2004 Business Meeting Minutes
Special Interest Group Meeting
International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Annual
San Francisco, California
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- The purpose of this meeting was to provide teachers
of Dance Kinesiology with an opportunity to discuss topics culled
and evolved from a conference of Dance Kinesiology teachers held
at the University of Utah in May, 2003. The topics are summarized
according to several questions that were posed in the agenda for
the meeting. Other topics arose as well.
Do we want
to schedule a separate conference to address topics of special interest
to Dance Kinesiology teachers? If so, how often, when, where, and
for how long?
The sense of the group
was that there are already too many conferences to attend and that
the meeting of this special interest group should, for the time
being, be piggy-backed on other professional meetings. IADMS, PAMA,
NDEO, and CORD were mentioned as possibilities.
The meeting concluded
with a mixed sense regarding what to do for the coming year. Some
thought we should arrange only a business meeting during at the
IADMS Annual Meeting in Stockholm next year while others thought
we might want to try to do something more. (A small group met informally
later in the annual meeting to discuss organizing an all-day event
for Dance Kinesiology teachers at the 2005 IADMS annual meeting.
Also, we have received an invitation from IADMS to hold a similar
event at the 2005 annual meeting, if we would like to do so.)
When we do
meet again, what topics should be considered and in what form?
The group strongly favored
whole-group participation activities to presentations by a few to
a relatively passive audience. The emphasis should be on sharing
ideas including teaching and dancer assistance strategies. Group
brainstorming should be the main focus. A round-table sharing of
course syllabi might be a reasonable extension of the forum discussion
of what Kines Teachers should be teaching that was held just prior
to this business meeting.
There was some discussion
of arranging an event to gather together Dance Kinesiology teachers
in Europe and it was agreed that a Kines teacher from that part
of the world should play a major role in organizing the meeting
to be sure it is tailored to European interests. Reetta Ronkko offered
to play that role. Of the 25 meeting participants, 23 favored trying
to arrange an event at the IADMS annual meeting in Stockholm in
Some suggested that the
need to accommodate university travel funding requirements might
be negotiated by hosting panel discussions where several individual
participants could be identified as presenters, but the discussion
would be open to more than the panelists once brief, initial presentations
Several questions arose
during the discussion. Some might be used to focus discussions at
future meetings of this special interest group. Who are we and what
do we address? How many of us are there? What are our needs, wishes,
interests? What does dance kinesiology include? How does it relate
to other dance sciences? What is our purpose? Who is our audience?
What can dance teachers offer to Kines teachers?
Someone suggested that
while the dance sciences, including Dance Kinesiology, have made
significant inroads into Modern Dance, they have not generally been
embraced by teachers of Ballet. It was suggested that Ballet has
been slower to accept application of the sciences because it is
more emersed in tradition. Ironically, some also felt that IADMS
seems to emphasize work with ballet dancers.
& Access to Resources - How can we best communicate and share
ideas regarding the concepts of dancer wellness among ourselves?
How can we do the same for our students and promote these concepts
to others involved in serious dance training?
There was substantial
interest in collecting, organizing, and making available on the
web information relevant to Dance Kinesiology. These might include:
Annotated bibliographies describing textbooks, videos, CDs, DVDs,
illustrations, and other anatomy/kinesiology tools; study guides;
practice quizzes; screening protocols; teaching outlines for great
classes; web links like those in the Structural Kinesiology textbook.
Possible model web pages include: Dr. Sholls, Nureyev Foundation,
and Primal Pictures. Several also expressed an interst in having
access to a chat room and to threaded discussions. Resources like
these should be available to teachers and students of Dance Kinesiology.
Someone thought the IADMS web site might soon have some of the functionality
needed to support such activities. Apparently, Yahoo also tries
to facilitate the formation of virtual communities by sponsoring
on-line chat rooms.
A first step seems to
be the collection of resources from those who teach Dance Kines.
Jane Baas and Eva Powers have expressed interest in working on such
a project. David Weiss, IADMS web master and Donna Krasnow, IADMS
Listserve manager, might be helpful in the endeavor.
- How can we disseminate dance medicine and science information
to people who are not enrolled in university dance programs?
There was some discussion
about how to reach beyond university dance programs to disseminate
the information to dancers and teachers who are not part of university
dance program. The Australia workshops may provide a useful model
for stimulating interest in dance kinesiology. Could we organize
something like Dance Medicine on Tour? Perhaps we could
work through syllabus organizations such as Cecchetti and Vaganova
societies. Could we sponsor participation in the convention circuit?
Someone said that once you get invited to address an organization,
the teachers are receptive. These interests, of course, overlap
the charge of the IADMS Education Committee.
for dance teachers who do continuing education work might be another
avenue. Kent State offers a certificate program for studio teachers
that includes a dance science component. Cal State Long Beach does
something similar. NDEO (National Dance Education Organization)
has a National dance registry that could be helpful in this connection.
Not all university dance
programs have sufficient dance science components in their curricula.
The NASD (National Association of Schools of Dance) accreditation
process values the teaching of anatomy and kinesiology skills ,
but few university programs are accredited and the standards are
somewhat general. Is there anything we might be able to do to refine
the standards and to help more dance programs adopt them, whether
or not their program is accredited?
It was pointed out that
many dance programs are housed in community colleges which do not
support faculty attendance at conferences. Can we do anything to
help CC teachers receive the support they need to become involved
with professional organizations?
We’re all so busy;
how will we move our group forward? Several people volunteered to
Plan Special Insterest Group Program ‘05– Jane Baas,
Pam Geber, Reetta Ronkko, Kista Tucker, Janet Karin, Tom Welsh (liason
with IADMS board)
Create Dance Kinesiology resources site – Eva Powers, Jane
Build a list serve – Shannon Sterne, w/ help from Jane Baas
Arrange for IADMS special interest group status – Tom Welsh
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