Kerry's Story

As a certified Advanced Pilates Instructor and movement educator, I’ve been

teaching for 20yrs, practicing pilates for 28 years, and was professional ballet

dancer of 32 years. Everyday of my life has been about movement…

 

I hold two major certifications. The first from Stott Pilates, a contemporary

approach to Pilates and internationally recognized. I was later inspired to

complete a classical Pilates certification while studying under Master Instructor

Roberta Kirschenbaum, of Rolates Pilates. Kirschenbaum is a 2nd generation

instructor and owner/director of Joseph’s Pilates’ original studio in New York City. I was trained privately by Kirschenbaum and completed a thorough and intense classical certification. I am proud to call myself a 3rd generation teacher and to hold this prestigious certification.

Initially, I taught group and private classes all over New York City at studios such as Namaste NY, New York Sports Club and New York Health and Racquet Club. I eventually started my own Pilates business that thrived teaching all populations of people- athletes, dancers, celebrities, pre and post natal women, those with chronic pain and injuries and those looking for a great workout. 

 

                                                                                                  My passion for movement started at the age of 5 with my classical ballet                                                                                                     training. I had a long and successful career as a professional ballet dancer.                                                                                                   My company credits include Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet West,                                                                                                                       Eglevsky Ballet, CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet, and Lydia Johnson                                                                                                   Dance. I served as the associate artistic director of Lydia Johnson Dance.                                                                                                   I hold a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah.

 

                                                                                                  At an early age, I discovered how beneficial Pilates was to my ballet                                                                                                                 training. It aided my performance, was great injury prevention, gave me                                                                                                       the aesthetic look needed to be a professional dancer and helped with                                                                                                         injury rehabilitation. At one point I suffered a major back injury that                                                                                                               doctors called career ending. With the help of Pilates and other master                                                                                                       healers, I returned to the stage within a year!

                                                                                                  I was fortunate to collaborate with many master movement educators, while dancing professionally in NYC. Learning from experts in the field such as physical therapists, rolfers, acupuncturists, Feldenkrais practitioners, Ballet Masters (my coach was Baryshnikov’s coach!) and chiropractors has given me a heightened awareness and wisdom into a healing body- mind, body, spirit. Because of my own experiences being in pain and injured, I have a special place in my heart for sharing with those injured my knowledge of movement as a resource for healing. Through intelligent movement and my deep understanding of proper muscle function, I’ve helped those heal from foot, knee, back, shoulder, neck and pelvic floor etc etc. Clients have given me the nickname “body whisperer”. I’m honored but more thrilled to see clients living a pain free life!

 

I am a life long learner of movement! In addition to dance and Pilates, I enjoy my yoga practice of 20yrs, studying Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, and the MELT method. I participate in many courses and workshops to further serve my clients. Recently, worked with PT Marika Molnar on her innovation of the Parasetter and Mini Parasetters. I was happy to bring back these tools to Cville and offer them to clients.

 

Currently, I am thrilled to be teaching from my boutique Pilates studio. Locally, I’m presenting workshops as a form of outreach to the community. On the national and international stage, I often return to Rolates Pilates in NYC to help with workshops for Pilates students and Pilates Instructors looking to enhance their own teaching skills.

 

I believe my wide range of unique experiences has given me the ability to foster quicker improvement, as well as deep and lasting change in clients’ bodies.

As a certified Advanced Pilates Instructor and movement educator, I’ve been teaching for 20yrs, practicing pilates for 28 years, and was professional ballet dancer of 32 years. Everyday of my life has been about movement…

 

I hold two major certifications. The first from Stott Pilates, a contemporary approach to Pilates and internationally recognized. I was later inspired to complete a classical Pilates certification while studying under Master Instructor

Roberta Kirschenbaum, of Rolates Pilates. Kirschenbaum is a 2nd generation instructor and owner/director of Joseph’s Pilates’ original studio in New York City. I was trained privately by Kirschenbaum and completed a thorough and intense classical certification. I am proud to call myself a 3rd generation teacher and to hold this prestigious certification.

                                                                                                 

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Initially, I taught group and private classes all over New York City at studios such as Namaste NY, New York Sports Club and New York Health and Racquet Club. I eventually started my own Pilates business that thrived teaching all populations of people- athletes, dancers, celebrities, pre and post natal women, those with chronic pain and injuries and those looking for a great workout. 

 

                                                                                                 

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