» Robin Kish
Associate Professor

College of Performing Arts; Department of Dance
Robin Kish
Office Location:
Partridge Dance Center 111
Phone:
714-744-7067
Email:
Education
California State University, Fullerton, Bachelor of Arts
California State University, Fullerton, Master of Science
University of California, Irvine, Master of Fine Arts
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Biography
Robin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at Chapman University. Robin blends her background in dance and science to creative innovative educational programs supporting the development of safe and effective dance training programs. As a teacher trainer for Balanced Body she incorporates the work of Joseph Pilates in the training of dancers. She has presented research and developed education lectures for the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). She has sponsored 6 regional PAMA conferences and in 2018 will host the 36th Annual PAMA International Symposium at Chapman University. In 2013, she developed and continues to teach the first online dance kinesiology class for the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). She serves on the US Advisory Board for Safe in Dance International (www.safeindance.com) and is on the Dance Wellness Panel for www.4dancers.org. Her recent paper The Invisible Injury: Supporting the Recovery of Dancers with Concussions was published in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She has recently co-authored two books with colleague Jennie Morton. The Embodied Dancer: A Guide to Optimal Performance is a first of its kind interactive ibook now available on itunes and amazon. The second edition of Dancing Longer Dancing Stronger: A Dancer’s Guide to Improving Technique and Preventing Injury will be published through Princeton Books in late 2018. Current research includes the effectiveness of Structural Integration on the performance of dancers. A former modern dancer and a product of the private studio / competition environment, she is passionate about bringing dancer wellness and safe teaching practices to the industry.
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Sixth Annual "Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists: Changing our future"
Kish, R.L., and Koutures, C. The Invisible Injury: Supporting the Recovery of Dancers with Concussions, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. Publication date October, 2016.
Kish, R.L, Mainwaring, L, Anagnoson, J., Grossman, G., Lee, S, and McLean, D., "Integrating Performing Arts into School Curriculum". Invited presenter for the "Tuning the Athlete and Performing Artist for Optimal Health and Performance" Conference held at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory Toronto, Canada.
Fifth Annual "Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists: Medical problems and applied practices."
"Dance Kinesiology & Applied Teaching Practices" course creation for the National Dance Educators Organization Professional Development Institute.
Kish, R.L, Johnson, E., and Plastino, J.G., "The Teacher of Dance: Environment, Injury prevention, standards and history." Presentation and conference proceedings National Dance Educators Organization Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
Fourth Annual "Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists: Medical problems and applied practices."
Kish, R.L., Mobility vs Stability: Goals for Dance Training, California Dance Educators Association News. Nov 1,2014.
Kish, R.L. and Cruz L.E, "Concussions in Athletes and Artists." Invited presenter for the "Tuning the Athlete and Performing Artist for Optimal Health and Performance" Conference held at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory Toronto, Canada.
Kish, R.L. "Beyond the artistry. Competition and bullying in the performing arts." Presentation and conference proceedings Performing Arts Medicine Association, Snowmass, Colorado, 2013.
Kish, R.L. "Managing concussions in a collegiate dance program." Paper presentation and conference proceedings International Associaton of Dance Medicine and Science, Seattle, Washington, 2013.
Third Annual "Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists: medical problems and applied practices."
Kish, R.L., Performance Survival Tips. California Dance Educators Association News. Oct 1,2013.
Kish, R.L. "Intensity and diversity of music played in class may have severe hearing consequences." Paper and presentation at the National Dance Educators Organization Conference, Los Angeles, California, 2012.
Second Annual "Healthy Approaches in the Training of Dancers: Maximizing Peak Performance", developed, organized and produced a unique conference designed especially for dance educators interested in improving the health of young dancers they train. Conference was developed in a collaborative effort with Janice Plastino, PhD, emeritus professor University California Irvine.
Kish, R.L., "Competition Dance: Maximizing Peak Performance Part I." Published August 9, 2012, from http://www.4dancers.org
Kish, R.L., "Competition Dance: Maximizing Peak Performance Part II." Published August 21, 2012, from http://www.4dancers.org
Kish, R.L. and Galbraith, G. "Assessing dance exposure rates in two university settings using a email based exposure tracking system." Conference proceedings International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Washington D.C. 2011.
Kish, R.L. "Noise induced hearing loss in dancers." Conference proceedings International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Washington D.C. 2011.
First Annual "Healthy Approaches in the Training of Dancers", developed, organized and produced a unique conference designed especially for dance educators interested in improving the health of young dancers they train. Conference was developed in a collaborative effort with Janice Plastino, PhD, emeritus professor University California Irvine.
"Epilepsy Benefit Dance Concert" Produced and choreographed the concert performed in the Waltmar Theatre, January 2011.
"What happened to the left leg?" Conference proceedings International Association of dance Medicine and Science, England 2010.
"Functional Footwork" organized and produced a workshop for dance educators focused on lower leg issues. This workshop was a collaborative event with local performing arts medicine experts Dr. Chris Koutures and Dr. Art Ando.