Performing Arts Medicine Association announces 36th international symposium

9 Apr 2018





36th Annual PAMA International Symposium
Glamour and Grit: Building An Entourage for Health

Chapman University
Orange, California, USA

Saturday, June 30 – Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The theme for the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s (PAMA’s) 2018 symposium is oriented around combining all the facets that facilitate improved health support in the arts, to ensure that performing artists’ needs are addressed from all angles.

These include:

Health education in performing arts training (physical and psychological)
Access to appropriate health care
Training and educating Performing Arts Medicine specialists to meet the needs of this population
Addressing the cultural biases that perpetuate unhealthy habits/ practices in the arts
Creating safe working environments for performers

The event includes plenary sessions and interactive workshops with many focused on dance injuries and rehabilitation. The full schedule is available on the PAMA website.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Vilayanur Ramachandran (Neurologist) – The link between creativity & synesthesia

Dr Scott Powell (Orthopedic Surgeon) – Former lead singer of She Na Na; now taking care of performers

Dr Ingo Titze (Vocologist) – Vocal Performance in the 21st Century

Book tickets here.

Pre Conference Certificate Course

PAMA is also offering a two-day pre-conference certificate course for practicing health professionals, performing artists, and arts educators, The Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine. This includes a strand for dancers/ dance educators.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the reason for many performing arts related injuries and current health promotion trends in performing arts medicine.
  2. Identify early management strategies, including appropriate referral, for performing artists’ physical and mental health issues.
  3. Identify basic physiological elements of performance for common performance-specific techniques.
  4. Explore implementation strategies for setting up a safe performing arts training environment.
  5. Connect medical health interventions with physiological, psychological, and emotional vulnerabilities of performing artists.
  6. Understand and recognise performance anxiety and the related psychological health interventions.

Full details can be found on the PAMA website