I grew up in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and became interested in Pilates at Connecticut College. There I began taking mat classes twice a week before ballet class, and saw how dramatically it improved my dancing. I earned a BA in Dance and French in 2004, and continued practicing Pilates at the Pilates Center of San Francisco (PCSF). With a history of low back issues and sacrum and pelvis instability, I found Pilates to be the key to surviving as a dancer. PCSF owner and later my mentor, Martt Lawrence, suggested that I go through the Metropolitan Pilates training program in Seattle, WA with Master teacher Dorothee Vandewalle. I was certified in January 2010 by Vandewalle. I attend continuing education workshops every year with Master teachers such as Vandewalle, Jay Grimes, Kathi Ross-Nash, Alycea Ungaro, Mari Winsor, Chris Robinson, and MeJo Wiggin. Before moving to Asheville NC, I taught Pilates in San Francisco and in Geneva, Switzerland. I opened my own home studio in 2011. It is a small private studio with Gratz equipment and I teach group classes a block away in a beautiful renovated old church space. I danced with RAWdance in San Francisco (www.rawdance.org) and with the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater (www.acdt.org) for four years, and have been dancing with Lindsey Kelley Dance (lindseykelleydance.com) since 2013. My mission is to share Pilates with as many people as I can, to teach with them the truth about what Pilates really is and was, and to help as many bodies feel good, strong, and as mobile as possible!