Pilates for me has been about finding structure. To my own surprise, I am a very structured person - I love details and organization. Precision. Efficiency. Pilates was, is scaffolding for my body and mind. I teach Pilates through a complex lens - grounded in the classic Pilates work, but deeply textured by other practices (Alexander, Feldenkrais, Meditation). I’ve been teaching and practicing Pilates for about 25 years, so I’ve explored the work a lot - looking for ways to expand my understanding and to keep it interesting. And it is interesting.
I trained at the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO with Amy Alpers, Rachel Segel, Cara Reeser and Debra Kolwey. They are all very different teachers, as they each apprenticed closely with different Pilates elders. However, they’re the same in that they’re expertly clear as teachers. Pilates has taught me to be exacting about movement, and that it’s possible to see into bodies in deeply specific ways. After training in Pilates, I spent many more years studying anatomy - scientifically and somatically. I’ve refined an approach that draws from many techniques and informed ways to create alignment, through all the body’s layers. I use Pilates as my main tool.
I’m a dancer, a meditator and a person with scoliosis. Pilates engages with those pieces of my identity fully. Also, I love to teach it. Pilates is mindful, individual and a path to feeling more powerful in your body.
Pilates on Harrison - In 2015, I opened Pilates on Harrison with Susan Watson. Located near the University, the studio offers private sessions and small group classes on the Pilates mat and equipment.
Blue Mounds Movement Lab - originally designed by my husband Scott Anderson as a small studio in the country, BMML is a lovely drive, 30 miles west of Madison. I teach Pilates Mat every Saturday morning at 9am.
Past projects - Scott and I ran Mound Street Yoga Center from 2008-2019. The studio opened in 1984 and had a long history of teaching yoga and other movement forms that promote healthy body and mind. From 2006-2015, I ran the Blue Mounds Pilates Center, a small studio on Main Street which originally housed the bank of Blue Mounds.
In 2007, I began a Pilates teacher training program under the name Movement Insights, which I ran for 10+ years. I worked with many talented students who are now talented teachers at studios in Madison and other parts of the country. The curriculum encompassed a blend of classical Pilates repertoire and therapeutic and somatic approaches to teaching the work.
In 2013, I developed a Pilates Certificate for the Dance Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison based on my teacher training curriculum. I continue to direct and teach in this program. The certificate takes 2.5 years to complete, and is filled with students of many different majors and of different ages. The certificate can be completed as a degree candidate or as a special student if you have completed a degree elsewhere.