What should students expect from your class?
By incorporating mat-based moves to dance class and dance-based moves to pilates, I bring grace to the mat and stability to the dance.
With a BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University, I have been dancing for the past 38 years, teaching for the past 24 years and performing for various artists such as Mia Michaels, Jay Norman, Marjon Van Grunsven, Tomi Galaska, Mary Carbonaro and Peter Grey Terhune. I have performed on the Regal Princess and Crown Princess Cruise ships, Madora, and other local artists. I am a STOTT Certified Pilates instructor. I am a Simonson Certified Dance instructor as well as CI Training Certified instructor.
After discovering my love for movement and fitness, I discovered Pilates. With a focus on enhancing core strength and bringing increased reach, flexibility, sure-footedness, and agility, it made perfect sense for me to pair my love for dance with my next love, Pilates. I have been teaching Pilates for 11 years, and continue to challenge my students with my various teaching techniques. I am currently finishing my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
Combining Simonson Dance Technique with Pilates and CI training, I have created a unique class format that not only allows the body to flow from movement to movement, it allows the mind to connect to the present moment, leaving my clients feeling rejuvenated, renewed, and restored. Connecting to their inner “wonder” allows my client to feel more balanced and grounded.
After returning from Kenya and Uganda in November 2013, I realized the importance of tuning into one’s life purpose. After teaching women with HIV Pilates/Dance/Strength Training and listening to their life stories I now realize my life purpose to inspire others, especially women to find their own voice just as I found after the past few years of focusing on finding mine. I inspire and share my experiences with others in the hopes that it will help them believe that anything is possible, and everything is possible!
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