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2006 Special Interest Groups: A Day for Teachers

16th Annual Meeting: October 19 - 22, 2006
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

(Updated September 20, 2006)

A Day for Teachers:

Dance Teacher’s Survival Guide: The Healthy Dance Teacher

8:15-9:00 am Welcome: Registration and Refreshments

9:00-9:15 am Opening Remarks
Virginia Wilmerding, PhD, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Karen Potter, MFA, Associate Professor and Director of Dance, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

9:15-9:25 am On degenerative changes in the mature dancer/teacher.
Ruth Solomon, Professor Emerita, Certified Medical Assistant, University of California, Santa Cruz, California, USA

9:25-10:45 am Our moving bodies.

Risk factors for teachers. Peter Lewton-Brain, DO, MA, Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, France, University of Nice, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Modalities for preventing injuries: Focus (another word for awareness of oneself in the present). Marika Molnar, PT, Lac, Westside Dance Physical Therapy, New York, NY, USA

Musculo-skeletal/biomechanical challenges for dance teachers: Assessment, management, care-seeking. Gayanne Grossman, PT, EdM, Temple University, Philadelphia, and Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

10:45-11:15 am REFRESHMENT BREAK

11:15 am-12:00 pm Our psychological health.

Creating self: Self-perception and skills for managing self and stress. Lynda Mainwaring, PhD, CPsych, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Harnessing energy through meditation. Brent D. Anderson, PhD, PT, Polestar Pilates, Miami, Florida, USA

12:00-2:00 pm LUNCH BREAK

2:00-3:00 pm Our body-mind connections - Movement sessions.

1) Somatic practices for our holistic lives: Pamela Geber, MFA, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

2) Imagery and conditioning for the (busy) dance educator: Eric Franklin, BS, BFA, Institute for Franklin Method, Uster, Switzerland


3:30-4:30 pm (1) The multi-tasking teacher: Introduction to round table discussions.
Sonia Rafferty, BA, MSc, Laban, London, UK
Sonia Rafferty, BA(Hons), MSc, Laban, London, UK

Round table discussions:
The emerging teacher: Dispelling myths and finding healthy practices.
Marliese Kimmerle, PhD, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

The teacher as performer: Management of personal physical needs.
Jan Dunn, MS, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA

The teacher as creative artist: Personal goals versus institutional demands.
Arlene Chertoff, MS, Dance Therapy, Efrat, Israel

The teacher as administrator: Networking ideas and managing resources.
Margot Rijven, Coordinator of Dance and Health, de Theater School, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Karen Potter, MFA, Associate Professor and Director of Dance, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

The teacher as listener: Performance enhancement strategies for stress management for students and teachers.
Bonnie E. Robson, MD, FRCP(C), Cherry Valley, Ontario, Canada; Linda Hamilton, PhD, New York City Ballet Wellness Program and The Ailey School, New York, New York, USA

The maturing teacher: Demonstration practices and transitioning.
Janet Karin, OAM, The Australian Ballet School, Melbourne, Australia

(2) Movement session:
Staying mobile: Daily preparation for the teacher's body and mind.

Donna Krasnow, MS, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

4:40-5:00 pm The wonders and joys of teaching dance.
Janice Gudde Plastino, PhD, University of California at Irvine, California, USA

Program subject to change.


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