Jacquelyn Pritz


Jacquelyn Pritz
Mentor: Dr. Joan Frosch
College of Arts
 
"As a form of expressing, entertaining, and communicating non-verbally, the art of dance enriches the education of youth, the lives of diverse audiences, and the well-being of those struggling with health challenges. As someone who is actively learning and pursuing the profession of dance, I ask, “What do we know about the dancer’s capacity to stay well and healthy? How can dancers continue to strive for a career and enable the continuing impacts of dance upon greater society? How does practice of the arts affect the health of dancers in college and years later in the workforce?” Further, I would like to go beyond my own studies as a student and supplement my education by investigating what is relevant in a field I wish to pursue."

Major

BFA Dance and Marketing

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Dancer Wellness
  • Dancer Longevity
  • Body Mind

Academic Awards

  • West Orange Scholarship Foundation 2014
  • University of Florida President's Honor Roll 2014
  • Mark W. Stoughton Theatre Scholarship 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Dance in a Suitcase

Volunteer

N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Cooking
  • Yoga

Research Description

The Healing Impact of Dance... On Dancers
I am interested in investigating the effects of dance on physical, mental, and emotional health. From this research, I will focus specifically on, “How can the dancer heal thyself?” In other words, how do individuals—like myself—save and heal themselves from occupational stresses on the mind and body as they pursue the profession of dance? What knowledge base, instructional methods, set of practices, access to services, and other factors best serve the professional dancer during his or her career?