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Alexis is originally from Virginia and relocated to Windsor, England in 2008. As a classically trained ballet dancer, she danced professionally for 10 years. Alexis danced with the Richmond Ballet in Richmond, Virginia for 3 years; The Lexington Ballet in Lexington, Kentucky for 3 years; and danced for 4 more years with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland in Annapolis, Maryland, finishing her career in the spring of 2008.
Alexis discovered Pilates at Evolutions Body Clinic in Annapolis in 2004. Pilates benefited Alexis in her career as a dancer. As she progressed in her Pilates training she became stronger, her balance improved and she felt more efficient in her movements. Having discovered the benefits of Pilates in her own body, she began the Power Pilates teacher training program in Annapolis in 2005. Alexis continued her education in New York City where she became a comprehensively trained Power Pilates instructor for all levels including Beginner through Advanced Mat and Levels I, II and III of the Power Pilates Systems Training program. In 2012, Alexis was invited to become a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer.
Alexis recently returned to the United States after teaching in Windsor, England and in London at Pi Studios Battersea, the UK's home of Power Pilates.
Alison Laundrie comes from a varied dance/movement background. As a teenager, she danced with the Wisconsin Ballet Theater where she was first exposed to the Pilates method. After receiving her BFA in dance from University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, she freelanced in the theater arts world as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and actors' movement coach. Alison received her Pilates teacher training from the Physical Mind Institute affiliate in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she worked with young athletes and spinal injury clients in the Pilates method. Alison joined the Power Pilates team in 2001 and is a Senior Teacher Trainer for all Power Pilates teacher training programs.
Allison Gonzalez is the owner of Purely Pilates, the Bay Area Power Pilates Regional Director, and is a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor through the Pilates Guild and Power Pilates. In her twenty year career as a classical ballerina, she performed with ballet and contemporary companies in France, Italy, New York, New Jersey and New Orleans.
In New Orleans, as the director of the New Orleans Ballet Ensemble, she implemented Pilates mat classes as part of the training for the company members. Allison discovered the many strength, balance and flexibility benefits Pilates has to offer while rehabilitating from a dance injury. Following twelve years of using Pilates as a form of cross training to her dancing, Allison chose to teach Pilates. She completed the instructor training program at The Pilates Studio of New York, under the guidance of Romana Kryzanowska and Bob Liekens. Allison is now a teacher trainer for Power Pilates of NYC.
Amanda Villarreal is a Power Pilates representative in Mexico. She teaches at Inside Pilates in Monterrey.
Born in Brasil with a passion for sports, Andrea moved to Italy in 1992 where she became a Naturopath specializing in body techniques including Applied Kinesiology, Certified Operator and Instructor by the International Kinesiology College in Zurich. Andrea began practicing Pilates in 1999 to rehabilitate a chronic injury and she has had a passion for this amazing method ever since. Andrea studied with Karine Cid, who has conducted and prepared her over the years to become a Pilates instructor and to complete her comprehensive training under Master Teacher Bob Liekens and Susan Moran of Power Pilates.
Anmarie received her B.F.A from the University of Utah. She is Power Pilates Certified Teacher and has been teaching since 2001. As well as Pilates, she danced professionally with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland for 13 years.
She enjoys working with clients at all levels, especially clients with special needs, “Everything counts. I enjoy supporting and motivating my clients in their own personal Pilates journey and help teach that Pilates can be very functional in people’s everyday life and activities.”
Anmarie just had a son in January 2009, Jackson. She is a dancer at heart and plans to continue dancing for her own spiritual benefit along with her Pilates practice. Being active and in good health is very important to her as she looks forward to an energetic lifestyle with her son.
"I believe with improved self awareness comes the ability to understand our self from the inside out. When we truly know our self, we can then learn to accept our self and when we accept our self we can learn to love our self. Only then can we find true happiness and contentment in life. I love to work with open minded people who are curious about finding ways to become a better version of themselves. I want to help you be free to move without any limitations. I want you to be confident in your movement and aware of how to care for your body so that you can participate in activities/hobbies that you love to do with more zest and pleasure. As your teacher, my goal is to guide you to find ways to live a content, fulfilled and happy life."
