Isabelle was born in France and studied ballet. At the age of 15, she moved to Germany to persue her dream and two years later she began her career as a professional ballet dancer in Wiesbaden. During her eighteen-year career, she danced at the Bavarian State Ballet, the Zurich Opera House, and in many other prestigious houses of the world. Pilates has always kept her in shape and helped her avoid injuries. She is certified in Stott Pilates and teaches matwork and equipment training (Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair …). Isabelle is also specialized in Pre – and Postnatal Pilates training as well as Barrework. The Pilates Parcours, which combines all the different acitivities of the training, was developed by her.
Isabelle teaches with great joy and passion and is happy to share her experiences and knowledge.
Ariel is a certified Pilates instructor, movement practicioner, and dancer based in Berlin since 2010. Her experience includes 22 years as a professional dancer, teaching Pilates across the US and Germany since completing her certification through Ellie Herman in 2004, and 5 years as a movement therapist in a chiropractor’s office in the U.S.. She worked as an adjunct professor of dance and anatomy/kinesiology at Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College and Keene State College in the U.S and has taught movement to actors and dancers at State Theaters throughout Germany. As a teacher she is interested in refining alignment in the body and discovering the small muscles that support larger movement.
Driven by her passion for movement, Lucy utilises the Pilates method to help people find their optimum health and wellbeing. She approaches teaching movement in a practical and functional way - looking to create sustainable movement patterns through a fun and challenging class. Lucy brings her considerable knowledge of the body and dance to her teaching. Trained as a physiotherapist in Australia, and completing her Pilates certification with APPI in Melbourne, Australia, Lucy’s passion is for helping people become the expert in their own bodies. When she’s not teaching, you’ll find her in the ballet studio, partner dancing or on the climbing wall.
Eléonore is a dancer and Pilates Trainer. After years as a Ballet dancer in various theatres, including in Germany, she opted in 2016 for a life in Berlin and as a freelancer. From day one, the capital city felt just like home! Pilates has accompanied and supported her as a dancer. In 2018 she took a new path as a BASI certified trainer. Thanks to Pilates, she wants to help others build up strength and flexibility. With precise movement, body awareness - and hopefully some fun! - you will enhance power, self- confidence and well-being. Good to know: Eléonore can teach in German, English, French or Spanish.
For Tuyen Pilates is the best way to connect mind and body and to completely focus on herself and to combine breath with movement. Gaining inner and outer strength and furthermore elongating her body - especially the spine - is what she feels everytime she is doing Pilates. For the first time in her life she enjoyed doing workouts instead of forcing herself to exercise. When discovering the Pilates method a couple of years ago she was so fascinated and convinced about the method that she decided to quit her longtime office job and to become a Pilates instructor. The goal in her classes is to let you experience the same enjoyable and powerful feeling that she has with Pilates.
Danielle was involved in Power Lifting, Mixed Martial Arts and other intense activities before discovering Pilates after her fourth knee surgery. Her goal was to find a way to continue to build strength and challenge her body in a more sustainable way. She pursued her STOTT PILATES® Certification after moving to Berlin from NYC so that she could share her love of movement and strength training. Her approach is energetic and challenging in a thoughtful and playful way. Incorporating athleticism to each movement for a powerful full body workout, her classes will both challenge and provoke you.
Demi was introduced to pilates by her sister, professional dancer and BASI trained pilates instructor, Elvan Tekin. After getting her bachelor degree in Boston, Demi decided to move to California to get her BASI Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Certification at BASI Head Quarters Newport Beach, CA in May 2021. Learning and teaching the pilates method in California allowed Demi to train with the leading names in the pilates industry such as Rael Isacowitz. Now as a BASI trained pilates instructor, Demi wants all her clients to tap into their bodies, get in touch with their core and feel the same satisfaction & benefits she felt by practicing this miraculous exercise concept called pilates.
Taryn is originally from New Hampshire, USA and has been teaching pilates in Berlin for the past 2 years. Her classes are heavily influenced by her work as a professional dancer as she continues to perform throughout Germany. Taryn has taught pilates, yoga and dance in the States and also east Africa in addition to working in Europe. She loves helping clients find their most optimal way of moving for better performance quality and also better quality of life.
Nicole or Nicolette sometimes, is a passionate body and movement researcher. Her pathway goes from holding a Bachelor in Nutrition by the Buenos Aires Medicine University, passing through a postponed career in Osteopathy and currently diving into dance as another way to explore the body through an artistic filter. 10 years Pilates facilitator, or maybe more, she loves sharing what the gathering of those practices and knowledges gave her and being nourished by those coming and commiting. She is not seeking to teach but to help the discovery of what can be done.
Sonia was born in Barcelona. Since 2013 she belongs to STOTT PILATES®, a modern Pilates concept. Since 2017 she has the STOTT PILATES® full certification. In Barcelona she worked for 6 years at Dona 10 Pilates and Yoga Studio and in many community colleges. Today she lives in Berlin, where she works for Deborah Degano at Berliner Pilates Studio and for Isabelle Pollet at The Pilates Movement Berlin Studio, now she belongs to Johanna Hwang’s team at The Pilates Place Studio in Spittelmarkt.
