Happy August! Everyone is hopefully enjoying the last few weeks of summer, and gearing up for the fall…..especially dance teachers!
If you are in the Southern California area, here’s information about a one day conference you won’t want to miss:
“Healthy Approaches in the Training of Dancers: Maximizing Peak Performance”
The event is co-sponsored by Chapman University College of Performing Arts and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA – www.artsmed.org), and organized by two of my Dance Medicine Colleagues – Robin Kish, MS, MFA, who is Dance Faculty at Chapman University, and Dr. Janice Plastino, PhD, Professor Emeritus at University of CA-Irvine – and one of the founders of dance medicine. It is aimed especially at teachers (but dancers and students are welcome as well!), and will be a not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn new information to integrate into your program this fall, and to connect with other professionals in the dance / dance medicine world. The fee is $50 or $25 Student.
Some specifics on what will be offered:
“This gathering will focus on healthy training, awareness and care of injuries. The information will be based upon proven principles and methodologies gathered from current research. This conference is geared toward educating teachers to improve teaching skills and safe practices. All levels and types of dance education will be targeted including the private studio, public and school dance programs, community college and university programs.
The keynote speaker is the noted psychiatrist, Dr. Bobbie Robinson, M.D., DPsych., DCP, ,FRCP(C) from Canada, an expert in the psychological issues of dancers. She is joined by special invited faculty Larry Rosenberg, Artistic Director of the Anaheim Ballet; Leann Alduenda, Artistic Director of the DeFore Dance Center; Robyn Moss, M.S., R.D., O.C., Nutritionist, and Brooke Winder, P.T.
We will be offering lecture and movement sessions which include teaching safe advanced ballet and jazz techniques and specified time devoted to good dance nutrition, fitness, stretching techniques, and discussion on when referrals to medical professionals are necessary. A question and answer session is included.”
For additional information on the conference, contact Robin, at kish(at)chapman.edu, or call 714-744-7067 (Side Note: Robin will be one of our upcoming featured Guest Contributors to the Dance Wellness Column :):)
Enjoy the rest of your summer, and don’t miss this one-day conference !! “Talk” to you soon 🙂 —
Jan Dunn, Editor, Dance Wellness