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Monthly Meeting March 2016


"The Life of a Ballet Dancer"


Jacie Kuchan


Jacie Kuchan, raised in Milwaukee, WI, trained to be a classical ballet dancer from the time she was five years old, training daily from the age of nine.  She became a professional at eighteen with the Milwaukee Ballet Company where she danced for 6 years, followed by one year with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.  During her professional career she performed Swan Lake, Giselle, numerous Balanchine ballets, Carmina Burana, Coppellia, and countless Nutcrakers.  At twenty-five years old she suffered a career ending injury.

Having spent so much time in Physical Therapy herself, she chose her next career.  Over the next six years she married, had a set of identical twin girls, went to University and became a Physical Therapist.  She has since obtained specialized certification in Lymphedema, Manual Therapy, followed by a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007.  She has practiced in the United States, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.  Prior to moving to Amsterdam one year ago, she worked at a Sports Medicine Clinic in Lake Forest, Illinois where she treated dancers, other sports related injuries, aging related issues such as all types of arthritis, joint replacements, and osteoporosis.

Jacie told us about her life training to become a dancer an what the the life of a professional dancer is like.  A colleague ballerina demonstrated various aspects of the talk.

Jacie currently resides in Amsterdam with her husband and is a member of the International Women's Contact of Amsterdam.



Date: Tuesday, 1st March 2016
Time: 10.00 - 10.30 Registration and Coffee
10.30 - 11.00 Club Business
11.00 - 12.00 Lecture (Questions, if any)
12.00 - 12.30 Drinks


Place: Industrieële Groote Club,
Dam 27, Amsterdam


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