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Chapman 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.

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2016 Conference Schedule


Saturday, September 10, 2016

7:30am – Registration

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

8:30-10:15am - Keynote Speakers

  • Nancy Kadel, MD, Past President, Performing Arts Medicine Association
    • Communication in Arts and Medicine
  • Jeffrey Russell, PhD, AT,FIADMS, Assistant Professor, Athletic Training, Ohio University
    • Role of Athletic Training in the Performing Arts
  • Reena Gupta, MD, FACS, Director of Voice and Laryngology, Osborne Head and Neck Institute, Los Angeles, California
    • The Voice from Pediatric to Geriatric

10:15-10:30am – Poster Break

10:30-10:45am – Young Performers

10:45-11:15am - Presenters

  • Jennifer Leff, LCSW, Director MusiCares East Region
  • Jennie Morton, BSc(Hons) Osteopathy, MS and Robin Kish, MFA, MS, Associate Professor in Dance. Panel Discussion Life Span of an Artist

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch

1:00 – 3:30pm – Concurrent Presentations / Workshops

  • Joanna Cazden, MFA, MS-CCC, Voice & Speech Therapist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    • Metaphorical Language in Training Vocal Skills: A Qualified Scientific Defense
  • Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Western University of Health Sciences, Allegro Physical Therapy
    • 76 Trombones and More: The Medical Care and Coordination for a Drum and Bugle Corp
  • Lauren Yeoman, MFA, The Voice Foundation, Southern California Chapter, VASTA
    • Vocal Athlete Cool-down for Professional Voice Users: The Pleasure Principle
  • Katherine Schulz, BFA, BS, University of Wyoming
    • A Comparison of Body Fat, Energy Level and Diet in Performing Arts Majors
  • Rachael Greenwell, BFA, University of Wyoming
    • Comparison of Kinematic Differences in Dance Movements with and without Support: Grand Plie
  • Karolin Krell, M.Ost, MSc, University College London
    • Rest and Sleep Behaviours of the Performing Artist
  • Carisa Armstrong, MFA and Christine S. Bergeron, MFA, Texas A&M University
    • Using Art and Anatomy Tools to Enhance the Range of Motion in the Hip Joint

3:30-4:00pm – Community Open Dialog in Dance and Music

Sunday, September 11, 2016

7:30am – Registration

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

8:30-10:15am - Keynote Speakers

  • Joanne Smith, PhD, PT, OCS, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Chapman University
    • Spines and Performing Artists
  • Clea P. Tucker, PT, DPT, Director of Performance Medicine Synergy Performance, Inc.
    • Challenges Facing Artists & Medical Staff On Tour
  • Christine Bergeron, MFA, Texas A&M University / University of Wolverhampton, UK
    • Pilates and Its Effectiveness on Dance Training: A Systematic Review

10:15-10:30am – Poster Break

10:30-12:00pm – Presenters

  • John Paul Chen, BS and Leigh Schanfein, MS, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries NYU Langone Medical Center
    • Elite Dancers and Cross-Training: Correlation Between Self-Reported Pre-Season Cross-Training and Both Seasonal Injuries and Perception of Fatigue
  • Margaret Wilson, PhD and Jennifer L. Deckert, MFA, University of Wyoming, Department of Theatre & Dance
    • Addressing Technique Class Scheduling Challenges in a Collegiate Dance Program
  • Nefeli Tsiouti, MA, MSc, Project Breakalign, London, UK
    • Evaluating the Relationship Between Fatigue, Pressure and Weight Distribution on the Upper Limb in Breakers
  • Susannah LeMarquand, MA, MFA, Assistant Professor of Dance, The University of Tampa
    • Combining Pedagogies: Creating Smarter Dancers
  • More lectures and workshops TBA!

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch

1:00 – 4:00pm – Concurrent Presentations / Workshops

  • Natalie Imrisek, MSPT, CSCS, FrameWork Physical Therapy
    • Exploring and Understanding Turnout Through a Movement Session
  • Nefeli Tsiouti, MA, MSc, Project Breakalign, London, UK
    • Project Breakalign
  • Brooke Winder, PT, DPT, OCS, Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach
    • Dance, The Core, and the Pelvic Floor: Considerations for Optimal Pelvic Floor Health in Dancers
  • More lectures and workshops TBA!
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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

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Recommended lodging (near the Chapman University campus) is available at:

ALO Hotel
3737 W Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92868.

Call 1-888-268-7974 or visit their website for reservations.