(L) Stephen Michael Apatow demonstrating in class at Nutmeg
Conservatory, 2007. Upper (R) Yashiro
Yamashita Clinic: 9 times all Japan Champion, 1984 Olympic Gold
Medalist, four times world champion, 2003. Lower
(L) Dressage Development Clinic in Boise, ID, 1997. Lower (R) Human to
Veterinary Biomechanics Applications, Lake Tahoe, 1996.
Cheryl Madeux for Prix
Lausanne, Register Citizen, 1989. Upper R) Teaching at La Roche
College, 1999. Lower, (L) Coaching at Nutmeg Conservatory, 1997.
Lower (R) USA Gymnastics Coaches Education Program, participants
included Maria Filotova, member of the 76 and 80 Soviet Olympic Teams
and Sasha Kourbatov, former member of the Russion National Team at GTC
Gymnastics, Rochester, NY, 1998.
Medicine & Science Institute
International DanceScience Development Program
International Medical, Scientific
and Educational Initiative of the United
Nations Arts Initiative and the Sports Medicine & Science Institute.
Sports Medicine & Science Institute
programs are now accredited by the International
Dance Council (UNESCO). Learn more about specialized dance,
sports and Olympic development programs developed by Stephen M. Apatow:
United Nations Arts Initiative:
Connecting the global
arts and entertainment industry, reaching the household level in 193 UN
member countries, promoting youth leadership and community development
through Arts Integration Into Education to impact prioritized
humanitarian emergencies and
relief operations across the globe.
Classical ballet training
represents the most advanced technical movement mechanics training in
the world. The mechanical alignment ideal in classical
ballet training represents the most stable, functionally integrate
relationship of the spine and extremities.
An understanding of mechanical
ideal is crucial for optimum control of the human frame in space,
strength, leverage mechanics and economical movement. This foundation
established in conjunction with sports specific movement mechanics is
the key to successful Olympic development programs.
A correct understanding of the
classical ballet mechanical ideal provides the
physician, therapist, coach or student a reference point for alignment
deviation as it corresponds to the mechanism of joint stress and injury
of the spine and extremities.
to the Merck Manual of Medical Information for Sports Injuries: "More
than 10 million sports injuries are treated each year in the United
States." The seriousness of this problem points to the need for
education initiatives which target injury prevention.
Nutmeg Conservatory for
In conjunction, with scholarships to study classical ballet training at
the Arts in the late 80's, Stephen Michael Apatow
was asked by artistic director Sharon Dante (YouTube: PM
Magazine, 1984) to incorporate a specialized
program to optimize
classical ballet based alignment mechanics.
The challenge encompassed the
differences between participants that were the result
of a "one out of a thousand selection process" and
opportunities in the United States that allow all children to
participate despite their physical limitations. The focus
encompassed an accentuated stretch and flexibility emphasis, for
all developmental levels (pre-ballet through professional) to better
enable the dancer in their progression toward the mechanical ideal of
the development program.
The advanced level of this
developmental focus was intensive spine and extremity analysis,
correction, retraining and coaching with dancers preparing for
international competitions and professional careers. This
intensive work resulted in an immediate functional change in technical
performance within a 4-6 week period, facilitating progress that
was impossible through the classical ballet development program alone.
The results of our 20-year
collaborative relationship include the formation of the Sports Medicine and Science Institute ,
specialized classical ballet
development programs, applications for sports and Olympic
development programs, orthopedic analysis and injury prevention.
International Dancescience Development Program is proud to announce new
members to the Advisory Board include:
Stephen M. Apatow: Founder, United
Nations Arts Initiative and International Dancescience Development Program.
Daryl Gray: Director/Choreographer.
Sharon Dante: Founder/Executive
Director, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts.
Linda Hamilton: Former Soloist and
Current Wellness Coach for the New York City Ballet.
Susan Jaffe: former prima ballerina
of ABT and Dean of the Dance at North Carolina School of the Arts.
MA, DO, FACOEP, FACOFP, Clinical Professor of Medical Military Science,
Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the University of New England
College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Biomechanical Analysis, Correction
and Retraining consultation with Student Emily Patterson, Joffrey
The Company (2003), Save the Last Dance (2001).