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2011 Annual Meeting – Overview

21st Annual Meeting

Thursday – Saturday, October 13 – 15, 2011
Special Interest Groups Day Sunday, October 16, 2011

Washington, DC, USA


The 21st Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) will be held in Washington, DC, USA from October 13 -15, 2011. Meeting activities and sessions will be held at the Sheraton National Hotel located in nearby Arlington, Virginia, USA. On Sunday, October 16, 2011, two special programs will be held: "A Day for Teachers” and "Musculoskeletal Medicine Day.”

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Target Audience
This three-day conference is directed to those involved with the health-care, education, administration and supervision of dancers, including physicians, physical therapists, 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 musculo-skeletal problems in dancers, as well as strategies for prevention.
  2. Improve competence in the identification of physiological impacts of dance.
  3. Enhance their knowledge regarding the psychological issues that affect dancers.
  4. Integrate newly acquired clinical knowledge into their own areas of expertise based upon their participation in movement sessions.
  5. Increase their ability to communicate effectively with dancers, dance educators, dance scientists, movement specialists, and health care professionals.

Special Interest Groups (SIG) Day
Two programs will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2011 for specialty groups from the dance medicine and science community. You may register to attend either SIG Day even if you do not attend the IADMS Annual Meeting.

A Day for Teachers, Supplementary Training: Fitness for the Dancing Body, will focus on a variety of approaches to training beyond the dance class. Through lectures and movement sessions, teachers will learn about methods to enhance strength, flexibility, cardio-respiratory endurance, balance and coordination, and how to improve alignment and motor patterns for dance practice.

Musculoskeletal Medicine Day will offer a series of in-depth lectures by experts on selected topics of current interest in dance medicine. The conference is aimed at all health care practitioners who care for musculoskeletal problems in dancers, including orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, rehabilitation medicine physicians, osteopaths, podiatrists, chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic trainers, massage therapists, acupuncturists, somatic practitioners, Pilates instructors, and other allied health professionals. Ample time will be allotted for discussion and the exchange of ideas amongst delegates and speakers.

Meeting Committee
Virginia Wilmerding, PhD - Program Committee Chair, IADMS Board Member (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
Marika Molnar, PT, LAc - Program Committee Vice Chair, IADMS Treasurer (New York, New York, USA)
David S. Weiss, MD - Program Committee, IADMS Webmaster (New York, New York, USA)
Nancy Kadel, MD - IADMS Board Member (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Anthony Luke, MD - CME Activity Chair (San Francisco, California, USA)
Steven J. Chatfield, PhD - IADMS Executive Director (Eugene, Oregon, USA)
Jessie N. Newell, BS - IADMS Conference Director (Eugene, Oregon, USA)


Revised 2 May 2011



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