Dr. Jayma Lallathin is considered to be both a dancer and a scientist. She has a passion for dance and a brain for science. From a young age, she sought a career that would combine, rather than limit, her ability to continue her involvement in both. She earned a BA in Kinesiology from Purdue University with a minor in dance and continued her academic pursuits at Ball State University, where she received an MS in Biomechanics for her thesis, "Skill Acquisition and Learning in Dance: A Traditional vs. Biofeedack Approach." She continued her research at the University of Georgia, where she was awarded with a PhD in Biomechanics. Her dissertation, entitled, "The Effects of Foot Position on Balance Displayed by Classically Trained Ballerinas in Passe," focused on technique differences exhibited by a change in shoes. Her current research interests focus on physiological changes and their effect on technique performance. She is an active member of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) and the International Association for Dance, Medicine, and Science (IADMS). She has been chosen to present her research at several small regional conferences affiliated with ASB, and also at the annual IADMS conference. Through her teaching, Dr. Lallathin aims to improve the anatomical awareness of dancers in hopes to improve technique, lengthen dance careers, and reduce dancer injuries.
Dr. Lallathin has been a part of the Anderson University dance faculty since 2016.
Dr. Jayma Lallathin
Professor of Dance Academics
PhD, University of Georgia