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International Journal Publishes Ballet Research by CSU Exercise Science Alumna, Instructor

A paper by Shayla Hewitt (M.S. Exercise Science, ‘15), a part-time instructor in Columbus State University’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, was recently published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.

“Fitness Testing to Determine Pointe Readiness in Ballet Dancers,” a master’s thesis, is the culmination of Hewitt’s research as a graduate student in CSU’s M.S. in Exercise Science program. The article explores whether specific physical tests could discriminate between pre-pointe, beginner pointe and intermediate pointe ballet dancers.

“Shayla combined her knowledge and skills from the classroom with her experience as a dance teacher and developed a practical, ‘real-world’ research question,” said Clay Nicks, associate professor of exercise science and Hewitt’s faculty supervisor. “Objective criteria for determining when ballet dancers can begin to dance ‘en-pointe’ are lacking. The Journal of Dance Medicine and Science is international in scope, and we hope the results of her study will advance discussion in that area.”

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