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Healthy Approaches Conference, Sept. 6 & 7, 2014Chapman University in conjunction with the Performing Arts Medicine Association presents the 4th Annual Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists Conference

Medical Issues and Applied Practices

September 6th and 7th, 2014
Chapman University
Partridge Dance Center (map)
8:30am – 4:00pm


Thanks to a grant from Chapman University and support from the College of Performing Arts, the 4th annual conference will continue to present lectures, movement workshops and poster sessions addressing the specific needs of artists in Dance, Music and Theatre.  All information is based upon proven principles and methodologies gathered from current research and is presented by performing arts medicine experts.  This conference is geared toward teachers, professional and pre-professional performing artists, students in athletic training and physical therapy programs and medical professionals in the performing arts.

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

Registration is available for one or both days.  Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend both days to benefit from the extensive range of knowledge presented.  Lunch is provided both days if registered by September 1st. Chapman University faculty and students are free if registered by September 3rd.

+-Conference Schedule

Download the 2014 Conference Schedule (pdf)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Richard Gibbs, MD Dance Medicine

Invited Faculty:

  • Christophe Jackson, PhD Music and Hearing Loss
  • Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS Voice/Movement Training for the Actor

Saturday, September 6, 2014
8:30am-4:00pm - Lectures, movement sessions and posters

Sunday, September 7, 2014
8:30am-4:00pm - Lectures, movement sessions and posters

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

+-Conference Presenters

Keynote Speakers:

  • “The Relationship Between Training and Injury in the Arts” Richard Gibbs, MD
  • “Mythical Disconnects: Two Voices and a Body” Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS
  • “Training the Whole Instrument” Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS
  • “Music and Hearing Issues” Christophe Jackson, PhD


  • “Dances’ Dirty Little Secret: The Spread of Infections on the Dance Floor” Margo K. Apostolos, PhD, USC Kaufman School of Dance
  • “Reconceptualizing the Treatment of Music Performance Anxiety:  The Five Source Model” Patrick Gannon, Ph.D.
  • “Bio-Mechanical Markers as indications of Physiological Stress in Performing Musicians: 2 case studies” Dr. Nancy Lee Harper University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • “Confronting the Cognitive Components of Musical Performance Anxiety” Joann Kirchner, Ph.D., Temple University 
  • “Performing Arts Medicine for the Adolescent Performer” Chris Koutures, MD
  • “Marathon Musicians” Cindy Munday, PT, MPT, University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems
  • “Collaborative Models for Musicians Wellness” Ruth Kasckow MFA, Licensed Andover Educator, Martha Paterson OTR/L, CHT


  • “Using Pilates to support Ballet Technique” Laurie Abramson, MA
  • “Treating the Ankle and foot” Art Ando, DPT  
  • “The Calming Clinic: Successful Auditions & Performances in Spite of the Nerves” Kathline Colvin, PhD 
  • “Getting Your Mojo Working Better” Darcia Dexter, Feldenkrais, Bones for Life
  • "Fitness for Actors" Jonathan Pope Evans, MFA   
  • “Living Corporeality: Contemporary Dance As a Practice of Freedom“ Holly Johnston, MFA  
  • “How Body Mapping Can Reduce Injury and Improve Performance” Ruth Kasckow, MFA, Flutist and teacher, Licensed Andover Educator
  • “Mindful Movement” Samantha Marcella, BFA, CMP 
  • “Hip-Hop Technique” Rob Tsai
  • “Healthy Movement for Dancers“ Brooke Winder, PhD
  • "Rehearsing in The Zone:  How to collaborate effectively with peers" Maria Cominis
  • "C-I Training Workshop for Dancers" Donna Krasnow

+-Call for Proposals

The Program Committee has created a call for abstracts for the 2014 conference. Researchers, educators, artists and medical professionals are encouraged to submit proposals that address the medical issues and / or applied practices in Dance, Music and Theatre.  Abstracts may be research or education based with goals and objectives clearly illustrated.  Proposals may include a lecture, movement workshop or poster presentation.


  1. Submissions must be made by April 21st, 2014 following the submission format.
  2. Guidelines and policies to follow:
    • The purpose of the presentation is to educate attendees; no commercial interests are permitted.
    • One paper is to be presented per author - a co-author may submit an additional abstract and follow the guidelines presented here.
    • All accepted presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference.


  1. Notification of acceptance or denial for abstract submissions will be made by May 1st. Email is the preferred method of contacting you.  If email is not available to you, please provide a telephone number.


  1. Letters will be provided to abstract presenters for use in securing funding, upon request.
  2. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to expand their abstract (up to a maximum of four pages) to provide a fuller explanation and resources for attendees and for inclusion in the conference compendium. 


  • Saturday, September 6, 2014
    • 8:30am-4:00pm - Lectures, movement sessions and posters
  • Sunday, September 7, 2014
    • 8:30am-4:00pm - Lectures, movement sessions and posters


  • Registration opens June 1st
  • Early registration EXTENDED UNTIL August 8th
  • Regular registration after August 8th
  • Registration for 1 or 2 days is available
  • Lunch is guaranteed for attendees registered by September 1st.  After September 1st lunches are not guaranteed.

Recommended lodging near Chapman University campus at the Ayres Hotel at 3737 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92868.  Call 1-888-268-7974 or the website at www.ayreshotels.com for reservations.

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Early Bird Registration
(EXTENDED to August 8th)

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

Regular Registration
(after August 8th)

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

Chapman faculty & students are free if registered by September 3rd.

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