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Dance Science Symposium 2020 - POSTPONED

University of Massachusetts Amherst

College of Humanities & Fine Arts

Department of Music & Dance


The 2020 Dance Science Symposium has been postponed until March 2021, when it will take place in conjunction with the New England Regional Conference of the American College Dance Association (ACDA) hosted by UMass Amherst (March 11-13, 2021).


About the Symposium

Dance Science image - at IALS, UMassThe Dance Science Symposium is an annual meeting that aims to bring together dancers and dance scientists to discuss critical and emerging research within the field of dance science and medicine. Grounded in the premise that science is not separate from art, the symposium features original research conducted by professional dancers who are simultaneously active in the field of dance science and medicine. The panel of speakers will reflect diversity in praxis and theory with respect to their dance training and performance histories, as well as in their respective areas of scientific inquiry and expertise. Presentations will address pertinent questions related to dance training and performance in research, as well as illustrate novel applications of dance-based practices or interventions in community contexts and/or clinical populations. The symposium will culminate in a panel discussion on the current state of research in dance science and medicine, with space for musings and insights as they relate to the next steps and evolutions for research in dance.


The Dance Science Symposium 2021 will be hosted by LAB:SYNC (Director, Dr. Aston K. McCullough, Assistant Professor of Dance Science) and the Program in Dance (Director, Thomas Vacanti, Associate Professor of Dance) of the Department of Music & Dance, College of Humanities & Fine Arts, UMass Amherst.


Tentative List of Presenters for March, 2021:

Dance Science Symposium 2020 presenters




Last year's Inaugural Symposium:

Presenters from the Dance Science Symposium 2019