The NDA Board of Directors proudly announces the 2009 Scholar/Artist - Marita Cardinal, Professor at Western Oregon University. She teaches for the Division of Health and Physical Education and Department of Dance and her research emphasizes curricular models for creative dance in elementary school and healthful "behavior change" strategies.
Dr. Cardinal accepted her award at the 2009 AAHPERD National Convention & Exposition in Tampa,Florida in April, 2009. In her lecture: Wellness Education for Dancers: A 15-Year Retrospective, Dr. Cardinal examined the values of wellness curricula for dance students as well as the current status of these practices and recommendations for higher education programs, methods and materials.
Marita Cardinal's in-depth writings have appeared in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, IMPULSE, Kinesiology and Medicine for Dance, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, American Journal of Medicine and Sports, Journal of Sport Behavior, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity and JOPERD. Her presentations include invited lectures in dance wellness and education that span as far as South Korea. She has served on both the NDA and Research Consortium directorial boards and has received numerous honors for excellence in teaching, research and choreography.
Marita explores creative dance with educators and students in South Korea.
Dr. Cardinal has received the AAHPERD Research Consortium Fellowship, Copperfoot Choreography Award from the Dance Department and Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Education at Wayne State University, Young Professional Award from Midwest District AAHPERD, College/University Teacher of the Year from the Oregon Association for Physical Education, and Faculty Academic Advisor of the Year and Pastega Award for Excellence in Scholarship at Western Oregon University.
Wellness Education for Dancers: A 15-Year Retrospective
2009 Scholar/Artist Lecture
Presented by Scholar/Artist Dr. Marita Cardinal
The health and well-being of dancers is a critical but often neglected issue. Considered as models for the ideal woman, dancers face the pressure of extreme physical and emotional demands and lean body weight, which can result in musculoskeletal injuries, disordered eating behaviors, endangered health and diminished artistic performance. Unfortunately, many do not receive adequate training to assist them in developing healthy life behaviors or the ability to deal appropriately with compelling pressures to conform to artificial standards.
The Scholar/Artist is chosen annually from a list of distinguished dance educators who have an extensive record of creative work for at least ten years. To nominate a colleague, contact Janice LaPointe-Crump.