Westside Dance Physical Therapy 2002-2005
Trained private clients with some connection to physical therapy; most were pre- or post-surgery, using Pilates as an additional rehab tool. Also worked extensively with top-level ballet dancers and world-class athletes looking to cross-train for their sport: trained dancers from New York City Ballet, ABT, Kirov Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Ballet, and more. Also trained two medal-winning Olympic athletes, as well as professional baseball players, tennis players, triathletes, golf players and more. Mentored under Marika Molnar.
The Kane School of Core Integration 2002-2008
Worked extensively with long-term clients, training one-on-one once, twice, or three times a week as desired. Specialized in “special populations” such as osteopoerotics, hip replacements, or complex movement patterns while also earning a reputation for aggressively difficult workouts. Developed an extremely loyal client base.
Pilates for Life 2008-2016
Working one-on-one with long-term clients. Specializing in professional and pre-professional dancers and athletes, creating long-term goals and programs for strengthening dysfunctionally within the chosen profession. Successfully training clients through a variety of complex issues and injuries such as vertebral stress fractures, Achilles tendinopathies, talar stress fracture, extreme hypermobility, shoulder reconstruction, Osgood Schlatter, and diagnoses such as EDS and Lupus.
Group class guest teaching 2008-current
Tailoring group classes for individual dance studios as a part of summer intensives or special sessions throughout the year. Original classes include dysfunctional strength training, injury prevention, performance enhancement, stretching, and recovery classes. Clients include Texas Ballet Theatre, Ballet Academy of Texas, Hathaway Academy of Ballet, Chamberlain Performing Arts, and International Conservatory for Performing Arts.
Guest lecturing and workshops 2008-current
Writing and delivering customized workshops for ballet studio summer intensives or special company lectures. Workshops are written around studio needs; past workshops include studies on Hypermobility; Safe Stretching; Proper Turnout Technique; Foot and Ankle Strengthening; and more. Presented "Training the Hypermobile Dancer" at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science world conference in 2019 and "Post-Performance Recovery Class" seminar at the IADMS world conference in 2017. Clients include American Ballet Theatre school, Ballet Academy of Texas, Louisiana Delta Ballet, Hathaway Academy of Ballet, Dance Industry, and Chamberlain Performing Arts.
Private client list 2005-current
Training clients on her Pilates equipment, at home or remotely online, using small equipment such as bands, turnout discs, and balls. Also training dancers one-on-one in a dance studio to address specific weaknesses and biomechanical issues through a combination of ballet and Pilates, addressing issues such as turnout, arabesque height, hypermobility, pirouette imbalance, dancing with scoliosis, and more.
Teacher Training Experience
The Kane School of Core Integration 2002-2008
Taught for the Kane School’s teacher certification program, specializing in “Biomechanics” and “Special Populations”. Duties included teaching a large group of students from a written curriculum, having a thorough knowledge of the information being taught, and being able to impart the information in an easy-to-understand, memorable way, as well as being available for follow-up questions.
Staffed supervising teacher training hours, when students practiced teaching techniques on volunteers. Duties included observing students, making notes on their progress, writing mini-workshops to “brush up” on a topic as needed, stepping into a session when a safety risk or incorrect technique was observed.
Participated in the teacher training mentoring program. Duties included being observed by teacher trainers for several private sessions; being available via phone, email, and in person for follow-up and clarifying conversations; observing student in question and giving feedback over a long period of time.
Conceived, wrote, and administered the following series of teacher training tutorials:
Foot and Ankle, Knee, Pelvis and Sacrum, Spine I and II, Shoulder
Conceived, created, and taught a Pilates for Dancers group class designed to cross-train professional dancers in a Pilates setting. Utilized Feldenkrais roller, physioballs, small balls, and bands.
Class/Workshop Development 2008-current
Over the course of my professional Pilates career I’ve developed a number of continuing education classes for Pilates teachers. I’ve conceived, researched, written, advertised, and administrated the following courses:
Pilates and Dancers: Building and Maintaining a Healthy Instrument
Guided Stretching for Pilates
The Bum Rap: Targeting Glutes in A Pilates-Based Workout
Working With Rotational Discs
Special Populations for Mat Teachers
Beyond Basics: Ass-Kicking Exercises on the Reformer
Beyond Basics: Ass-Kicking Exercises on the Cadillac
Sweating the Small Stuff: Beyond Basics on the Chair and Barrel
Workshops conceived, researched, written, and administered for pre-professionals include:
Post-Performance Recovery Class
Designing A Personal Maintenance Plan for Summer Intensives
Hypermobility in Dancers
Working with Hyperextension
Foot and Ankle Care
Proper Turnout Technique
Pilates Training and Continuing Education
Mat Certification Kane School of Core Integration, 2002
Advanced Equipment Certification Kane School of Core Integration, 2002
Dance Medicine Certification Marika Molnar and Westside Dance PT, 2016
Teacher Training Program level 1 Lisa Howell, 2019
Smart Spine Certification Marie-Jose Blom, 2014
Parasetter workshop (online) Marika Molnar & Physical/Mind Institute, 2016
Progressing Ballet Technique Certification Marie Walton-Mahon, Progressing Ballet Technique, 2017
Polestar Pilates Rotational Sports workshop Brent Anderson, 2010
Pre-Natal Certification Debbi Goodman, 2003
Post-Partum Certification Debbi Goodman, 2004
Gait Analysis Debbi Goodman, 2004
Physioball Certification Lesley Powell, 2004
Pelvic Imagery Workshop Erik Franklin, 2003
Pointe shoe fitter certification The Perfect Pointe, 2016
Participant in ongoing monthly UT Southwestern-based sports medicine journal review
Jennifer is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher
Certified on the following:
All Pilates equipment, including the reformer, Cadillac, high barrel, arc, chair, and more
Smart Spine tools
Trained on the following:
Parasetter and Mini Parasetters
Personal Training and Background
Professional ballet and musical theatre dancer for 15 years, performing nation-wide. Studied Pilates privately since 1997, taking all across the country from a variety of teachers and styles. Also studied gyrotonics and yoga. Took non-certification classes in Franklin Balls, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Swedish massage. Completed college Anatomy and Physiology. PMA-certified pilates trainer. Member of Doctors for Dancers. Member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, 2003-current.