Centre Director and STOTT PILATES® instructor trainer
Tamara started Pilates more than 25 years ago to prolong her career as a professional dancer. During the 18 years of her performing and touring career she practiced numerous forms of body work, including Pilates, gyrotonics and yoga. In 1998 Tamara received her teacher certification for STOTT PILATES. In 1999 Tamara accepted her position as Ballet Mistress for Ballet Memphis and started the Pilates Centre of Ballet Memphis, the first certified Pilates program in Memphis. In 2003 Tamara became an instructor trainer for STOTT PILATES, and less than a year later, the Pilates Centre was designated a Licensed Training facility, certifying instructors from all over the Mid-South. Tamara continues to add to her skills through training and workshops at a Merrithew Health & Fitness™ corporately owned center in Toronto, Canada.
Kimberly has taught STOTT PILATES at Ballet Memphis since 1999, following her comprehensive training in Memphis and in Canada. She has a special interest in Pilates and pregnancy, and also is certified as a birth doula through DONA International. She holds a BFA in theatre and dance and a Master's in education. She also is a choreographer, and her work can be seen around Memphis at local community theaters. Kimberly has been a dedicated member of our pilates team throughout the years and is always a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Crystal Brothers joined Ballet Memphis in 1996, and has danced many memorable roles in company productions throughout her wonderful career. One of the most notable was her amazing portrayal of Juliet in the 2011 season. In 2002, Crystal became one of the first Ballet Memphis dancers to become a fully certified STOTT PILATES instructor for the Pilates Centre of Ballet Memphis, and she has taught extensively over the years in addition to her career as professional dancer. Her dedication and discipline to her art are an inspiration to all, and her commitment to physical excellence carries over into her teaching. Certified in mat, reformer, chair, cadillac, and barrels, Crystal has also completed the Injuries and Special Populations Course and teaches a wide variety of classes from advanced mat to post rehab privates. Her physical knowledge is an incredible asset for a Pilates instructor, and she loves sharing it with her clients! Crystal also teaches adult ballet in the Ballet Memphis School.
Nanci has been a ballet instructor for more than 25 years, in both Memphis and Union City, Tennessee. Nanci has taught for the Pilates Centre for nine years, completing her mat and reformer certification in 2005. Nanci is considered our matwork expert, known for her excellent "by the book" mat classes taught with great attention to detail and purpose! She is also the ballet instructor at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School.
Rachel is a native of Olive Branch, Mississippi. She joined Ballet Memphis in
2002 after completing her training at Ballet Memphis School. Rachel's ability to reach the
audience with her heartwarming personality and incredibly honest
portrayals—notably, her roles as Dorothy in The
Wizard of Oz
and Edith Piaf in Piaf
— made her a joy to watch. Rachel started teaching Pilates
in 2004 and has the ability to push her clients with her engaging
sense of humor and wonderful teaching skills! She is dedicated to
strengthening and conditioning her own body and is able to help others
do the same! Rachel also teaches
Ballet Memphis School.
STEPHANIE MEI HOM
Stephanie joined Ballet Memphis in 2000 and has danced many wonderful roles
—most recently Cupid in Trey McIntyre's The Naughty Boy
. In addition to her professional dance career, Stephanie began teaching at the Pilates Centre in 2003, after completing her mat and reformer certification. In 2005, she completed her chair, cadillac, and barrel certification, as well as Advanced Reformer certification in 2011. As a dancer, Stephanie is known for her incredible athleticism, explosive jumps, and an amazing ability to move effortlessly through space. Her focus on healthy eating and fitness provides a great example to her clients. Stephanie has a full teaching schedule at the Pilates Centre with all levels of classes.
Katie is a native Memphian and former ballet dancer, she trained with
North Carolina School of the Arts and San Francisco Ballet before
dancing professionally for nine seasons with Louisville Ballet and
two seasons with Ballet Memphis. Katie has been a dedicated member of
our Pilates team since she retired from performing and became a certified
instructor in 2002. Katie brings a wonderful tenacity to the Pilates
work, utilizing the extensive repertoire of original Pilates exercises to offer her
clients a consistent, yet challenging workout. This ability to combine a practical approach with appropriate adaptations when needed makes her an excellent instructor.
Katie teaches primarily during the daytime hours and is a favorite instructor of many of our "moms!"
JULIE MARIE NIEKRASZ
Julie is in her eighth season as a dancer with Ballet Memphis. She has
danced many principal roles in a wide variety of repertoire, most
recently Cinderella in the Spring of 2012. Julie approached her
Pilates certification process much as she does her artistic
roles—demanding the most of herself, both physically and mentally. She completed her full
certification in record time and has quickly become an excellent
instructor. She is an engaging and inspiring teacher for all
levels, with a wonderful balance of discipline and fun.
Pam began teaching Pilates nearly 10
years ago, becoming fully certified in STOTT PILATES equipment as well as in
injuries and special populations. Her extensive teaching experience and body awareness
bring incredible detail and skill to her classes. In addition to teaching at the Pilates
Centre, Pam is developing an Active Aging program and is the movement
specialist at Madonna Learning Center. She is also a dance education consultant.
Susan danced with Memphis Ballet under Michael Tevlin and has studied in New York City, in Canada and in London at the Royal Academy of Dance. In addition to teaching Pilates, she also has taught at Ballet Memphis and was the first co-director of its Junior Company. Susan has become a extremely reliable part of our Pilates team. She began her certification process in 2009 and has recently completed her chair, Cadillac, and barrels training. She is a calm, compassionate teacher with wonderful people skills. Susan is always a positive and encouraging teacher who is dedicated to continually learning and growing as an instructor so she can share her knowledge with her clients.
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