DanceScience Development Program
International Medical, Scientific
and Educational Initiative of the United
Nations Arts Initiative and the
Sports Medicine & Science Institute.
Rider & Equine Development
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. -- Stephen M. Apatow, Founder, International
Dancescience Development Program.
Founder, Director of
Research & Development
Sports Medicine &
Dancescience Development Program
BalletEquestria: Rider &
Equine Development Programs
In The Spotlight
Rider Biomechanics Clinics
2006: Central New England United
States Pony Club, Massachusetts.
2003: CSDEA Clinics & Year End
Meeting: College of Veterinary
Medicine, University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
St. Louis Area Dressage Society.
December: CDS Ventura, CA. *
August: Equest Training Center: Reno, NV. *
April:Cross Winds Farm, Chagrin Falls, OH.
February: Geikie Clinic: CT.
Western Pennsylvania Dressage. *
Eastern New York Dressage & CTA.
USDF Region 5 Camp, Spring Creek
Equestrian Center, Jackson Hole, WY. *
USDF Adult Camp, Once Upon A Horse, Eagle, ID.
- The Next level: Learning About Biomechanics by Kimberly
Cruser. For those of us on the continuing search for improvements
to our riding skills, the USDF University accredited lecture for
members of the Ventura and Pomona CDS chapters in Dec 2000, was a great
opportunity to learn more about the biomechanics of the human body and
the muscle control and tone needed to ride well. Article submitted
Dressage Today: April
Ask The Expert
Stephen M. Apatow
"I am a middle-aged rider who
has come back to riding after about 15 years. I have an 8-year-old
Thoroughbred cross gelding that I work at First Level, hoping to
do some showing eventually. I find I am not as flexible as I used
to be and have recently heard about "biomechanics" and how
it might help me. I'm not sure what is meant by the term as it refers
to riding horses. Can you explain what it is and why it is important
to dressage riders like me?"
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The science of classical ballet
training, as used in Eastern Bloc development programs for gymnastics
and figure skating, is the reference point for the optimization of
fundamental movement mechanics and the precision execution classical
dressage technique. Inconjuction with a lecture presentation,
individual consultations cover the rider
specific mechanics of a connected seat, posting, halt/half halt, turn
mechanics, spiral seat and lateral movements.
Human to Veterinary
In 1994, after learning about the application of the
procedure in a cervical entrapment neurapathy case on the wife of a
physician at Yale Medical School, a veterinarian in Northern Nevada
requested our help with a spinal condition involving a 12 year old
basset hound. The sucess of this case in a quadruped application opened
the door for work on hundreds of sporthorses in dressage, hunter-jumper
western training programs. For additional information, visit the: