Upper (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.
Upper (L) Stephen Michael Apatow Coaching Cheryl Madeux for Prix d 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.
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Stephen M. Apatow's instructional programs are accredited by the International Dance Council (UNESCO).  Learn more about specialized dance, sports and Olympic development programs:

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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.

According 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.

Scholarship at Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts

In conjunction, with scholarships to study classical ballet training at
the Nutmeg Conservatory for 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.

In 2002, the Sports Medicine and Science Institute was formed to advance  applications for sports and Olympic development programs, orthopedic analysis and injury prevention.

Biomechanical Analysis, Correction and Retraining consultation with Student Emily Patterson, Joffrey Ballet, IMDB, The Company (2003),  Save the Last Dance (2001). 

In The Spotlight:

Inspirational video of Stephen M. Apatow's student Emily Patterson (Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts: Graduate '96,' Joffrey Ballet) from the movie "The Company."

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Founder, Director of Research and Development
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