The Adolescent Dancer – IADMS Regional Meeting in UK

On Friday 26 May 2017 there is an IADMS  Regional Meeting in UK. The day focuses on The Adolescent Dancer.  Continue reading

Lectures from the champion dancer or the champion dancer’s coach?

LeapingIt interests me that in dance it is often the case that a current champion or successful competitor is booked to give a lecture to dance teachers or their students. And why is this? Do current champions know how to help others become champions or is it more likely that they just know their own experience of how they became champions? Continue reading

International Dance Medicine & Science Conference


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The 26th Annual IADMS Conference will be held in Hong Kong in October 2016. Following the main IADMS conference, is a Day for Teachers where presentations and movement sessions focus on applying new knowledge and understanding to the teaching of dance. There are often panel discussions where teachers are encouraged to share their own experiences and discoveries. These Day for Teachers, events offer teachers a lot of potential development in one day.

A lot has happened since 1999

Since 1999, when I joined IADMS, so much has happened in the field of dance medicine and science. And this progression has enhanced and furthered my own professional development time and time again. In addition to IADMS related events, there are the publications, resources and the extremely valuable networking with other industry professionals. I have travelled around the world attending IADMS Conferences from UK visiting various countries around Europe, USA and even Australia. And I have been privileged to present aspects of my own work at a number of these international conferences. Some of the Powerpoint slides of these presentations are available to download for free from the downloads page at ethicsdance.

For many years I have also been involved with one of the committees of IADMS. We started out as the Member Relation Committee and now we are the Development Committee. A key task for the Committee is to encourage support for IADMS in the dance medicine & science world, the dance teaching and education world, in the fields of bodyworkers and movement specialists working with or who want to work with dancers and all who have an interest in the health and wellbeing of dancers.

Supporting IADMS

If you are part of a dance teaching organisation that you think would benefit from a relationship with IADMS then why not ask them if they support IADMS? I am very happy to provide information to organisations who want to know more about supporting IADMS. Just put them in touch with me or give them this website address.

Membership of IADMS

Membership of IADMS is available to anyone actively connected with the healthcare, education, administration and supervision of dancers and/or is a member of the dance community.

There are many benefits of membership of IADMS including:

  • increase your knowledge of dance medicine and science and add a new dimension to the care of the dancers that you work with.
  • Network with other professionals in the field.
  • Receive the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science which is the official publication of IADMS and individual members (not corporate, schools or companies) also receive free access to JDMS articles online.
  • Quarterly email newsletter.
  • Receive a discounted registration rate when attending IADMS conference.
  • Receive discounted rates for various publications available from IADMS online shop.

You can find more information about joining IADMS and the associated benefits here.

Journal of Dance Medicine & Science (JDMS)

The Journal is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, scientific journal, indexed in MEDLINE. Dance teachers/educators, who are members of IADMS receive the printed journal as part of their membership as well as free online access. JDMS can be subscribed to by institutions for their libraries.

JDMS aims to provide members/subscribers with one source for up-to-date information from a whole range of topics covering every aspect of dance medicine and science.


Being a member of IADMS for about 17 years now, has given me a wide variety of opportunities to develop aspects of my knowledge, skills and understanding about many areas directly and indirectly related to the learning and teaching of dance. Furthermore, I have had some wonderful CPD conversations* with industry professionals from the field of dance medicine and science and education. In fact it was one such conversation at my first IADMS with Julia Buckroyd, author of the wonderful book The Student Dancer, Emotional Aspects of the Teaching and Learning of Dance, that encouraged me to continue my studies by doing a PhD. Not only did this come to being but Professor Julia Buckroyd (now Professor Emeritus) became one of my two supervisors for my PhD. I can truly say that a CPD conversation can lead to valuable continuous professional development.

I have enjoyed many CPD conversations connected to IADMS since that one back at the beginning of my relationship with IADMS. And a lot of learning and development has emerged from these CPD conversations. Networking with industry professionals and encouraging CPD are vital aspects of what IADMS has to offer.

If you are not familiar with IADMS and the IADMS website why not take a look around it today to see what it has to offer?

*conversations where active professional development occurs or directly leads to professional development.






Dance Psychology Conference

attractive young healthy caucasian womanI am going to the dance psychology conference in Birmingham on Friday 29 November 2013: Beyond the body: Psychological tools for performance enhancement and well-being in dance

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On Balance: Panel Discussion with artists and scientists


This looks like a very interesting session for dance teachers to attend. I am hoping to go myself – I have a particular fondness for the De La Warr Pavilion as I ran social dance classes there for a number of years and on fabulous, warm sunny evenings we would dance on the terrace outside – a wonderful setting close to the sea. Lets hope the weather is kind so we can enjoy being outside on the roof terrace for this panel discussion.

Saturday 21 July 2012 at 6.30pm at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex

Quentin Cooper (presenter of BBC Radio 4’s weekly The Material World, the UK’s most listened to science programme) will chair this special event taking place on the De La Warr roof terrace in proximity to Richard Wilson’s Hang on a Minute Lads, I’ve got an idea… 

This lively chat-show style debate will consider the physiology of balance and poise, including discussion of the aesthetic qualities of sport/ dance (grace and presence) before moving on to consider neurological skill development in athletes.  Featuring a dance performance by Subathra Subramaniam, and contributions from neuro-scientist Morten Kringelbach, Rambert’s scientist-in-residence  Nicky Clayton, as well as dance-scientist Elsa Bradley and Everything Flows artists susan pui san lok and Dryden Goodwin, the discussion will be followed by an opportunity to meet the speakers.

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions), including a complimentary glass of wine

Booking & Information: Book online or telephone 01424 229 111


Free dance specific healthcare for dancers

On Monday evening (30 april 2012), after the conference on nutrition and disordered eating in dance, I was one of over 200 dance professionals celebrating the launch of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS). The aims of NIDMS include providing all dancers access to high quality, evidence-based, dance specific healthcare and dance science services.

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You are what you eat

I received a link to an online article that grabbed my attention as it discusses eating disorders in ballet companies and the perils of discussing it openly.

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Nutrition and disordered eating in dance – some thoughts from the conference

This one day symposium organised as part of the Healthier Dancer programme, by Dance UK was held at the Royal Society of Medicine at 1 Wimpole Street, London. A great venue and auditorium for this type of event. And it was really good to see so many from the dance world interested in this vitally important topic. Lots of useful information was given by the eminent presenters looking at the topic from a variety of perspectives.

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Conference: Nutrition and disordered eating in dance

The full conference title is:-

Nutrition and disordered eating in dance: Artistry, athleticism and the role of the multidisciplinary support team

Date: Monday 30 April 2012    Venue:  Royal Society of Medicine, London W1G 0AE

The event is a Dance UK, Healthier Dancer Programme Conference.

I am looking forward to attending this conference. The text below about the conference is copied from the promotional email sent out.

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