped me a lot with my dissertation, as most of the articles I used were published in JDMS and my university did not subscribe to it.


-What has been your favorite IADMS experience?

Meeting the authors of my critical review in person at the Annual Meeting.


-What would you say to a student thinking of joining IADMS?

Don't hesitate to join! Use the resources, especially JDMS, to broaden your knowledge. You also get to attend the Annual Meetings at discounted rates, which allows you meet other like-minded students as well as network with lecturers in the dance community. 


If you’re interested in the Student Committee and it’s initiatives, contact us at Special thanks to the “5 Questions With” sub-committee, Andrea Alvarez and Siobhan Mitchell. 

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Getting involved in IADMS! - A Student Perspective

Posted By Sarah Beck, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I attended my first IADMS annual meeting in Birmingham, UK. I remember being too scared to approach esteemed researchers and practitioners didn’t have the confidence to ask questions following presentations. I remember hoping that in the future I would be more confident and wanted to be much more involved in the association. I had applied to be on the student committee and just after the Birmingham meeting was delighted to hear that I had been elected as the Chair. I have received a great deal of support and encouragement from IADMS staff, Board members, and other committee chairs and have been able to develop the student committee under this.

Committees perform invaluable work on behalf of IADMS, ranging from designing the academic program for annual meetings, producing and translating educational resources to gaining supporters and fundraising. A common aim of all of this work is to continually expand the association and increase our reach within the wider dance, scientific, and medical communities. The student committee in particular works across a range of initiatives to ensure that IADMS continues to foster and develop the next generation of dance medicine and science practitioners, to secure the future advancement of our field.

Committee work is a fantastic way to become more involved in IADMS and to work with amazing colleagues from all over the world. For students in particular, I wouldn’t underestimate the potential of this for networking and personal and career developing experiences. From being a shy student in Birmingham, to presenting in Washington DC, and moderating in Seattle, it hardly does it justice to say that my personal confidence has grown and that I have had enriching experiences through my IADMS committee work. There is plenty of opportunity for all IADMS members to be involved (on some level) with committee work so my advice would be consider what you could contribute and GET INVOLVED!

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