About the Team
Our graduates are the key to our growing BASI Family. All of our graduates have successfully completed an intensive teacher training program and have passed a number of requirements in order to be called a "BASI Graduate".
FacultyBASI Pilates® programs are taught by a select faculty of expert educators, based in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, Australia and South Africa. Each faculty member is a highly experienced teacher and practitioner of Pilates. Faculty Members are diverse, eclectic, and multicultural teacher trainers coming from backgrounds such as dance, academia, physical therapy and martial arts.
The process of becoming a BASI® teacher trainer is a lengthy and rigorous one. Each faculty is individually chosen and only the most qualified and dedicated succeed in joining our faculty. Our Faculty's performance is continually monitored by BASI headquarters, ensuring that every student receives a high-quality education.
Administrative TeamThe BASI Pilates administrative team works at the international headquarters in Costa Mesa, California. The office is responsible for writing the educational curriculum, coordinating the course offerings, scheduling, and marketing efforts for the BASI Host studios and worldwide Licensees.
It also operates and manages the BASI Studio which offers classes for local Pilates enthusiasts, professionals and students. Workshops and certificate courses are offered in BASI Pilates Advanced Education, providing professionals with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Pilates for select populations and teaching practices.
Rael Isacowitz holds a Bachelor of Education and teaching credentials from the Wingate Institute, Israel and a Master of Arts in Dance from the University of Surrey, England. He has been practicing Pilates for close to 4 decades and is recognized internationally as an expert in the field.
In 1989 Rael founded BASI Pilates® (Body Arts and Science International®), a comprehensive Pilates education organization spanning the globe. He spearheaded the development of Pilates Interactive, the one-of-a-kind e-learning software and designed the concepts for BASI Systems Pilates equipment. Rael has authored two best selling books, Pilates and Pilates Anatomy (Human Kinetics); the latter co-authored with Karen Clippinger, plus multiple professional workbooks and DVD’s.
Rael is part of the great legacy of Pilates teachers and mentors. He has studied and taught with luminaries of the Pilates world including several of the Pilates Elders, first generation teachers. His contributions to Pilates as a teacher, author and innovator are recognized and respected throughout the Pilates industry. Creativity and energy suffuse Rael’s work. His passion for the art of Pilates is well known as is the unique athleticism he brings to the method – a synthesis of body, mind, and spirit.Read More
— Meet The Team —
Samantha WoodPacific Palisades, CA
Samantha Wood is a licensed physical therapist since 1997, PMA Certified Pilates Instructor, Yoga Alliance certified teacher, and an international educator and Associate Faculty member for BASI Pilates®. She has an MBA from USC and is the owner of The Cypress Center in Pacific Palisades, CA where Pilates is integrated with physical therapy for people of all ages and abilities. Samantha’s clinical expertise includes Pilates-based rehabilitation, yoga therapy, orthopedics, sports therapy, and functional rehabilitation. She began her career in sports medicine as a student athletic trainer at USC. Since then, she has worked with many celebrities and professional athletes. While at HealthSouth in Arizona, she was the PT for the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Mercury, and Arizona Rattlers.
Samantha began her Pilates studies in 2001 with Rael Isacowitz and over the years since has attended many of Rael’s advanced courses, including the prestigious Mentor and Master Programs. She is passionate about Pilates and how it can enhance healing in injured clients and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others.
Jennifer PearlsteinCosta Mesa
BASI Senior Faculty, Education/Faculty Coordinator.
Jennifer Pearlstein came to Pilates with a BA from UC Davis and many years in the fitness industry. She has been on staff since 2001 and is currently the Education and Faculty Coordinator for BASI Headquarters, working closely with CEO and founder Rael Isacowitz. She is a highly sought-after instructor, traveling extensively, both domestically and internationally, to teach a variety of training courses. Her travels have taken her to Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Spain and Turkey, as well as cities across the United States. She is a strong advocate for the profession. She has taught at the Pilates Method Alliance Conference, Canfit Pro conference in Toronto, Canada as well as AFFEX and China Fit in Beijing, China. In her free time, Jen enjoys doing yoga, hiking and meditation, and is a Certified Mindfulness teacher trainer. Read More
Ofie DatesRancho Palos Verdes, CA
Ofie Dates, founder and owner of Ofie’s Elite Physiques, Inc., a Pilates based Health and Fitness Studio, is renowned in the Pilates and fitness industry for her years of experience, passion, and dedication to the art. Ofie is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Early Childhood Education Program and for over 25 years, has devoted herself to mastering the various disciplines of the fitness industry. After studying all entities of fitness and dance, her career flourished, and for ten years, Ofie maintained a dual career as an international model/fitness promoter and as an Executive Director for Health and Tennis Corporation of America. Her accomplished career extends beyond the fitness industry to professional performances in dance, theatre, film, television, and video.
