There will always be a life after dance. But for some (and most), this life still entails the dance world – someway, somehow.
Recently, dancehealthier contacted someone who exemplifies this path. Her name is Jacqui Haas! Jacqui currently is the director of Dance Medicine for Wellington Orthopedics in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her clinic is held inside the Cincinnati Ballet building where she tends to, heals and educates the entire Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky dance community. Jackie Haas is certified as an athletic trainer and pilate rehabilitation instructor. She is also a member of International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Pilates Method Alliance, National Athletic Trainers Association, and Ohio Dance. With all of this said, she even did more. She is the author of ‘Dance Anatomy’ – a book all dancers should take a look at!
dancehealthier hopes you will find this Q&A helpful!
dancehealthier: Is it right that the publisher of the series contacted you in regards to writing ‘Dance Anatomy’? Tell us how your devotion to dance medicine helped this publisher contact you?
Jacqui: I was contacted by an acquisition editor from the publishing company, Human Kinetics! She asked if I would be interested in writing a book for dancers as part of Human Anatomy series. It sounded interesting to me because of the work that I do with dancers and the dance medicine workshops I already enjoy teaching.
dancehealthier: There is a ton of great information in the book, but if you could give one reason why a dancer should read this book, what would it be?
Jacqui: ‘Dance Anatomy’ is a tool to help dancers understand their anatomy both for injury prevention and to improve their technique. Giving dancers a visual link to their muscles helps them understand how the movement actually happens. The book is full of almost 200 color illustrations.
dancehealthier: Over the course of your career you have managed to heal dancer after dancer, open a clinic with the business model of helping dancers, and wrote a dance book. What was your main motivation for you to accomplish all of these feats?
Jacqui: Dance is and will always be a part of my life. When I retired from performing I wanted to stay in the field and help other dancers. This was the best way for me to do that. I would like to think of it as a healthy obsession!
dancehealthier: Would you define health (with dance in mind) differently for a school student versus a professional ballet dancer, a ballet dancer versus a broadway dancer, or would the definition be universal?
Jacqui: To me, dancer health is universal for all styles of movement and entails understanding the scope of anatomical, neuromuscular and nutritional needs to perform at the highest level.
To look inside or purchase ‘Dance Anatomy’ click HERE! It’s worth it! Also, feel free to share this with other dancers, teachers, and the dance community.
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