Movement has always played a major role in Aubrey's life. It was through the dance community Aubrey discovered Pilates and all it has to offer. “Pilates gave me a whole new outlook on how I should be using and moving my body, not just in the dance studio, but in my everyday life. If I wanted to age gracefully I knew I had to start making some positive changes in the unnatural movement patterns I adopted being in the dance world for so long." As her passion for the Pilates method grew, she knew it was her mission to share the method that Joe Pilates created years ago and pass it on to anyone and everyone who wants to learn.
Aubrey received her BA in dance from Point Park University. She is a PMA certified teacher and received her comprehensive training through Power Pilates in NYC. Aubrey is also a teacher trainer for Power Pilates and annually holds mat and comprehensive trainings at the studio. She regularly attends continuing education workshops and seminars to further her knowledge and education. In 2013, Aubrey auditioned and was accepted as one of only twelve people from around the world for a program at Vintage Pilates in LA entitled "The Work." Through this program she had the privilege of studying with world renowned teacher and Pilates elder, Jay Grimes (who studied directly with Joe and Clara Pilates.) Upon completion of "The Work", Aubrey was selected to continue her mentorship with Jay at Vintage Pilates for the next iteration of the program, entitled "Teaching the Work". Concurrently Aubrey also mentors under another world renowned teacher, Kathi Ross-Nash, through her program "The Red Thread". Kathi has studied closely with first generation teachers such as Romana Kryzanowska, Kathy Grant, Sari Mejia Santo, Jay Grimes and Edwina Fontaine.
Bethanie Reidinger is a Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates in the Chicagoland area. She completed her Comprehensive Training with Power Pilates based in New York City. After post-childbirth complications, Beth found Pilates was the only rehabilitation that was successful. An avid runner and cyclist, Beth began her teaching of Pilates in 2002. Later she continued her education and taught at Fitness Formula Clubs/Chicago and at Body Endeavors Pilates studio in Chicago. A Spin instructor and part of the running and cycling community, Beth found the Pilates Method to be an integral part of conditioning her clients. She moved to the suburbs of Chicago and opened her own studio in 2008. Continuing education is highly important to Beth and she has been educated in post-natal, senior, special cases, and more. In addition to Pilates, Beth is a Spin instructor, a triathlete and a marathon runner - and a mom.
Bonnie began studying Pilates and yoga in 1999 while working part-time as a group fitness instructor in Frederick, Maryland. She was so intrigued by the unique approach of Pilates to the concept of exercise that she decided to pursue her Mat teacher training. Today, after completing over 600 hours of training and obtaining an advanced teacher training from Power Pilates, she works full-time teaching Pilates (mat and apparatus) to clients in both Maryland and Virginia. She also holds a yoga teacher certification from leading vinyasa teacher Shiva Rae.
Cheryl Turnquist is the owner of the Providence Pilates Center in Providence, RI. She has been teaching Pilates since 1999 and was first trained by the Physicalmind Method of Pilates. She then began studying the Power Pilates method and earned her Bridge certificate in 2006. Cheryl became a Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates in 2012 and is also Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certified.
Through the years, Cheryl has attended numerous conferences, continuing education classes and sessions to further her pilates expertise. Along with her Pilates work, she was a group fitness director for a nationally recognized fitness chain from 1998 - 2005. She has certifications with AFAA group fitness, spinning, TRX suspension systems, Yogafit and more. Ms. Turnquist has a BA from Providence College, an MSW from Boston College, and holds licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) from the state of RI. She has practiced as a therapist in a public school system and for several non-profit local community mental health centers at various times throughout her career. When she is not teaching at her studio, she most enjoys spending time at home with her family, reading, and playing the piano.
Christine is a Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates (2012) and Xtend Barre (2010), Xtend Barre Director of Training U.S. as well as a Pilates teacher at her in-home studio in Holly Springs, NC. She has been teaching Power Pilates continuing education workshops since 2007, and has presented Pilates workshops professionally throughout NC along with Prenatal workshops for Xtend Barre. Christine has been honored to be on faculty with the American Dance Festival at Duke University where she has been teaching Pilates mat for the past three seasons.
