Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation

MDMF Conferences


Our dancers’ conference and medical professionals’ conference feature national, regional and local experts who provide an intensive educational experience by sharing the latest in dance medicine topics through lectures, demonstrations and interactive break-out sessions.

Conferences have been held since 2009 for dancers and for medical professionals. More than 250 dancers and medical professionals attended the 2015 conference, which had a focus on hip-related injuries and treatments.

Highlights of past conferences include keynote speakers Dr. MJ Liederbach of Harkness Center for Dancer Injury in NYC, and Director of Physical Therapy of the Boston Ballet, Heather Southwick. At the 2015 conference, Jourdan Epstein, a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, discussed her journey through life as a professional dancer.

Dancers conference

The dancer conference is a forum for exploring many levels of dancer education including common injuries, self-care techniques, and learning how to incorporate a dance healthy perspective. The conference serves dancers of all ages, agility, and backgrounds.

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Medical Professionals conference

The medical conference offers continuing education to health care providers with hands-on learning, national guest lecturers, and tangible information for immediate application. We strive to provide our attendees the most current evidence based approach to dancer evaluation, surgical intervention, and rehabilitation.

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The conference was fantastic!  I truly enjoyed being a part of it and was so impressed by ALL the practitioners!  Everyone really knows what they are talking about when it comes to dance medicine.  I have been raving to the dancers at Boston Ballet about the level of passion, dedication and knowledge of everyone involved!  I enjoyed EVERY talk and I cannot say that has ever happened at a conference before!  Plus it was truly amazing how all the PTs could have finished each other’s sentences!  I was so honored to be a part of the conference. Every talk was both validating and educational at the same time.

— Conference presenter and attendee