Pilates

Alexandra Hoge, Certified Pilates Instructor

Alexandra started taking Pilates classes while in training at the Actors Studio Drama School, where she earned her MFA in directing. She saw incredible changes in her body quickly and knew she found a life-long practice. After moving back to New York, Alexandra decided Pilates was important enough to her to train as a teacher. She completed her comprehensive training at CORE Pilates, NYC in October 2009 and taught there until October 2011. Alexandra has education and experience in teaching all body types from those with injuries to prenatal.

Kari Boyd Gardiner - Certified Pilates Instructor & GYROTONIC® Instructor

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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.

Kimmie Dobbs Chan - Certified STOTT PILATES®, Certified GYROTONIC® Instructor

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).

Tracy Monaco Reid - Certified Pilates Instructor & GYROTONIC® Instructor

TM_HeadshotTracy was first introduced to Pilates in the Western Michigan University Dance Department.   A dance major, Pilates peaked her interest and she eventually became certified in all the equipment over the course of her professional dance career.  Tracy went through an extensive training program in Minneapolis, MN, an affiliated training center from The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO.  She then went on to certify nationally through the Pilates Method Alliance® and continues to educate herself in the Pilates method through various workshops and courses.  She is certified in GYROTONIC®,GYROKINESIS®, Mat Pilates and all Pilates equipment, allowing her clients to get a wide range of training.