The mission of the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health is to maintain the health, safety and well being of professional dancers.
What we are: We are a group of health care professionals who are volunteers with a narrow focus on professional dancers/companies in North America. This Task Force was formed at the request of the Council of Managers for Dance/USA and provides annual reports to Dance/USA. Members of the Task Force on Dancer Health are health care professionals who provide medical services to professional dancers.
What we are not: We are not a dance medicine association, an educational meeting, a board of directors or a research group.
Co-chair: Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT
Co-chair, Kathleen Davenport, MD
Secretary: Selina Shah, MD
Screening Chair: Catherine Hagan Vargo, PT, DPT
Dance/USA Board Liaison: Nancy Kadel, MD
Research & IRB Committee
Chair: Heather Southwick, PT
Injury Surveillance & Data Program/Storage Committees
Chair: Gary Galbraith, MFA
Pick-up Companies/Freelance Dancers Committee
Chair: Lauren Elson, MD
Informational Papers Committee
Chair: Catherine Hagan Vargo, PT, DPT