"The dance world has many 'silos'... In most sports... there's an overarching regulator - so everyone knows the sports science. There's communication between coaches around the world, and regulations put forth to protect the athlete.
That doesn't exist in the dance world... we have all these individual 'silos' - certification programs, education programs, that people subscribe to... but very little communication between them. And we are going to build the bridges."
Kaycee Cope Jones, MS - Co-Founder / Co-Chair, The Bridge Dance Project
"Very few people in our traditional dance medicine world have been involved with competition dance, and it's been a problem - especially as we've seen the injuries skyrocket and the popularity of competition dance grow in the past decade."
Jan Dunn, MS - Co-Founder / Co-Chair, The Bridge Dance Project
(from ONE magazine / OneDanceUK - The Bridge Dance Project: supporting health in competition dance. Issue 8, Spring 2020)
The Bridge Dance Project is a newly launched cooperative endeavor between leaders in the dance medicine and science field, and in the competition / commercial dance field.
The Project began as an outgrowth of conversations between Jan Dunn, MS (Denver Dance Medicine Associates, Past President of IADMS) and Kaycee Cope Jones, MS (COO of Apolla Performance Footwear,) following the release of the Apolla Mia Michaels video series (2019) on injury prevention in dance (https://www.apollaperformance.com/pages/mia-michaels). Michaels is an Emmy-award winning choreographer based in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
The goal of the Bridge Dance Project is to build a bridge between the current realm of dance medicine and science and the commercial / competition areas of dance - to bring more information, working collaboratively together, into the daily lives of dancers working in this area. Although this project was started as an outgrowth of the Mia Michaels / Apolla videos, it is not about endorsing any particular product / project / or endeavor. The BDP is about leaders in both fields coming together to address a specific need in a specific segment of the dance community, independent of any organizations or companies we may otherwise be involved with.