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2008 Annual Meeting – Overview

18th Annual Meeting

Thursday – Saturday, October 23 – 25, 2008
Special Interest Groups Day Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cleveland, Ohio, USA


The 18th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) will be held October 23 – 25, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Special Interest Groups Day will be held October 26, 2008. The venue will be the Intercontinental Hotels Cleveland.

Target Audience
This three-day conference is directed to those involved with the health-care, education, administration and supervision of dancers, including physicians, allied health professionals, alternative healthcare practitioners, psychologists, arts administrators, artistic directors, choreographers, educators, scientists, movement specialists, and dancers.

Upon completion of this conference, attendees will:
1. Gain insights into the causes and treatments of musculoskeletal problems in dancers, as well as strategies for prevention.
2. Enhance their understanding of recent dance science research and its application to the training and treatment of dancers.
3. Develop an awareness of the physiological demands of dance.
4. Enhance their knowledge regarding the psychological issues that affect dancers.
5. Be inspired to move in new ways and to incorporate new techniques into their teaching after participating in a variety of movement sessions.
6. Increase their ability to communicate effectively with other dance professionals, be they dancers, dance educators, dance scientists, movement specialists, or health care professionals.

Special Interest Groups Day
This special one-day conference (Sunday, October 26, 2008) will consist of meetings for specialty groups from the dance medicine and science community.

A Day for Teachers is called 'Dancing: Mind, Body and Soul' and is aimed at giving dance teachers additional strategies for being an effective teacher, using imagery and cueing. Special guest speaker David Howard will deliver a Key Note speech and contribute to presentations.

Doctors Day is to facilitate structured exchange of knowledge and experience, and to foster, establish and maintain friendly and collegial contact amongst dance-medicine interested medical doctors. The day has a focus on orthopaedics and sports medicine and has proven to be a great informal networking event for the national and international dance medicine community.

A Day for Physical Therapists and Other Allied Health Professionals will focus on issues surrounding the dancer’s knee and thigh. The emphasis will be on the exchange of ideas and treatment techniques between physical therapists and athletic trainers, with all allied healthcare professionals welcome.

A Day for Perceptuo-Motor Learning and Dance Kinesiology Teachers is designed to update all interested attendees on the science of proprioception and to offer two practical sessions for integrating somatic-based proprioceptive exercises into the dance classroom.

A Day for Students is aimed at students and recent graduates with an interest in working in the field of dance medicine and science. Topics for the day include exploring research, further training and possible career options, with esteemed IADMS members contributing.

Keynote Panel
Dance Medicine and Science - Past, Present, and Future

Over the past several decades, there has been a dramatic growth in the field of Dance Medicine and Science worldwide. The field has expanded significantly to include a multitude of medical practitioners, dance educators and scientists, dancers, and students. This panel is designed to offer a perspective on the origins of Dance Medicine and Science in the US, a brief synopsis of where the field is today, and perhaps some indicators of where and how it may move into the future. The panel includes Drs. John Bergfeld, William Hamilton, Lyle Micheli, James G. Sammarco, and Carol C. Teitz.

Meeting Committee
Virginia Wilmerding, PhD – Past President and Program Committee Chair
(Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
Steven J. Chatfield, PhD – Executive Director (Eugene, Oregon, USA)
Gary Galbraith, MFA – Chair, Host Committee (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Nancy Kadel, MD – Activity Coordinator (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Donna Krasnow, MS – Conference Director (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Marika Molnar, PT, Lac – (New York, New York, USA)


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