Ofie’s personal commitment to her craft catapulted her career further when she earned the Certified Exercise Physiologist credential from the American College of Sports Medicine/Loma Linda University. She is an Accredited Athletic Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine and Master Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Ofie is certified in the Pilates Method with classical training from the PhysicalMind Institute and was designated their West Coast Regional Examiner. As a dedicated teacher with a strong commitment to helping others, Ofie further enhanced her qualifications with the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) organization as an Accredited Pilates Educator with a Dance Intensive Specialty from Cal State University Long Beach. Ofie’s academic achievements, coupled with her unrelenting pursuit of health fitness excellence, has enabled her to find her passion and true connection with BASI Pilates. As she continued her Pilates’ journey and further immersed herself in the depth of the work, Ofie successfully completed the Mentor Program, Master Program I, and Master Program II under the guidance of world renowned practitioner and teacher of Pilates, Rael Isacowitz. With Rael as her mentor and source of inspiration, Ofie is currently a proud member of the BASI faculty, a position she holds very dear to her heart. Ofie’s passion for the philosophy and integrity of the BASI organization creates opportunities for her to share her knowledge, embrace each student, and teach BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Courses and workshops, both nationally and internationally.
From the enthusiastic beginner to the elite athlete, Ofie’s passion for helping others is personified in her highly skilled individualized strength, cardiovascular, and sports specific Pilates based programs that transforms, revives, and reconstructs the bodies and minds of those who seek a greater purpose in life. Ofie has shared this gift nationally and globally through her features in PilatesStyle Magazine and presented with the opportunity to work with the American College of Sports Medicine’s delegation of People to People Citizens Ambassador Program to develop and implement the “Exercise is Medicine” initiative. Ofie’s deep understanding of a truly healthy lifestyle and love for her calling in life has become an inspiration for everyone she embraces.
Ofie resides in Rancho Palos Verdes with her wonderful husband Clifton. She is an active independent fundraising coordinator for several charities including, the American Heart Association, City of Hope, Feed the Children, the LA Union Rescue Mission, and the Professional School of the Arts. Her special interests and activities include Pilates, dance, modeling, music, art, running, sports, and athletics.Read More
“She loved life and it loved her right back.” Tash Barnard is undoubtedly an embodiment of this adage. With her illuminating smile, infectious laugh and effervescent personality, Tash effortlessly exudes a characteristic warmth that endears everyone she meets, to her. An international certified Pilates instructor, Tash originally had aspirations of being a professional dancer, graduating with honours in the Ceccheti Ballet and IDTA Modern Dance methods in 2000. This stood her excellent stead to flow naturally into an illustrious career in Pilates; she qualified as a BASI instructor after completing her studies directly under Rael Isacowitz in 2001. Now a BASI faculty member, Tash is extensively involved in building a strong, focused Pilates community through facilitating and teaching workshops and courses for BASI. Her energetic, patient teaching style has seen her share her knowledge across the globe including sessions in Morocco, London, Dubai, Salzburg and Hong Kong. She is also a guest teacher on Pilates Anytime. Tash owns and operates a highly successful studio, Tash B Pilates, out of Ballito on the North Coast of South Africa. The studio is a beautiful marriage of Tash’s tangible passion for Pilates and her heart for her clients: she and her band of instructors have created a caring, nurturing environment for students of all levels to flourish in. Tash’s unshakable faith undergirds her professionally and personally, as a wife to Andre and mother to Asia and Carter. Her humility precedes her, and her generosity is unrivalled; yet Tash remains firmly grounded. She is strong-minded and zealous about sharing the wonder of Pilates, which she believes has changed her life, and allowing it to do the same for others. This vision coupled with Tash’s incredible heart for the community, sets her apart not only as a respected Pilates instructor but a woman of integrity, value and worth.Read More
Sheri LongEl Segundo, CA
Sheri Long is a proud Senior Faculty member of the Body Arts and Science, International (BASI) with an extensive background in dance, fitness, and health. She is honored to be teaching BASI Pilates Courses and Workshops around the world including locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and throughout the United States. Sheri's passion for the art of movement formed over 30 years ago as a professional dancer and teacher. Following many years of practicing Pilates with her mentor, Rael Isacowitz, Sheri began a journey to introduce others to the magic of the BASI work. As a BASI graduate, Sheri opened her own studio in El Segundo, California. There she provides private sessions, semi privates, and small group classes. She is proud to have the opportunity to work with many of her fellow Pilates instructors and the population she is the most passionate about (and proudly refers to as) The Ageless Beauties. Sheri has been featured as Rael's assistant in several educational webinairs through the Pilates Method Alliance and numerous workshops including the Master Program. She continues to participate in ongoing education to refine her skills and teaching ability. She brings a commitment and passion for learning, believing the path to excellent teaching is through the experience of an avid student. Sheri believes deeply in the philosophy of the BASI Pilates program. Utilizing the progressions and methodology of the system and encouraging functionally correct biomechanics, while maintaining the quality and integrity of the original work of J.H. Pilates. Sheri is inspired by the past and encouraged by the future of Pilates, and the place BASI Pilates holds in the community.
