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IADMS 24th Annual Meeting – Overview

Basel, Switzerland

Thursday – Saturday, October 16 – 18, 2014

Special Interest Groups Day Sunday, October 19, 2014

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The 24th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) will be held in Basel, Switzerland from October 16 - 18, 2014. On Sunday, October 19, 2014, 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!

Basel is centrally positioned in continental Europe, on the Swiss, French and German borders, which join together in the middle of the Rhine River. It has a long history of settlement, beginning two thousand years ago with Celtic tribes, followed on by the Romans, and then Germanic tribes, before developing into a major center of the Medieval Age. The first-ever bridge to span the Rhine was built in Basel in 1225, which cemented its position as a trade center. This has continued ever since, and the city has become a major force in international trade fairs and exhibitions. Basel has maintained its medieval character, and is easily discovered on foot or via its efficient public transportation system.

Basel is also a major city for culture, with a thriving music, theatre, opera and dance scene, and with over 30 museums to visit. Dance in Basel, as in most cities in Switzerland, has developed into a major art form over the last 40 years. The Basel Ballet is complemented by a strong independent scene.

The venue is the Stadt-Casino Basel, located in the center of town, close to many restaurants and shops. No, this is not a place to throw away your money. Rather, ‘Casino’ is an outdated German word signifying a meeting or performance space. The presentations and poster displays will take place in two halls and lobbies of the Stadt-Casino: the Hans Huber Saal and the Festsaal. The movement sessions will be held in two gymnasiums just across the road from the Stadt-Casino. Hotels are either within walking distance or just minutes away by tram or bus.

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 Sunday, October 19, 2014 (8 am to 4 pm) for specialty groups from the dance medicine and science community: (1) A Day for Teachers: Training the Complete Dancer and (2) Musculoskeletal Medicine Day. 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, IADMS Webmaster (New York, New York, USA)
Steven J. Chatfield, PhD – IADMS CFO (Eugene, Oregon, USA)
Hollis M. Johnson – IADMS Annual Meeting Producer (Evanston, Illinois, USA)

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Revised 11 Oct 2014

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