Luca is an Italian non-binary and genderqueer artist who experience movement as self-empowering. As a teenager, they already started working as a performer in Italy for Italian theaters and dance companies. In 2017, Luca studied in the Contemporary Dance School of Hamburg. In the following years, they also worked for German television and Kampnagel. In early 2020 Luca worked in Chile for a national art festival. They went back to Italy and studied in the National Academy of Dance in Rome. In 2021, Luca decided to move back to Germany, in Berlin where they became a Basi Pilates certified instructor. To them, the practice of Pilates is also very spiritual and political. Luca's classes are always dynamic, different and based on a body-mind connection, where anatomical language, biomechanical patterns, repetition and progression are key principles.
Nicola began doing Pilates in 2001 and was amazed by quickly her balance, flexibility, strength, body awareness, and coordination improved. Inspired by the changes in her body, she pursued her Mat and Equipment Teaching Certifications through The Kane School of Core Integration in NYC (2008-9), one of the most distinguished training institutions in the US. She taught Pilates in top-ranked studios in NYC (Erika Bloom Pilates) and North Carolina (InsideOut Body Therapies. She also co-created the Pilates program at Duke University and was a head trainer there for six years before moving to Berlin. Her teaching style mixes classical movements and a contemporary understanding of anatomy. photo credit Robb Cangiano
Greta came to Germany from Italy in 2006, to get a ballet education at the John Cranko School, in Stuttgart. After that she worked at various Theaters as a ballet dancer, for example Theater Magdeburg, Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater and at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin. Currently she’s a freelance dancer and Pilates trainer in Berlin. Pilates accompanied her for a while through the dance world, but in the last couple of years she dived deeper into it and decided to pursue an education at “The Body in Balance” Studio. She finds it important to find the balance between strengthening and mobility, to look for precision and focus without losing the fun about moving.
Rachel is a certified Pilates Instructor trained in New York. In 2018, she discovered Pilates after a sports injury and fell in love with the practice so much, she went on to complete her comprehensive training later that year. With her background in strength training and sports, expect a contemporary Pilates class built on dynamic strength and technique. Her goal is to provide a space for you to challenge yourself, discover your strength, and have fun.
Alexandra is a former ballerina with 20+ years of experience in movement. She danced in internationally renowned companies and practiced pilates her whole career . In 2019, after having her first child, she decided to train with BASI (Body Arts and Science International) and become a pilates teacher herself. She wants to make her clients feel comfortable, strong and reach their goals one at a time while helping them understand how the body works and the strength of body mind connection. She works on the body as a whole, focusing on core, mobility of the spine, posture and lower and upper body strength . She enjoys creating fun exercises that challenge their coordination and stability in a playful way.
Cassidy was born in Toronto, Ontario and began competitive dance training at the age of 4. At 17, she moved to New York to further her training at the Conservatory of Dance in the State University of New York. Since graduating, she has performed with many New York contemporary dance companies, some of which have taken her abroad. Pilates became an important part in Cassidy’s life when she began dealing with severe injury and pain. When she discovered the healing abilities of Pilates movement, she pursued instructor training at STOTT PILATES® in Toronto, where she has been certified in both Levels 1 & 2 of MATWORK and REFORMER. She now loves sharing the magic of Pilates though her classes and continues to see the value in this movement practice with every passing session, guiding clients towards a state of balance in their bodies.
Victor Gonzalez Dancer and Pilates teacher from Chile. Inspired by nature in his homelands in the chilean Patagonia decided to pursue a career in performative arts studying circus and contemporary dance in Santiago. In 2016 he moves to Germany to continue his studies in dance where he feels inspired by the Pilates practice as a way to support the physical demands in dance and the benefits in preventing injuries. In 2019 he gets his certification in the Comprehensive teacher training program with BASI Pilates Germany, since then he's been teaching collaborating with different studios in Germany, Italy and Chile.
Gui is a pilates trainer and dancer who sees movement as a practice of joy. Originally from Brazil, he moved to Germany and completed his dance education at the Folkwang Universität der Künste, in Essen, and later his pilates teacher education at The Body in Balance Studio, in Berlin. Everyday life and the demands of the world around us can make our bodies develop poor motor patterns, which may lead us to misalignments, discomfort and pain. Gui’s classes focus on refining these motor patterns with emphasis on body alignment, strengthening and lengthening - the proposal is to move from the center to the extremities, stabilizing the core in order to generate and transfer force and motion to the limbs. Most importantly, the classes are an invitation to develop body awareness and a caring relationship with our own bodies.
Jess started her Pilates journey back in 2016 in her hometown of Los Angeles. She was looking for new forms of exercise and luckily discovered a few Pilates Megaformer studios. She immediately fell in love how the controlled movements of Pilates were integrated with fitness-oriented exercises. After moving to Berlin in 2017, Jess was then introduced to Classical exercises taught on the Reformer. In 2021, she decided to further her learning through the "Body in Balance" Ausbildung. As someone who works in an office, Jess understands the importance of prioritising mobility while teaching. Jess hopes that clients leave every class feeling inspired, accomplished, and a little sweaty.
Elisabeta is a professional ballet dancer with a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. She got her Pilates certifications in mat and equipment in 2008 from the Kelly Kane School in NYC and since has been teaching regularly, while dancing full time in the USA, Canada, Romania and Germany. Her intention is to guide people in finding body awareness, strength, fluidity, proprioception and interconnection, with aspects of phisio therapy, where they can benefit not only during their time together in group classes or one on one sessions, but also throughout their day. Since September 2021 she has been attending a Master program in Dance Pedagogy at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden, while living and working in Berlin as a freelance dancer and teacher.
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