You can be an important supporter of our vibrant dance community by engaging with MDMF by donating, becoming a Partner, participating in research and showing your support in other ways.
Minnesota has one of the largest dance communities in the country with well over 300 professional companies, K-12 dance programs, dance studios, and dance team organizations. Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation (MDMF) was established in the Twin Cities in 2009 because we realized that there was an unfilled need to support this traditionally underserved, large population with unique health concerns.
MDMF is a group of people dedicated to the health and continued vibrancy of our dance community. We are doctors, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and conditioning specialists experienced in caring for the dancer; we are also dance professionals and dance supporters. You too can be a part of this important community!
MDMF’s purpose is to provide dancers, teachers, choreographers, parents, and medical professionals throughout the state and country with timely, relevant information on creating healthy, strong dancers and on preventing and treating dance injuries. We do this by offering in-studio lectures, free conditioning screenings for dancers, free injury assessment clinics at the Cowles Center, our “Ask the Experts” series and other associated activities.
The centerpiece of MDMF’s programming is our annual Dancer’s Conference on dance injury prevention, which includes informative lectures as well as interactive break-out sessions. For our 6th Conference in August 2013 at the Cowles Center, we were privileged to have Nancy Kadel MD from the Institute for Dance Medicine (Seattle WA) as well as Toni Pierce-Sands, former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and co-founder of TU Dance, as keynote speakers. An additional conference for medical professionals was also held providing medical education credits to further their understanding, evaluation, and treatment of injuries specific to dancers. MDMF has continued involvement with our medical community via conference participation both locally and nationally.
Since research is essential for furthering knowledge in any field, MDMF is also committed to conducting clinical dance medicine research. Our goals are to expand our knowledge of dance injuries, their prevention and to share our conclusions in a usable way with the dance and medical communities.
MDMF is dedicated to the health and welfare of our dance community. Your generous gifts are vital to supporting our outreach programs and research. Thank you for your support!
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