Trinity Laban staff and students shine a light at IADMS conference

Emma Redding

Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, delivered two presentations and a workshop at the 25th Anniversary Conference of The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) this month.

IADMS seeks to improve the health and fitness of dance practitioners worldwide through cutting-edge research and teaching. This is reflected in their mission statement: ‘IADMS enhances the health, well-being, training and performance of dancers by cultivating educational, medical and scientific excellence.’ Members include dance medicine specialists, dance scientists, educators and performers.

Trinity Laban was well represented at this year's conference, as a large number of current staff members and graduates attended to share their research with other leading dance professionals from around the globe. The conference took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the USA, the home of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Emma Redding delivered presentations on Dancer Aerobic Fitness: Ten Years On and The Role of the Screen at the Clinical Colloquium Day For Doctors, and led a professional development workshop for educators, entitled Putting the Science to Work in a Class: The Importance of Fitness and Conditioning for Dance.

MSc Dance Science Programme Leader Edel Quin’s blog article from July (on behalf of the IADMS Education Committee) on safe and effective practice, performance optimisation and injury prevention was also highlighted for its success, reaching almost 20,000 readers.

Trinity Laban’s Health Physiotherapist Katy Chambers and PhD student Lucie Clements also gave presentations, entitled A study of the efficacy of suboccipital release compared to proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in hamstring extensibility in dancers, and Autonomy, relatedness, competence and the immune response in a ballet and contemporary dance school.

Several Trinity Laban graduates were also in attendance, many of whom (including David Outevsky, Siobhan Mitchell, Sarah Beck and Jillian Descoteaux and others) presented research findings.

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Edel Quin’s blog on safe and effective dance practice can be viewed here: