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In 2009, when Danish wounded soldiers began returning home with missing limbs and other life altering injuries, worrying reports were highlighted within the media, concerning lack of rehabilitation efforts. The Royal Danish Ballet Foundation initiated a voluntary project to help these wounded warriors.

Two Ballet Dancers/Pilates instructors Jojo Bowman and Jessie Lee joined the project using their skills as movement specialists  and so began “The Wounded Warrior Project. (DWWP).

An affiliation with Rigshospitalet was established and two double amputees began training with the dancers on a weekly basis. By 2014 – the dancers have volunteered over 4.300 hours of their time and have contributed to the rehabilitation of thirty one soldiers.

JoJo Bowman Project Leader

A classical ballet dancer with 20 years of professional experience working with such companies as English National Ballet, Berlin Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet.

Began training in Pilates 17 years ago and began an education to become a certified Instructor in 2006.

Guest speaker at the International Orthopaedic Conference in the Bella Center in 2011.

In 2011 awarded the Medal of the Danish Society for Military Medicine /Dansk Militærmedicinsk selskabs hæderstegn) by the Chief of the Defense Health Service, Erik Darre (Chefen for Forsvarets Sundhedstjeneste) for her outstanding achievements and efforts.

In April 2012 was awarded the Anders Lassen Grant by Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

August 2012 – invited to teach and lecture at Adventure camp for wounded soldiers, by the Danish Sports Organization for the Disabled and Paralympics Committee.

In 2012 the International collaboration between Denmark, USA, UK and Israel is officially established and entitled “Heroes in Motion”. The Pilates Method  Alliance invited this international collaboration to make a home within the PMA, as pioneers of the Heroes in Motion initiative.

 

In 2013 Jojo is invited to teach soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress  Disorder at Kamppause Kompagni.

 

2014 - Opened the first non military, non medical training and knowledge centre for Polytrauma Pilates worldwide.

 

Jojo is the driving force behind the DWWP. She runs the teaching schedule, is the coordinator with both the Soldiers, Sports Organization for the Disabled and Paralympics Committee and Rigshospital and runs the day to day administration of the Project.

Jessie Lee 

Pilates Master Trainer and an ex Ballet Dancer educated at the Royal Danish Ballet School. Has 13 years of dancing experience with English National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet.

In 1995 she commenced the Pilates Teacher Training with world renowned Pilates Instructor Alan Herdman in London and became a fully certified Pilates Instructor the following year.

In 2000 she was appointed “Pilates Consultant of The Royal Danish Ballet” and furthermore, opened Copenhagen Pilates Studio, the first Pilates and Gyrotonic® Studio in Denmark.

2008 Author of the Pilates book, “Sunde Vaner hele livet med Pilates og Sund,”  L&R

In 2011 awarded the Medal of the Danish Society for Military Medicine /Dansk Militærmedicinsk selskabs hæderstegn) by the Chief of the Defence Health Service, (Chefen for Forsvarets Sundhedstjeneste Erik Darre,) for her outstanding achievements and efforts.

Guest speaker at The International Orthopaedic Conference to share her unique experiences with a broader audience.

Invited to join a panel of experts at the world’s largest Pilates Conference, “The Pilates Method Alliance” in Palm Springs. Here she represented Denmark, alongside her International colleagues Harder Schwarts (Pilates Medical Center for the Israeli Army,) Mike Podlenski (San Diego’s Navy Medical Center) and Elizabeth Larkam, USA.

2012 was awarded the Anders Lassen Grant by Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

Nov 2012, The Pilates Method Alliance announces Jessie as a “Pioneer” of the international collaboration of “Heroes in Motion.” An international curriculum creating appropriate continuing education coursework.

2013. Jessie is invited to teach soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at Kamppause Kompagni.

2014. DWWP combined its facilities with the Copenhagen Pilates Studio.

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

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