When dancers try Pilates they generally love it. Pilates wasn't developed for dancers, but Joseph Pilates worked with a ton of them, especially when he made his big move to NYC. He continued to work with famous ballerinas and modern dancers as the system of exercises developed, making it easy to see how the two could have become so closely related.
Pilates is incredibly useful to dancers when cross-training. Whether you're just trying to lengthen your spine, develop long lean muscles, develop a strong core, or rehab from pain or injury, Pilates can help. I promise. (Coming from personal experience. I'm sure another post on that will be in the future...) Not only that, but the system of exercises will teach you proper alignment, helping you to AVOID future injuries (yay!).
Dancers find peace in doing Pilates because it uses the full body movements that they are used to. The mind is the most important element when training in both dance and Pilates. Focus on alignment, breath, grace, strength, posture, etc. are all integral parts in mastering both.
It usually doesn't take much to get dancers to try something that is going to help them feel better so I'll keep it short.
My dancing friends come see me! Let's stretch and get strong, and maybe even create a few dance combos while we're at it?