STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor | Level 1 and 2
Functional Medicine Health Coach Apprentice
HALO® Certified Instructor
CORE™ Qualified Instructor
Peyow Aqua Pilates Certified 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.
In 2017, wanting to help her clients live vibrantly in all aspects of their health, Jill enrolled in the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, and began offering health coaching in 2018.
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.
Elizabeth Smith LEVEL 1
STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor | Level 1
Additional Training: Injury and special populations, pre and post-natal, scoliosis, athletic injuries, chronic pain
Lizzie is passionate about physical fitness, nutrition, and healthy living, and has focused on these attributes in her education and training. Lizzie obtained a BS in Kinesiology/Nutrition from San Diego State University, a personal trainer certification through the American Council on Exercise, as well as a certification with STOTT Pilates.
Sessions with Lizzie are individually based, and may combine various stretching techniques, myofasical release work, along with other modalities based on a client's body. Lizzie loves helping her clients understand more about how their bodies functions, and tuning in to their individual needs. She provides you with a "tool box" to always have on hand to help you achieve optimum fitness and health.
Having experienced health issues that have helped shape who she is today, Lizzie has empathy and compassion for those who are in the process of rehabilitation, are suffering from chronic pain, or are intent on working to get back into shape.