Robin Kish, MS, MFA
Robin Kish has taught at California State University Fullerton, University of California Irvine, Riverside Community College, and Citrus Community College. Courses taught include Dance History, Dance Kinesiology, Introduction to Dance, Conditioning, Injury Prevention, Modern, Ballet, and Jazz. She holds a MS in Kinesiology from California State University Fullerton and a MFA in Dance from the University of California Irvine.
Robin’s scholarly work examines various dance medicine issues. In 2001, at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Conference her paper on “The Functional Effects of Pilates on College Dancers” was presented. “A Young Dancer Survey” was presented at the 2002 Medical Problems of Musicians and Dancers Conference. She was a guest panelist at the National Dance Educators Organization Conference discussing “Incorporating Dance Science in the MFA Dance Curriculum.”
Her current research includes dance competitions, dance for the elderly, and preparation of undergraduates for life after graduation. Robin actively mentors students in various research interests. In addition to her scholarly research, Robin has been active in the dance community in Southern California as a dancer and a choreographer. She danced with Benita Bike’s DanceArt Company performing in various venues including San Francisco and San Diego. Her choreography has appeared in various educational and professional venues including Grand Central Theatre, California and the American College Dance Festival. Additional certifications include Pilates, Foam Roller Work, and Craniosacral Therapy.
Margaret Wilson, PhD
Margaret Wilson received her PhD in Dance and Biomechanics at Texas Woman’s University and a MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Wyoming. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming (USA) teaching in the Department of Theatre & Dance where she combines her interests in the art and science of dance in teaching, choreography and research. She has conducted biomechanics research, looking at specific dance movements and the net forces acting on the body. Along with colleague Jennifer Deckert, she has developed a wellness screening program and a BFA in Dance Science at the University of Wyoming. Their collaborative research develops out of questions they have as dance teachers and the results in turn are applied in their teaching. Margaret has been active in IADMS for the past 10 years, having served on the Resource Papers Subcommittee for the Education Committee and been involved with the planning of several Special Interest Group days. She has also served as a Chair of the Dance Kinesiology Teachers Group and maintains their mailing list. She also serves as Chair of the IADMS Education Committee. Margaret has published several articles in the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science and is conducting new research looking at centre of mass movement in pirouettes and forces acting on the body in vertical dance. Her goals for working with the organization are to continue to look at the interface of dance science and dance education and actively solicit student involvement from the mountain west area (USA) to help develop the future of the organisation. Her strengths lie in collaborative work – bringing teams of individuals together to combine their expertise to a larger project.
Rachel Rist, MA
Rachel Rist is Director of Dance at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, in Hertfordshire. UK. She was IADMS President from 2003-2005 and a past Chair of the Education Committee. She regularly lectures nationally and internationally on dance medicine and has written 2 books and numerous articles on dance training within the context of Dance Medicine & Science and is on the Editorial Board of the Dancing Times. She has a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts, was on the Executive Committee of the Royal Academy of Dance and Chair of the Faculty of Education.