“Working in dance medicine for me means to kill at least two birds with one stone: by acknowledging a dancer’s individuality I can train them to their personal best performance, while – always inextricably linked – I am enhancing their health.”
Work(ed) with dancers, masters etc. from NYC Ballet, Royal Ballet Covent Garden, Semperoper Dresden, Stuttgarter Ballett, Leipziger Ballett, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Juilliard School, Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy, Ballet School Paris Opera, and other.
In dance, my overall goal is to fuse dance practice with scientific knowledge in order to make this wonderful world full of possibilities and chances accessible for everybody related to dance.
As a former dancer I know the world of dance, what dancers need; as a scientist I know the medical/ scientific aspects. I am most awfully blessed to be able to speak these two languages. It allows me to bridge the two worlds no matter whether I deal with people from dance, from the medical or scientific fields: they feel understood, welcomed and respected.
Contact Judith-Elisa Kaufmann for
dance medical consultations, dance technique check, screening, rehearsals,...
Currently, I am working on a huge international study with ballet dancers, in which I research the association between teacher/master created motivational climate and injuries in ballet.
Other projects are related to different aspects of warm up in dancers and how they relate to injuries as well as a documentation of perceived causes for injuries in ballet dancers.
An analysis of compensated or forced turnout in dancers and the complexity of causes, which lead to injuries, was recently published in the Journal of Biomechanics.
My overall goal is to research topics in dance, which allow me to support and protect dancers, but which have not yet been (or not sufficiently) researched (examples: association between motivational climate and injuries, warm up and injuries...).
international medical studies on ballet dancers with regard to motivational climate, warm up and injury prevention
Working for/with/educating: dancers, teachers, trainers, pedagogues, ballet masters, choreographers, companies, physicians, therapists, consultants, parents of dancers
When I am teaching or working with dancers, I focus on their very individuality. Dance technique analyses, screenings, planning of training, transition training and other do not make sense when they don't put the dancer's individuality (individual goals, needs, strengths, weaknesses...) first.
My overall goal is to identify a dancer's individuality to be able to guide them to a maximum of performance but also to a maximum of health.
World renowned expert for:
Individualized dance technique check and performance enhancement
Planning of dancers' training (after injury, transition, pre-season summer, season plans)
Warm up in dance
Pelvic floor (performance, expression, incontinence)
Breathing (performance, flow, expression, stability)
Kaufmann, Judith-Elisa, Nelissen, Rob G.H.H., Exner-Grave, Elisabeth, Gademan, Maaike G.J. (2020). Does forced or compensated turnout lead to musculoskeletal injuries in dancers? A systematic review on the complexity of causes. Journal of Biomechanics (in Press). DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2020.110084
Kaufmann, JE. (2014). A dysfunctional pelvic floor limits a dancer’s performance. How to face the problem through dance medicine and enhance a dancer’s technique. IADMS 24th annual conference. Basel.
Kaufmann, JE. (2014). Tanzmedizin – 10 Gedanken zur Schulauswahl für Kinder. Tanzschritt Magazin. 14(4). 42-44.
Kaufmann, JE. (2014). Warm up and Cool down – essential means of injury prevention for dancers. Academy for teacher’s training and dance medicine. Vienna, Austria. 2006. Congress for dance and music medicine. Arnhem, Holland.
Kaufmann, JE. & Kiselka, A. (2013). Der Beckenboden im Tanz – ein zuverlässiger Partner? Physioaustria. inform. 13(5).
Kiselka, A. & Kaufmann, JE. (2012). Mit Stabilität im Becken zu tänzerischen Höchstleistungen. Physioaustria. inform. 12(2). 20-21.
Kaufmann, JE. (2000). Pas de Deux aus Liebe. Kinder- und Jugendbuch. Graz. Media.
Kaufmann, JE. (2000). Marion. Jugendbuch. Graz. Media.
International teacher and university lecturer (A, D, E, USA, GB, CH, PSE, ISR, AFR) for dance medicine, dance science and dance pedagogy
Cert. ballet- and dance pedagogue
Board member “ta.med” Dance Medicine Austria
Former Ballet & Flamenco Dancer (stage, film), actress, choreographer
1998 Head of Body, Art & Expression - School for Ballet & performing arts (www.bodyartandexpression.com)
2005 Founder and Principal of the Academy for Dance Pedagogy & Dance Medicine, Austria (www.tanzpaedagogik.eu)
Author of books on dance medicine and dance pedagogy; medical publications on dance medicine and dance science; novelist and writer of stage- and screen plays
“Only a maximum of health allows for a maximum of performance” (Judith-Elisa Kaufmann, 2008)