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.
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.
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.
speaker at the International Orthopaedic Conference in the Bella
Center in 2011.
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
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
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
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
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
2014. DWWP combined its
facilities with the Copenhagen Pilates Studio.