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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.

Helping Dancers Help Themselves

IADMS has begun a new initiative, "Helping Dancers Help Themselves". This range of programming is to offer support, information, and community to dancers, dance educators, researchers, and medical professionals during COVID-19. The programming includes panel discussions and videos on mental health, safe dance practice, and more. Stay tuned for regular updates, to be announced on this webpage and elsewhere.

We also invite you to connect with us on the "Helping Dancers Help Themselves" App Event. On the app you will find an Event Guide for all webinars and panels being offered as part of our series, virtually meet other attendees and post questions to panelists and presenters, and learn more about our supporters and upcoming events. Download CrowdCompass AttendeeHub in the app store (available on iPhone, Android, and tablets) and search for "Helping Dancers Help Themselves" within the "Find your event" field.

IADMS: Performing Artists’ Mental Health and COVID-19—Webinar series

Webinar 1: How is COVID-19 affecting us?
This webinar is the inaugural mental health session for professionals who work with performing artists and, in particular, professional and pre-professional dancers. Drs. Nancy Kadel, Bonnie Robson, and Paula Thomson join the president of IADMS, Mr. Peter Lewton-Brain, and Dr. Lynda Mainwaring for a half hour webinar examining how the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting performing artists, and how we can help ourselves and each other.

Webinar 2: Why am I feeling this way? And what can I do?
Emotions, moods, affect, and feelings that we may experience during the current COVID-19 pandemic and from the pervasive disruptions to our lives are explored in the second mental health webinar. Drs. Nancy Kadel, Bonnie Robson, Lynda Mainwaring, and Paula Thomson join the president of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Mr. Peter Lewton-Brain, to explore theory related to, and evidence-based practical strategies for, mental health and performing artists. They continue to build on the Performing Artists’ Mental Health webinars’ theme: How can we help ourselves and each other.

Webinar 3: Stress and Coping
This webinar explores stressors that dancers may experience in association with COVID-19. Drs. Matthew Grierson, Nancy Kadel, Lynda Mainwaring, Bonnie Robson, and Paula Thomson discuss with the president of IADMS, Mr. Peter Lewton-Brain, how COVID-19 impacts dancers and how the body responds to stressful situations. Strategies for coping with stressful events are offered.

Webinar 4: To Sleep, Perchance to Dream, During COVID-19
This webinar covers key concepts about sleep and its influence on dancers’ health. Dreams, nightmares, and COVID-19 dreams are identified. Dancers are offered strategies to regulate sleep and manage nightmares. Drs. Lynda Mainwaring and Nancy Kadel co-host, joined by experts Drs. Bonnie Robson and Paula Thomson.

IADMS: Safe Dance Practice in Isolation—Live stream panels

Live Stream 1: Safe Dance Practice in Quarantine: A Panel Conversation for Educators, with IADMS and SiDI Leaders • Also available on Facebook
This live panel discussion with IADMS and Safe in Dance International leaders took place on Saturday, 25, 2020, in the IADMS Science for Dance Educators Facebook group. Dance educators of any level and dancers (student, pre-professional, or professional) were invited to join, listen to the conversation, and share their questions with the panelists.

Live Stream 2: Conditioning for Dance during COVID-19: Strength, Power, Endurance, and Speed • Also available on Facebook
This live stream panel discussion occurred on Saturday, May 9, 2020, in the IADMS Science for Dance Educators Facebook group. Hosted by the IADMS's Dance Educators' Committee and moderated by Chair, Ellie Kusner, MSc, guest panelists include Robert Tsai, DPT, Stevie Oakes, MFA, and Nico Kolokythas, PhD.

Live Stream 3: Exploring the Scope of Dance Education During COVID-19 • Also available on Facebook
This live stream panel discussion occurred on Saturday, May 16, 2020, in the IADMS Science for Dance Educators Facebook group. Moderated by Ellie Kusner, MSc, IADMS Dance Educators' Committee chair, with guest panelists Betsy Coker, EdD, MA, Laura Grant, MSEd, and André Megerdichian. This panel will help you consider your new teaching practice through the lens of science. We will discuss education of the dancing body and brain with ideas from neuroscience, improvisation, somatics, and more.

Live Stream 4: Join the conversation LIVE on Saturday, June 6, at 12noon EST (GMT-4) in the IADMS Science for Dance Educators Facebook group. Dance for health educators bring the power of dance to a wide range of populations, all of whom face unique challenges in isolation. What's more, many of these students are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, so while studios around the world cautiously begin to reopen, it is likely that many dance for health teachers will continue to work with their students in a virtual format. In order to support these important educators, this panel invites members of the IADMS Dance for Health Committee to discuss their work during this global pandemic and consider the future of their field. Panelists include Clare Guss-West, MA, Emily Jenkins, MA, David Leventhal, and Åsa N. Åström, and will be hosted by Ellie Kusner, MSc, Chair of the Dance Educators' Committee.


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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IADMS has cancelled its 30th Annual Conference. Click to view letter.

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

World Health Organization
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

Dancing through COVID-19
This podcast offers perspectives on some similar themes, including anxiety, abundant creativity, and strangely, a heightened awareness of community. Panelists include Selina Shah, MD (physician), Amanda Donahue (certified athletic trainer), Jennifer Milner (pilates teacher and ballet coach), Kristin Koskinen (registered dietitian nutritionist), and Dr. Paula Thomson (licensed clinical psychologist).

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, NYU Langone Medical Center
Virtual Injury Prevention Assessments
Free Injury Prevention Assessment program online during the COVID-19 outbreak. Meet virtually with one of our expert athletic trainers for a one-hour, individualized educational session. Call to schedule +1 212-598-6054

Wake Forest Baptist Health
Tips for Dancers While Training at Home
Dance experts from Wake Forest Baptist Health and University of North Carolina School of the Arts discuss common concerns from dancers and students, how to overcome limitations, home workouts including bodyweight exercises for strength and balance, injury prevention and treatment, and how to continue training, staying fit, and staying engaged.

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.

World Health Organization
Mental Health: Strengthening Our Response

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.

The Actors Fund
Emergency Financial Assistance for Dancers
Emergency Financial Assistance for Dancers provides up to $1000 for rent, mortgage or other basic living expense.

The Actors Fund/Career Transition For Dancers
Dancer Info Sessions
Offering online National Dancer Info Sessions on every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.

Creative Capital
List of Arts Resources in Response to COVID-19
This website offers a live stream series, Coping with COVID, as well as an ongoing list of relief funds and philanthropic support in response to the financial impact of the coronavirus.

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: Digital SB Health Classes
The Scottish Ballet's SB Health Classes will be shown daily via Facebook live stream.

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

Online Dance Fitness Training
with Clara Fischer Gam

Personalised stay-at-home fitness programmes for dancers and performers. One-to-one personal training sessions (via video-call) and personalised workout plans (via video-lessons). Price varies.

The Australian Ballet
Digital season- ballets to view free.

The Australian Ballet
Free online adult ballet classes at a number of levels.

Sydney Dance Company Virtual Studio
Many dance styles and sliding cost.

The Dance Collective (Perth Australia)
Online dance classes all ages. Cost variable.

Queensland Ballet
Free online classes.

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