Trinity Laban welcomes staff appointment to Presidency of prestigious international dance science group

Dr Emma Redding from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance was recently appointed as the President of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). IADMS enhances the health, wellbeing, training, and performance of dancers by cultivating educational, medical, and scientific excellence.

Outgoing President Dr Tom Walsh, told the Washington conference that they had a great new President in Emma: "You have all heard of her achievements and I believe she will be inspirational."

Emma thanked Tom for his support: "Tom has been a great mentor and I have admired his professionalism, integrity, honesty and modesty; and also his perseverance to continue with an initiative which he believes is right for the organisation.

"I now hope to harness the energies and ideas of members so we can look for ways to raise the profile of IADMS and extend our reach, making the organisation even greater than it already is."

Emma was previously Deputy President of IADMS and served on numerous committees. She will serve as President for two years.

Mirella Bartrip, Director of Dance at Trinity Laban, welcomed the news: "This appointment demonstrates the high profile reputation Trinity Laban Dance Science has earned, in what is a hugely competitive industry.

"And as Emma becomes President, we can also congratulate Trinity Laban MSc graduate, Lucille Marshall, for winning the 2011 IADMS Student Researcher Award.

"The strength of our teaching staff, the quality of research and the academic rigour we insist upon are some of the ingredients that have led to such success for our students and staff over the years."

Notes to editors

Dr Emma Redding

Emma graduated from Laban (now Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) in 1993 with a BA Hons Dance Theatre degree and gained her Masters in Sports Science at the University of Essex in 1999. She has danced professionally for a number of modern dance companies, and is now Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban. Emma's research interests include training methodologies, injury incidence and prevention, developing interdisciplinary screening programmes, pedagogical considerations in technique class, and the physiological requirements of training and performance.


The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) was formed in 1990 by an international group of dance medicine practitioners, dance educators, dance scientists, and dancers. Membership is drawn equally from the medical and dance professions, and has grown from an initial 48 members in 1991 to over 900 members at present world-wide, representing 35 countries.

For more information, contact Susie Haywood, Trinity Laban Communications, 020 8305 9349, [email protected].

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