The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) is a wonderful resource for dance educators. The mission statement of the organization is: IADMS enhances the health, well-being, training, and performance of dancers by cultivating educational, medical, and scientific excellence.
IADMS is a valuable, highly informative resource that is underused in the private studio sector of the dance industry. The information offered will help you train healthier, happier, and more physically aware dancers.
The site offers a resource page exclusively for dance educators, featuring the following items:
- The IADMS Bulletin for Teachers: This bulletin is published for dance educators. Examples of articles include: Body Image and Mirror Use in the Ballet Class by Sally A. Radell, Lateral Bias in Dance Training by Marliese Kimmerle, and Standing on the Shoulders of a Young Giant: How Dance Teachers Can Benefit from Learning About Positive Psychology by Sanna M. Nordin and Ashley McGill. The articles are complimentary downloads and can be found here.
- Dance Medicine & Science Posters: IADMS offers dance medicine and science posters for purchase.
- Resource Papers: The IADMS’ Resource Papers are complimentary articles that discuss relevant, practical topics regarding dance health, education, and safety. Some topics include: The Challenge of the Adolescent Dancer, Motor Learning & Teaching Dance, Nutrition Fact Sheet: Fueling the Dancer, and Stretching for Dancers.