Myriam KaneHerndon, VA
Myriam Kane finds great joy and satisfaction sharing her passion for efficient and balanced movement. Her 24 years as a fitness professional has given her a broad perspective of the varied needs of individuals from all ages and walks of life. She has over 10 years of experience teaching Pilates and is an accredited BASI instructor. Her desire to contribute to the wellness of others, while sharing years of insight led her to pursue her current faculty position with BASI.
As the founder of Elemental Fitness, Myriam has the chance to bring Pilates alfresco and lead classes that incorporate the practice into women's bootcamps in local parks and other outdoor venues, where the "apparatus" becomes nature and gravity.
Myriam resides in Northern Virginia with her wonderful husband and energetic yellow lab. She has 2 amazing grown children and a fabulous son-in-law.Read More
Carrie SmithHerndon, VA
Carrie Smith has been teaching students for over 35 years. She started teaching children at the YMCA in the 70s, taught group classes in the fitness field during the 80s and 90s, but her passion for movement since 2003 has been Pilates. She earned her Mat accreditation with BASI Pilates in 2004 and completed her BASI Comprehensive course in 2007. Carrie is co-owner of Balanced Bodies Pilates studio in Northern Virginia, (DC suburb) which is a BASI host studio for teacher training courses as well as many workshops and continuing education programs. She is a member of the BASI Faculty, having taught in various locations in the US, Japan and China. Carrie will be working toward her Z-Health Certification as soon as she can find the time!, and, when she is not doing Pilates, loves to spend time outdoors, biking, jogging, gardening and watching her son slide into home at baseball games.
Miriam Friedrich HonorioFreiburg
A BASI Faculty member since August 2006, Miriam Friedrich Honório has the distinction of owning the first BASI studio in Germany. Her studio, Dynamic Arts in Freiburg, is also an Education Center for the German Pilates Association, the Deutsche Pilates Verband.
Miriam was educated as a dancer and teacher of contemporary dance and dance improvisation in Rotterdam. She subsequently worked as a dance teacher at the Dance Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and as a choreographer and dancer for several theaters.
In addition to Pilates, Miriam works with the Gyrotonic® Expansion System and Gyrokinesis® in her studio. She is a Gyrokinesis® Master Trainer, Gyrotonic® Master Trainer, Archway and Jumping Stretching Board Master Trainer and specialized on all the additional equipment.Read More
Cindy ReidChicago, IL
Cindy Reid, PMA-CPT, is Director of Flow Studios, founded in 2002. Introduced to Pilates in 1993 while dancing professionally, Cindy has been teaching Pilates for 20 years and dance and exercise for 25. Cindy is a Senior Faculty member for BASI Pilates™, teaching two courses per year at her studio. This year, Cindy will also offer at Flow, BASI's Pro-Bridge course for professional Pilates instructors seeking to advance their education with BASI. Cindy is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance and presents workshops at Flow and nationally on Pilates topics which focus on injury prevention and optimizing technique. In 2010, Cindy started Jumpboard Dynamics: a teacher training program designed to elevate the instruction level and benefits of Jumpboard classes. Cindy's course offers training in jumping technique, and a new repertoire and vocabulary for teaching Jumpboard. She has presented over 20 workshops and trainings at Pilates on Tour, at the BASI Pilates Studio in Costa Mesa and in studios nationally. Cindy is also a faculty member and host site for Balanced Body's CoreAlign Teacher Training program in Chicago. Cindy has an MA from Northwestern University in Performance and Choreography and, has expertise in protocol for joint and alignment dysfunctions, spinal conditions, pre- and post-natal issues, pelvic floor disorders, and aging as well as performance training for advanced athletes and dancers. Among her mentors, Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger have provided her with a deep perspective and holistic approach to wellness and optimal fitness. In her years of teaching, Cindy has consistently observed the power of Pilates to heal, re-balance and revitalize one's body and spirit and is committed to bringing clients those positive results. Cindy teaches regular Pilates, CoreAlign(TM) strength and dance classes at Flow, and instructs privately students of all ages and abilities.
