Dixie State University Dance Professor Dr. Li Lei Invited to Address IADMS Meeting in Switzerland

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Dr. Lei Headshot

Dixie State University Professor and Director of Dance Dr. Li Lei has been invited to address the 24th-Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) this October 16-19 in Basel, Switzerland.

Dr. Lei will share her research findings in a presentation entitled “Application of Physics Laws and Principles to Teaching & Learning Dance Techniques: Turn on One Foot.” This is the second time Lei has addressed an IADMS meeting as she also presented at the 2007 conference held in Canberra, Australia.

Lei has served as the director of the DSU dance department since 2000, and has taught theory, technique, composition and performance courses. She established the Dixie State Dance Company in the fall of 2001, and is the company’s artistic director.

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

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 coming to the United States in 1991 as a visiting scholar by invitation from Dickinson College (PA) and Brigham Young University. After earning a Master’s degree in Dance from BYU in 1994, she completed her Ph.D. at New York University in Dance and Dance Education, with an emphasis in dance teaching and administration in higher education, in 1999.

The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science was formed in 1990 by an international group of dance medicine practitioners, dance educators, dance scientists, and dancers. Membership is drawn equally from the medical and dance professions, and has grown from an initial 48 members in 1991 to over 900 members at present world-wide, representing 35 countries. For more information, please visit www.iadms.org.