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Flyer for 2016 Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing ArtistsChapman University in conjunction with the Performing Arts Medicine Association presents the 6th Annual Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists Conference

Changing Our Future

September 10th and 11th, 2016
Chapman University
Partridge Dance Center (map)
8:30am – 4:00pm


A dancer stretches while in Pointe shoes

Thanks to a grant from Chapman University and support from the College of Performing Arts, the 6th annual conference is scheduled for September 10th and 11th in the Partridge Dance Center.  The two-day format includes lectures, workshops and posters for Medical Professionals, Educators and Artists in the field of Music, Theatre and Dance.  All information is based upon proven principles and methodologies gathered from current research and is presented by performing arts medicine experts and educators. Arts educators will enhance their teaching skills and develop safe and effective teaching practices.  Medical professionals will be introduced to current research and strategies in caring for the needs of performing artists.

Conference coordinators Robin Kish and Janice Plastino are dedicated to providing a program which becomes the bridge between the artists, educators and medical professionals in the performing arts.  If you have any questions, please contact Robin Kish at kish@chapman.edu.

+ - Call for Abstracts

2016 Flyer - Call for Abstracts2016 Submission Guidelines and Procedures


  • Any research in the area of performing arts medicine--surveys, studies, outcomes--is acceptable.
  • Experience and education models are accepted with defined goals and outcomes.
  • Submissions to review undergraduate / graduate research studies are also being accepted.  An expert panel of seasoned researchers will review study protocols and provide immediate feedback to student researchers.  Please contact Robin Kish kish@chapman.edu for more information.
  • Presentation lengths may vary as the program is designed.  Lectures will range from 15-30 minutes in length and workshops 45–90 minutes in length.
  • Original research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by a research ethics committee [also known as an ethics review board, institutional review board ('IRB'), or human subjects committee].  Select a statement on the submission form regarding your research.


  • Abstracts length is no more than one page upon submission.
  • No names or credentials should be listed on your abstract as they are blind reviewed.
  • Place the title of the paper on top center of the abstract
  • Format in Times New Roman, 12 point font, English, single spaced, one-inch margins
  • Title abstract ( Last name first name 2016 ) i.e. kishrobin2016.doc
  • Save all abstracts in doc or docx file formats
  • Send abstract as an attachment via email to kish@chapman.edu


In the email text for the abstract submission include the following information in the order listed below.

  • Name of author(s) with degree(s)
  • Affiliation
  • City, State, Country
  • Contact information including email address
  • Title of presentation
  • 200 word max bio of presenter
  • Type of presentation: Lecture / Workshop / Poster
  • Request for length of presentation: (keep in mind the amount of time allowed is established by the program committee.  Every attempt will be made to accommodate all accepted presenters)
    • Lecture: 15-30 minutes
    • Workshop: 30-90 minutes
  • Any additional presentation needs such as AV / accompanist / sound / mats
  • Please answer the following question:
  1. My research has been approved by an IRB
  2. My presentation does not require IRB approval

+ - Mission Statement

The Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists Conference is committed to:

  • Bridging the gap between medical professionals, research, and performing arts educators
  • Bringing the science and current research regarding healthy training practices into the classroom at a practical level
  • Expanding community discussion regarding safe practices, training techniques and treatment protocols
  • Educating young artists and educators on prevention of injury through understanding proper use of the body
  • Creating a network of professionals trained and ready to handle the unique needs of performing artists

+ - General Registration Information

2016 Conference Dates: September 10th and 11th

    • Early Bird Registration (until August 31st)
    • Regular Registration (September 1-11th)
  • Registration for 1 or 2 days is available

Early Bird Registration (until August 31st)
2 days: $60, students $30
1 day: $40, students $25

Regular Registration (September 1-11th)
2 days: $75, students $40
1 day: $50, students $30


Recommended lodging near Chapman University campus at the ALO Hotel at 3737 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92868.  Call 1-888-268-7974 or visit their website for reservations.


Chapman University in beautiful Southern California is located in the city of Orange just steps away from the Orange Plaza Historic District and minutes from many world class hotspots.  Please refer to our Maps & Directions page for more information about our campus maps, driving directions, and/or parking information.  Additionally, a campus map (PDF) can be obtained at http://www.chapman.edu/about/_files/maps-and-directions/current-maps/campus-map.pdf

+ - 2015 Conference Schedule


Saturday, September 12, 2015

7:30am - Registration
8:30am-4:00pm - Lectures, movement sessions and posters

Keynote Speaker:

  • Jennie Morton, BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, UCL Honorary Lecturer (MSc Performing Arts Medicine) www.healthyperformers.com
    • Performing Arts Healthcare: Collaboration from Classroom to Concert Hall to Clinic Room (workshop)
    • Beyond Technique: The Science and Art of Communication in Performance (lecture)


