Stefanie Ellis (Creator) Stefanie Ellis graduated from Emory University in 1997 and Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in 1999. Her business background led her to work in Tokyo and New York before she decided to change her lifestyle and transition to a career in fitness.  Initially trained by All American Pilates and Power Pilates, Stefanie created Classical Pilates Education in 2013 to continue the legacy of Joseph Pilates original method. Stefanie owns Pilates of Boca East and West studios, as well as Xtend Barre & Pilates WPB.

 

Allison Buckenheimer Allison graduated from Florida State University in 2008 with a bachelors degree in fashion merchandising. Allison first found Pilates while she was a dancer, but it was after her dance career that she truly fell in love with all the benefits that Pilates can offer. She continued to practice Pilates while she worked in the fashion industry, but ultimately changed her career and couldn’t be happier. Allison holds a classical certification from Power Pilates and is also certified in Xtend Barre, TRX, and Real Ryder. Allison was excited to join Classical Pilates Education in 2013 as a Teacher Trainer. (Pilates Pavilion)
 
Bambi Watt Certified Pilates, TRX and Xtend Barre teacher trainer & instructor. Bambi is the owner of Willow Pilates Studio, Nashville’s premier Pilates studio for 17 years running. After the birth of her first child in 1995, Watt hired a personal trainer to help her get back in shape. By 1996 she had become an ACE and AFAA certified personal trainer herself. In 1997, she started Pilates and studied with Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska. Bambi has a personal passion for the mind body connection to exercise and enjoys helping others achieve their fitness goals through this movement. Bambi was thrilled to join Classical Pilates Education in 2015. (Willow Pilates)

 

Dana Eisenstein Smythe Dana Eisenstein is a Classical Pilates Teacher Trainer and former professional dancer. Dana received a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College and went on to become an acclaimed dancer with the Kevin Wynn Collection in New York City for over seven years. Due to her own dance related injuries, Dana began to study Pilates. As a result of the tremendous success she had in healing her own body, she went on to successfully complete her Pilates’ certification training in 1998. She has integrated Pilates into many of the finest healthcare facilities and spas throughout the world. Dana has trained celebrities, including Sting, Hugh Grant and Mary Louise Parker to name a few. Dana was inspired by her love of fitness and dance as well as her life-long passion for fashion to launch Yummy Bodywear in Spring 2010. Dana and her husband, Ken, reside in New York’s Westchester County.

 

Elisabeth David Elisabeth graduated from Florida State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media & Communication Studies. During college is when she found her love for Pilates. Since the age of 3, Elisabeth competitively showed horses. By the time she was 17, she competed in the Grand Prix level, which contributed to immense physical strength and control. While attending college at Florida State University, and in the absence of her horses, Elisabeth needed to find a way to maintain the strength she had worked so hard to develop. This is when she discovered Pilates. After much research, she realized that Pilates was commonly used by equestrians to improve their sport, so Elisabeth jumped right into Pilates. After only a few sessions, she found that it not only kept her strong, but it also gave her the physique she always wanted. Pilates truly is a full mind-body workout, and it quickly became her passion. Elisabeth was excited to join Classical Pilates Education as a Teacher Trainer in 2014. (Pilates of Kansas City)

 

Katherine Slay Katherine Slay’s love for movement is infectious. With over a decade of teaching experience, she is a Teacher Trainer for both classical Pilates and Barre, residing in Southern California but teaching worldwide. A scholarship graduate of Chapman University, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2001. And by the age of 19 her dance resume included scholarships with the Joffrey Ballet (NYC), the movie the Big Lebowski, industrials for Tiffany & Co. and the title of Miss Dance California for Dance Masters of America. She currently resides in Newport Beach, CA where she teaches to packed classes and a clientele that includes fellow teachers and celebrities. She lives in a mid-century modern bungalow with her lovable English Bulldog Matilda and is thrilled to be a part of the Classical Pilates Education team. (katherineslay.com)

 

Katie Thoms Katie Thoms holds a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Florida. After college Katie thought she wanted to be a fashion buyer. Having worked her way up through Nordstrom’s ranks, Katie decided it was not the career she aspired to. Years earlier she got tired of just going to the gym and was curious about a new trend she kept hearing all the Hollywood stars were doing…Pilates. Katie actually rediscovered Pilates having been exposed to some of the exercises that made her abs hurt when she took ballet as a child. Katie’s best friend encouraged her to look into teaching Pilates. Working out was always Katie’s favorite part of her day so she wanted to give that gift to other people. It has changed her life for the significantly better and she hopes to inspire others as well. (Pilates of Boca)

