Performing Arts Wellness Symposium


Apr. 7, 2018, 9am to 5pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Room 111


A lively and interactive look at the health issues confronting today's performing artist. There will be a panel discussion, lectures, workshops, a performance, and a meet-and-greet reception.

The CFA Consortium for Health and Injury Prevention has partnered with the Division of Educational Outreach to offer you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEU) for your participation in the Performing Arts Wellness Symposium. Click here for  Registration and other information.


  • 8:30 - 9:00       Registration
  • 9:00 - 9:50       Panel Discussion “Performing Can Be Hazardous to your Health”
  • 10:00 - 10:50   Dolly Kelepecz “What is the Pelvic Floor and How do I Find it?”
  • 11:00 - 11:10   Performance 1
  • 11:15 - 11:40   Tod Fitzpatrick “How Dry I Am: Hydration in the Desert”
  • 11:45 - 11:55   Performance 2
  • 11:55 - 1:00     Lunch break
  • 1:00 - 1:50       Stephen Caplan “Body Mapping for Better Performance”
  • 2:00 - 2:25       Lugering “Lecture/Demonstration”
  • 2:30 - 2:40       Performance 3
  • 2:45 - 3:10       Kimberly James “Care and Use of Your Professional Voice”
  • 3:15 - 4:05       Louis Kavouras “Body-Mind Centering”
  • 4:05 - 4:15       Performance 4
  • 4:15 - 5:00       Closing Reception

Descriptions of Symposium Sessions

Panel Discussion
“Performing Can Be Hazardous to your Health”
An introduction to health concerns of musicians, dancers and actors featuring the members of the CFA Consortium for Health and Injury Prevention: Stephen Caplan, Tod Fitzpatrick, Kimberly James, Louis Kavouras, Dolly Kelepecz, Michael Lugering, Glen Nowak, Cassy Turner.

Dolly Kelepecz
What is the Pelvic Floor and How do I find it?
The Pelvic Floor is the key to a correct abdominal contraction.  Pelvic floor muscles connect to the very base of the spine, the coccyx or the ‘tail bone”, the ischium or the “sitting bones,” and the pubis.   If those boney landmarks are not stabilized when you are attempting your workout, your spine is not correctly supported.  Technically the muscles that are used in the pelvic floor are puboretoralis, pubococcygeus, iliococcygeus, levator ani, coccygeus and obturator internus.  Imagine a basket, in the base of your pelvis connected on all four sides. They are located just below your belly button and above your pubic bone. When you properly contract them, you lift the base of the body upward. Women are more familiar with these muscles because of the traditional kegel exercises, designed to support the uterus and bladder, but they are not impossible for a man to identify and contract. During this lecture you will locate and learn to properly contract the Pelvic Floor as well as learn its value in your life as an artist. 

Tod Fitzpatrick
How Dry I Am: Hydration in the Desert
Since the human body is mostly water, adequate hydration is a requirement for effective hygiene and optimal physical function. The desert environment of the American Southwest can pose challenges to one’s ability to remain hydrated. Since weather in the desert is both dry and hot, the body may become dehydrated in a shorter period of time.  One place in the body that may suffer a more acute reaction to dehydration is the larynx where the vocal folds (vocal cords) are located. The vocal folds rely on water to inhabit and prime the mucosal membranes of their epithelial layers.  This presentation will discuss the anatomy and physiology related to vocal fold hydration, hydration techniques and the dangers of inadequate hydration for voice users of all types. 

Stephen Caplan
Body Mapping for Better Performance
Somatic disciplines such as Body Mapping, Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method are designed to increase overall body awareness and they have transformed the lives of some of the world’s top performing artists, providing greater freedom and facility, or helping them to overcome injury. This interactive talk will provide a glimpse into what Body Mapping is, and how it helps performing artists both in rehearsal and in performance.

Michael Lugering
Drawing on principles of the Lugering Method of Integrated Voice, Movement and Acting Training, the Alexander Technique, the Fledenkrais Method, the use of therapeutic touch to facilitate awareness, efficiency, flexibility, mobility, alignment and stabilization will be explored.

Kimberly James
Care and Use of Your Professional Voice
A large majority of people fall into the category of professional voice user, perhaps even without knowing it. Whether you use it for teaching/instruction, presenting, serving, dictating, or in many other professional situations, you are a professional voice user. This session takes an integrated approach to explaining how you can deal with the daily stressors of communicating in your field and improve the consistency, clarity, and quality of your professional voice.

Louis Kavouras
Somatic Approaches to Dance: The Body and Use
Hands on exercises and overview of somatic approaches to movement and how they intersected with the work of master American choreographer Erick Hawkins. An exploration of work by Mabel Todd, Lulu Sweigard, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

Admission Information

Tickets are free for UNLV students and faculty, and $30 for the general public.

Tickets may be purchased at the event, or by visiting Brown Paper Tickets