Achieve your personalized fitness goals

Be more fit, more flexible, more athletic, more resilient. With our personalized STOTT PILATES® method fitness programs you can achieve more out of your workouts. A Pilates fitness program can:

  • Increase muscular tone, endurance and flexibility
  • Develop balance, coordination and body awareness
  • Improve posture and alignment
  • Boost core strength and stability
  • Refine athletic performance
  • Relieve stress and back pain
  • Prevent injury

We offer group mat and equipment classes for all levels as well as Total Barre®, Active for Life, bodyART™ and Total Body Conditioning, as well as specialty clinics throughout the year. Additionally, we offer private and semi-private training that meets your schedule.


PROUD PARTNER IN THE PINK RIBBON PROGRAM

The purpose of the Pink Ribbon Program is to ensure that every woman has the ability to regain a sense of well-being that had been lost from the diagnosis of Breast Cancer and its related surgery and recovery. It is an exercise therapy program designed specifically for the needs and challenges facing the growing number of breast cancer survivors. The Pink Ribbon Program helps stretch and strengthen shoulder, chest and back allowing the patient to improve range of motion and strength to those areas most affected by breast cancer surgery, treatment and reconstruction. Our wonderful, certified Pilates instructors teach this one-hour class once a week. For referral information email West Clinic.

Pilates Classes

Mat Classes

Mat classes are the floor work version of the STOTT PILATES® method. These classes take place in a group setting using your body weight as the primary source of resistance. Focus is placed on precise movements originating from the center or core of your body. Working from the deepest layers of muscles, which stabilize and support your spine and pelvis, resulting in a strong, flexible spine with ideal posture and alignment. Classes emphasize the foundational principles of Pilates while offering modifications and variations to suit each student’s individual needs.

Various pieces of small equipment including weighted toning balls, different size stability balls, flex-bands, and fitness circles are utilized in the mat classes to challenge balance, coordination, and strength.

Group Equipment Classes

Equipment classes are offered in a private, semiprivate or group setting with Merrithew™ V2 Max Plus™ Reformers, chairs, cadillac/wall units, jumpboards, and cardio tramps. Instructors design each equipment class to meet the goals of the clients in the class.

We currently offer private classes on the Merrithew™ V2 Max Plus™ Reformer at our Kirby location in East Memphis and will have group classes of up to 6 on the this piece equipment at our Midtown studio.

Private Equipment Classes

We offer private equipment classes for those recovering from an injury or who those who would prefer individual classes at their own convenient schedule. We also offer semi-private equipment classes.

Pilates

Instructors

All the instructors at the Pilates Centre have been trained in the STOTT PILATES Method, a safe and effective program for developing core strength, flexibility, mobility and balance. They are trained to work with different body types and provide movement cues for body awareness and the practice of proper form.

Pam VanGilder

Studio Manager, STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer, Dance Education Consultant

Pam VanGilder

Iori Araya

Iori Araya

Martha Heard

Martha Heard

Jessica Heinz

Jessica Heinz

Rachel Hewer

Rachel Hewer

Katie Monaghan

Katie Monaghan

Julie Niekrasz

Julie Niekrasz

Alicia Washington

Alicia Washington
Pam VanGilder

Studio Manager, STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer, Dance Education Consultant

Pam VanGilder

Pam has worked in the field of dance and movement education for most of her life. She began teaching STOTT PILATES® in 2000 and is fully certified in all the STOTT PILATES® equipment and mat as well as Injuries and Special Populations. She is passionate about helping others acquire and maintain fit and functional movement through Pilates so they may continue to enjoy a full and active life. As an Instructor Trainer in Reformer and Mat she enjoys imparting her years of experience with new teachers.

Iori Araya

Iori Araya

Martha Heard

Martha Heard

Martha has a background in ballet and practiced Pilates for 16 years before becoming a certified instructor. She also practices yoga and gyrotonics and is a registered dietician. The regular practice of mindful exercise has kept her strong and balanced, allowing her to remain active with her ever expanding family, including her grandchildren. Her experience as a student and her own physical challenges with aging carry over in to her teaching. Her motto is “Keep the train moving."

Jessica Heinz

Jessica Heinz

Jessica earned a degree in Dance from Mercyhurst University in 2002 and has been teaching movement ever since. She started her STOTT Pilates training while teaching at the Ballet Memphis School and completed her full certification in California. Jessica enjoys helping people learn more about their bodies through movement. She also loves spending time outside with her husband and their 3 sons.

