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Inaugural Dance Science Symposium

Dr. Aston K. McCullough
Dr. Aston K. McCullough

Tues., Feb. 26, 2019   6:00-8:30pm  UMass Hasbrouck Hall, Rm 20  FREE

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"Movement is our human birthright"
First in a series of regional meetings bringing together dancers and dance scientists to discuss critical and emerging research within the field of dance science and medicine.

Siobhan Lawless, School of Graduate Studies, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Cecilia Fontanesi, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
Aston K. McCullough, School of Public Health & Health Sciences, UMass Amherst; Teachers College, Columbia University
Elizabeth Coker, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Grounded in the premise that science is not separate from art, the Symposium will feature 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.

Organizer: Aston K. McCullough, PhD, MS, MA, CFP, Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Public Health & Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology, Columbia University Teachers College

Host: Thomas Vacanti, MFA, Dance Program Director & Associate Professor, College of Humanities & Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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