top of page
  • Writer's pictureSPRINT project

SPRINT Project says Ciao to the 34th IADMS Annual Conference!

This week we are very excited to celebrate conference abstract successes within the SPRINT Project team! 

Prof Jennifer Cumming and PhD Researchers Maria Kolitsida and Emma Morgan were recently informed that abstracts they have written have been accepted for presentation at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) annual international conference. This year the conference will be held in Rimini, Italy, from the 17th to the 20th of October.

Image description: An infographic that states ‘presentations coming soon’ followed by details of the IADMS annual international conference dates and location.

IADMS is a global network of medical professionals, educators, dancers, and researchers who are committed to promoting best practice and health for all dancers and using dance to improve health outcomes.

Over the course of the 4-day conference, Jenn, Emma, and Maria are looking forward to sharing their research with over 150 conference delegates who are world-renowned professionals in orthopaedics and sports medicine, dance education and academia, mental health, somatics, and dance for health. They are also excited to find out about research conducted by other leading experts in dance science and medicine and take time to explore the beautiful surroundings of Rimini.

Keep reading to find out about the research that the team will be presenting at the IADMS conference!


Jenn will be presenting research on the views, practices, and challenges of UK dance organisations in creating a safeguarding culture, with a focus on understanding safeguarding and abuse prevention issues and current related practices and procedures. This work was conducted with other SPRINT Project team members including Dr Grace Tidmarsh, Dr Georgia Bird, Maria Kolitsida, and Erin Sanchez.


Maria will be presenting her PhD research which focuses on how dance teachers in private dance schools respond to self-harm in their students, and their related support needs. This work was conducted with other SPRINT Project team members and University of Birmingham researchers including Erin Sanchez, Prof Jennifer Cumming, and Dr Anna Lavis, and is funded by an ESRC DTP collaborative PhD Studentship in partnership with One Dance UK and the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS).


Emma will be presenting her PhD work which focuses on the relationship between self-compassion, mental illness symptoms and mental wellbeing in dance students within higher education. This work was conducted with other SPRINT Project team members including Dr Mary Quinton, Dr Sanna Nordin-Bates, and Prof Jennifer Cumming, and is funded by a University of Birmingham PhD Studentship.


Interested in finding out more about the work that the SPRINT Project have done in dance science? You can find out more about the current landscape of dance safeguarding and abuse prevention by checking out this blog post and viewpoint, and learn about the experiences of freelance dancers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in a blog post written by Maria.

To keep up to speed with the SPRINT Project, sign up to receive our blog posts direct to your email inbox by using the sign-up form below!


Image credit: Professor Jennifer Cumming & Canva.

Written by Dr Sally Reynard, Postdoctoral Researcher in the SPRINT Project.

24 views0 comments


bottom of page