Kimmie Dobbs Chan is a fully Certified Instructor of GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS® Exercise and STOTT PILATES®. Kimmie has taught Pilates to a variety of clientele including dancers, athletes, rehab and injured populations since 2002. She completed much of her training at Pilates on Fifth in New York City, while studying frontiers of mind-body medicine at NYU (2001-2003).
Kimmie graduated from University of Maryland, with a B.S. in Kinesiology (2006) and soon after also certified as an Instructor of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methodologies. Kimmie continues her Gyrotonic education with certifications in the Gyrotonic specialized equipment as well as Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic level 2. She began her study of the body as a lifelong dancer, Kimmie grew up training locally with Ballet Theatre of Annapolis and Fran's Studio of Dance. She is now Co-Artistic Director of a local production company DEVIATED THEATRE [www.deviatedtheatre.org] which shares original tales through acting, aerials, and contemporary dance. She is a recipient of the 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Award for Choreography (MD), the 2013 Audience Favorite at the Breaking Glass Project (NYC), and 2011 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project (DC).
While working on an organic farm in the Hudson Valley, NY, Kari was diagnosed with Lyme disease. The exhaustion from her Lyme disease forced Kari to end her six year organic farming career and to return to college. Kari graduated from Bard College with a BA in Art in 2003. While at Bard, she also studied modern dance and found Pilates. The feeling that her Pilates study had boosted her healing from Lyme disease, imparting both a new and deepened core as well as greater overall fitness, inspired Kari to become a Pilates instructor. Kari was originally certified in Mat Pilates in 2003, and certified to teach on all the Pilates apparatus in 2004 through the original Power Pilates studio in New York, NY.
Observing the effects of the Gyrotonic Expansion System on her Aunt living with Parkison’s Disease prompted Kari to begin her own study of the Gyrotonic method. In 2007, Kari completed her Gyrotonic Foundation Certification with Magali Messac at Gyrotonic Seattle. In addition, Kari completed her Gyrokinesis Foundation Course with Mia Munroe in 2010 and is a current Gyrokinesis apprentice. From September, 2004 until moving to the Washington D.C. area in 2012, Kari owned the first Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio, called Mountain Lake Holistic Movement Studio, on Orcas Island in Washington State.
Tracy's career in body movement and fitness began while earning a B.F.A. in dance from Western Michigan University. Luckily, the dance department was on top their game and introduced the dance majors to the Pilates Refomer. It was at that time, Tracy was intrigued to learn more. After moving to NYC, working at Pilates Style Magazine, and enjoying a professional dance career she continued her training and received certifications in Pilates mat work and all the equipment. Following certification Tracy took the exam to become a PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certified instructor. Not only as a professional dancer, the Pilates system proved to be a great tool in helping maintain stability, flexibility, and overall health for all walks of life. Tracy enjoys working with a variety of clients in both the Pilates and Gyrotonic Methods.
Christina Hritz, a former dancer and lifelong mover, first discovered GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® techniques in 2005. Since then she has worked with a wide range of clients, having witnessed healing and transformation, pain reduction and prevention, and the freedom through movement that GYROTONIC® exercise can provide. Currently she is a GYROTONIC® Master Trainer and a GYROKINESIS® Pre-Trainer, she has also studied the Therapeutic Applications of GYROTONIC® and is certified on the Ladder, Jumping Stretching Board, and Leg Extension Unit.