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Powerful, expressive, and compelling! Now you can see what it takes to be a stronger, more elegant dancer. Featuring over 200 full-color illustrations, Dance Anatomy visually depicts the unique relationship between muscle development and aesthetic movement as never before.
Dance Anatomy features 82 of the most effective dance, movement, and performance exercises, each designed to promote perfect alignment, improved placement, proper breathing, and prevention of common injuries. In stunning detail, the accompanying illustration captures the dancer in motion and highlights the active muscles associated with each movement.
You’ll learn how to modify exercises to target specific areas to enhance flexibility and reduce muscle tension. You’ll also learn to put it all together to personalize a program based on your style of dance, level of expertise, and individual needs and goals.
Whether you seek to optimize performance, add a new movement to your repertoire, or minimize muscle fatigue, stress, and injury, Dance Anatomy is your perfect partner.
Chapter 1. The Dancer in Motion
Chapter 2. Spine
Chapter 3. Ribs and Breath
Chapter 4. Core
Chapter 5. Shoulder Girdle and Arms
Chapter 6. Pelvis and Hips
Chapter 7. Legs
Chapter 8. Ankles and Feet
Chapter 9. Whole-Body Training for Dancers
Jacqui Greene Haas has been the athletic trainer for the
Cincinnati Ballet since 1989, is the director of dance medicine academic
seminars (www.dancemedicine.net), and is the director of the dance
medicine division of Wellington Orthopedics in Cincinnati, Ohio, where
she treats dancers in physical therapy, postsurgical rehabilitation, and
A former professional ballet dancer with Boston Ballet, Southern Ballet
Theatre, Tampa Ballet, New Orleans Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet, Jacqui
holds a BA in dance from the University of South Florida and an athletic
training certificate from the University of Cincinnati. She also has a
certificate in Pilates instruction from St. Francis Memorial Hospital
dance division in San Francisco and a certificate in Pilates
rehabilitation from Polestar Education in Miami, Florida. She has
developed injury-prevention programs for numerous dance studios as well
as the McGing Irish Dancers, the School for Creative and Performing
Arts, and the University of Cincinnati dance department.
Jacqui is a frequent presenter, speaking to dancers, instructors, and
health care practitioners, including presentations at the International
Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the National Athletic
Trainers’ Association conferences. She has been published in Dance
magazine and Advance Rehabilitation magazine.
“Jacqui Haas covers all the basics that dancers should know about the
incredible instrument that is the human body. Dance Anatomy is well
written, informative, and full of creative ways to keep dancers healthy
and dancing to their full potential!”
Marika Molnar, PT, LAc
“Dance Anatomy brings to life the relationship between
muscle development and dancing. It is a must-read for every dancer.”