Rachel Hewer

Rachel Hewer

Rachel Hewer danced professionally for Ballet Memphis for ten years. While dancing, Rachel received her Stott Pilates certification to teach Reformer and Mat. She began teaching in 2008 and became a fully certified in Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels in 2016. Rachel loves helping people gain a better understanding of how their bodies move and function. She enjoys working with all ages, encouraging clients to achieve their goals. Rachel graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Education which she hopes will bring greater insight to her teaching as a Pilates Instructor.

Katie Monaghan

Katie Monaghan

Julie Niekrasz

Julie Niekrasz

Julie Niekrasz was certified in 2011 in cadillac, chair, barrels, reformer, and mat. She loves teaching all levels and has fun while doing it and watching her clients improve their quality of life through Pilates, movement, and even some laughter. I truly enjoy helping others.

Alicia Washington

Alicia Washington

Policies & Information

How do Class Passes work?

Class cards can be purchased for group Mat and Total Barre classes in packages of 5, 10 and 20 classes. To gain full benefit of the program we encourage you to attend regularly, therefore the passes expire after 16 weeks. The classes are one hour and are limited to an enrollment of 12. An intro class is offered the second Saturday of each month for those interested in finding out more about our mat programs and to give you the foundational information you will need to begin taking a class.

Group Equipment Classes

Equipment classes are ongoing and can be purchased one at a time or more economically in packages of 6 or 10. The packages expire after one year of purchase. A private session is required before attending an equipment class. This will include a postural analysis and allow the instructor to evaluate your fitness needs and goals in order to prepare a program for you. After your initial session the instructor will inform you which class would be most beneficial for you. Group equipment class enrollment is limited to four at the Kirby location and six at the midtown location. Classes are one hour.

Equipment Class Cancellation

If you must cancel please do so 24 hours in advance or you will be charged for the class. Please call, text or email your instructor if you must cancel and the time of cancellation will be noted. Illness and other emergencies may be excused at the discretion of the Management.

Private and Semi-Private Classes

All pre-paid private and semi-private sessions are fully transferable within the 24 hour notice. If canceling with less than 24 hours notice you will be charged 50% of the private/semi-private fee. If one party in a scheduled semi-private cancels the other party may upgrade to a private session for an an additional $20.00.

Refund Policy

The Pilates Centre of Ballet Memphis issues refunds only to clients presenting a doctor’s note stating their injury or illness and recommendation to abstain from activity. A $25.00 fee will be applied to any returned checks.

Instructor Certifications

STOTT Pilates certification is a very comprehensive program that requires yearly continuing education courses. All of the instructors at the Pilates Centre are STOTT certified and highly qualified to teach all of the classes offered. Clients are encouraged to attend classes from different instructors to benefit from the variety of teaching styles and areas of interest and expertise. At times there may be a substitute instructor for a class. Please be assured that all instructors will provide you with a class that will benefit your health and fitness needs.

Preparing for Your First Class (Attire & Mats)

Wear comfortable exercise clothes, however not too loose so the instructors can observe your posture and alignment. Bare feet or non-slip socks, no shoes.

Mats are available for use during class, however you may bring your own if you so choose.

Studio Policies

Cell phones should be turned off in the studio. Please refrain from using scented perfumes and lotions before coming to the studio as many people are sensitive to fragrances. The studio is an open space with several classes going on at the same time, please use a quiet voice before, during, and after your class.

Inclement Weather

In the case of inclement weather check the recorded message at the studio and/or the website regarding Mat class cancellations. Those scheduled for group or private equipment classes will be contacted via phone, text or email from their instructor.

Workshops, Continuing Education Courses & Certification Courses

The Pilates Centre of Ballet Memphis is a LICENSED TRAINING CENTER for STOTT PILATES® with over 15 of years training instructors. The STOTT PILATES® education method is unparalleled in the industry for its thoroughness and quality. With over 150 workshops to choose from, our introductory and continuing education workshops can supplement your current training and programming.

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Pilates Studio

Locations

Midtown Studios

Come experience our beautiful state-of-the-art studios in the heart of Overton Square.

Pilates Centre of Ballet Memphis

Our East Memphis studio is a light-filled space, ideal for supporting mind/body balance.