Level II Group Equipment


This class is taught by:

Melanie Garlinger

After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Dance from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, Melanie successfully completed the rigorous process of becoming certified as a Pilates instructor while taking courses for a secondary teaching certificate in dance. Melanie was introduced to Pilates in 1995 and began her career as a professional Pilates instructor in November of 2002 and today leads private lessons and group classes at GoodBody’s Wellness Center and Dallas County Club. She is a member of Pilates Method Alliance and receives continuing education through various resources including PMA and Cooper Clinic. During her studies at TWU, she toured the country with a dance group from Portland, Oregon for four seasons in addition to performing and choreographing works for the university. Melanie relocated to Allen, Texas in 2007 and sincerely welcomes the opportunity to join the team at Pilates for Life.

Cathy Baldasserini

Cathy Moses Baldasserini BFA, MDMT, CFSS, PMA® - CPT
(Studio Owner)

Certified Pilates Practitioner, Movement Educator, and Certified Fascial Stretch Specialist

Cathy is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Pedagogy. She worked on a Masters in Movement Therapy at Hunter College in NYC, and received a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med degree from Columbia University. She was a full scholarship recipient at several Dance Conservatories in NYC such as Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey.
Cathy, who had an extensive dance background, found her way to Pilates to enhance her instrument to perform. Cathy has been practicing Yoga and Pilates since 1996. Cathy is certified through Physical Mind, Power Pilates, Polestar Pilates International and PMA. She is a member with the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) and Yoga Alliance and is a member of good standing with American Fitness Association of America. She is also a member of NAPW (National Association of Professional Women). Cathy's studio is a Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Host Site and she is a Polestar Pilates Movement Educator for Texas. Cathy also completed the 30 hour Comprehensive Smart Core training with Marie-Jose Blom Lawrence. Cathy is also a Certified Fascial Stretch Specialist Level III.

Cathy attends several continuing education conferences every year to learn and know the latest research and approach to movement, for clients with Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, Parkinsons, MS and all the spinal pathologies as well as womens health and the physically fit.

Cassandra Palo

Cassandra Palo Cassandra's twenty-year athletic history includes dance, gymnastics, figure skating, basketball, swimming, track, climbing, and off-road biking. She is a yoga enthusiast, armchair philosopher and published poet. She received her B.A. in English from the University of North Texas in 2004, graduating cum laude. Cassandra is AED/CPR certified. She found Pilates right after graduating college and fell passionately in love with the method. Cassandra received her Power Pilates mat certification in 2006 and is currently completing the comprehensive certification program at the Power Pilates affiliate training center in Dallas.

Carol Dion

Carol holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University. After college, she continued a professional career as a free lance dance artist in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. A spinal injury led Carol to the Pilates Method. Having discovered the personal benefits “The Method” had to offer, she has spent her career sharing that with others. Carol has been a teacher of The Pilates Method since 1999. She completed her comprehensive certification in 2001 with the PhysicalMind Institute.Until 2007, Carol had been training at a Pilates Certifying Studio in Tampa, FL. There she was a model instructor for trainees working to certify in the Pilates Method. In 2006, her studies of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® led Carol to become a Certified Level 1 GYROTONIC® instructor with over 300 certification hours completed. Carol also holds a Personal Trainer Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) since 2000. Starting with her 1st ballet class at the age of 6, her love of movement has become a lifelong passion. Carol diligently pursued dance throughout her youth and into her adult years. She attended elite dance programs, including North Carolina School of the Arts and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Carol moved to the Dallas area in 2007 to get married and has continued teaching ever since. When not doing Pilates, she enjoys off-road biking with her husband and dog Cabi.

Donna Danhauser

Originally from upstate New York, Donna Danhauser has resided in Plano, Texas for the last 16 years. A married mother of three girls, Donna originally began her personal fitness program for recreational health and enjoyment, and has since gained knowledge in many different areas of training technique. She has had years of experience working with personal trainers and groups on strength and body conditioning, resistance training, and aerobic fitness. Donna has recreationally practiced Pilates for the past three years, and has recently received her certification through ExpertRating. She plans to continue her Pilates education through Power Pilates affiliate training center in Dallas. Donna enjoys running, cooking and spending time with her family. She believes that fitness goals should be focused on being healthy, confident, and comfortable with oneself. She hopes as an instructor to share her knowledge and skills of fitness, health, and overall well-being that she has attained through her wide variety of training experience.

Cris Stone

Cris Buchner Stone, PMA®-CPT
Cris began practicing Pilates, yoga and Gyrotonic in New York City in
2001. She instantly fell in love with the physical and mental benefits
that she received from regularly practicing the classical Pilates
repertoire as she pursued a demanding career in Off-Broadway theatre.
When she decided to move back home to Dallas in 2010, it seemed an
obvious choice to make her passion into a career by becoming a
certified Pilates instructor. She is comprehensively certified to
teach Mat and all Pilates apparatus through the Kane School of Core
Integration under the directorship of the renowned Kelly Kane. She
strives to combine her love for the classical repertoire with the Kane
School's comprehensive approach to anatomy study, bio-mechanics and
special populations to create exciting and satisfying sessions for her
clients. In addition to regular continuing education, she makes it a
point to get back to NYC as often as possible to continue to learn
from the innovative faculty at the Kane School. She has experience
working with clients with Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, disc herniations
and other spinal pathologies, prenatal and post-partum clients, as
well as all fitness levels. Cris hopes to inspire others who may not
necessarily have a dance or fitness background to achieve the new
levels of strength, flexibility, endurance, and well-being that she
has found through her Pilates practice. Cris is a Pilates Method
Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher.

