The Team

ALLISON GOMES

Allison was first introduced to the Pilates Method at the age of 14 as a means of cross-training and therapy for dance related issues. Her passion for the arts led her from her native Northern California to the University of California Irvine's dance department. In 2007, Allison simultaneously earned her Bachelors of Arts in dance from UCI, and her certification in the Pilates Method from Studio Du Corps; Orange County’s premier Pilates studio. In 2012 she entered a yoga immersion program at the Konalani Ashram in Hawaii, gaining her 200 hr yoga certification. Her diverse experience with dance, yoga, and Pilates has provided her with a unique skill set and vocabulary that has proven effective in her ability to teach professional dancers, athletes, pre/post natal women, people seeking rehabilitation for injuries, and everyone in between. Allison really enjoys integrating the movement qualities from dance into her Pilates classes, and likewise has utilized the principles of the Pilates Method to enhance her dancing and to keep her free of injury. In addition to teaching, Allison also continues to perform regularly with various professional dance companies in southern California.

CHELSIE CARR

Chelsie has been studying movement for most of her life. She has studied many forms of dance but her Cecchetti ballet training made the greatest impact. Chelsie began her Pilates studies in 2000, as a means to reconnect with her core, after having her first child. She was instantly drawn to the movement method and has been studying ever since. Chelsie received her Certification from Orange Coast College, in Costa Mesa, CA. She has found delight in working with the senior population, and as a Southern California girl she has been proud to develop a Senior Pilates Program for both the cities of Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley. Chelsie loves the benefits that Pilates offers and is inspired by the changes she sees in her clients. She believes in the importance of continuing education, attending workshops and weekly classes. After training in the Classical method, Chelsie has seen even more profound changes in her own body and well-being, and enjoys passing that gift along to those she teaches.

COLETTE HARDING

Colette Harding is a Body Arts and Science International Certified Pilates Instructor and has been teaching consistently since 2000. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and her BA in Dance from the University of South Florida. Colette's Pilates experience includes work with clients of all ability levels from beginner through professional athlete/dancer, and work with clients of all ages from children age 12 to senior citizens. She also has experience working with post-rehabilitative clients, and is prepared to work with a client's doctor/therapist to help with the rehabilitative process. Besides enjoying her work as a Pilates Instructor, Colette also has a great passion for the Arts. She has worked as the Artistic Director for Colette Harding Contemporary Dance Company, a modern dance company that works to unite contemporary art forms through performances, exhibitions, and education. Colette's dance choreography has been presented across the USA, both as performed by CHCDC and other various dance companies, and she has choreographed for and instructed at several fine art schools and colleges.

 

MARIA MAYTE GARCIA

Certified through Orange Coast College, María-Mayté García has experience working with a wide age-range of clients, each with different fitness levels, needs and/or limitations, including injuries, pregnancy, and surgical (pre and post). Mayte spends much of her time focusing on growing as an instructor through continuing education programs. The Pilates Method’s ability to rehabilitate intrigues her and she is continuously exploring other fitness programs and healing methods to complement her work with the Pilates Method. With a 7-year professional background in Pain Management, Mayte also has a strong interest in the medical sciences.

SABINE JAMES

Sabine's love for teaching reaches back to 1989, when she taught aerobics in Germany in the first gym of her small hometown. While studying kinesiology and sports medicine, she started teaching dance and muscle conditioning in Frankfurt. In 1995, two weeks before coming to Long Beach to study dance for a semester at CSULB, she had to have a forth knee surgery, the result of a ski accident that had happened in 1987. The dean of the Dance Dept. then recommended Pilates classes that were offered for the first time by Susan McLain, a former member of the Martha Graham Dance Co. Sabine was addicted by the first class, and it has been her passion ever since. She decided to stay and pursue her degree in dance, and Pilates has always been an essential part of her dance conditioning and rehabilitation. While studying, Sabine was introduced to the ball workout in 1998, and, recognizing the huge benefit, she started team teaching ball- and Pilates classes in various gyms in the area. Continued problems with her knee and a fifth surgery in her last semester in 2000 forced her to quit dancing and to redirect her focus to teaching. She got her Pilates certification in 2001 from Long Beach Dance Conditioning and has since been teaching mat- and equipment classes as well as private sessions.

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