Meet Our Instructors
Annie, the owner and an instructor at Pilates Downtown, began operating and working at the studio in June of 2015. As a Denver native, Annie grew up competitively dancing and dreamed of owning her own dance studio one day. This drive led her to pursue Dance and Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Pilates became a part of her everyday dance training and even helped her recover from a serious ankle injury. Annie soon fell in love with the mind-body concept of Pilates and how it elevated her dance education to a higher level. Upon graduating college, she decided to get certified in Pilates. Annie completed the Comprehensive Teacher Training through Body Arts and Science International (BASI Pilates) in 2013. This training allowed her to use her knowledge and passion for dance and put it towards interacting and helping people achieve their physical health goals. Annie has taught Pilates in Denver and Los Angeles throughout the past few years, and is now happy to call Pilates Downtown home. Annie looks forward to her future as an instructor and business owner at Pilates Downtown!
Cortney Stell has been an active Pilates instructor from 2002 and teaching with Pilates Downtown since 2011. Cortney has been around Pilates her entire life as her grandmother, Barbara Huttner, is a Pilates Mater Teacher and has owned many studios and developed national teacher training programs. Cortney’s exercise philosophy is based on the philosophy of balance, commitment, and finding healthy challenges.
Erin began practicing Pilates as a cross-training activity to support her love of long-distance running. After numerous injuries to her shoulder, knee, and back, Pilates became more than a cross-training activity – Pilates allowed her to live without pain for the first time in years. Erin was grateful for the gift of pain-free movement and became an instructor to share this gift with others. She loves that Pilates can be adapted for everybody and serve as therapeutic movement or challenging movement. Her goal for her clients is that they feel supported, challenged, and empowered. While not in the studio, Erin spends time running after her kids, reading, cooking, and knitting.
LauraLouu is a firm believer in Pilates and yoga. She believes a consistent yoga practice is not only for the physical benefits, but a positive shift in mental health. Using various forms of movement combined with the awareness of breath helps to create a wonderful form of mediation that helps release stress and anxiety that resides within.
Over the course of years, a consistent yoga practice brought a lot of wear and tear on Laura’s body with the actions of repetitive movements, which is normal in many sports. Laura discovered the Pilates method in 2015 and knew immediately that this method was and still is very beneficial for her everyday life. LauraLouu believes highly that Pilates can build for a stronger and more advanced yoga practice. “The way I compare the two is that yoga expands, when Pilates is bringing everything together. It’s a perfect match.”
“My Mission is to use these tools of Yoga, Thai Bodywork, and Pilates to create a therapeutic session while challenging your body and mind. Movement is the key to success mentally, emotionally and physically.”
Liz’s passion for Pilates began in 2006, when looking for a way to be fit and active that wouldn’t aggravate her hip, which she had surgery on four years previously. Through the Pilates method, she found strength, flexibility and an overall balance that she never had. After seeing the incredible results in her own body, Liz decided to enter the certification program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado and share her passion for the method by becoming an instructor. She completed the extensive program at the world renowned studio in June 2009. Liz believes Pilates is for everyone and enjoys teaching the fittest students as well as those who are rehabilitating from injuries or dealing with chronic pain. Her goal is for her clients to feel strong, confident and integrated in both body and mind, not only when working in the studio, but also in their daily lives.
Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Mary discovered Pilates after she had her twin daughters, now 21 and became passionate about the method as it helped her maintain a strong back and spirit during those toddler years. She also appreciated the focus and concentration Pilates provided while she worked as a full-time health care executive. After closing a health care company in 2001, Mary entered The Pilates Center training program in Boulder and spent two years studying the classical Pilates method with Amy Alpers and Rachel Segel, who bothstudied with first generation Master teacher Romana Kryzanowska. She relocated to the Bay Area in 2002, received her diploma from the Pilates Center and continued her studies with Cara Reeser, Amy Lange, Jay Grimes, Bob Liekens and The Pilates Center in Boulder. In 2010, she completed The Pilates Center Master’s Program, completing more than 120 CECs over the past 3 years. She recently completed the Kathy Stanford Grant Heritage Program, studying with Cara Reeser most of 2014. With over 10 years of teaching experience in the Bay Area, including opening and closing Grasshopper Pilates of Marin, Mary returned to Colorado in August of 2013, and is now living in Louisville. She has been a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, since 2002, and served as a Director and Treasurer of the organization in 2012. An avid athlete, she enjoys running, hiking, biking, tennis, golf and down hill skiing, particularly heli-skiing. Mary has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and has held various executive positions in Colorado healthcare organizations and health plans.
Maya has a passion for movement and teaches Pilates by creatively challenging the individual. She began dancing professionally at age 11 in her hometown of Chicago and was exposed early on to Pilates by her dance coach Juanita Lopez, a level 1 instructor for first generation teacher Romana Krysanowska. She performed with ballet, modern, jazz and opera companies throughout the states and in Mexico, always dancing through new injuries, until a car accident. Pilates presented its effectiveness once again, and she returned to the stage strong and confident. Maya spent 12 years with the Radio City Rockettes as an assistant choreographer and dance captain, using the mat work as a daily warm up for the cast. Her journey brought her to Denver where she was inspired by an extensive training and graduated from The Pilates Center in Boulder in 2006 and completed the Kathy Grant Stanford Heritage Training Masters Program in 2014. Pilates supported Maya’s active pregnancy with healthy full-term twins, and led her to learn so much from her deeply challenging post-natal recovery. She is a yoga and outdoor enthusiast, dance teacher to movers as young as age 2, and a Reiki 2 practitioner.
Tia is a Certified Pilates Instructor from the nationally renowned Pilates Center in Boulder. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Marketing in 1998, she spent two years working for a local technology company. After many years of playing sports and long distance running, Tia discovered Pilates through her efforts to find a gentler way to gain strength and flexibility. She quickly became hooked on the discipline and left the corporate world to pursue a new career in Pilates. Tia has served as an instructor at Pilates Downtown for almost twelve years. After giving birth to her first child in 2003, Tia has seen the incredible benefits of Pilates during and after pregnancy. She is passionate about teaching Pilates and strives to inspire her clients to work hard in order to achieve their fitness goals.
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