On Conferences and Free Agency

The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conducted its 25th annual meeting this weekend in Pittsburgh, rejoicing a quarter century of research and scholarship in a field that, prior to IADMS, had little support or visibility.

To be honest, I don’t know how much support or visibility dance science has today beyond the individuals who are passionate about it, plus, conferences are kind of weird, but that’s not exactly the point of this post.

The net result (for me) of most professional conferences is a laundry list of things I can and should do better, and a chance to engage IRL with people I’ve only read about or seen on the Internet. Being one of those people who is passionate about dance science, a gathering of this magnitude is intensely exciting and energizing. Continue reading