Lauren Elson

Dr. Elson is the Director of Dance Medicine at Spaulding. She is board certified in sports medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. She attended Tufts University School of Medicine, did her residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia/Cor- nell, and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Elson deferred medical school to apprentice with a contemporary/tap company and has taught jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, African, swing, and salsa. During college she received a fellowship to travel to Gambia to investigate how African dance is used as a form of communication among different tribal groups. She danced with Rainbow Tribe from 1999-2014 (when in Boston) and has been dancing with Cambridge Dance Company since its inception in 2012. During her medical education, she had the opportunity to train with the physicians that care for ABT and NYCB and was a clinician at the Healthy Dancer Clinic in San Francisco. She is the Chair of the Freelance Dancer Committee on the Dance USA Taskforce on Dance Health and is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Performing Arts Medical Association. She has given lectures internationally on dance health and injury prevention to dancers and professional organizations. Dr. Elson is interested in developing dance health and education programs in the Boston area as well uniting the dance medicine community to provide dancers better access to specialized care.


Kester Cotton

Kester serves as Dance Program Coordinator for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Kester had a remarkable career as a professional dancer. He danced full time with the prestigious San Francisco Ballet (1993-2003), and with Oregon Ballet Theatre (2003-2006). After retirement from the stage,Kester earned his Bachelor of Arts in Dance from St. Mary’s College of Moraga, CA (2008) and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, from Pacific University of Oregon (2011). Kester is board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) and earned the CMPT (a manual therapy certification) through North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). Kester’s career is focused on dancer wellness, and he specializes in prevention and rehabilitation of dance injuries. He is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), the Boston Dance Alliance (BDA), and the Dance USA Task Force for Dancer Health.

Rob Jaret

Rob (http://robjaret.com/) is a Boston-based composer writing for film, dance, and other collaborative mediums. His music can be heard in productions for PBS, including episodes of American Experience, as well as other documentaries, independent films, and commercials. He has also worked on music and sound for game companies Earplay and Lantana Games.

Rob created music for Urbanity’s Dante-inspired 2016 performance in the courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, and the company piece, Observing, performed at the BU Tsai Center in 2017. He has also participated in classroom ’test kitchens’ and spoken to students at Urbanity’s choreography intensive.


Ryan Edwards


Background: Has worked with Federator N1, PhenomenArts, Inc., Concord Academy, Boston Ballet, Harvard Dance Department, Boston Conservatory

Urbanity Projects Worked On: "msg/rcvd", choreographed by Betsi Graves for <3 > Hate