Houston Ballet Partners With HHP for Movement Arts Course
HHP and the Houston Ballet are joining together to develop a Movement Arts course for students pursuing a master's degree in physical education.
Dancers from the Houston Ballet will help UH professors develop the class. This is the first time the department has partnered with a non-research entity for the purposes of instruction.
Talking about the new course to UH News, HHP Chair Dr. Layne said:
"This course will examine motor skills, training, nutrition and injury rehabilitation of world-class athletes, We will have trainers, nutritionists and dancers illustrating their on- and off-season and performance regimens and techniques."
"Human performance means more than walking on a treadmill or weight lifting," Layne said. "It encompasses things like playing baseball, singing or dancing, and Houston has world-class talent who also can become resources for research to help others with movement challenges."
"Houston Ballet is pleased to be partnering with UH to develop a specialized movement class that will provide a unique learning experience for students," said Jim Nelson, director of the Houston Ballet. "Houston Ballet has always been at the forefront of professional ballet companies in the health and well being of our dancers. This provides us with the opportunity to expand human performance learning. We take great pride in this partnership."
The Movement Arts course will be a new component in the department's arsenal of online courses, and is intended for students pursuing the strength and conditioning track of the program. The three-credit class will be offered as an elective beginning in summer 2010.