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Director of operations

Leigh Ponniah, MA, MSc

Leigh Ponniah, MA, MSc, joined IADMS in 2016 as its Director of Development. Since then she has been promoted to Director of Operations, taking on a larger role in managing all aspects of the organization’s programming and membership. Leigh works with the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs to develop new avenues of growth for the organization to ensure its sustainability and financial stability. Prior to joining IADMS Leigh spent 10 years at the NYU Langone's Harkness Center for Dance Injuries as a Program Coordinator for Education and Marketing. There she developed a number of educational programs for the dance and medical community, provided lectures and workshops on the topic of kinesiology and injury prevention in dance, and helped to increase visibility of the Center. Leigh received her MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, U.K in 2006, and in 2012 she graduated with an MA in Performance Studies from New York Univeristy’s Tisch School of the Performing Arts. Leigh has a number of national certifications in fitness training through National Academy of Sports Medicine, KettleBell Concepts, and Athletics and Fitness Associates of America. She has also served on the Board for the New York State Dance Educators Association, and presented her research at a number of international conferences, including American College of Sports Medicine, National Dance Education Association, and IADMS.

Programming & Marketing Specialist

Sutton Anker, MSc

Sutton Anker has a strong passion for teaching: dance technique, dance science/wellness, and creative movement classes for all ages and abilities. Her interest in dance medicine and science began at the University of Wyoming where she earned her B.F.A. in 2013 in Dance concentration of Science. Throughout her time at Wyoming, Sutton participated in and co-coordinated various dance science research projects, while also spending time on the stage both during her four years and post-graduation. Her performance resume includes The Nutcracker, Power/Full and Duet from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Cinderella: From the Ashes a ballet, and various other ballet, contemporary, modern, and vertical dance pieces.

In 2015, Sutton graduated with her Masters of Science in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, U.K. In the course of her Master’s program, Sutton worked in Trinity Laban’s Learning and Participation Program teaching both children’s classes and a creative movement class for individuals with brain injuries, and co-directed HeadStart, a research study on the effects of creative movement class on children’s resilience.

As a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), Sutton has presented two of her mirror research studies including her Master’s thesis, An Investigation of Pedagogical Rationales for Current Mirror Use in a Ballet Technique Class at the 2016 IADMS conference in Hong Kong. She is now on staff with IADMS as the Annual Conference Producer Assistant.

Sutton’s personal and academic interest in pedagogy and advocacy for safe dance practice is what drew her to be a Safe in Dance International Registered Provider, teaching safe dance practice to dancers, teachers, and parents throughout the U.S. Alongside teaching dance technique at a local studio, Sutton is a BASI Pilates instructor educating and working with individuals, and dancers, on their personal wellness. In 2019, Sutton joined IADMS as the Program and Marketing Specialist to assist teams across the organization to plan, coordinate, and implement successful conference programming and marketing campaigns.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Journal of Dance Medicine & Science

John Solomon, PhD

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Journal of Dance Medicine & Science

Ruth Solomon

As a performer Ruth Solomon has appeared on and off Broadway, on television, and in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. She was for many years a permanent member and solo dancer with the Jean Erdman Dance Theater. Ms. Solomon has choreographed more than sixty works in her unique version of the modern dance idiom. From 1967 to 1970 she was assistant director of the dance program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. After 1970 she headed the dance program that she established in Theater Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, until her retirement in 1995. Her highly successful teaching technique has been documented in an hour-long video, Anatomy As a Master Image in Training Dancers. Her research has produced articles in such medical journals as The Physician and Sports Medicine and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, in all of the major dance and sports medicine periodicals, and chapters in numerous books. Her most extensive publications are Preventing Dance Injuries (Second Edition, 2005), and East Meets West in Dance: Voices in the Cross-Cultural Dialogue. The latest book, Dance Medicine & Science Bibliography: Sixth Edition, covering the literature in the field for the last 53 years and containing over 3775 citations, became available in 2014. She was the National Dance Association’s Scholar of the Year for 1992, Dance Professional of the Year in 1998, and Heritage Honoree in 2003. She was a charter member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She has edited the Proceedings for the association’s 2003-2009 Annual Meetings. In 2003 Ms. Solomon became a Certified Medical Assistant.

EDITOR, IADMS Newsletter

Peter Lewton-Brain, DO, MA

Born in London but raised in East Africa and the United States, Peter trained as a dancer at the School of American Ballet and with Margaret Craske in New York City. After performing with various American companies he became a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Portugal and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo where he preformed the major roles in both the classical and neo classical repertory. He taught the men’s division at the Princesses Grace Dance Academy, and still teaches at the École Supérieure de Danse Cannes, Rosella Hightower. He has additionally taught dance history, anatomy and ballet at the European-Institute of Technology and the University of Nice. His studies include a BA from the State University of New York, an MA from the University of Nice, both French and Swiss Degrees in Osteopathy (DO) and training in Pilates Rehabilitation. Along with a private practice in Monaco, working closely with the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, he is the resident osteopath at the Princesses Grace Dance Academy. In 2006 he founded the Association Danse Médecine Recherche (ADMR) in Monte-Carlo and in 2010 the association Dance Environment Santé in France that has created a Dancer’s Health Clinic that serves the region from Marseille to Cannes. Speaking Italian, French, Portuguese and English his articles have been published in Dance Now, Danza & Danza, Dance Magazine, Tanz, the JDMS and the JSSM. He has served five terms as a Member-at-large of the Board of Directors of IADMS. He was the newsletter editor from 2009-2014, resuming this position in 2016.


Jacqueline Dimmock, MSc, BA (Hons)


David Allen

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