Christine experienced her first Pilates mat class during the American College Dance Festival at Smith College in 1996. That memory has stuck with her throughout her dancing years and beyond. As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Education, she was able to pursue modern dance and teach elementary school for special needs children. Christine then received her MS in Child Development from East Carolina University (2001). After years of work as a Child Life Specialist at UNC Hospitals, she needed to come back to her roots of movement. She received her first comprehensive teacher training from PhysicalMind Institute (2003), and then her final comprehensive training with Power Pilates (2005).
She currently resides in Holly Springs, NC with an amazing husband and two energetic boys that allow her to live her dreams day to day.
Davidson Reid has been studying Pilates for two decades as part of his dance training in Atlanta, New York, Europe and South Africa. After moving to New York to pursue a career in classical ballet, he began teaching Pilates at the Vailencourt Studio. Highlights of his career as a professional dancer include touring Europe with "West Side Story", spending a year in South Africa performing "A Chorus Line", and dancing with the Joffrey Ballet. In 1999, Davidson was comprehensively trained by Power Pilates and worked with Phoebe Higgins at the Power Pilates center on East 57TH Street, NYC for two years.
Davidson has worked with every range of physical ability, from competitive tri-athletes to those recovering from MS, muscular dystrophy, stroke, heart attack and fibromyalgia. Davidson's deep belief in the Power Pilates system comes from seeing breakthrough results from his own diverse clientele. Davidson currently runs the Power Pilates regional training center in Atlanta, Georgia at Studio Lotus.
Emily Goldenberg fell in love with Pilates, the Art of Contrology, back in the early nineties. She had several minor injuries from dance and sports that lingered on, leaving her without optimum health in her early twenties. Her Pilates instructors taught her how to use her core, the Powerhouse, to realign her body and exercise smarter and more efficiently.
In 1998, Emily began the Pilates Studio Teacher Training Program in New York with Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Pace, and Bob Liekens so that she might share this transformational work with others. Since then, she has been blessed to teach this amazing method to people in New York, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Erin Horst is the owner and founder of Evolutions Body Clinic in Annapolis, Maryland. After just two short years, the success of Evolutions allowed the studio to grow to four times its original size. Erin has worked with a wide variety of clients over the last ten years as a personal trainer. She now focuses her time on teaching Pilates. Erin is comprehensively trained by Power Pilates' and is also a Senior Teacher Trainer for all of Power Pilates teacher training programs.
Eugenia Papadopoulou is a Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates Education. She completed her education in the Pilates Method in 1992-1993 in the Pilates Studio, New York, as a Pilates Guild Trained Instructor in Authentic Pilates. Her teacher was Romana Kryzanowska, the dedicated student of Joseph Pilates, whose work is carried on to this day. She has taken classical and modern ballet classes at both Gregoriadou and Kontaxaki dance schools, as well as Indian dance classes with Lida Santala.
From 1987 until 1994, she continued her dance education in Berlin taking classes with Riki von Falken (Limon Method), Elise Ralston (Danza Expresiva), as well as Tai Chi classes with Claudia Feest and Yoga classes with Anna Trokes. At the same time, she completed the Certification Program Term 1 of the School of Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Banebridge Cohen in Amherst, MA, U.S.A. She has also attended seminars in the Feldenkrais method, Shiatsu in the Ohashi Shiatsu Center Berlin, Laban Movement Analysis with Katya Bloom and dance therapy with Anna Maracas.
Frankie has been in the fitness industry since 1985. After adopting her daughter, she left her career as a software engineer to stay home with her family. Being passionate about exercise led her to become certified through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She taught group exercise in the Dallas area for 21 years along with presenting at workshops. Frankie taught everything from step to cardio kick box and helped area clubs create energetic fitness classes. Too much of a good thing led to some hip issues, and she discovered Pilates to help balance out her workouts. It was love at first class! The physical benefits were amazing. Although she was very fit, Pilates helped her to become more flexible and most importantly, to move from her core.