Sarah BertucelliSanta Barbara, CA
Sarah Bertucelli has been working as a dance and fitness professional since 1989 and is senior faculty for BASI. She discovered Pilates when searching for a way to treat a debilitating back injury. The method worked, and she never looked back. She received BASI accreditation under Rael’s direction and subsequently joined the BASI Faculty in 2003. She has taught BASI courses and workshops in China, Brazil, Paris and various locations across the US.
After graduating from UCSB, Sarah spent 4 years as a full time fitness instructor for the renowned Golden Door Spa and Rancho La Puerta before moving on to found and direct The Pilates Studio at Pacific Athletic Club in Palos Verdes, CA. In 2007, Sarah partnered with the Santa Barbara Athletic Club and started Integrity Pilates, where she served as director for 6 years. Sarah now teaches Pilates at The Studio at Padaro Beach where Pilates Anytime is filmed. Currently she has 10 classes on the site, and is one of PA’s most popular instructors! A mother of two, an athlete, and a dancer, Sarah’s passion for the body builds daily!
Arisa majored in dance at Citrus College in CA. While studying, she realized she wanted to do something more than dance by providing assistance to other dancers to improve their movement skills. She was introduced to Pilates at the same time, and became a practitioner immediately. Arisa was determined to have the opportunity of studying with Rael, and made a move to Costa Mesa for the BASI education. Upon completing of the Comprehensive Teacher Training Course in 2006, Arisa began teaching as one of the first instructors in BASI Japan. At first, Arisa thought Pilates was for dancers only, but as she interacted with various clients through teaching Pilates, she can say with certainty that Pilates gives many benefits to every body.
Michelle LamNorth Point
Michelle Lam is Program Manager and lecturer at AASFP (Asian Academy of Sports and Fitness Professionals) in Hong Kong. She was accredited by BASI Pilates, under the personal instruction of Rael, in 2006, and is today a BASI Faculty member, qualified to teach BASI courses worldwide.
A registered physiotherapist in both Hong Kong and Australia, Michelle obtained her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. She is an AASFP-certified Advanced Personal Trainer, an AASFP/FISAF-certified Group Exercise & Aerobics Instructor and a Pilates and Fit-Ball instructor.
Besides being a private physiotherapist specializing in sports injuries, Michelle is a part-time lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Adult Learning Center, where she is responsible for sports-related courses, including Sports Injuries Management and Prevention, Sports Massage, and the Weight Management Program.
Michelle is currently the principal Pilates instructor and physiotherapist at the Asian Fitness Therapy Center (Hong Kong. and works as a Pilates instructor at one of the biggest fitness chains in Hong Kong. She has presented at a variety of conventions, including the AFEEX (Asian Fitness Education Expo) and Asiafit.Read More
Brandon Douglas GambleSeattle, WA
Brandon Gamble started in the fitness industry in 1987. He has dedicated most of his life to health and fitness. As an active surfer, snowboarder, and water-skier, he knows the value of Pilates to strengthen and balance the body. After making Master Fitness Trainer in 1997 he began intergrading Pilates into his programs and working with physical therapist Donna Thomas at Las Vegas Athletic Medical Center. There he realized the true benefits Pilates had to offer his post rehab clients. Brandon is recognized throughout the dance and entertainment community in Las Vegas for his attention to detail. He is also recognized for innovative techniques for dancers and acrobats in the various shows. As a proud graduate of the Body Arts and Science International certification program and Senior Faculty (a select group of teachers worldwide that teach the educational BASI programs for BASI. He has lectured and taught in China, Japan, Australia, France, Columbia, Canada and all throughout the U.S. After publishing several articles including “Who is Pilates For” he has started his first book, “Pilates at Work”. Brandon also owns Pilates Bodies in Motion, University Place, Washington. This 2500 square foot facility runs six days a week with ten instructors and offers all the amenities of a full service studio. He continues to teach the BASI Pilates method and is always working towards higher education. Brandon is dedicated to excellence and innovation in his teaching, movement, and technique. He is a wonderful instructor for all ages, male or female, post rehab therapy, sports conditioning, and any of your health and fitness needs. After years of national and international travel, his love and passion for teaching Pilates is recognized worldwide.
