About The Teacher


My sweaty pursuits: I have been a dancer and a mover my whole life. I grew up dancing in Minneapolis at Ballet Arts (now Minnesota Dance Theatre). After graduating college at Marquette University I moved to Chicago to pursue my dance career. I studied with Joel Hall Dancers, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and more. I co-founded my own dance company “SHE” and performed all over Chicago at festivals, theaters, and even bars. #keepinitreal In 1999 I attended the world renowned Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. I completed a 900 hour teacher certification in The Pilates Method. I found my passion. Teaching movement. And then began my 20 year + teaching journey.

Entrepreneur: In 2003 I opened Align Pilates in Minneapolis. Shortly after its opening I studied and became certified in The Gyrotonic Method. After studying Gyrotonic my mind was a “buzz” my Pilates teaching changed for the better and more than ever I felt like I could teach and and help anyone who walked through my doors. I went on to study Pranassage, at The Nosara Yoga Institute. Then, with my Align team, went on to develop the popular group class “Prana Stretch.” From there my entrepreneur self still craved more. I co created the Align Pilates Teacher Training that went on to be one the most well respected programs in the midwest area. I began running retreats in Nosara, Costa Rica in 2007 and still counting. The retreats just keep getting better and better. My next adventure was taking my dance, Pilates, and Gyrotonic background and developing an unforgettable Barre Class. Align Pilates was featured in The Star and Tribune (Mpls) for the best barre class in town. The studio went on to develop a rock solid teacher training program and proceeded to train teachers from (contact info blocked) right at the height of the “barre buzz". In 2014 I hung up my reformer springs and decided to spend more time with the new love in my life, my daughter Hazel. Align closed its doors. #enjoytheride Of course I am still leading retreats and teaching privates and small groups in my private backyard cottage. Simplicity at its best.

What I love: Hanging out my kids Hazel (6) and Henry (2). Going on dates with my boyfriend (husband- Matthew) and snuggling with my 100 pound gentle giant. (dog-Clover). When I can squeeze in more I love to read, take ballet class, push myself in cross fit, ride my electric cargo bike around town with all my kiddos (The Dragon).

Dreamer: To Nosara I wander. I have been wandering to this town since 2005. Since then I have dreamed of having kids, sending them to school in Nosara, and building a house for my family there. #check

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