Training to become a Pilates instructor became a major goal. She was first trained through Polestar in 2000, but in 2003 discovered Power Pilates and pursued their comprehensive certificate program and helped introduce them to the Dallas community. Although she was sad to leave Texas, moving to Columbus in 2006 has opened up many new opportunities. She has found a home at Body Pure Pilates in Gahanna, Ohio, where she works full-time.
Her passion for classical Pilates is fueling her desire to introduce Power Pilates teacher trainings to the Columbus community. She is also enjoying sharing mat work with high school conditioning classes. After one class, they are wowed into believing that Pilates is not just for girls!! She is fortunate to be able to share this incredible way of exercise with athletics, golfers, moms, teens, seniors, clients with back/neck issues, and anyone else searching for more body awareness, strength and flexibility.
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A lifelong health and fitness devotee, Jordana was looking for a smarter way to stay in shape after the birth of her son in 2001. She wanted something that not only made her look good, but feel good too. She tried Pilates and was hooked. It was the perfect combination of strengthening, stretching, connecting the mind and the body. Pilates made her feel healthier and stronger than ever - it was like finding the fountain of youth. She was so inspired she decided to make a major life change - she closed her health food store to pursue a career in Pilates. Studying with Susan Moran and Bob Liekens of Power Pilates in New York City, and Teacher Trainer Juliet Harvey in Beacon, NY only left her wanting more. In 2010, she became a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer. She's always excited to share the joy of teaching and guide apprentices as they hone their craft. "Teaching fits perfectly into my busy life as a full-time Mom," Jordana says. "There's nothing else I'd rather do than teach Pilates". Enjoying the good life in Beacon, NY and pregnant with her second child, she has no intention of slowing down. She plans to continue sharing her passion for Pilates and remain a student always. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from New York University.
Julie Cordier began teaching the Classical Pilates Method in 2004 and is a Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates. She has continued her studies through The Pilates Center of Boulders Masters Program, The Work with Jay Grimes of Vintage Pilates, and has been studying under and assisting Kathryn Ross-Nash with her Red Thread Program for the last 3 years. Julie has also been teaching the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Methods since 2007 and is a Gyrotonic Master Trainer and is currently studying to become a Gyrokinesis Master Trainer. She has over a 10 years of experience training professionals in both of these movement methods, in addition to her 14 years teaching all levels and abilities of clientele. Julie teaches Internationally and is based out of Cincinnati, OH where she directs and owns BodyMind Balance Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio.
Kandace Lopez began Pilates in 1999, completing her initial teacher training, with Stott Pilates after struggling with a back injury. She then went on to complete all of the courses in Stott Pilates until becoming part of the Power Pilates Team in 2007. Kandace was drawn to their clear concise teaching formula, and the classical approach to Joseph Pilates methodology as taught by Power Pilates. Kandace holds a Black Belt 2nd Dan. Kandace is a Pre-Trainer in GYROTONIC and in the Master Trainer apprenticeship, as well as a GYROKINESIS instructor and certified in all of the GYROTONIC specialized equipment.
Kandace has over 20 years in the health and fitness industry, but considers her Teacher Training for Power Pilates to be a highlight. Kandace enjoys teaching teachers and providing the same inspiration to her students that drew her to the Power Pilates family.
Karen first encountered pilates thirteen years ago while dancing at UCLA. Through her own practice, she realized the importance and effectiveness of the method for creating healthy, vital body and was inspired to become a teacher. Karen holds teacher training certificates from Power Pilates™, Long Beach Dance Conditioning, and the Physicalmind Institute. She has an MA in Dance from UCLA, and has also practiced and taught GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® for seven years. Karen has lived, danced, and taught in Asia and Latin America. She now resides in Long Beach, California where she owns KNS Studio Pilates and Gyrotonic. With a Power Pilates approach to the method, Karen is committed to bringing the best in classical pilates education to her diverse clientele.