Lianne Gamble HallGig Harbor, WA
Lianne Gamble began her professional dance career at age 17, and danced throughout the US and overseas before suffering injury due to the physical demands of her job. She had encountered Pilates at a young age, while studying ballet, and, frustrated with traditional therapy, she returned to the method in order to rehabilitate her body.
The success of her personal practice of Pilates instilled in her a desire to teach and help others. At the end of her dance career, she began to work closely with a physical therapy team in Las Vegas, which used Pilates for the prevention of injury to dancers and acrobats. As the method caught on in Las Vegas, she began to work as a teacher trainer for the UNLV certification team.
Lianne has taught Pilates throughout the US to individuals and groups, including the Luxor dancers in Las Vegas and the dancers for the 2000 Super Bowl in Atlanta. In 2001 she moved to Gig Harbor, Washington, where she opened her first Pilates studio. Two years later, she opened a second location in University Place, Washington, and in 2009 another location in the Old Town district of Tacoma. She met Rael at a conference in 2005, fell in love with his teaching style, and received her BASI accreditation. A year later she felt the need to have all her instructors accredited by BASI and started hosting BASI teacher training programs at her Gig Harbor studio.
In addition to being a member of the BASI Faculty, Lianne has been certified in Les Mills Body Pump, RPM, Zumba, Pole Fitness and Power Plate. She teaches many workshops, including Pilates for Pregnancy, Myofacial Release on the foam roller, and integrating cardio with Pilates.Read More
Kelly MiltonThe Woodlands, TX
Kelly Milton was raised in Pensacola, Florida and has always had a love for nutrition and fitness. She attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she double majored in Management and in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Having problems with low back pain, Kelly discovered Pilates as a way to help alleviate the problem. She felt a great passion for Pilates and the results that came with the form of movement. After researching the Pilates industry she enrolled in Body Arts and Science International.
She was honored to become a Pilates Ambassador for lululemon athletica two years in a row, where she volunteers her time to help promote Pilates. She has two children and loves how Pilates has helped her keep her strength and flexibility during pregnancy as well as how fast she recovered after her emergency C-Section.
Deciding to fulfill a lifelong dream of running a marathon, she embarked on the journey with the help of cross training with Pilates. She was able to run a Half Marathon only 3 months after her son’s birth and completing a full marathon on her son’s first birthday…all injury free.
Kelly was also privileged to be asked to become a faculty member for Body Arts and Science International. After continuous training under Rael Isacowitz at BASI headquarters she now travels around the country sharing her love of Pilates to future instructors. She continues to host, teach and bring the BASI Pilates knowledge to Breathe Pilates Studio making Breathe the pinnacle of Pilates studios in the Woodlands.Read More
Tali HanochTel Aviv, Israel
A former Ballet dancer with the “Israeli Ballet dance company”, Tali has been a Pilates practitioner and devotee since the age of 17.
She completed BASI® comprehensive course in 1998 led by Rael Isacowitz, at BASI® headquarters in California and has worked and
taught closely with Rael in his studio following graduation.
She was invited to join the BASI® faculty in 2000 shortly after opening her studio in Tel Aviv Israel. Currently residing in sunny Israel,
Tali is married and is a proud mom of three boys. she works with private clients, teaches workshops and certification courses as one of
BASI's proud team of international teachers and also serves as a consultant working hand in hand with studio owners and teachers to help them create and
maintain a well-balanced, functional and progressive Pilates program for their staff and clients.
Tali is also a certified Booty Barre® instructor, a certified Health coach who graduate from IIN (Institute for integrative nutrition) in 2011
and a proud blue belt holder in BJJ from the Gracie Academy® in CA.
Being passionate about movement and driven by making a difference and creating real lasting change, in the world and in the body and lives of her clients and students Tali is inspired and motivated by Joseph Pilates' work and words:
“Change happens through movement and movement heals.” - Joseph PilatesRead More
Meredith RogersSanta Barbara, CA
Born in the mountains of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Meredith Rogers has been passionate about all things athletic since early childhood. Competitive participation in downhill skiing and soccer led to her discovery of Pilates about twelve years ago, while rehabilitating a knee injury.
She studied with, and was accredited by, BASI Pilates and subsequently joined the BASI Faculty, on behalf of which, she has travelled extensively within the United States, as well as to such exotic destinations as Australia, Japan and China. She relishes the opportunities she has to share her love of the Pilates method and the BASI technique with students all over the globe.
