US Advisory Group
Erin Sanchez, MSc
Erin Sanchez is the Healthier Dancer Programme Manager at Dance UK, and administrates the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation’s Medical Website for healthcare professionals and dancers. Erin studied with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey School. She also holds a BA in Dance and Sociology from the University of New Mexico and an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Erin is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) and has lectured in dance science, taught dance technique and holds the qualification in Safe and Effective Dance Practice.
Jan Dunn, MS
Jan Dunn is a dance medicine specialist with 40+ years experience, a Pilates rehabilitation and conditioning specialist for 25 years, and a Franklin Method educator for 12 years. She recently re-located back to Denver, CO, after 6 years in Kauai,where she was owner of Pilates Plus Kauai. Her BS / MS degrees are in Dance and Exercise Science.
Jan is currently Dance Wellness Editor for the online site, 4dancers.org, and is founder and Co-Director of Denver Dance Medicine Associates (DDMA), with her longtime colleague Sarah Graham, PT (physical therapist at Colorado Ballet). She was on the dance faculties of several universities and dance conservatories for 35 years, including University of Colorado – Boulder, Florida State University, Connecticut College, Colorado College, Hartford Ballet, and Washington University – and for 6 years she directed the dance degree program at a Florida junior college. Her area of specialization in university faculty positions for the last 20 years has been in dance medicine and science, teaching courses such anatomy, injury prevention for dancers, exercise physiology and biomechanics, and kinesiology.
Jan was one of the founders of IADMS (International Association for Dance Medicine and Science), served two terms as President, and also as Executive Director, and on the Board of Directors (1990–2012). She founded and served as Chair of the National Dance Association’s Committee on Dance Medicine and Science (1988-1993), and was organizer and Co-Chair, International Dance Medicine Conference – Taiwan 2004, sponsored by Polestar Pilates Education
In the Pilates world, Jan initiated and directed Pilates Rehabilitation Programs for 5 different physical therapy clinics, in CT and CO, from 1991 – 2011.
Jan initiated / coordinated Dance Wellness and Pilates programs for the University of Colorado (Boulder, CO, 2009), Loyola Marymount University Dance Dept. (Los Angeles, CA, 2005), and the School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now Colorado Conservatory of Dance) (Denver, CO, 2009). Jan and DDMA partner Sarah Graham, PT, were the dance medicine providers for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in Denver, CO, 1998–2005.
She originated the Dance Medicine Resource Guide, and was co-founder of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. She has taught dance, dance medicine, Pilates, and Franklin Method for dance / fitness / medical / academic institutions in the USA / Europe / Middle East / Asia, authored numerous articles, and has presented at many national and international conferences.
Catherine L. Tully, BACatherine L. Tully is an educator and writer that has been involved with dance for over four decades. She is the editor/owner of 4dancers.org, a website that has been providing quality information to those in the field since 2009 – more recently offering posts by a panel of dance medicine leaders and guest contributors. 4dancers has a strong social media presence, and it was named as one of “10 Dance Tweeters to Know Right Now” by the Huffington Post in 2012.Catherine holds BA in Exercise Science & Fitness Management, and she has served as a fitness/wellness associate for both the United States Postal Service and the Federal Aviation Administration in the Chicago area. She has also held positions as a dance instructor in the Fine Arts Department of an all–girls college preparatory school, and as an adjunct professor in the Human Performance Department at a private university in Illinois. In addition, Catherine has taught, choreographed and performed in many places in northern Japan, where she lived for three years in the 1990′s.Trained at Chicago City Ballet School under teachers such as Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, Inessa Alexandrovich (Bolshoi), and Paul Mejia, she also studied ballet and jazz at Lou Conte Dance Studio. Catherine has written extensively about dance, with her work appearing in publications such as Dance Teacher, YoungArts, and Dance Spirit, among others. She has also presented at numerous conferences throughout the United States, and frequently serves as a panel member/lectures on topics such as dance, writing, and social media.
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.
Kitty Daniels, MA
Kitty Daniels is the Dance Department Chair at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She has performed professionally with ballet and modern dance companies in Europe and the United States, including the Bill Evans Dance Company, Concert Dance Company of Boston and Beth Soll and Dancers. Nationally-known as a teacher of ballet and dance science, she has taught at the Bill Evans Summer Institutes of Dance and Teachers Intensives, London Contemporary Dance School, California State University Summer Arts Programs, University of Washington, and Boston University. She holds an M.A. in Dance Kinesiology and specializes in the application of dance science to dance technique education.