Application of Physics Laws and Principles to Teaching/Learning Dance Techniques

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Dixie State College Dance Professor Dr. Li Lei Invited to Address IADMS Meeting in Australia

(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 13, 2007) Dixie State College of Utah’s Professor and Director of Dance Dr. Li Lei has been invited to address the 17th-Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) this October 25-28 in Canberra, Australia.

Dr. Lei will present “Application of Physics Laws and Principles to Teaching/Learning Dance Techniques.” Lei has been the director of the dance department at Dixie State College since the fall of 2000 and has taught classes in ballet, modern dance, ballroom dance and dance composition, as well as dance appreciation. She established the Dixie State Dance Company in the fall of 2001 and has been the artistic director for the dance company.

“I feel honored to be selected and invited to present my research paper in front of this world renowned organization,” Dr. Lei said. “Dixie State College is a great institution that promotes and supports academic excellence. It has many distinguished faculty members with outstanding achievements. I am very glad to have this opportunity to present my research paper as one of Dixie State’s faculty members.”

Lei is well known on campus and in the St. George community for her exquisite dancing, but many do not know that she is a well-known scholar as well and one of the few experts in the world having professional experience in both dance and physics, and still making significant contributions in the application of physical principles to dance.

Dr. Lei was a professional dancer for eight-and-a-half years in China, five of which were spent performing ballet as a principal dancer. She also performed Chinese traditional/ethnic dance as a soloist. She has been an artistic director and a choreographer for various dance companies in the United States and China and specializes in ballet, modern dance, ballroom dance and ethnic dance.

Lei taught physics at a university in China for nine years before she came to the United States in 1991 as a visiting scholar by invitation from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and Brigham Young University.

After earning a master’s degree in dance from Brigham Young University, Dr. Lei later received a doctorate degree from New York University in dance and dance education, majoring in dance teaching and administration in higher education.

The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science was formed in 1990 and has over 900 members at present worldwide presenting 35 countries. The organization has held an annual conference since its inception, drawing several hundred participants each year. IADMS has always striven to promote an international network of communication between dance and medicine/science. IADMS promotes medical, scientific, and educational activities aimed at enhancing the treatment and training of dancers with the ultimate goal of improving dancer health, well-being and performance.