Meredith is currently a resident of Santa Barbara, California, where she has been teaching at La Playa Pilates and Wellness center since its origin in 2002. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of students ranging from children to teenage athletes, new mothers, clients wishing to enhance specific sports related endeavors and the elderly population.Read More
Andrea SmithLong Beach, CA
Andrea has been teaching Pilates since 2005, and has been a BASI faculty member since 2010. As a dancer, she was introduced to mat Pilates at Santa Ana College and apparatus work at Orange Coast College. She then pursued a degree in dance science at Cal State University, Long Beach where she studied with Karen Clippinger. However, various injuries brought her dance career to an end, and she decided to focus strictly on Pilates. Upon completion of her certification through Body Arts and Sciences International with Rael Isacowitz, she taught for 5 years at On Center Conditioning in Costa Mesa. In 2012, she relocated to Live Life Pilates, owned by fellow BASI faculty member Leah Stewart. Her other certifications include pre and post natal pilates and hoop dance. She also appears as a model in BASI's revolutionary Pilates Interactive software. Andrea's more than 20 years of dance training has helped her develop an eye for technique, an appreciation for beauty and a sound understanding of the benefits of movement. She is extremely proud to be a part of the BASI team and looks forward to offering her knowledge and insight to Pilates students around the world.
Born and raised in Italy, Mario Alfonso studied classical ballet in Milano, Italy in 1993. Mario completed his education in Germany, where he earned his degree as a dance educator for modern dance. Mario's passion to share his knowledge and assist new talents, drove him to develop the international internet platform Side By Side Arts Center. This organization unites dance artists from around the world by providing an event to meet annually through a much anticipated festival.
As a professional dancer, Mario was drawn to the benefits of Pilates as a way to regenerate and recharge his own body. Although Mario continues to work as a choreographer and dancer, teaching BASI Pilates has became the center of his life.
Mario studied, and completed, the BASI Comprehensive Teacher Training Course in Germany and Costa Mesa, California in 2007. Since then he has worked ambitiously with all Pilates equipment in his studio "Pilates Essenza" located in Dusseldorf. When Mario was invited to join the BASI Faculty in 2011 he truly reached one of his most ambitios goals. A BASI instructor, faculty member and host all in the city where Joseph Pilates was born, raised and envisioned his first work in Contrology.Read More
Dominique LesperanceAptos, CA
Dominique Lesperance, owner of Body In Motion Pilates in Aptos, began her career in the fitness industry in 1992 as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer. She considers herself a consummate fitness junkie who recently, at the age of 41, began competing and performing in aerial acrobatics. Something she believes would never have been possible without her Pilates training. Originally certified in Pilates by the Physicalmind Institute of New York. After 11 years of teaching and attending Pilates conferences, she always came away feeling most inspired by the courses taught by Rael Isacowitz, founder of Body Arts and Science International (BASI®). She decided it was time to go back to the beginning and study directly with him. In 2008 she earned her BASI Comprehensive Teaching Certificate with Rael in Costa Mesa. She was so excited by what she learned that she became a Host location for BASI and convinced her entire staff to earn their BASI Comprehensive certificates as well. A member of the Pilates Method Alliance, she is also a certified Gyrotonic® teacher by Julio Horvath (creator of Gyrotonic®) as well as an Xtend Barre instructor. In the effort to always remain a student, Dominique has continued to study and has attended numerous BASI advanced education courses over the years, including; Injuries and Pathologies with Samantha Wood, Bone Smart for Osteoporosis with Teresa Marchock and Low Back Pain and Shoulder Injuries with Karen Clippinger. She completed her BASI Pilates Mentor and Master Certificates in 2011 and received BASI Pilates Ultimate Certificate in 2012. She is proud to be a part of the BASI Pilates family and faculty.
Adriana Ferrer-PerezReston, VA
Adriana Ferrer-Perez is a native of Colombia SA. She holds an MFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BA in Dance Education from the University of Miami in Florida. She has worked for many years in the dance field and in the fitness industry as well as being a certified yoga instructor. Her interest in Pilates began while she was teaching at Gold's Gym in Virginia, where there was a big need to educate people on how to use correct biomechanics and how to avoid injury. Her passion for teaching students to work in a safe and correct manner with their bodies led her to pursue the BASI Pilates program. She graduated from the BASI Comprehensive Teacher Training Course (CTTC) on January of 2007 and has continued with the education by adding on Pilates for Dancers, Pre-post Natal Pilates, the Art of Cueing, and Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies. Adriana is co- owner and director at Balanced BODIES Pilates Studio in Northern Virginia (DC Suburb), which is also a host studio for the BASI CTTC. In addition to working with private clients, she teaches mat and reformer classes as well as yoga. When not doing Pilates, she enjoys long walks, spinning, music and dance.
