Pilates Mat


This class is taught by:

Michelle DuVall

Michelle is an honors graduate from the University of the Arts and holds a BFA in Modern Dance performance. She has performed with various dance companies in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and even as far away as Tokyo, Japan. In 2008 she completed her 600-hr comprehensive certification through Power Pilates in New York City under the direction of Bob Leikens and Susan Moran. Michelle was featured in Power Pilates' marketing and educational materials, including a commercial collaboration with the USA Sevens Rugby team. Combining her love for dance and fitness, Michelle went on to co-create the ballet barre workout, BeyondBarre. She developed and directed the company's education program and, as a master trainer, certified instructors across the United States in BeyondBarre. At Chaise Fitness in New York City Michelle taught TRX and the Reinvention method, which was created by mother-daughter duo Lauren and Rachel Piskin of New York City Ballet.

Amanda MacLeod

Cultivated in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, blossomed in NYC, and transplanted in LA. Amanda has spent her life dedicated to movement - Pilates, yoga, alpine skiing, whitewater kayaking, and any other adrenaline-inducing mountain sport she can get her hands on.

She found Pilates after a debilitating back injury took her away from her dance training. Through a dedicated practice, she came back stronger than ever before and was able to return to her career as a professional modern dancer.
She holds a BFA in Dance from Rutgers University and received her Comprehensive Pilates Certification from Body Arts Science International, where she apprenticed under the mentorship of Rael Isacowitz. Amanda loves helping her clients deepen their awareness and connection to themselves. She believes that Pilates provides unparalleled strength and balance to any lifestyle, and will help you discover a potential in your physicality beyond what you thought was possible.
 
Teaching Style:
Athletic, confident and rigorous, Amanda's classes reflect her training as a professional dancer. She is skilled and will have you working steadily the entire class.

Katina Calvin

KATINA CALVIN believes, "Encouraging people to understand their own bodies within their environment is the only way to begin to heal...move with a purpose. You want to be independent as long as possible and not be on crutches or in a wheel chair sooner than needed - That focus begins Today!" Katina adds, "You've been unconsciously practicing poor habits, now is the time to consciously be Present." With a foundation in ballet from grade school through middle school, ultimately Volleyball and Track & Field became Katina's focus during High School. Having a love for movement, combining dance and sports was the natural progression when it came time to find a career…Fitness Instructor. She began in Hollywood during 1990 when Step Aerobics became the popular exercise in most clubs. About a year later, her next pursuit included a long time hobby of outdoor cycling brought indoors, Spinning. Pilates and Sports Conditioning exercises have always been infused in her fitness classes and when training clients which attributed to their success. Most come to her classes for her energy and music, they stay for her passion.
 
Teaching Style:
Katina brings steady, focused attention to a measured, but rigorous workout whether it is TRX or Pilates, she lead you through class and may well be sore the day after! Appropriate for all levels.
Based on the teachings of Joseph H. Pilates, this class involves full body movements focusing on the 6 main Pilates principles, primarily breath and flow. Learn to activate your deep core muscles in each movement while focusing on proper form and alignment.
This system of controlled exercises promotes keen body awareness, strengthens and tones, improves balance and performance, encourages flexibility and mobility, reduces chance for injury and relieves stress. Challenge your body with this complete movement and conditioning workout. Deepen your understanding of how the body is connected and have fun doing it!