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Dr Sanna Nordin-Bates wins the 2023 IADMS Dance Educators Award!

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

The SPRINT Project are congratulating Dr Sanna Nordin-Bates for receiving this year's International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Dance Educators Award!

Sanna completed her PhD research under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Cumming at the University of Birmingham in 2006 and is now an Associate Professor in Sport Psychology at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH. Sanna is also an external PhD supervisor, collaborator, and affiliate member of the SPRINT Project.

The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) is a global network of medical professionals, educators, dancers, and researchers. The organisation is made up of several committees that create resources for dance teachers, connect dance and research students, organise regional meetings and represent IADMS on social media. Each year, the IADMS Dance Educator’s Committee honours a special dance educator with the Dance Educators Award for their service to the dance world, research, and their endeavour to apply dance science in their teaching.

Sanna’s extensive work within dance psychology has made her a household name in the dance science world. She recently published a book entitled Essentials of Dance Psychology, which you can find out more about here. Not only an expert within topics such as perfectionism and imagery in dance, Sanna is also the initiator of a dance psychology network, a course for dance teachers, and a research supervisor at PhD and Masters level. She currently co-supervises two SPRINT Project PhD Researchers, Michelle Schachtler Dwarika and Emma Morgan, who you can find out more about on our About Us page. Sanna’s eye for detail, extensive knowledge concerning anything dance psychology related and passion for psychology has touched many lives and will continue to do so in the future.

The SPRINT Project are very lucky to work with Sanna and congratulate her on this amazing achievement!


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Written by Michelle Schachtler Dwarika, PhD Researcher in the SPRINT Project and Dr Sally Reynard, Research Associate in the SPRINT Project.

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