Eduard Botha is an accredited BASI Pilates instructor, with nine years of Pilates teaching experience. Prior to taking up Pilates, he was a Martial Arts instructor and a certified personal fitness trainer from the Exercise Teachers Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a certified Russian Kettlebells trainer.
Ed currently teaches Pilates at edb pilates, his beautiful studio overlooking Camps Bay beach, Cape Town. He also owns a boxing gym in Cape Town, catering to ‘white collar’ boxing enthusiasts.
In 2005, Eduard spent a year teaching and developing Pilates in Beijing, China. He has since had the opportunity to teach BASI Pilates courses in both Indonesia and Japan. Most recently, Ed completed an Ashtanga Yoga certification in order to further explore the roots of his Pilates practice.Read More
Jordanna has extensive dancing experience, including ballet, contemporary dance, modern jazz, hip hop, and tap. After completing high school Jordanna continued her dance studies by completing an Associate Degree in Dance at the Queensland University of Technology along with her Australian Teachers of Dance certification.
Jordanna has been a dedicated teacher of Pilates since 2002 and combined her dance knowledge and movement with Pilates. Teaching BASI Pilates has changed her teaching career, fortunate enough to be involved in Australian Interstate and International advanced education with Rael Isacowitz and BASI Faculty.
Jordanna opened her Brisbane studio in 2005 along with completing her BASI Comprehensive Teachers Training Course. In 2012 Jordanna was very proud to join the BASI Faculty teaching team. Jordanna and her husband Shayne run a very successful BASI affiliate studio and represent BASI within Australia.Read More
Mandy WrightOjai, CA
Originally from South Africa, Mandy came to America in her early twenties looking for inspiration and to find a career where she could help others. She found that and more when she was introduced to BASI Pilates in 2007.
As a lifelong athlete, Mandy has always participated in sports and shared her love of fitness and a healthy lifestyle with her family and friends. As the mother of three sons, she encouraged an active lifestyle and even joined her boys as they learned Tae Kwando, earning herself a black belt in the process. Inspired by the teaching, Mandy pursued her own education to become a certified personal trainer and Spin teacher. Although this active and outdoor life was rewarding, over time, Mandy started to experience recurring back pain which made her question her own exercise routine. With his new awareness, Mandy started a quest to find a workout regime that supported her active lifestyle, while still nourishing her body and supporting her life.
Mandy discovered Pilates, an exercise program where the objective; to be able to train the body to functionally perform the activities we love to do, fit her own beliefs and fed her search for rich daily inspiration and a lifestyle of healthy pain free movement!
Mandy completed her Pilates Training through Body Arts and Science International in 2007 and has never looked back.
Mandy’s gifts, as a teacher, lie in her understanding of movement and her empathy with pain. She has a unique ability to create safe and fun environments where clients can address their personal challenges and work to strengthen their bodies and attain their goals. With her understanding of the body, Mandy is able to recognize individual imbalances and to effectively communicate movement options and corrections to create flow and control for each of her clients in their own Pilates practices.
Mandy’s mantra is: ‘Do what you love, love what you do, for life.’
Mandy has worked diligently to educate herself and to meet her own goal of truly helping others. Her immersion in the BASI philosophy is one of the areas she acknowledges as an important foundation for her skills and experience today. She has completed the BASI Mentor and Master Programs not just one, but twice; has studied Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies, Pilates for Men, and Pilates for the Mature client. Mandy is also a NASM certified Personal trainer and a NASM corrective exercise specialist. She is committed to being the best teacher and trainer she can be in following her passion to move bodies well and into health.Read More
Natascha Eyber, who was accredited by BASI in 2003, under the direction of Rael, holds the BASI Pilates franchise in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia. She joined the BASI Faculty in 2006, and, in 2009, founded the Pilates House in Munich, the headquarter of BASI Pilates for Germany and Austria. Natascha was educated and worked as a ballet dancer and teacher, and has wide experience in training professional dancers. She also worked as director and choreographer of international musical productions, events and opera. Since 2002, Natascha has dedicated herself to education. She was a faculty member at the SEAD contemporary dance school in Salzburg until 2009, teaching ballet and training dance students. Simultaneously, she instructed outside clients in the Pilates method.
Naomi Marion RoeckKelkheim
Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.Long Beach, CA
Karen Clippinger, is a professor at California State University at Long Beach where she teaches Pilates, anatomy and other dance science courses. Karen received her masters in Exercise Science from the University of Washington in 1984. Her lifelong work has focused on application of scientific principles to enhance alignment and movement performance while lowering injury risk. She is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches Functional Anatomy for Dance, Prevention and Care of Dance Injuries, Body Placement, Pilates and Scientific Principles Applied to Teaching Technique. Ms. Clippinger also serves as the Coordinator for the Pilates Studio located in the Dance Center and is actively involved in promoting high standards for certification of Pilates Instructors.
