Originally from Portland, OR, Pilar Millhollen came to New York via an earlier career in the performing arts, spending over a decade as a professional actor, singer and dancer in the Broadway community. Having experienced multiple overuse injuries while dancing, she discovered a love for functional physical fitness that led her to pursue a second career in health and fitness. She also holds a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and currently works in pastoral care in the clinical setting, looking toward ordination in the next year. She is deeply aware of the uniqueness of each person’s body, and thus interested in the synthesis of physical and emotional health and how best to balance both for holistic wellbeing. Pilar is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), working with individual clients from the ages of 20 to 92, and certified in the group methods of bodyART, ReXist360 (HIIT), and LifeBarre (ballet-inspired). Most recently she joined the faculty of the new American Institute for Musical Theatre, a post-secondary program where she teaches bodyART to young performers, and was invited by Fort Washington Collegiate Church to develop a new format integrating bodyART functional training with meditation and mindfulness practices.
Her motto is that “every body is different,” and encourages her students to go at their own pace and find what works best for them.