Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, co-chaired the program committee this summer for the 30th anniversary of the “Medical Problems of Performing Artists” symposium in Snowmass, Colorado. This international symposium had a record number of attendees, with presenters from all over the world. Honorees for this year included Jacques d’Amboise (a dancer with New York City Ballet and founder of National Dance Institute) and Cho Liang Lin (concert violinist). In addition to co-chairing this symposium, Professor Kish mentored seven undergraduate research students who presented five unique research projects: Natalie Iscovich (’13), Kristen Robinson (’13), Molly Myers (’13), Emily Duncan (’13), Keila Halili (’13), Taryn Kau’iliani (’13), and Samantha Sobash (’12).
In other dance news, the 2nd Annual “Healthy Approaches in the Training of Dancers” conference was held at the Partridge Dance Center in August. Co-directors Professor Kish and Janice Plastino, Ph.D., professor emeritus of dance at the University of California Irvine, brought in physical therapists, dance educators, a psychologist and a nutritionist to present. The keynote speaker, Bonnie Robson M.D., is an expert in dance psychology and has spent her career working with dancers in Canada. This year’s conference had over 50 attendees and promises to grow into a larger event each year, possibly expanding the scope to include medical and training issues related to music and theatre.