Karen has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. Her career in fitness began as an aerobic instructor and personal trainer, progressing to a group fitness director and program coordinator. She has designed, developed, and implemented movement programs at both ends of the spectrum; from advanced fitness levels to aquatic and land rehabilitation. In 1998, Karen began her training in the classical method of Pilates. After completing 700 Pilates method apprentice hours, she pursued the opportunity to continue and advance her studies with Power Pilates. She earned a Level 3 (advanced) certificate in both mat and apparatus. Karen is also certified (Level 2) Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner. In addition she has studied movement anatomy with the famed Ms. Irene Dowd, and she is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.
Karine Cid, Occupational Therapist and Teacher trainer in charge of Power Pilates' Education program in Italy, has been teaching Pilates since 1987. After earning her degree she worked in the sector of functional rehabilitation, postural re education and athletic preparation. For over ten years she has studied directly with some of the elders most experienced teachers of the first generation, including Romana Kryzanowska, She also collaborated with the New York School in the didactic preparation of new students, reaching the highest professional level of the Pilates Method.
She is the author of several articles which have been published in leading international health and fitness journals and has held Teacher Training programs, conventions and continuing education courses in Europe, United States and South America.
Lesly Levy, PMA_CPT, former owner of Mindful Moves Pilates Center, and current Power Pilates Senior Teacher Trainer and VBARRE Teacher Trainer, has been professionally instructing within the fitness field for 25+ years. Lesly brings with her a vast knowledge of Anatomy, Kinesiology, injuries, injury prevention. Lesly obtained her first Pilates certificate from the PhysicalMind Institute, her second from Power Pilates and is also Gold Certified with the PMA. She has presented at both ECA and PMA as well and is a regular presenter at Power Conferences in NYC and has traveled both within the US as well as internationally to teach Pilates Training Courses. Lesly's other certifications/trainings include: ACE PT, ACE Group Fitness, Mad Dog Spin, Yogafit, Indo Row, TRX, VBARRE, Beyond Barre, Irene Dowd Anatomy, FAMI, and specialties of recognition in perinatal fitness. Lesly is a wife and mother of 2. In her spare time, enjoys skiing, music, going to the theatre and reading.
Lisa Hunsaker is the owner of Turning Point Fitness in Columbus, Ohio. Lisa's love for physical movement started with her study of dance at the age of four. She continued her dance career at The Ohio State University, but graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management. She has worked for Walt Disney World and Starwood Hotels.
Lisa is a certified Health and Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Power Pilates Teacher Trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Xtend Barre Instructor, and Pre/Post Natal certified.
Lisa considers herself to be active in the fitness community in Columbus and is excited about bringing the latest fitness trends and research to Turning Point Fitness.
A native of Brazil, Marcia studied classical ballet for twenty-six years, along with fifteen years of modern ballet. During her studies, she was introduced to the discipline of Pilates and was amazed at the benefits achieved through this technique. In Brazil, she trained in Pilates for three years with Cecilia Panelli. Immediately after moving to the United States, Ḿrcia joined the Power Pilates training program at its affiliate center in Annapolis.
In 2004, Ḿrcia opened the Center of Life Pilates Studio, a Power Pilates Participating Training Center. Due to ever increasing public interest, in 2005, the studio expanded to its present location. In 2005, she became a Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates.
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Melanie Walter is the owner of Rocky Mountain Pilates in Lafayette, Colorado near Boulder. Melanie discovered Pilates in 1999 along her journey of 25+ years teaching group fitness classes, and never looked back. After receiving teacher training certificates from two Pilates schools in the local Boulder area, she found Power Pilates at a conference in Las Vegas in 2011. The camaraderie and talent of the presenters convinced her to pursue becoming a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer for the Colorado area. Mentoring from the Power Pilates staff has propelled Melanie to achieve this status.
Melanie also has a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and works part time in the field of engineering for the City of Westminster, Colorado. She holds an ACE certification for group fitness instruction and teaches part time at Lakeshore Athletic Club in Broomfield, Colorado.
Mimi AJ Lyou first learned about Pilates when she was taking the master course in dance education major at NYU in 1993. As a dancer, she wanted to delve deeper into Pilates but never had the chance during her time in New York.
