Rudolf Nureyev Foundation and the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS)

Working together to advance dance medicine and science: Improving online resources and information for dancers and healthcare practitioners


IADMS was formed in 1990. Currently, the mission of IADMS is to “enhance the health, well-being, training, and performance of dancers by cultivating educational, medical, and scientific excellence.”

IADMS membership includes over 900 healthcare professionals, scientists, educators, and artists from over 35 countries worldwide, facilitating professional dialogue across the fields of both medicine and dance.

The Journal of Dance Medicine and Science is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal produced by IADMS, which covers the most recent research in topics ranging from biomechanics to psychology.

IADMS Annual Meetings are held at sites around the world. This four day multi-disciplinary meeting combines a panoply of dance medicine, dance science, and dance education lectures, forums, symposia, posters, and movement sessions with a stimulating social program and also provides continuing education credits for medical delegates. In 2011, over 400 delegates attended the IADMS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, USA. Previous IADMS Annual Meetings have been held in Canberra, Australia; West Palm Beach and Miami, Florida, USA; Stockholm, Sweden; San Francisco, California, USA; Alcalá de Henares, Spain; Tel Aviv, Israel; New York, New York, USA; and London, UK. The 2012 meeting will be held in Singapore and the 2013 meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA.

IADMS provides many resources for dance educators, including resource papers on numerous topics.

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History of IADMS and the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation

Dr Michel Canesi, Rudolf Nureyev’s physician and the man he entrusted with keeping his memory alive after his death in 1993, first approached the IADMS President, Marika Molnar, at the IADMS 10th Annual Meeting, held in 2000 in Miami, Florida, USA. That year, Dr Canesi showed Ms Molnar and Dr David Weiss, the IADMS Vice President, the prototype “Medical Website of the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation.” In 2001, a presentation launching the first medical website devoted to sharing medical information concerning dancers’ health was made at the IADMS 11th Annual Meeting in Spain. Following this, IADMS generously shared conference proceedings from IADMS Annual Meetings to become part of the content for the Nureyev Medical Website. In March 2001, the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation became the first ‘Major Supporter’ of IADMS.

IADMS brings to the partnership expertise in a wide range of sub-specialties of dance medicine and science. It also brings a significant number of resources such as academic publications, information sheets, and research-informed resources for teachers.