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!
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
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
Chicago Ballet Arts
360 Dance Festival
Inaside Dance Chicago Company
Inaside Dance Chicago - Summer Intensive
Ballet Austin Academy
Ballet Austin Academy - Summer Intensive
Austin Dance Camp
Round Rock High School - Dance Department
Castle Hill Fitness & Spa
Mecca Gym & Spa
Hayley Otterbach, Physical Therapy
Lost Creek Country Club
World Gym - Austin Region
Gold's Gym - Austin Region