studio owner, pilates instructor
Christina began her love of pilates 20 years ago upon discovering how pilates helped her with years of back pain from a childhood injury. Years later, while being trained in ballroom dance, pilates became a part of life for her to tone, strengthen and balance all muscles, in addition to correcting posture, improve balance, prevent injury and improve the mind-body connection.
After becoming a ballroom dance instructor, she actively pursued her pilates teacher training to benefit not only her dance clients, but grew a passion to help others improve their quality of life.
Christina began teaching pilates in 2010. In 2012 she opened her own studio in a combined space with The Ballroom Dance Place. The studio continued to grow and in May 2014, she opened her own remodeled and renovated storefront location, on Broad Street in the center of Elyria.
Her pilates training did not end upon certification. She is passionately learning more each day and believes one can never learn enough. Her continuing education is passed down to her students incorporating new information from top pilates experts as well as therapists and movement specialists. This keeps her classes fresh, fun and new but at the same time staying true to the pilates method and principles.
Christina's training and qualifications include: Certified Pilates Mat & Reformer Instructor through Balanced Body University, CPR/AED/First Aid Certified with American Red Cross, Licensed Silver Sneakers FLEX Instructor and Silver Sneakers Classic, Core and Yoga through Tivity Health, Primary Group Exercise Instructor and Stability Ball certification and many continuing education workshops and trainings to further her education.
Denise has been teaching pilates classes, private instruction and teacher training for over 15 years. She trained under Michelle Larson receiving her Pilates Certification through Core Dynamics in Santa Fe NM in 2003. She is trained in Mat, Reformer, Chair, and Cadillac and Barrell and enjoys including various props to keep classes challenging and fun.
A former professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and Artistic Director and Founder of Ohio Dance Theatre, a professional ballet based and contemporary dance company where she worked with professional dancers and young students for 25 years. Denise’s approach to teaching has always been anatomically based helping students understand their own bodies to achieve their best results. Joseph Pilates’s approach to correcting muscular imbalance, improving posture, co-ordination, balance strength and flexibility not only compliments the needs of the dancer but also helps anyone who wants to achieve their physical best by participating in a balanced mind and body approach to fitness. Her principal objective in teaching is to help students work at their own level of ability, adjusting exercises to meet their individual needs while using the pilates method to help them improve their overall physical strength and flexibility.
Denise is a published author, Dance in Gymnastics and Choreography and the Competitive Gymnast. Denise is also the co-founder of Hearts of Patriots, a foundation who’s mission is to provide education, resources and support to combat veteran PTSD spouses/caregivers.
Danielle has had a passion for movement her entire life. In addition to pilates, her active life includes training in ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom dance, belly dance, modern dance, and outdoor sports including skiing, canoeing, and rock climbing.
Danielle has always loved to teach and is tremendously excited to bring the benefits of pilates to others to improve their daily lives in addition to sports specific areas such as rock climbing and dance.
Aside from pilates, she is a professional horticulturist specializing in sustainability and native platforms. She works with students and community members of all ages, engaging them in the gardens that she maintains and teaching them ecosystem thinking skills. Pilates is an important part of performing her laborious job safely and comfortably.
Danielle believes that movement heals and is thrilled to share the benefits that have so greatly enriched her own life. She has had training of the Pilates Mat Modules through Balanced Body University and continues to learn by a master in pilates teaching, Troy McCarty.