Amy’s philosophy of teaching? “Keep it fun and fast,” she says. “Movement heals so I think that the more exercises you get through, the better.”
As a modern dancer with a degree from Columbia College in Chicago, as well as a background of studying dance since age three, Amy was no stranger to vigorous movement and exercise, yet Pilates posed something new: “I was used to jumping and throwing myself around. I was totally challenged by the amount of control I had to gain over my body in order to do Pilates,” she tells us. “I didn’t love Pilates at first; it seemed too hard!”
Since training with Juanita Lopez at the Pilates Studio of Chicago and being certified as a teacher, what keeps Amy engaged now is the continual learning aspect of Pilates. Not only is she interested in exploring archival Pilates work and the work of Pilates Elder Kathy Grant, but she loves the immediate learning of how Pilates, its ability to teach you new things about your body every day.
“Continuing to learn and explore the method keeps me motivated in my teaching,” Amy says. “I feel successful as a teacher when I see my clients getting as excited about the method as I am.”
Keep moving, keep learning.