  • Christine Bergeron, MFA, Director of Dance
    Carisa Armstrong, MFA, Texas A&M University
    Exercise to Increase Core Muscular Endurance in Dancers
  • Kathleen Colvin, PhD, Founder & Clinical Director Pacifica Psychological Services
    Mindfulness-Based Practices in the Training of Performing Artists
  • Theresa Robbins Dudeck, PhD, Chapman University
    Applied Improvisation: Using Impro Theatre to Improve People Skills!
  • Beatrice Hui, BS, MFA, University of California, Irvine
    Kelli Sharp, DPT, Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine
    The Effects of Auditory and Visual Feedback on Knee Valgus in Jump Landings in Parallel and External Hip Rotation
  • Nancy Kadel, MD, President, Performing Arts Medicine Association
    Pointe Shoe Workshop: Finding the Perfect Fit and Avoiding Injury
  • Donna Krasnow, PhD, California Institute of the Arts
    A Model for Dance Training from a Motor Learning Perspective
  • Justin Krawitz, DMA, Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, University of Northern Colorado
    Piano-Related Pathologies and Their Roots in Beginners’ Method Books
  • Chris Koutures, MD, FAAP, American Board of Pediatrics Certified Sports Injury and Illness Specialist
    Rumors and Realities: Substance Use in Performing Arts
  • Samantha Marcella, BFA, CMP, Associate Bodywork and Massage Professionals
    Ground Reaction Force in Dance
  • Kristen Queen, BM, MM, Texas Christian University
    Empowering and Enhancing Artistic Development with Yoga for Musicians
  • Alexandra Pooley, MSc Dance Science, Texas A & M University
    The Relationship Between Cognitive and Somatic Anxiety in Creativity Among Secondary Dance Students
  • K. Michael Rowley, BS, BA, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California
    Toe Flexor Strength, Flexibility and Function and Flexor Hallucis Longus Tendon Morphology in Dancers and Non-Dancers
  • Janice Ying, PT, DPT, OCS, Glendale Adventist Medical Center
    Erin Hayden, PT, DPT, OCS, USC PT Associates
    Nerve Entrapment Syndromes in the Upper Extremities: A Case-Based Approach to Understanding and Treating Playing-Related Injuries Amongst Instrumental Musicians
  • More lectures and workshops TBA!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

7:30am - Registration
8:30am-4:00pm - Lectures, movement sessions and posters

Keynote Speaker:

  • Rose Schmieg, DHSc, ATC, PT, OCS, CSCS, Director Division of Athletic Training Shenandoah University
    • Lecture: Dance Injuries and a Team Approach


  • John Chong, MD, BASc, MSc, DOHS, FRCPC, FACPM, CGPP, ARCT Medical Director, Musicians’ Clinics of Canada
    Artists’ Psychophysiology and Ergonomic (APE) Analysis
  • Jonathan Pope Evans, MFA, Assistant Professor, Chapman University
    Acting Workshop
  • James Hackney, PT, PhD, Department of Physical Therapy, Missouri State University
    Dance Flooring: Researched Based Recommendations for Rehabilitation, Minimizing Injury, and Increasing Height in Leaps and Jumps
  • Julie Kirchen, Wellness Strategy and Integration Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Wellness
  • Donna Krasnow, California Institute of the Arts
    Dance Workshop: Exploring Limon Technique and Imagery for Alignment
  • Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS
    Dancing with Voice: A Holistic Approach to Training and Performing
  • Michelle Strong, MFA, Instructional Assistant Professor PEAP/Dance, Texas A & M University
    Alexandra Pooley, MSc, Texas A & M University
    A Modern Dance Class Fusing Classical Technique with Muscular Endurance and Strength Acquisition
  • Linnea Thacker, MMus, University of Toronto
    Yoga for Musicians
  • Margaret Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Wyoming
    Jennifer L. Deckert, MFA, Associate Professor, University of Wyoming
    Dance Wellness Week - Educating and Empowering Students; Creating Liaisons with Health Professionals
  • More lectures and workshops TBA!

For more information, contact Robin Kish at (714) 744-7067 or kish@chapman.edu

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2016 Registration Info

Early Bird Registration
(until August 31st)

2 days: $60, students $30
1 day: $40, students $25

Regular Registration
(September 1st-11th)

2 days: $75, students $40
1 day: $50, students $30

Alo Hotel.


Recommended lodging (near the Chapman University campus) is available at the ALO Hotel at 3737 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92868.  Call 1-888-268-7974 or visit their website for reservations.