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Shayla Bott at IUGTE Conference 2019
Ballet Science: Combining Pedagogical Tradition with Modern Innovations to Create Injury Resistant Dancers
Lecture and Workshop by Shayla Bott - Associate Professor of Ballet at Brigham Young University, Brenda Critchfield - Director of Dance Medicine and Wellness Facility for the Brigham Young University Department of Dance and Ashley Ivory Parov - Adjunct Instructor, Assistant Artistic Director of Theatre Ballet at Brigham Young University (Utah, USA).

Shayla Bott is currently an Associate Professor of Ballet at Brigham Young University (BYU). Her current assignments at include Artistic Direction of BYU Theatre Ballet and BYU Ballet Area Administrator.  From the University of Utah, Shayla holds a BFA in ballet performance and an MFA in ballet with a focus on music, choreography and pedagogy.  After retiring from a professional career with Utah Metropolitan Ballet, she has continued to choreograph and teach in professional and academic venues. Her creative work has received multiple awards.  Shayla is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, and Stott Pilates Matwork and Reformer. 
Ashley Ivory at IUGTE Conference 2019

Ashley Ivory Parov comes to academia from a rich background in professional ballet. Ms. Parov received her classical ballet training with some of the best teachers in the country, namely Lola DeAvila, Irina Jacobson, Jocelyn Vollmar, Gloria Govrin, Sandra Jessings and Shannan Breshnahan. After her employment with the San Francisco Ballet, Ms. Parov received her Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Brigham Young University. Upon graduation, Ms. Parov joined Company C Contemporary Ballet where she performed principal roles in works by Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, David Parsons, and Val Caniparoli. In 2016, she graduated with her MFA in Dance from Saint Mary’s College of California with Honors. Ms. Parov is a Certified Pilates instructor and holds teaching certifications in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and American Ballet Theatre curriculums.

Brenda Critchfield at IUGTE Conference 2019
Brenda Critchfield, MS, ATC, CSCS, LAT is the Director of Dance Medicine and Wellness Facility for the Brigham Young University Department of Dance. She has worked in a wide variety of athletic training settings including NCAA Division I and III athletics, semi-professional hockey, ESPN X-Games, the U.S. military and performing arts. Benda received her BS in athletic training from BYU and an MS from University of New Mexico. Critchfield is published and has presented nationally and internationally. Her interests lie in the prevention and treatment of injuries in dancers and global body healing. As Director of Dance Medicine and Wellness Facility, Critchfield utilizes manual therapy techniques, myofascial release techniques, and soft tissue work to her dancers recover from injuries.


We believe that a combination lecture and physical workshop would be ideal for this presentation. The first portion of the hour will be used to show the research method, particularly findings from the postural analyses and functional movement screenings. The second hour will be dedicated to teaching participants simple analysis techniques and physically experimenting with portions of the cross training.

Our motivation for conducting this research project is to further understand the postural and muscular deficiencies present in pre-professional ballet dancers and to utilize science-based training solutions to address these issues. By conducting a postural analysis and functional movement screening on each dancer at the beginning of the season (mid-August 2019), we will find postural and muscular deficiencies, compile these deficiencies into common groups, and then devise treatment plans for each common fault. These treatment plans will be overseen by our dance medicine practitioner and given during technique class at least three times per week. Periodic assessment procedures will track the progress of each dancer throughout the year-long study. It is our hope to develop universal training modalities which will further classical ballet training and help create strong, injury resistant dancers


Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse" and New International Performing Arts Institute