PAMA Notes - August 14, 2013

PAMA 31st Symposium Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended and made this year’s PAMA 31st Annual Symposium.  We had the second largest attendance this year with 135 people – second only to our blowout 30th Gala Celebration last year where we had 175 attendees.

This year we instituted a few changes to try to enhance the experience and learning for attendees and they were well received by all.  The syllabus was available in printed format or on USB drive.  Attendees selected which format they preferred when registering and instituting this enhancement saved several hundred dollars for the association and saved at least a few tree branches.

Sunday night of the Symposium we tried a new format for dinner – hosting four different  “salons” where attendees could choose from four different dining locations and discussion topics and join other like minded attendees as they explored the topic in depth sharing stories, best practices, ideas and enjoying each others company. Based upon the "salon" model from previous centuries, a "salon" is a gathering of people under the guidance of an inspiring host, held partly to entertain one another and partly to increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation, but always rooted in the visual and performing arts.

Keynote presenters included a great presentation by Dr. Tim Lightfoot, who showed  how to “Rock Physiology” demonstrating why performers should pay attention to their physiology.  Our other main keynote speaker, Dr. Kristin Wingfield shared her experience as a performer in the Cirque du Soleil and moving into medical practice after injury, wanting to devote her time to insuring the health of athletes and performers.  Participants were able to attend sessions and workshops from some of the leading experts in performing arts medicine. 

PAMA’s collaboration with ACSM and nine other organizations – Athletes and the Arts – was highlighted and was well supported by attendees and members present.  Our work on this effort will continue to expand and enhance awareness and health  of our athletes and performers around the world. 

Everyone is looking forward to next year’s 32nd Symposium – Thursday, June 26th  – Friday, June 29th, 2014 at the Westin Snowmass, in Snowmass Colorado.  Mark your calendars now!

Check out the photo gallery of the Symposium on our website at

CME Credit and Certificates of Attendance

For those who attended this years’ Symposium and wanted to take advantage of the up to 21.5 CME credits offered for continuing education, hopefully you submitted your badge with the days you attended before leaving the conference.  If you did not, please contact Dorry Allen at  For those of you who did return your badge with your signed attestation on the reverse, your certificates have been emailed to you. 

Dawson Award Winner

Janice Plastino, PhD was honored at this year’s Symposium as the 2013 Dawson Award winner.  The Dawson award is awarded to the PAMA member and volunteer who has consistently, over time, given back to the organization.  This award is funded completely by Bill Dawson, one of our long time members and supporters of the organization. 

Janice Gudde Plastino, PhD, is Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Department of Dance at the University of California, Irvine.  She established the first dancer physical screening on a university campus at UCI in 1983 with MDs, PTs, and ATCs, to set the protocols and perform the screenings at UCI.  Under her guidance the first pilates program of exercise,was introduced to a university curriculum in 1982.  She teaches or has taught dance composition (undergraduate and graduate), modern dance, ballet, tap, movement for actors, ballroom, injury prevention for dancers, research methods and dance kinesiology (undergrad and grad.) 

She has supported PAMA for many years serving as a connection to various dance organizations and has directed the dancer wellness project at UCI from 1983 to her retirement in 2006.  Plastino’s many publications include The Dancer Prepares: Modern Dance for Beginners, with James Penrod, currently in its 5th edition which has been in continuous print for 43 years and is recognized as a classic text in modern dance.  The sixth edition is in the revision stages.

Congratulations Janice and thank you Bill for your continued support of your namesake award that means so much to our volunteers honored.

Call for Abstracts

Watch your email and the PAMA website at in September for the announcement for the Call for Abstracts for the 2014 PAMA Symposium, June 26-29, 2014 in Snowmass, CO.  Abstracts will be due by 11/30/13 for consideration.

Get Involved in PAMA – Make a Difference

Face to face committee meetings were held during the Symposium and new members of committees were signed up.  Those active committees still needing participants are: 

Membership – responsible for recruiting new PAMA members, welcoming new members and looking for opportunities to find ways to enrich membership in PAMA.  (Jennie Morton, Chair)

Research – involved in keeping our online resources – primarily the bibliography up to date for all members.  This group also is working on ways to help students and researchers improve their skills. (Peter Visentin, Chair)

Development – developing strategy  and execution plan for creating opportunities for legacy gifts and establishing fund development to ensure the future of the organization. (Kathleen Riley, Chair)

Change of Address for PAMA

Please make note in your files that PAMA has changed our mailing address:

P.O. Box 117
Englewood, CO 80151

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