She went back to Korea and taught students majoring in dance for 7 years. After watching many of her students suffer from dance injuries, she realized the importance of healing movement and decided to come back to New York to pursue Pilates teacher training. In 2003, Mimi became a comprehensively trained instructor of Power Pilates. The Comprehensive program inspired her to become a Teacher Trainer so she could spread the methodology of classical Pilates in Korea. After many years of rigorous training, Mimi became a Teacher Trainer and the Regional Director of Korea in 2013.
Mimi has been teaching classical Pilates at CanDo Fitness in Korea since 2003. She also teaches as a guest trainer at National Modern Dance Company in Korea. Her many years of experience has taught her that classical Pilates is not only for injured dancers: it is a tool to improve the quality of life for all. She is proud to be a missionary of classical Pilates!
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Patty Geiger has spent the last twenty-six years in the fitness arena as a coach, teacher, personal trainer, trainer of trainers, and director of group exercise programs. In 1998, she started her own business that has evolved into studioVIB with two studios in North Carolina. Patty is a Penn State graduate with a background in competitive synchronized swimming. She was originally trained by the PhysicalMind Institute and attended intensives at The Pilates Center in Boulder prior to going through the Power Pilates Program. Patty eagerly became a Regional Director and Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates in 2003. She has received numerous "Best in Class" Awards for her studio including Best Pilates & Yoga Studio in her County for 5 consecutive years.
Rebecca Sirkel has over 16 years experience in the mind/ body industry including Personal Training, Yoga and Pilates. She holds a degree in Exercise Science from Arizona State University and received her 600 hour Comprehensive Pilates training with Power Pilates under the guidance of Bob Liekens and Susan Moran in 2006. She earned the gold standard Pilates certification with the Pilates Method Alliance in 2011. Her desire to share Pilates led her to become a Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates in 2012. Now she shares her passion for Pilates by mentoring and offering certifications for those who wish to make teaching Pilates a career. Rebecca has gained expertise with her time, experience and continuing education in Spinal Pathology, How to better communicate, Spotting and Touch technique, How to incorporate props, Neuromuscular conditions, and Super Advanced Pilates for Athletes. She believes in a holistic lifestyle which led her to obtain a certification with eCornell in Plant Based Nutrition. Additionally, she is a writer for a Pilates & Nutrition blog called www.Pilates123.com aimed at informing and connecting Pilates teachers and clients.
Robert Surenbroek is the co-owner and founder of East Bay Pilates in Emeryville, California. He has an extensive background in sports and personal training. Mr. Surenbroek has trained extensively with Allison Gonzalez, Bob Liekens, Susan Moran, and Jay Grimes.
In addition to his Pilates' experience, Robert has a broad background in swimming and water-polo, including being a member of one of the top water-polo teams of the Netherlands. He is a certified snowboard instructor from the Austrian Snowboard Association, and is an avid snowboarder.
Robert had a long career in the film and television industry in Europe and the USA. As a former director of photography for film, video and television, Robert's international experience includes network and production companies across the globe, such as the, BBC, Deutsche Welle, MTV, Reuters, A & E., and Bravo. Through many years working as a cameraman and hands-on knowledge of the sporting world, Robert has a unique understanding of the body, and a passion for movement appropriate for all types of individuals.
Stacie Dombrowski has been teaching in the exercise industry for over twenty years, beginning as an aerobic instructor in Florida. In 1988, Stacie received her Masters degree in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University and continued on as a personal trainer and aerobic instructor at many of the exclusive country clubs in South Florida.
Moving to North Carolina in 1995, Stacie began yoga and pilates training. She received her original Pilates teacher training from The Physical Mind Institute in 2000 and also became a registered Yoga Alliance instructor in 2002. In 2003, Stacie became a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer and in 2006 Stacie added Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certification. Stacie continues to enjoy teaching pilates at Triangle Pilates in Cary, North Carolina.
