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IADMS 25th Annual Meeting - Overview


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Friday – Sunday, October 9 – 11, 2015

Special Interest Groups Day: Thursday, October 8, 2015

How to Prepare Your:

The 25th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA from October 9 - 11, 2015. On Thursday, October 8, 2015, Special Interest Groups (SIG) Day will be held, with special programs available.

Attend the IADMS Annual Meeting and SIG Day and you will: (1) gain insights into the causes and treatments of musculoskeletal problems in dancers, as well as strategies for prevention; (2) enhance your understanding of recent research and its application to the training and treatment of dancers; (3) enhance your knowledge regarding the psychological and nutritional issues that affect dancers; (4) be inspired to move in new ways and to incorporate new techniques into your teaching after participating in a variety of movement sessions; and (5) increase your ability to communicate effectively with other dance professionals, be they dancers, dance educators, dance scientists, movement specialists, or health care professionals. Join your colleagues for this unique multi-disciplinary event!

Like a phoenix, Pittsburgh has truly risen from the ashes of its industrial past.  A former center of steel production in the US, this “rust belt” city has transformed itself into a leader in the “eds and meds” economy.  These days, Pittsburgh is dominated by medical research, top-tier universities and hospitals, and a thriving cultural scene.  The polio vaccine was invented here and the first simultaneous heart/liver/kidney transplant was performed here, but the film industry also has a strong foothold; titles such as Flashdance, Dogma, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Dark Knight Rising were all filmed in Pittsburgh.

The birthplace of both Martha Graham and Gene Kelly, dance is strongly represented amongst all the cultural offerings.  Pittsburgh Ballet Theater anchors the community, and there is a strong presence of contemporary ballet, modern, and hip hop companies.  Graduates of the dance programs at Point Park University, Slippery Rock University, and LaRoche College provide a constant influx of new talent for these companies, and frequently start their own!

We hope you will come see why Pittsburgh has been named a top tourist destination by National Geographic Traveler,, and CBS This Morning. We encourage you to check out to learn more about this amazing city and to plan your trip. 

Target Audience
This three-day meeting (with an optional fourth day – see below) is directed to those involved with the health care, education, administration and supervision of dancers, including physicians, physical therapists, allied health professionals, alternative health care practitioners, psychologists, arts administrators, artistic directors, choreographers, educators, scientists, movement specialists, and dancers.

Continuing Medical Education Objectives
The purpose of this meeting is to increase competence and improve clinician practice in the care of dancers. We specifically anticipate improvements in skills and strategies as follows:

  1. To integrate best practices, including information from the latest evidence- and outcomes-based studies on medical, nutritional, psychological, and musculoskeletal disorders, into daily clinical practice in order to improve health outcomes for the dancer patient.
  2. To actively engage in unfiltered discussions with experts and colleagues regarding the critical challenges in clinical practice, and apply new insights and key concepts towards the goal of improving care for the dancer patient.
  3. To enhance collaboration amongst health care providers of all disciplines, movement specialists, and dance educators in order to improve dancers’ health and well-being.
Special Interest Groups (SIG) Day

Meetings will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 (8 am to 4 pm) for specialty groups from the dance medicine and science community: (1) A Day for Teachers: Maximizing Positive and Healthy Teaching Environments, and (2) Colloquium on Clinical Care of Dancers.  You may register to attend either SIG Day meeting even if you do not attend the IADMS Annual Meeting.

Meeting Committee
Virginia Wilmerding, PhD – Program Committee Chair, IADMS CEO (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
Marika Molnar, PT, LAc – Program Committee Vice Chair, IADMS Board (New York, New York, USA)
David S. Weiss, MD – Program Committee, Continuing Education Committee (New York, New York, USA)
Alexander McKinven, MSc, MSCP – Program Committee, Development Committee Chair (London, UK)
Steven J. Chatfield, PhD – IADMS Membership Director and CFO (Eugene, Oregon, USA)
Hollis M. Johnson – IADMS Annual Meeting Producer (Evanston, Illinois, USA)


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