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Amy founded Studio B Pilates in 2004 after relocating to Wisconsin from New York City where in addition to pursuing professional dance she trained in somatic movement and became certified in the Pilates method. As the first Pilates studio in Stevens Point, Studio B was created as a space for mindful movement classes and personal training dedicated to addressing sound body mechanics and neuromuscular patterning for optimal function and performance.
At 14 she was diagnosed with severe scolisos and spent the rest of her high school years wearing a back brace, resulting in a deep desire to understand functional alignment and movement re-education. This experience led to a lifelong passion for helping others improve spinal alignment and move free of pain. From 2006 - 2009 Studio B Pilates was located in the Scoliosis Rehab clinic. During this time Amy developed a meaningful collaboration with physical therapists Beth Janssen and Patti Orthwein, together they created the continuing education program Mindful Alignment: A Conscious Approach to Scoliosis.
In 2010 she became a faculty member for the Pilates education branch of Balanced Body under the tutelage of Nora St. John. Since then she has trained new teachers in Pilates Mat, Reformer, Apparatus, and Anatomy throughout the United States. Amy was recently a guest teacher at Core Pilates in Honduras and has taught 'Pilates for Scoliosis' at the International Curvy Girls Scoliosis Convention.
Amy holds a MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Graduate Level Certificate in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (GLCMA) from Columbia College Chicago. She began teaching Pilates in 2000, under the training of recognized teachers Lesley Powell and Doris Pasteler Hall. She subsequently spent a year and a half studying functional anatomy with Irene Dowd (NY); other influential teachers include Barbara Mahler and Patrick Strong.
Amy is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, where she teaches movement analysis and Co-Directs the Pilates Teacher Training Program in the Department of Theater and Dance. She has taught movement analysis, somatics and modern dance at UW-Madison, Lawrence University and as a guest lecturer at Beloit College. In addition, Amy co-founded The Artist In Residence (AIR) Project, a Wisconsin based non-profit organization producing collaborative and innovative performing arts programming.
Pamela completed her Comprehensive Pilates Certification through Studio B Pilates/Balanced Body in 2014. As a Pilates Instructor she has worked with individuals of various backgrounds and abilities. Pam has been very active in the Central Wisconsin community for more than 10 years. She is the Founder and Director of both Point Dance Ensemble and the Shuvani Tribal Belly Dance troupe; and co-founder of The Artist In Residence Project. Pamela is also a Certified Brain Gym Instructor and Consultant. She has instructed Brain Gym sessions and workshops to children, school teachers, dancers and more.
As a professional dancer Pamela was a soloist with the Mary Anthony Dance company for eight years, in addition, she worked with such dance luminaries as Anna Sokolow, Bertram Ross and Agnes de Mille. Pamela is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point where she teaches Ballet technique.
Certified Pilates Teacher
Amy has a long history of enjoying and taking part in physical activity. She is an avid runner, and regularly participates in marathons, half marathons and triathlons. Now as an instructor at Studio B she has the opportunity to pass on her love of fitness to her clients. Amy completed her Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates training in 2015.
Amy holds a B.S. in Human Biology and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Marquette University. As a physical therapist, Amy has found Pilates to be an avenue to combine her love of fitness and a passion for healing through movement.
In addition, Pilates teaches the balance of core strength and flexibility training, which provides a strong foundation for the athleticism of her long distance running. Amy resides in Plover and is mother to three active boys.
Certified Pilates Teacher
Peg spent more than thirty years as a high-performing sales professional. During her time in the sometimes intense setting of the corporate world, she used Pilates as a way to find balance of both body and mind. In 2012 she chose to leave the corporate setting and since then has focused on learning more about the Pilates method.
Peg knows first-hand the positive effects Pilates has on the body and mind after spending more than a decade practicing with local teachers Amy Beversdorf, Patrick Strong, Joan Karlen and Robyn Eron. Now as a teacher herself, she is passionate about sharing those benefits with others and seeing the positive changes that occur for people of all levels and abilities.
Certified Pilates Teacher
Gina began her Pilates training at a young age while also studying classical and contemporary ballet at various schools around the country. She completed her Pilates Teacher Training in 2015.
Her movement experience includes professional dance training and performing with Virginia Schools of the Arts, and Artisan Dance Theatre/Ballet Montanaunder direction of Sallyann Mulcahy and DROP dance collective, based in Boise, Idaho.
Gina has also served as the Managing Director for the community organization, Artist in Residence Project (AIR Project) for which she helped produce Dance For Cancer in 2009 and directed Happenings in 2011.
200-RYT Yoga Instructor
A career communicator and community advocate, Shannon understands the value of relationships and meaningful connections. Like the connection between breath, body and mind that is possible through practicing yoga.
Shannon’s initial interest in yoga as a physical compliment to her active lifestyle, deepened into a regular practice several years ago, when she discovered benefits that were enriching her life beyond the physical.
With a desire to learn more and a personal passion to introduce yoga’s benefits to new students, especially populations in need, in July 2018 Shannon completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Wild Abundant Life, LLC. She is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Shannon believes yoga is for all bodies and guides her students through accessible practices that typically include breathing techniques, powerful flows and mindful moments, that when combined, can contribute to a healthy, joyful and more connected life – on and off the yoga mat.
Certified Pilates Teacher in Training
Pilates Mat and Reformer Instructor