Founded in 1991, the International Guild of Musicians in Dance is the longest-running organization for dance musicians. IGMD offers opportunities to build relationships through its lively email discussion group, conferences, retreats, and informal events. The guild maintains a web-based journal and blog, and unique resources for members and the public.
The guild is made up of 300+ dance musicians, music directors, dance teachers and administrators, choreographers; Academics, freelancers, professionals, and everything in between, from the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
To research and make known to the world the intricate and rich history of our specific and unique art form, promote artistic excellence and develop education in the field, cultivate and encourage increase communication between and within the worlds of music and dance, and create a forum for the sharing of ideas, information, and resources among its members.
To be the global leader in music with dance by providing outstanding resources and opportunities in research, performance, education, and advocacy.
Relationships - Facilitating connections between musicians, dancers, teachers, administrators, enthusiasts, and industry, locally and globally
Research - Pursuing deeper understandings of music and movement
Education and mentorship - Providing opportunities, inspiration, and guidance, for musicians, dancers and teachers
Preservation - Documenting the history of musicians in dance, and our own organization
Openness/Inclusion - Welcoming any and all who share an interest in music and dance
Date, Location - Host
1991 Brockport, New York - Bill Moulton
1992 Brockport, New York - Bill Moulton
1993 Miami, Florida - Natalie Gilbert, Max VanderBeek
1994 Tallahassee, Florida - Greg Presley and Ray Brooks
1995 New York, New York - Saul Spangenberg
1995 Sibelius Academy, Finland - Elina Lampinen
1997 Tempe, Arizona - Robert Kaplan and David Karagianis
1998 Stockholm, Sweden - Lars Dahlman
2000 Columbus, Ohio (Meeting) - Natalie Gilbert
2001 Columbus, Ohio - Natalie Gilbert
2001 Salzburg, Austria - Elina Lampinen
2002 Columbus, Ohio - Natalie Gilbert
2004 Irvine, CA - Alan Terriciano
2007 Urbana, Illinois - John Toenjes
2009 Tallahassee, Florida - Doug Corbin
2010 Tucson, Arizona - Suzanne Knosp
2011 Minneapolis, Minnesota (concurrent with NDEO) - Suzanne Knosp, Manjunan Gnanaratnam
2012 Los Angeles, California (concurrent with NDEO) Suzanne Knosp
2013 Brockport, New York - Tamara Wilcox
2015 Phoenix, Arizona (concurrent with NDEO) - Robert Kaplan, Suzanne Knosp
2018 Durham, North Carolina (Summer retreat) - Natalie Gilbert