STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor | Level 1 and 2
Peyow Aqua Pilates Certified Instructor
CORE™ Qualified Instructor
Additional Training: Injury and special populations, pre and post natal, Pilates for golf, athletic conditioning.
Jill began dancing at the age of four, so movement has always been at the center of her life. She studied dance on scholarship at Northern Illinois University; and after graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance, Jill went on to dance with companies in Chicago and Denver – performing in North America and Europe.
In addition to performing, Jill invested in training young dancers at The Academy of Dance Arts / Illinois Ballet Theatre Youth Company who have gone on to join professional companies all over the world. She was invited to teach dance at Northern Illinois University and North Central College as well.
Teaching dance opened up new ways for Jill to study, explore and analyze movement. This allowed her a greater understanding of anatomy and body mechanics, so the move to teaching Pilates was a natural progression. Jill became a STOTT PILATES® certified instructor in 2007 and immediately began teaching at the certification center in Chicago. In 2009, she received her certification in Peyow Aqua Pilates.
Later that year, Jill packed her bags and moved to Denver. She quickly built a loyal clientele by working with a variety of clients ranging from individuals requiring rehabilitation to athletes. Jill also developed her own popular barre-style classes, and a number of Denver clubs – including Colorado Athletic Club, Forza, Pura Vida and Pilates on Broadway – have hired her to train their instructors. In 2013, Jill traveled to the Merrithew Health and Fitness headquarters in Toronto, and became a CORE™ Qualified Instructor.
Jill has studied the body and how to move it efficiently her entire life. By focusing on postural alignment, technique and quality of movement, she creates workouts that are safe, fun and challenging for her clients. Jill is passionate about helping her clients develop strength, flexibility, mobility, body awareness and more confidence in what they can do throughout their daily lives.
Michelle Kinny LEVEL 2
STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor | Level 1 and 2
Additional Training: Injury and special populations, scoliosis, cervical spine, pre and post natal, osteoporosis, and athletic conditioning.
As a dancer and rock climber, Michelle has experienced a variety of injuries throughout the years and chose to use Pilates to help with the healing process, through pain management and creating balance in the body. Michelle has a B.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University and is STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified. Drawing upon her extensive dance and movement background, she gives well- rounded full-bodied workouts with a sense of humor and lightheartedness. She enjoys motivating individuals through appropriately challenging exercises, using the conjunction of mind and body, to reach the next fitness level. Working with people of all different ages and abilities, she encourages individuals to reach their fitness goals, improving strength, posture, and alignment through Pilates. Michelle has a deep understanding of how people are structured differently and she designs workouts tailored for the individual, which allows for optimal progression. Her unique experience enables her to work with a broad range of clients, including those with injuries and special needs such as pre- and post-natal, scoliosis, osteoporosis, knee and hip replacements, disk herniations, labral tears, thoracic outlet syndrome, arthritis, and chronic low back pain. Whether you are looking for rehabilitation or a killer workout, Michelle is excited to help you achieve your goals.
Jenna Nelson LEVEL 1
STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor | Level 1
Additional Training: Injury and special populations
Jenna is a professional ballet dancer with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and has previously danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet as well as Oregon Ballet Theater. Jenna knows first hand the affects that Pilates can have on the mind and physical body and has used it as a tool to stay in top physical shape as a dancer. Not only is Pilates a perfect way to stay in shape, it is a great way to rehab and heal after an injury or chronic misalignment. Jenna has struggled with multiple injuries throughout her seven years as a professional ballerina, and Pilates has never failed to get her back on her toes.
Jenna’s teaching style has a firm foundation in physical fitness with the added element and goal of gaining mobility and flexibility thought the body. She encourages a sense of self-exploration when working with clients. Jenna completed her STOTT Pilates Certification through Bodycenter Studios in Seattle WA, and is also a Certified Yoga Instructor. She is passionate about movement and the positive affects that it has on the body and mind. She believes that working out should not have to be torture, and that you should leave the studio feeling better than when you came in. Jenna loves working with all types of movers, and pays particular attention to modify and adjust exercises based on the clients' body and particular needs. Jenna strives to create a freeing space for clients to experience movement and self awareness.
Chrysta Gustwiller earned her BFA in dance performance with a minor in Human Rights Education from Southern Methodist University. During her time at SMU, she was able to study and perform the works of Donald McKayle, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Robert Battle, Paul Taylor, and Arthur Mitchell, as well as choreographing and producing her own projects. After graduating she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she performed and choreographed for Ascential Dance Colorado, Peek-a-Boo Sole Productions, and the Apex Contemporary Dance Youth Outreach Program. She then moved to Philadelphia where, in addition to teaching dance and fitness classes throughout the Philadelphia metro, she performed with Dancefusion Repertoire Company and worked as the company manager for West Chester Dance Works. In addition to her passion for dance education and performance, Chrysta enjoys writing. She holds her MFA in creative writing with a concentration in creative nonfiction. Chrysta regularly writes for The Philadelphia Dance Journal, The Broad Street Review, and Relief Journal. Her work has been featured in the Meadows School of the Arts Newsletter, CultureMob Denver, and The Colorado Dance Alliance Newsletter. She is also a proud member of the International Dance Council. Currently, Chrysta is working a dance and fitness instructor. She received her barre certification from The Ballet Physique, her Pilates mat certification from Peak Pilates, and is in the process of completing her Pilates apparatus training.