The Team

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. 

IXCHEL REGALADO

Ixchel has been movement-oriented for as long as she can remember. She was an active and athletic child, whose energy finally settled on dance at the age of six. Her mother, a professionally trained dancer, encouraged her daughter's interest and signed her up for ballet lessons. Ixchel dedicated her life to dance for 15 years and then decided to take a break. During this break she decided to take a pilates class at Santa Monica College instructed by a retired Olympic volleyball player and she never looked back. Pilates truly revived Ixchel's enthusiasm in movement. She went on to complete her Pilates training under the instruction of Karen Clippinger at Cal State Long Beach, through the Body Arts and Sciences International program, also known as BASI. Ixchel spent her early years as an instructor at the renowned physical therapy clinic The Cypress Center. Her experience there became a significant educational resource while she completed her training process. Ixchel saw first hand how Pilates is an invaluable technique in the realm of physical therapy and can truly lead to dramatic results for people with injuries and other pathologies. With over a decade of teaching experience, Ixchel has had the opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of individuals ranging in age (22-80 years old) and differing physical abilities. Ixchel’s passion lies with teaching the Pilates Method to any individual that desires to improve their physical mobility, strength, and movement regardless of their prior experience.

 

JESSE ALFONSO

 

Taking regular Pilates classes at Vero Pilates along with cardio and a cleaner/healthier diet, helped Jesse lose 50 lbs and slowly say goodbye to lower back pain. In 2016, Jesse began the Comprehensive Training Program at BASI Pilates in Costa Mesa. Jesse feels that Pilates really motivated him to change his entire lifestyle and got him to move and live pain free. His main motivation for teaching is to hopefully help others improve their daily lives also.



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.

MICHELLE HURLEY

Michelle was first introduced to Pilates in 2001 by her college dance instructors to help strengthen her technique and recover from a knee injury. She immediately fell in love with it! Her core was growing stronger, alignment better, and her knee pain had subsided. In 2004 she completed the Pilates/Dance Conditioning Certification Program at Orange Coast College. She was fortunate to study/intern under Master Instructors who both guided and challenged her in a positive way. She continues her education today by attending Pilates seminars/conferences, and by working with local instructors to find new ways to assist and inspire her clients. Michelle has been teaching dance, Pilates and various fitness classes for over 10 years in the United States and Australia to clients of all ages and fitness levels. She also has a passion for Stand Up Paddleboarding, and loves teaching the Pilates Method with the added challenge of being on the water. Michelle wishes to share the wonderful world of Pilates with others so that they may reap the benefits as she has!

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.

LESLIEANN SANDGREN

Leslieann M. Sandgren started her pilates journey at Vero 2 years ago. Once a gymnast and dancer, she came to the studio in search of building full body strength. Working in an office and sitting all day was hard on her body. Immediately after starting her classes at Vero, she quickly understood this was exactly the type of physical and mental challenge she was looking for. Over the last two years, she has appreciated the core strength she has regained and the pilates values. All the while she was becoming inspired by her instructors and studio, so much that she decided to become an instructor herself. She received her certification through BASI pilates in Costa Mesa.

ANDREA SMITH

Andrea has been teaching the Pilates method since 2005. She has been studying movement and the body for as long as she can recall. Beginning at a very young age with ballet, Andrea developed a passion for utilizing technique to discipline the body and mind. She continued to train as a dancer at the Orange County High School for the Arts and then at Santa Ana College, where she first introduced to Pilates.  She also studied dance and Pilates briefly at Orange Coast College. Finally, Andrea was accepted into the dance program at California State University, Long Beach, where she studied dance science/kinesiolgy, music and choreography. By this time, injuries were plaguing her body to the point of chronic daily pain. That's when she decided to quit dancing and commit to healing herself. She graduated from Body Arts and Sciences, International, or BASI, in 2006 and has been teaching full time ever since. In 2010 Andrea was honored to become a faculty member with BASI Pilates, and has spread the good work of Pilates throughout the United States and Asia. Currently, Andrea teaches in Orange County and Long Beach. Her specialties include posture correction and breath work. She believes that the deeper the connection we have to our bodies, the stronger we become in all facets of life.  Pilates is an amazing tool that has the power to facilitate real and lasting transformation. Andrea enjoys many forms of movement including yoga, gyrotonic, weight training, dance and hula hooping. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, their daughter Brooklyn and their miniature dachshund, Luigi.

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