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Committee Chairs

Committee Chairs

Andrea Kozai, MSc, CSCS

Chair, Development Committee

Andrea Kozai is a freelance ballet and modern dancer and owner of Virtuoso Fitness, LLC, a consultancy offering wellness teaching and training for dancers and dance instructors. Andrea received her BS with a double major in Exercise Science and Dance from Skidmore College, and earned her MSc (Distinction) in Dance Science from the University of Wolverhampton. Her research interests include quantifying daily workloads in dancers and determining optimal conditioning methods for injury mitigation and performance enhancement. She attended her first IADMS Annual Meeting in 2002, and was the 2004 Student Research Award recipient. Since then she has presented at numerous Annual Meetings and has been published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and the Bulletin for Teachers. Andrea's service to IADMS began in 2005 as a founding member of the Student Committee, and has included co-chairmanship of the Student Committee, membership of the Development Committee, and chairmanship of the 2015 Host Committee. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Elsa Urmston, MSc

Chair, Dance Educators' Committee

Elsa is a dance educator, having worked in the dance sector for the last 20 years. She currently works as the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training Manager in the UK, combining this with lecturing in higher education at undergraduate and postgraduate level, mostly at London Contemporary Dance School. She is also an assessor for Safe in Dance International. Her interests span dance performance and training, pedagogy in formal education and community settings, dance science and the impact of dance on health and wellbeing. Elsa’s research focuses on positive psychology, with a particular emphasis on flow, having written for numerous peer-reviewed journals and dance industry magazines. She has also presented at a range of national and international conferences including for IADMS over the last seven years. Elsa acts as a freelance consultant with organisations such as Youth Dance England (now One Dance UK), dancedigital (now Dance Network Association) and Hampshire Dance, evaluating the impacts of dance on health amongst children and young people. Previously she has worked as Course Leader/ Programme Manager at a range of Higher Education Institutions including University of Bedfordshire (writing the MSc Dance science programme there), Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and University of Suffolk. As well as acting as Chair for the IADMS Dance Educators' Committee, she leads the Education Sub-Committee developing resources for the IADMS blog and social media. Elsa also sits on the One Dance UK Expert Panel: Children and Young People and is a member of National Centres for Advanced Training in Dance Partnership.

Alexander McKinven, PT, MSc

Chair, Program Committee

Alexander McKinven trained at The Arts Educational School in London, UK, in musical theatre. He has combined a career performing professionally with a career in physiotherapy, gaining his postgraduate MSc from King’s College, London.  Alexander has been involved with IADMS since 1997.  At the IADMS Annual Meetings, he has presented on several occasions including topics from his master’s research based on the work of Dr. Marijeanne Liederbach on the biomechanical effect of shoe heel height on jump landing in female dancers.  He is an enthusiastic advocate of the dance science and medicine community and currently works as one of a team of physiotherapists at the Royal Ballet School in London (UK) where his role involves educating and implementing dance science into the school’s curriculum, aiming to produce informed and healthy dancers.

K. Michael Rowley, BS, BA

Chair, Promotion Committee

K. Michael Rowley is a PhD Candidate in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Michael is from Lancaster, PA, USA, and completed dual degrees in Exercise Science and Biological Sciences with a minor in Dance from the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA. Michael has performed with local modern and post-modern dance companies in Lancaster, Newark, and Los Angeles, including Cobalt Dance Company, Nova Dance Company, and the Rudy Perez Performance Ensemble. Michael's research at USC includes his dissertation work investigating the role of conscious motor processing on trunk control during dynamic balance as well as ongoing Kulig Lab Group projects developing and testing non-surgical prevention and treatment of tendinopathies in dancers. Michael has been a member of IADMS since 2011 and has served on the Promotion Committee for multiple years as the IADMS Blog Coordinator.

Frances Clarke, MSc

Chair, Publications Committee

Frances Clarke is Senior Lecturer and the Course Leader for BA(Hons) Dance at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and a member of the Research Centre for Sport Exercise and Performance. In a performance career spanning over three decades she worked as a dancer in the UK and abroad and as Artistic Director of Springs Dance Company. In education, she has founded and led a number of dance departments in the UK (secondary and FE), and been an advisor for the BBC, Birmingham Royal Ballet Education, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Centre for Advanced Training, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge. Originally trained at Arts Educational Schools, she gained a BA(Hons) in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban, London. Following her interest in dance science, she received an MSc (Distinction) in Dance Science from the University of Wolverhampton and is currently a PhD candidate at that institution, looking at balance within dance populations. Frances’s research interests focus primarily on the application of dance science to enhance dance training and performance. In particular, she is interested in the development of balance testing and training for dancers. Other research interests include performance enhancement, the effects of dance footwear on stability, the use of performance profiling, imagery and self- talk in dance training and performance, and performance enhancement mentoring for professional teachers and artists. Frances regularly presents her research at international conferences and has presented original research at the last seven IADMS Annual Meetings, winning the President’s Prize for Poster Research in 2007. She was on the host committee for the 20th IADMS Annual Meeting in Birmingham, UK. She has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal papers in Medical Problems of Performing Artists and the International Journal of Sports Medicine. Frances is a reviewer for International Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, and Research in Dance Education.

Jatin P. Ambegaonkar, PhD, ATC, OT, CSCS

Chair, Research Committee

Dr. Ambegaonkar is the Director of the Sports Medicine Assessment, Research, and Testing (SMART) Laboratory, Coordinator of the Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (EFHP) Graduate Program, and Associate Professor in the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at George Mason University, Virginia, USA. Dr. Ambegaonkar is a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and occupational therapist. His research interests include dance medicine and science and injury prevention during physical activity. Dr. Ambegaonkar is an associate editor for the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science. His research has been published in multiple journals including Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Journal of Athletic Training, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Work, Dance Research Journal, Journal of Orthopedic Research, Sports Health, Isokinetics and Exercise Science, Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Journal of Allied Health. Dr. Ambegaonkar has presented his research and has been invited to speak at multiple regional, national, and international conferences.

Siobhan Mitchell, MSc, MRes

Chair, Student Committee

Siobhan trained as a dancer at Ballet West in Scotland before going on to complete a BA Hons in Dance Studies at the University of Roehampton, an MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and an MRes in Health and Wellbeing at the University of Bath. Awarded a full ESRC studentship in 2014, Siobhan is currently in the final year of her PhD studies at the University of Bath. Her research interests are in growth and maturation; specifically, psychosocial implications of differing maturity timing in young dancers. Siobhan works as an associate lecturer and also delivers educational sessions for dancers and dance teachers on the topic of growth and maturation. Siobhan has been a member of IADMS since 2011 and has been on the IADMS student committee since 2014. Siobhan has presented at a number of international conferences including IADMS conferences in Seattle and Pittsburgh, the IADMS regional meeting in Ipswich, the Royal Academy of Dance Conference "Dance Teaching for the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation" in Sydney, Australia, and the British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Conference in Aberystwyth, UK. Siobhan has published works in academic journals including the Journal of Adolescence and the Journal of Sports Sciences and was recently shortlisted as a finalist for the Ede and Ravenscroft prize for best postgraduate research student at the University of Bath.

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