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2009 Annual Meeting – Overview

19th Annual Meeting

Thursday – Saturday, 29 – 31 October 2009
Special Interest Groups Day Sunday, 1 November 2009

The Hague, The Netherlands


The 19th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) will be held 29-31 October 2009 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The 19th Annual Meeting will be followed by Special Interest Groups Day on Sunday, 1 November 2009. The venue will be the renowned Koninklijke Schouwburg (Royal Theatre).

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, 1 November 2009) will consist of meetings for specialty groups from the dance medicine and science community. You may register to attend any Special Interest Groups Day conference even if you do not attend the IADMS Annual Meeting.

A Day for Teachers is called 'The Reality of Teaching' and will explore how teachers might modify their methodology and pedagogy in adapting the "ideal" to realistically match their students' capabilities. Through lectures and demonstrations, forums and discussion, the presentations will look at factors that influence the way we teach, the manner in which we deliver skills training and the impact our teaching approaches have on our students’ learning.

A Day for Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers
will focus on issues surrounding the dancer’s cervico-thoracic spine and rib cage. The format will be lecture/lab with an emphasis on techniques to assess and manage related injuries in the dance population. The course is intended for physical therapists, athletic trainers and similarly credentialed clinicians. Attendees are responsible to conform to and participate in material in accordance with their individual scope of practice. Attendees are encouraged to bring a yoga/Pilates mat and to wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the spine. The exchange of ideas and treatment protocols is anticipated and welcomed.

A Day for Students and Young Professionals
is called 'The Delicate Dance: Combining Academic and Performance Goals' and is designed to provide information and networking opportunities pertinent to students and emerging professionals. Presentations will focus on combining academic and performance career goals. We will highlight the diversity of practice options within the umbrella of dance medicine and science and offer interactive sessions for personal and professional development.

Meeting Committee
Virginia Wilmerding, PhD – Past President and Program Committee Chair (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
Marika Molnar, PT, Lac – (Westside Physical Therapy, New York, New York, USA)
Steven J. Chatfield, PhD – Executive Director (Eugene, Oregon, USA)
Jane Wilson, MS – Conference Staff (Eugene, Oregon, USA)


Revised 21 October 2009


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