Dance Anatomy (Paperback)
Experience the raw energy and aesthetic beauty of dance as you perfect your technique with Dance Anatomy. Featuring hundreds of full-color illustrations, Dance Anatomy presents more than 100 of the most effective dance, movement, and performance exercises, each designed to promote correct alignment, improved placement, proper breathing, and prevention of common injuries. The exercises are drawn in stunning detail, capturing the dancer in motion and highlighting the active muscles associated with each movement so you can develop and strengthen different areas of the body. You will clearly see how muscular development translates into greater poise and elegance on the stage.
Each chapter addresses a key principle of movement to help you improve performance, beginning with the center of the body, where dance begins. You will learn exercises to target specific areas, such as shoulders and arms, pelvis, and lower legs to enhance flexibility and ensure safety. You will also discover more efficient ways of improving your lines and technique by implementing a supplementary conditioning program that takes into account your changing cycles of classes, practices, and times of rest.
Regardless of your ability level or dance style, Dance Anatomy will help you master the impeccable balance, intense muscular control, and grace to prepare you for your next leading role!
About the Author
Jacqui Greene Haas has been the athletic trainer for Cincinnati Ballet since 1989 and is currently the supervisor of performing arts medicine at Mercy Health Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation (formerly Wellington Orthopaedics) in Cincinnati. Her successful outreach program includes working closely with numerous local dance studios, teaching injury prevention and providing screenings and dance conditioning workshops. She has presented workshops to instructors at Texas A&M University, University of Cincinnati, and Wittenberg University as well as to dancers at Louisville Ballet, Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre), West Virginia Dance Festival, McGing Irish Dancers, and Cincinnati Ballet.
Jacqui learned ballet, tap, and jazz at The School of Dance Arts in central Florida. She went on to dance professionally for Southern Ballet Theatre, New Orleans City Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet. She also enjoyed dancing professionally with the Orlando Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Cincinnati Opera companies.
Jacqui holds a bachelor's degree in dance from the University of South Florida and an athletic training certificate from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently working toward her master's degree in the Northern Kentucky University integrated studies program. She also teaches dance physiology and special topics in dance at Northern Kentucky University.
As an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Jacqui has spoken at their annual conventions in Dallas, St. Louis, Anaheim, Philadelphia, and New Orleans as well as having served on the association's committee for emerging practices. She is also a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and the National Dance Education Organization.
Jacqui has been happily married for over 30 years and has a lovely stepdaughter and two lovely daughters. She resides in Northern Kentucky with her family on their 47-acre farm.
“Dance Anatomy brings to life the relationship between muscle development and dancing. It is a must-read for every dancer.”
Artistic Director and CEO of Cincinnati Ballet
“Jacqui Haas has created the perfect tool for teachers and dancers of all forms and styles of dance. Dance Anatomy allows one to see the relationship between each exercise and the goal of refining a dancer’s physique and improving technique.”
Executive Director of Houston Ballet
“Jacqui Haas is one of my heroes in dance medicine. She speaks with the accomplished wisdom of two careers: dance and health care. Her new edition of Dance Anatomy is a must-have for all dancers and dance teachers who care about how their dancing bodies work. Her approach to anatomy will inspire a new generation of dancers to embrace the essential combination of technical excellence and whole-person wellness. Quite honestly, the book revolutionized how I teach kinesiology to dancers. It’s also an excellent resource to help health care practitioners understand the anatomical foundations of dance practice. Bottom line? Buy it! Read it! Then offer the knowledge to others.”
Dr. Jeff Russell
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Science and Health in Artistic Performance at Ohio University
Fellow of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science