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 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."
Ballet West PTD
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News and Events
New Bendy Bodies Podcast!!
Embracing Neurodivergency and Hypermobility
Jessica Eccles, MD
Jessica Eccles, world-renowned psychiatrist and a specialist on brain-body neuroscience, talks to us about neurodivergency.
People with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes) are seven times more likely to be autistic, and six times more likely to have ADHD, compared to the general population.
Dr. Eccles offers suggestions for seeking aid if you suspect you're neurodivergent and gives advice for teachers and parents to be more effective in their roles with neurodivergent artists.
Thursday, May 13
Back to Basics with Dansemedica!
Thursday, May 13 at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST I'll be taking over Dansemedica's IG page for a livestream class!
May is EDS Awareness month, and we'll be going Back to Basics as I discuss exercises and strategies to help hypermobile dancers feel stronger as they stabilize their mobility.
Come take the free class!
Saturday, June 12
Spot On! Pinpointing Your Perfect Pirouette Workshop
Want to improve your pirouette? Join me and dance medicine physical therapist Katherine van den Heuvel as we take a look at advanced concepts in turning. Free your spot, release neck tension, and improve trunk coordination.
New Blog Post!
Choose Your Words
The dance world has long been famous for its harsh directors and verbally abusive teachers - film and tv can’t get enough of them. But even without the overt abuse, dancers all over the world are hurt on a daily basis by (somewhat) well-meaning people in authority who just. Don’t. Choose. Their. Words.
We owe it to the next generation to do better. And we owe it to ourselves to stop making excuses for it.
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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PO Box 152, Allen TX 75002