Movement, health and wellness has been a huge part of my life for over 25 years.  I began studying dance, then was introduced to pilates and yoga by dance instructors.  These additional discoveries of movement helped to extend my professional dance career to over 20 years and helping me to overcome various health issues and injuries.  

A chronic asthmatic for my entire life, I feel that I have been able to strengthen my diaphragm, understand my respiratory system and to maximize my breathing.  Having suffered many dance injuries and surgeries, as well as a catastrophic accident, being struck by an out of control car as a pedestrian, movement has helped me return to a full life.

I have completed several intensive Pilates Teacher Trainings, many yoga teacher certifications, continuing education and training in Thai Yoga, Laban-Bartenieff Fundamentals, TRX, Barre certifications, Cardiolates, Aerial Fitness, Personal Training.  Along with being the constant student, I have also developed teaching programs and have been a master teacher - adjunct faculty at the DePaul Theater School Pilates Instructor for Graduate Studies, developed/wrote/master instructor Aerial Yoga Teacher Training Program. Guest instructor for various professional dance companies and several opera companies' Young Artist programs.

 

Having been on faculty at many dance academies, pilates and yoga studios, chiropractic and physical therapy clinics, fitness and wellness studios, I have also been supervisor of Galter LifeCenter's Yoga and Tai Chi program, affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital, developing on-site yoga retreats, oncology and cardiology yoga programs with the hospital.

 

As well as working with professional dancers, while living in Austin, TX, I worked extensively with marathoners, triathletes and iron people - developed programs, workshops for all.  While in Chicago, I was honored to work with the cast of Cirque du Soleil's Luzia, being their private pilates and yoga instructor and assisting with the physical therapy department of Luzia.

 

I am always excited to help others to connect to the bodies, accomplish goals and feel better physically and in turn feel better emotionally and mentally. Please reach out and see how I can help you.  Best wishes!

 

 

 

Certifications/Continuing Education

Equinox Pilates Teacher Training - complete recertification                             Chicago, IL

Pilates on Fifth - continual pilates/movement classes                                      NYC

TRX Suspension Training Certified                                                                   Chicago, IL

AIR - Aerial Fitness - Teacher Training                                                             Chicago, IL

Chicago Yoga Center - Yoga Teacher Training - Level Two                             Chicago, IL

Anat Baniel Method - continuing education                                                      Chicago, IL

From The Center Pilates - Pilates Teacher Training - Cont. Ed                       Chicago, IL

David Swenson - Yoga Training - Ashtanga Yoga                                            Dallas, TX

The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute (Beryl Bender Birch) - Yoga TT                Austin, TX

Yoga Yoga - Yoga Teacher Training - Cont. Ed                                                Austin, TX

Mary Romeu - Yoga Training - Anusara Yoga                                                  Austin, TX

Body Conditioning by Ann Arnoult - complete Pilates Teacher Training          Austin, TX

PhysicalMind Institute - Pilates Teacher Training - mat certified                      Santa Fe, NM

1996-1999    Point Park Conservatory of the Performing Arts - BFA Dance    Pittsburgh, PA

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Teaching Resumé

Equinox - Chicago Region

Finger Lakes Opera - Young Artists

Des Moines Metro Opera - Young Artists

Cirque du Soleil - Luzia

Peninsula Spa - Chicago

Chicago Athletic Clubs

The Core Studio Pilates/Gyrotonic Studio

Lakeshore Athletic Club - Chicago

From the Center Pilates

Galter LifeCenter

Chicago Ballet Arts

ChiArts

360 Dance Festival

Inaside Dance Chicago Company

Inaside Dance Chicago - Summer Intensive

Ballet Austin Academy

Ballet Austin Academy - Summer Intensive

Thodos Dance 

Austin Dance Camp

Round Rock High School - Dance Department

Castle Hill Fitness & Spa

Mecca Gym & Spa

Butera Chiropractic

Hayley Otterbach, Physical Therapy

Lost Creek Country Club

World Gym - Austin Region

Gold's Gym - Austin Region