Stephanie West (Iervoline) started practicing Pilates in 2002 after a car accident left her with a broken pelvis and back. After 11 months of physical therapy, she was out of pain, but had limited strength and range of motion. Kimberly Karpanty, a Pilates Instructor with Core Dynamics(c) and dance professor suggested Pilates as a way to transition back into dancing full time. Pilates was the only form of rehabilitation that worked her range of motion and challenged her strength. She got back to dancing stronger than ever before. Stephanie graduated from Kent State University (Ohio) with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Stephanie then went on to study dancer injuries and movement analysis at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (NYC) and is a Certified Movement Analyst. Stephanie has a passion for teaching Pilates, and her strengths include identifying a clients' strengths so that together they can "work what works." Utilizing the skill set Stephanie has acquired through her training at Power Pilates and many years of movement experience, she knows that "Movement Heals" and that a proactive and positive approach is what will make change occur. By working at Power Pilates, and becoming a Teacher Trainer in 2012, Stephanie is continuing to sharpen the teaching tools that make her such an approachable instructor. "Our every day lives continuously take us away from our mind/body connection. Pilates is the way I connect my mind to my Powerhouse, and want nothing more than to guide others towards that awareness."
Movement, consistency, motivation, and discipline...all elements of Stormi's approach as a student, instructor, and teacher. In 2006, after leaving her first official mat class, Stormi was immediately intrigued by the Joseph Pilates method and began her career as a Power Pilates Instructor/Teacher Trainer.
Stormi, a native Texan, was driven to dance prior to learning to walk and has never stopped. By age 10, under the mentorship of Joyce Seaborne Bader, Stormi solely focused on classical foundations, progressing with Distinction through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). During this time she was granted scholarships to the American Academy of Ballet and captured leading roles with Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet, directed by Paul Mejia.
Observing the longstanding benefits of Pilates' classical, systematic, and integrative approach and Vbarre's shared philosophy, Stormi believes she has chosen the best of two fitness worlds. Her joy is derived from sharing her love of movement, continuing life as a student, and enabling clients and teachers to not achieve, but surpass their fitness goals.
Power Pilates System I (2007) | Comprehensive (2008) | Teacher Trainer (2014) and Vbarre Instructor (2012) | Teacher Trainer (2014)
Susan Smith Burns was first introduced to The Pilates Method in 1999 while completing her Master of Science degree in Health Fitness Management at The American University in Washington, DC. What started as a new and different way to work out quickly turned into a favorite activity, as Susan found herself spending more and more time in the Pilates room of the studio where she worked as a personal trainer and Spinning instructor. Although her initial aspirations upon graduation were to tackle the public policy side of healthcare, the more she used the Method for her personal health and wellness goals, the more she longed to share her passion with others. Completion of a Beginner Mat training program led to a full apparatus training program and the founding of balance, Your Pilates, Yoga & Gyrotonic Studio in January 2001.
As word spread and more people learned of the profound benefits of Pilates, Yoga and Gyrotonic exercise, Balance Studio quickly outgrew its small space in Rockville, MD and expanded to a second location in Bethesda, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. In January 2005, the Bethesda studio moved to its current location and doubled in size again three years later. The Rockville studio was moved to a larger location in November 2007.
A friend introduced Susan to Power Pilates in 2004 and it was love at first sight. She became a Power Pilates instructor in 2005 and was invited to be a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer in 2010. Balance Studio has been a host studio for Power Pilates instructor training programs since 2004. Susan has also been a certified instructor in the GYROTONIC Expansion System since 2005.
Tess' experience with the Pilates Method spans over 25 years. In 1986, after graduating with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, she discovered Pilates while performing in a Miami based student dance company. Pilates was love at first sight for Tess, and a move from Miami to Manhattan in 1989, eventually led her to practice in the historical Pilates studio called "Drago's Gym" where Romana Kryzanowska, the world renowned protege of Joseph Pilates, taught for many years. After returning to Florida in the 90's, she continued to practice Pilates regularly. In 1998, following a desire to share her enthusiasm for Pilates with others, she headed back to the Big Apple to become a teacher. She was trained by Romana Kryzanowska at Drago's earning her first certificate as a Second Generation Pilates teacher.