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Cris Buchner Stone
Certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor
347-432-2321

Betsy Thomas

Betsy Thomas, PT, MS Staff Physical Therapist and Certified Pilates Practitioner Betsy is a graduate of Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and holds a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. She is also certified by Power Pilates and by the rehabilitation-based Pilates program, Polestar Pilates. Over the past 25 years she has worked with women’s health, chronic pain, orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiac patients, in clinic management, and as an Assistant Professor and Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education (ACCE) with the physical therapy academic program at UT Southwestern. As ACCE for UT Southwestern, she became involved with development of the Texas Clinical Student Assessment Tool, sponsored clinical education courses with the Consortium of Physical Therapy Educators in Texas, and presented a poster at the Combined Sections Meeting for the APTA. In addition to post-graduate training in pelvic floor dysfunction rehabilitation and women’s health physical therapy, Betsy has taken extensive course work in manual physical therapy, including visceral mobilization, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy.

Leah Cushman

Polestar Pilates Studio/Rehab Apprentice

Cris Stone

Cris began practicing Pilates, yoga and Gyrotonic in New York City in 2001. She instantly fell in love with the physical and mental benefits that she received from regularly practicing the classical Pilates repertoire as she pursued a demanding career in Off-Broadway theatre. When she decided to move back home to Dallas in 2010, it seemed an obvious choice to make her passion into a career by becoming a certified Pilates instructor. She is comprehensively certified to teach Mat and all Pilates apparatus through the Kane School of Core Integration under the directorship of the renowned Kelly Kane. She strives to combine her love for the classical repertoire with the Kane School's comprehensive approach to anatomy study, bio-mechanics and special populations to create exciting and satisfying sessions for her clients. In addition to regular continuing education, she makes it a point to get back to NYC as often as possible to continue to learn from the innovative faculty at the Kane School. She has experience working with clients with Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, disc herniations and other spinal pathologies, pre and post-natal clients, as well as all fitness levels. Cris hopes to inspire others who may not necessarily have a dance or fitness background to achieve the new levels of strength, flexibility, endurance, and well-being that she has found through her Pilates practice.

Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper is known for her energetic, warm and friendly outlook. She received her Comprehensive Pilates Certification after completing the Power Pilates program and more than 600 hours of training. Ashley is able to combine her love of teaching and classical Pilates to excel as an instructor. Ashley’s passion is driven by seeing her clients’ health, wellness and flexibility improve as they attain their fitness goals.

Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Ashley graduated from Georgia Tech with a major in Supply Chain Management and a heavy focus on art. She moved to Dallas after graduating where she worked in the finance industry. After thoughtful consideration, she decided to pursue her true passion for fitness, specifically Pilates. She feels fortunate that she can employ her creativity and analytics to help others.

Leslie Green

At her core, Leslie is a teacher. She began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with adults in the corporate setting, then later, working with children in the public school system. She left education to manage two large retail chains and wound up back in corporate America for the next decade, but this time as a manager, where teaching continued to serve as her rhythmic pulse.

Leslie is currently a writer, speaker, trust-coach, and radio show host who shares with others how to trust themselves, love themselves and feel a deep inner peace while learning to let go of fears and worries. After undergoing several radical surgeries, Leslie regained her emotional strength, much in part to these teachings, while attributing Pilates to her continued physical recovery and strong sense of self. She is so grateful for the powerful role Pilates has played in her recovery that she has chosen to extend her scope of teaching and is now a certified Polestar Pilates instructor.

Ryan Miller

 

Ryan is studying Kinesiology at TWU and will enter Physical Therapy school in 2013. He began pursuing Pilates in 2008, after a vigorous cross country season. He was looking for a way to stay conditioned with less impact than running. He found that Pilates is an approach to core strength that recreates and reconditions the entire body. Ryan most recently became certified in Pilates Reformer and is passionate about sharing the benefits of Pilates. Through combining Physical Therapy and Pilates, he hopes to offer others the ability to reach their maximum movement potential.

"A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion." - Joe Pilates

Janis Stillings

Janis’ background in dance and theatre, both as a performer and teacher, instilled in her a love of movement as a way of life. As a dancer, Janis recognized the benefits of Pilates for strengthening her muscles in a movement-based, effective way. She is certified to teach Polestar Reformer and Comprehensive Mat through the Kane School of Core Integration with Kelly Kane. When faced with low bone density and the rising fear of moving, Janis’ search for new ways to adapt the classic Pilates exercises to her condition led her to Rebekah Rotstein and Pilates for Buff Bones®. Janis was one of the first to become a licensed Pilates for Buff Bones® instructor. She has a strong desire to help others with similar issues find their way to a meaningful movement experience. In addition to regular continuing education, Janis makes it a point to get back to NYC as often as possible to continue to learn from the innovative faculty at the Kane School. Courses like Pre/Post Natal Pregnancy Pilates with Deb Goodman equip Janis to continue expanding her practice. Janis’ clients come from all walks of life and fitness levels and she uses training and experience to encourage, explain and challenge them. Janis is also a certified Postpartum Doula PCD(DONA).
This group equipment class is more advanced and moves at a faster pace utilizing Reformers, Towers as well as other equipment such as Wunda Chairs, if available. Each client has had privates or currently takes privates in addition to this class. These clients may also utilize the combo chair and the Ladder Barrel. It is highly recommended NOT to sign up for this class, if you are a beginner to Pilates or have flexion contraindication.