About the Task Force

Members of the Task Force on Dancer Health
at the January 2011 meeting

Mission

The mission of the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health is to maintain the health, safety and well being of professional dancers.

What we are: We are a group of health care professionals who are volunteers with a narrow focus on professional dancers/companies in North America. This Task Force was formed at the request of the Council of Managers for Dance/USA and provides annual reports to Dance/USA. Members of the Task Force on Dancer Health are all health care professionals who provide medical services to professional dancers.

What we are not: We are not a dance medicine association, an educational meeting, a board of directors or a research group.

Goals of the Task Force

  • To provide experienced and expert health information and support to professional dance companies regardless of size or budget
  • To decrease time loss to injury with early problem recognition and education
  • To encourage the Annual Post-Hire Health Screen as an industry standard
  • To analyze injury patterns and links
  • To support health and wellness of the individual professional dancer

Officers and Committees

Executive Committee
Co-chair: Nancy Kadel, MD
Co-chair, Treasurer, Screening Co-chair: Heather Herod Cole, PT, COMT, CPI
Secretary: Kathleen Davenport, MD
Screening Co-chair:  Jenna Calo, PT, DPT, OCS

Screening Committee
Co-chair: Heather Herod Cole, PT, COMT, CPI
Co-chair:  Jenna Calo, PT, DPT, OCS

Research & IRB Committee
Chair: Heather Southwick, PT

Injury Surveillance & Data Program/Storage Committees
Chair: Gary Galbraith

Pick-up Companies/Freelance Dancers Committee
Chair: Lauren Elson, MD

Informational Papers Committee
Co-chair:  Kendall Alway, PT
Co-chair:  Shaw Bronner, PT

List of Task Force Members

History of the Task Force