Jennifer Milner is a certified Pilates trainer specializing in dancers and post-injury recoveries. As a classical ballet dancer, Jennifer danced with several companies across the country, then moved to New York for musical theatre. After a knee injury ended a successful performing career, Jennifer became determined to use her experiences to help other dancers and performers. She became certified in the Pilates method of exercise, graduating from the Kane School of Core Integration under the renowned Kelly Kane and immersed herself in the world of dance rehabilitation as the on-site Pilates trainer for Westside Dance Physical Therapy (the official physical therapists for New York City Ballet and SAB), quickly developing a reputation as a knowledgeable, thoughtful, and compassionate trainer.
Jennifer has trained a wide variety of clients, from young dancers and gymnasts to Olympic medalists, Oscar winners, and world-famous dancers from New York City Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, ABT, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Ballet, and more. Jennifer mentored under the dance medicine pioneer Marika Molnar and earned a Certificate in Dance Rehabilitation Training through Ms. Molnar. Jennifer is certified in Mari-Jose Blom’s Smart Spine techniques, has studied with Erik Franklin, and is well-versed in anatomy and physiology and a number of adjunct rehabilitation and training methods.
Since moving to Dallas, Jennifer has continued to work with pre- and professional dancers from the area and often has clients fly in from all over the country for sessions. Jennifer's experiences and training give her a unique insight and perspective on getting and maintaining a strong, healthy body at peak performance level. Jennifer is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. Read More
Jennifer Milner has collaborated with and taught for many organizations, including:
News and Events
Sign up for February 26!
Mentorship Mondays with DMEI
DMEI is excited to announce the launch of Mentorship Mondays hosted by Andrea Zujko, founder of DMEI, and Jennifer Milner, founder of Bodies In:Motion!
These periodic mentorship sessions are a great opportunity for current and former DMEI participants to ask us any question regarding the content of any course you have attended (Foundational or Specialty) or review a specific dance injury case scenario you would like help with.
Mentorship Monday sessions will be scheduled 4 times per year, free of charge for all who sign up. Sessions will be held virtually via Zoom from 7-830 pm Eastern. Registration for each session will open 2 weeks prior to the event.
Please join us on this new venture, designed to support your development as a dance medicine practitioner. It is also a great opportunity to give back, refine our skills, strengthen our network, and continue to connect with you.
Livestream on March 3!
Autism in Dance: Continuing the Conversation
Neurodivergency is estimated to be highly prevalent in the dance world.
Last year, Jennifer and Maddie Milner sat down on IG live and discussed one aspect of this - autism. As a diagnosed autist, Maddie has been an outspoken advocate for neurodivergency support in the arts.
We’ve had so many people continue to reach out to us with questions that we’re scheduling a second livestream!
Please join us Sunday, March 3 at 12 p.m. central time on either of our IG streams! If you have questions - as a neurodivergent dancer, or as a teacher, or as a parent of a neurodivergent dancer - please feel free to submit them in advance!
Please join us as we continue the conversation!
New DMEI course!
Refining Plié and Relevé
Join me and DMEI founder Andrea Zujko for the third in our Refining Series, focused on the essential movements of Plié and Relevé.
Comprising two of the fundamental building blocks in ballet, the ability to bend the knees and rise onto the balls of the feet are movements that both the novice and the professional utilize to build and maintain strength, flexibility, and balance.
While basic, the movements of plié and relevé are far from trivial and are often plagued by compensations. These can be readily seen in various movement patterns that illustrate insufficient control of lumbopelvic alignment, hip external rotator and abductor recruitment and foot and ankle stability.
Join us for a two-day virtual workshop focused on analyzing and optimizing the quality of execution and timing of these two foundational movements.
"Jennifer has been one of the most important people on my journey. She has helped me set goals, tackle weaknesses, and gain the strength needed to build proper technique. More importantly, she has served as one of my most trusted mentors. Her sound advice comes from a place of experience, love, and in the best interest of the dancer. I have learned how to use and trust my voice and make well-informed decisions about my next steps with her guidance and support. She has helped not only to shape and strengthen my body, but my mind too. I am incredibly lucky to have Jennifer as my pilates instructor, dance whisperer, mentor, and now my friend."
Cincinatti Ballet trainee
copyright Rachel Neville Photography
Jennifer is a valuable resource for both dancers looking to recover from an injury as well as performers striving to fine-tune their instrument and move to the next level.
Marika Molnar, dance medicine pioneer and founder of Westside Dance Physical Therapy
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Have questions? Want to book an appointment? Drop me a line!
PO Box 152, Allen TX 75002