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Dance Anatomy [Paperback]

Jacqui Haas
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March 12 2010 Sports Anatomy

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.


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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.”

Victoria Morgan

Artistic Director and CEO
Cincinnati Ballet

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 (, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Feb. 21 2013
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It definitely helps with my dance and to know how the body really works it helps you to know your limits also on how far to bend without hurting yourself
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 8 2014
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Human kinetics has amazing books! Love this and the stretching anatomy one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic July 29 2011
I took a chance on buying this book and I'm very glad I did, fantastic book! Just finished an anatomy class and it was great to be able to make the link with what goes on in your body while you execute a ballet step or exercice. I'm sure I will use it often. Can't wait to start teaching so that I may show it to my students. Showed it to some collegues who definitely want their own copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed how I teach "Dance Kinesiology" April 9 2010
By J. Russell - Published on
When I found out that Jacqui Haas was writing this book, I was so excited that I convinced my Human Kinetics rep to give me a PDF copy because the book hadn't been published yet. Upon reviewing it, I immediately adopted it as the text for my undergraduate course in Dance Kinesiology. Our university got some of the first ones off the press.

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.

Jeff Russell
Assistant Professor of Dance Science
University of California, Irvine
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for both dancers & allied health care providers in the performing arts. A visual masterpiece. May 14 2010
By Elaine Winslow-Redmond - Published on
Jacqui has done an amazing job of speaking the language of the dancer. She uses anatomical references in a way that relates to both performing artists and the clinicians who are caring for them.
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!!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! April 8 2010
By Katherine - Published on
I have been dancing for 17 years, and have always loved anatomy, and this is one of the few books that truly combines my two passions. As a physical therapy veteran (have been in and out of PT since a young age) and a physical therapy student, this book is a great guide for dancers, their teachers, and their physical therapists. Many of the exercises in this book I have done in PT sessions, and they have helped me improve not only my strength but my technique. The author does a great job of not only explaining complex anatomy of the movements, but also relating it to various dance forms that makes it interesting and relevant to the reader. A phenomenal book for any serious dancers, and anyone who teaches or treats them.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! June 29 2010
By Akima - Published on
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As an adult beginner I found this book to be a helpful tool. It has very detailed and helpful information along with understandable imagery of the dancer's anatomy. This is very helpful in training and developing technique. I found the saftey tips on how to prevent injuries very useful! Most definately agree this book should be owned by every dancer young and old!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every dancer should own this book March 25 2011
By scalerider - Published on
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I bought this book upon peeking into Yoga Anatomy at the Nature and Science Museum. Looking to save money and buying it used, to save a tree ;) this book popped up on my reccommendations and as a dancer I thought: "hmmm... that looks useful". So I ordered it and when I received it I couldn't put it down.
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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