 

Kristen Mosier Kristen Mosier graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a BS in Early Childhood Education in 2002. She also danced with the nationally ranked FSU Golden Girls Dance Team. Earning a degree in teacher education, coupled with a classical dance background allowed for a seamless transition to a fitness career. Once Kristen discovered the Pilates method, she quickly sought out certification and devoted herself to learning and teaching the method to others. Kristen holds classical and contemporary certifications from Power Pilates and STOTT Pilates. She is also certified in TRX Suspension Training, Core Barre, the Pink Ribbon Program, and AFAA. Kristen is excited to join Classical Pilates Education as a Teacher Trainer, and is devoted to helping people better themselves through the Pilates method. As a the owner of Body & Mind Pilates, Kristen enjoys challenging her clients to exceed their own expectations. (Body and Mind Pilates)

 

Lauren Small Lauren Small graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA in dance in 1998, where she also helped to build the dance major program. Immediately after college, Lauren began her first professional dancing job as a Radio City Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She danced with Radio City for three years and then moved on to dance on various cruise ships. During her career as a Rockette, she sustained a leg injury and used Pilates to rehabilitate. After falling in love with the Pilates method, she eventually transitioned from client to trainer and received her classical certification from Performing Arts Physical Therapy and The Pilates Studio of L.A in 2001. She also holds a contemporary certification from All American Pilates, and is also certified in TRX and Xtend Barre.  Lauren joined Classical Pilates Education in 2013 and enjoys her role as Teacher Trainer for the organization. (Pilates of West Palm Beach)

 

Lynn Wilcox Lynn Wilcox is studio owner and instructor of Pilates Pavilion in Tallahassee, FL since 2006. Prior to that, Lynn was the Pilates Director for the Athletic Club Boca Raton, where she worked for eight years. Lynn holds two Comprehensive Pilates Certifications from Classical Pilates Education, Boca Raton and Power Pilates, New York. She is a Teacher Trainer for CPE. Lynn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University. She is a former competitive gymnast and coach. (Pilates Pavilion)

 

Nora Gomez-Dears Nora Gomez-Dears has two dozen years of dance teaching experience and over 15 years as a certified Pilates instructor. Nora received a B.S. in physical education and dance from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and participated in graduate studies at Antioch University (Keene, NH). Nora founded and ran The Academy of Movement from 1990 – 2000. Nora began her study of Pilates as a young ballet dancer in Puerto Rico at the age of 13 with Lolita San Miguel, one of the two people certified by Joseph Pilates. She continued her Pilates training and became a member of the Power Pilates® teaching team. She was a International Teacher Trainer. In 2010, Nora became a certified instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). In addition, she completed a Masters in Pilates from The Pilates Center of Boulder in 2011. Nora has operated Atelier Pilates, in Somerville, MA, and trained students at her studio for over a dozen years. She has joined Classical Pilates Education as a Senior Teacher Trainer and New England Regional Director. (Atelier Pilates)

 

Stephanie McCluney Stephanie McCluney graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a BA in Dance Performance. Having danced since she was a little girl, after college, Stephanie danced professionally for seven years before transitioning full-time to a career in Pilates. Stephanie discovered Pilates as a means of conditioning for dance. Stephanie also holds certifications in Xtend Barre, Xtend Stick, TRX and GroupX. Stephanie and her husband, Brian, have two children, Brynn and Connor. (Centered Studio Pilates Center of Viera)

 

Tanya Failla Clark Tanya Clark is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Theater. Tanya discovered Pilates at the FSU gym as a freshman and hasn’t looked back. With jazz, tap, ballet and belly dance training, along with singing, acting and theater, Pilates offers Tanya a mind/body outlet. As a Teacher Trainer, Tanya relishes being a part of the soon-to-be teacher’s journey and learning process. Tanya is certified by Pilates Method Alliance, Classical Pilates Education and Power Pilates, Power Plate and Xtend. Her hobbies include nutrition and health, cooking, movies, dance, the performing arts, friends and family. Tanya and her husband, Tyson, are expecting a baby boy in August 2014. (Pilates of Boca)