Prior to her appointment at CSULB, Ms. Clippinger worked as a clinical kinesiologist for 22 years, including at Loma Linda University Medical Center and several sports medicine clinics in Seattle. She has worked with hundreds of dancers/ performers including members of the Joffrey, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Mark Morris, Bill Evans, Alwin Nikolais, and Cirque Du Soleil companies. She has also consulted for the U.S. Weightlifting Federation, U.S. Race Walking Team, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and California's Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Ms. Clippinger has given over 375 presentations in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and throughout the United States including at conferences for the American College of Sports Medicine, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Body Arts and Science International, Body Mind Spirit, International Dance Exercise Association, Pilates Method Alliance, Balanced Body-Pilates on Tour, International Association of Biomechanics in Sports, and the Olympic Scientific Congress. She has taught workshops at numerous universities including the University of Calgary, Cornish Institute of the Arts, Duke University, University of Hawaii, Stanford University and the University of Washington.
Ms. Clippinger has authored numerous articles and chapters. She wrote an exercise column for Shape Magazine for four years and served as one of the founding co-editor-in-chiefs of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science from 1996 to 2005. Her textbook Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology was released in 2007, and has received excellent reviews, as well as been adopted at many prestigious universities. She co-authored Pilates Anatomy with Rael Isacowitz which was released in 2011 and has already being translated into four other languages and garnered enthusiastic responses.Read More
1980-1993 Grew up in Brazil, was very engaged in swimming, Ballet, Jazz Dancing. Attended and studied Dance and Physical Education in multiple dance schools in NY, CA and Hawaii USA.
1994 Met my second half in Hawaii , and Moved to Saudi Arabia with my newlywed husband, Fady Kabalaoui who is civil Engineer and has been a managing partner in construction and contracting firms.
1995-2004 While In Saudi Arabia, I developed, “The Dance Jazz Company”, providing a program dedicated to teaching Children and Teens, the principles of General Fitness, Jazz, and Ballet Dance.
2001-2003 Taught Dance for the High School Students at the Dhahran Academy, KSA. This is the certified DOD school for all the American citizens living in the Eastern Province in KSA
2000 Received AFAA in Group Fitness and Pilates Mat (Mat Science at the Time) through AFAA . And integrated all my classes with introducing and teaching the basic of Pilates.
2004-2011 The family moved to Bahrain in 2004, Where I established and ran my own dance and fitness programs for both children to teens at World Beat Fitness Center, along with teaching multiple Mat and Ball Pilates classes.
2009-2011 Graduated from Basi CTTC in 2009 . Taught Private Mat and Equipment classes in my own small home studio, equiped with Balanced Body apparatus and accessories. And Group Mat classes in Word Beat center..
2010-2011 Received the complete course Certifications in “Touch for Health 1,2,3&4 in Kinesiology.
2009 Attended Athens’s Symposium workshop with Rael Isacowitz, Elizabeth Larkan and Tracy Mallet in 2009.
2010-2012 Attended “Passing the Torch”, Mentor , Master and Master Reunion with Rael Isacowitz
2011-2012 Attended Pre-Natal and Post-Natal workshop with Carolyne Anthony 2011-2012.
May 2011, I formed a partnership with my husband Fady Kabalaoui and established my studio Equilibrium Fitness center, a Boutique Health & FitnessCenter specializing in providing private / group Mat and Equipment Pilate Classes.
We hosted the first BASI CTTC in Bahrain in 2013Read More
Fabio CaracciLa Rochelle
Fabio Caracci was born in Rome and graduated as a ballet dancer from the Rome Opera House school. He had an extensive dance career performing with prestigious ballet companies including English National Ballet, Les Ballets des Montecarlo, Aterballetto and Theater Basel. The practise of Pilates has been his main tool to improve dance technique and prevent injuries and found in the BASI principles a fulfilling and rewarding continuity for his professional life.
In 2010 he completed the CTTC with Natascha Eyber and continued his BASI education attending various workshops and certificate courses from Rael Isacowitz and several BASI Faculties.
Fabio holds education degrees in dance pedagogy from the French Ministry of Culture and in sports from the Ministry of Sports and Health. He is a guest teacher for several Dance Conservatoires and Sports Federations for Pilates methodology, anatomy , analysis of functional movement , and dance pedagogy.
Since April 2017 he is a member of to the BASI faculty team.Read More