In 2005, she decided to become a teacher of teachers and subsequently completed a second training program with Bob Liekens of Power Pilates. She received her Power Pilates Teacher Trainer Diploma in 2009. Tess owned Pilates Premier Studios, Inc. in St. Petersburg, FL, an Affiliate Power Pilates Teacher Training and Continuing Education Center, until September of 2012. During this time, she was also an adjunct faculty member of St. Petersburg College providing continuing education courses for the Physical Therapy Department. Tess has worked with clients of differing age and physical condition ranging from children to the elderly, and from the de-conditioned or injured, to the professional dancer and athlete. Tess's knowledge as a nurse and performing artist assists her clients in experiencing the art and science of Pilates. She strives to maintain the classical spirit of the work and has been convinced time and time again that a classical approach guarantees results, empowers others and respects the life time work of Joseph H. Pilates. She recently relocated to Paris, and as Power Pilates’ Regional Director of France, she will lead Power Pilates Educational Programs commencing in 2014. Tess is a PMA certified teacher.
Veronica Combs is a B.F.A. graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. It was through her training as a classical ballet dancer that she was introduced to Pilates. She began her Pilates education in 1997 and holds teacher training certificates from Power Pilates, The PilateSystem, and PhysicalMind. She is the Regional Director of Power Pilates in Texas. As a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer, she administers training programs as well as continuing education courses in Dallas, TX at the Regional Training Center, Classic Pilates. Veronica is also the creator of Vbarre, the exclusive barre program of Power Pilates and Apogee Lifestyles, Inc.
Vicki Hickerson is the owner and senior instructor of Body Springs Studio in Austin, Texas. During her fourteen year engagement as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, while rehabilitating from a dance injury, Vicki discovered the many benefits that Pilates has to offer.
Following three years of private sessions training, Vicki chose Pilates for her second career. She entered the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning instructor training program at The Pilates Studio of New York which required six hundred hours of apprenticeship under the guidance of Romana Kryzanowska ( a devotee and pupil of Joseph Pilates) and Bob Liekens (master teacher trainer). After earning her certificate, she began teaching at Tribeca Body Works in New York City and The Movement Place in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Vicki became comprehensively trained through the Power Pilates program in 2005.
Body Springs Studio fulfills Vicki's desire to offer Austin area residents the advantages of training in the classical Pilates method and represents her belief that anyone desiring a total body conditioning program will be greatly rewarded for his/her efforts under her direction. Vicki is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance and is also proud to be part of the Power Pilates team. She has accepted a position as a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer, and will be conducting teacher training and continuing education programs at Body Springs Studio.
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Virginia Acosta, a native of the Dominican Republic, is the owner / director of Control Pilates Studio and the Regional Director of Power Pilates in the Dominican Republic.
For over 25 years Virginia has been evolving her exercise palate. As a child she began her love of movement with classical ballet, she had an artistic inclination towards dance, music and performing arts. Her passion grew as an adult focusing on yoga and contemporary dance; she studied various techniques including Horton, Limon and Graham. Virginia also studied Business Administration, specializing in advertising Media Placement. She worked for major advertising agencies in the Dominican Republic as well as on television as a TV news reporter. While working for the news station she put dance on hold for three years. "It was amazing to be a reporter but it was not my passion, so I returned to dance."
After several years the dance company she belonged to closed. She searched for a way to continue to train her body and after trying all traditional ways in a gym and failing she met a Cuban dancer and Pilates' teacher visiting the Dominican Republic. Virginia took a course with her and from the very first day she was hooked. She researched a variety of Pilates programs online but "like an arrow to my heart I fell in love with Power Pilates". In 2004 she earned her certificate as a Power Pilates Instructor, introducing the method in her country; she pioneered the first Pilates studio, and continues to be the leader in teaching Classical Pilates in the Dominican Republic. She received her PMA Certification in April 2011.
Virginia lives in the Dominican Republic with her husband and four sons. She feels fulfilled in life and work as she has devoted herself to her passion sharing the teachings of Pilates with others.