Dance Anatomy Paperback – Mar 12 2010
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“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.”
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About the Author
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 general conditioning.
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.
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I wanted to change textbooks for my course because students needed something more accessible and practical. This book is definitely it. I actually altered how I teach my course in order to incorporate the various exercises that Jacqui offers. In addition, I teach under the quarter system (rather than the semester system), so I have a very limited amount of time to communicate a lot of information. "Dance Anatomy" has been extremely helpful in helping me set a more achievable framework for this.
For an undergraduate, science-based class like Dance Kinesiology, I prefer some extra anatomy content. I can easily add this into my teaching sessions from the outstanding foundation Jacqui lays in "Dance Anatomy." My students have gladly received the book, and are encouraged by its straightforward, readable approach.
As a scientist working with artists, I find that this text is ideal for my artistic students, many of whom are new to grappling with science. As is typical of Human Kinetics' books, the illustrations in "Dance Anatomy" are outstanding, and this helps students visualize the anatomy that makes them move. The book celebrates both the amazing design of the human body and the equally amazing ability of the body's anatomy to bring forth the beauty and athletic artistry of dance. While appropriate for a wide audience, the book will be especially useful for dancers from high school age upward, dance teachers, and instructors of undergraduate Dance Kinesiology classes.
Assistant Professor of Dance Science
University of California, Irvine
The illustrations are excellent and key to the clear description of muscle action and movement patterns.
This book is a great way to educate the dancer and is also a great tool to use to educate students who are pursuing a career in performing arts medicine.
As a dancer what I liked best about "Dance Anatomy" was the practical application of the examples given.
As an athletic trainer what I liked best about "Dance Anatomy" was the clear descriptions of exercises commonly used by performing arts medcicine professionals but rarely defined well.
Outstanding book, and long overdue!!
The reason why this book is such a plus is due to the incredibly helpful illustrations that go with the great specified workout suggestions and inform you exactly about what muscle is being targeted. Also the "Dance Focus" next to every workout, showing and explaining in what area of dance or during what kind of move you would use that muscle.
The book is split into the sections of the body and each chapter begins with a wonderful Info on that area of the body, including Illustrations of sceletal structure and then the muscle layers atop that.
After I had the book for a few days I decided it wouldn't be a bad idea to actually know those bones and muscles by heart, so I stuck little pieces of blank paper over the words and started studying indead of just reading it all and it helped me immensely in the actual workouts.
My Arm, Adducter, Hamstring, Knee and Releve Strength has improved considerably since I've been working with this book.
A must have, if you want to improve specific aspects of your dancing!!!
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