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IADMS's Response to COVID-19

IADMS's Response to COVID-19:
Coronavirus and Dance Community Resources

As a global organization, we at IADMS are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19. We understand that many are dealing with dramatic changes to their work, school, and community environments. It is vitally important that we as a community do all we can to promote safe and healthy environments during this difficult and ever-evolving situation. We look forward to announcing when we'll be able to make IADMS's in-person program offerings available to all.

In the meantime, IADMS has reached out to many and aggregated resources that we believe will be useful to our constituents.

Planning Ahead

Regional Meetings

At present, IADMS has postponed its live Regional Meeting, Dance + Health: How Can We Use Dance to Improve Health, to be held at the Ginasiano School of Dance, Gaia, in Portugal. We are working closely with the local host committee at the Kale Compania de Danca to ensure that we find the best date in which to reschedule this highly anticipated event. More information soon.

IADMS 30th Annual Conference

The IADMS Board is actively monitoring the situation in Japan relating to the COVID-19 virus and its impact on all live activities planned in the region. We are consulting experts in the field and are weighing contingency options should the need arise. The Board is discussing this matter daily, and we will offer regular updates. We thank you for your patience and flexibility. As always, please review your travel insurance at the time of booking any flights or accommodations.

Supporting our community

It has been encouraging to see the many resources being produced in effort to offer us all a sense of community despite the physical isolation.

Please find various resources below, including podcasts to learn more about the coronavirus, virtual free and subsidized classes and movement sessions for dancers, articles with information on how to dance solo, video links for archived classes and exercises for dancers, and more.

We will continue to add to these resources, so please check-in regularly!

Medical Resources

The Dance Docs Podcasts
Coping with COVID-19: Dance Specific Recommendations

with Kathleen Davenport, MD & Kathleen Bowers, PT

This podcast provides dance-specific support, resources, and hygiene considerations.

Public Service Announcement
Your Doctor Wants You to Block the Drops

A public service message from Washington State Medical Association and the Washington State Hospital Association

ABC News Australia

Daily podcast that provides updates on the medical concerns, confusion, and spreading of the coronavirus

Mental Health Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Manage Anxiety and Stress

Mind: For Better Mental Health
Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Offering guidance for managing anxiety during the outbreak as well as guidelines from the British government to best understand the current restrictions in place.

Weathering the Storm
Offering meditation, sleep, and movement exercises from the Headspace app.

Service Organization Resources

COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resource
This site provides an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

Resources Related to the Coronavirus
This website provides insurance, funding, communications, and other guidance for the performing arts community in the USA.

Dance One UK
COVID-19 Guidance
This site provides regular updates for the dance community in the UK due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Online Dance Classes / Exercises

Dance Church
with Kate Wallich

Livestreaming dance classes
Free; donations welcome

Dance for PD
Dance for PD offers internationally-acclaimed dance classes for people with Parkinson's disease. During this outbreak they are offering online classes and activity archives to the public.

Dance Magazine: No Class Because of Coronavirus? Here's Where You Can Train Online
by Jennifer Stahl

This article provides a number of online dance classes.

Dancing Alone Together
An aggregation of live streaming dance-based classes. Updated daily.
Price varies

Floor-Barre Technique (Ankles)
with Zena Romett

A YouTube video with floor-barre ankle exercises

Pivot Dancer
Offering online sessions, including workouts, Q&A sessions, and dance classes with health care practitioners, strength & conditioning coaches, and professional dancers.
Free sessions on Instagram

Pointe Magazine: 12 Exercises for Stronger, More Supple Feet
with Nancy Kadel, MD

An article for dancers, with images to illustrate foot strengthening and stretching you can do at home

Scottish Ballet Health and Fitness Episodes 1: Core de Ballet
with Gyrotonics Instructor Kate Menzies
A 15-minute exercise routine designed to stretch, tone and energize

The Ballet Spot
Ballet Barre, Cardio Ballet, Conditioning, and more. 45-60 minute live streaming classes

This is How You Meditate
with Yumi Sakugawa
Livestreaming meditation class with unlimited replays
Free; donations welcome

with Ellie Kusner
online Pilates classes
Sliding scale rates available

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