From early in her childhood Karen Winselmann loved the fine arts -- especially music and dance. Born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in north-central New Jersey, Karen played piano, clarinet and oboe as well as studied ballet. In high school she focused on art and played in both the marching and concert bands – the latter recognized two years winning state honors. Additionally, she was first-chair oboe for both the high school state orchestra and the symphonic bands. Karen choreographed many dance sections for the high school theatrical performances and also continued her dance training including acceptance into the summer dance program at North Carolina School of the Arts. After high school graduation, Karen chose to focus her college education in dance. First at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and then transferring and graduating from Florida State University, in 1983, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Dance. At Florida State University, Karen taught ballet & agility training to the Florida A&M University football team. Upon graduation, rather than pursue dance opportunities, Karen entered the business world where for over 15 years pursued a career in Human Resource Management. While working full-time, Karen continued her education and graduated from Nova Southeastern University, in 1992, with a MBA degree specializing in International Business. For many years, Karen continued to stay involved in the fine arts by supporting the local Ballet, Philharmonic, and Opera companies. In 2001, Karen began studying Pilates and embarked upon a journey of transition from the corporate world to the Pilates world. Immediately, Karen discovered Pilates to be not only challenging but also rewarding to both the body and the mind. No longer able to resist the pull of the “Second Act” Karen had been keeping on the back burner since high school — she left the corporate world in 2002 to concentrate on a career in Pilates by enrolling in the Pilates Studio of New York Teacher Certification Program. Upon becoming a Certified Instructor in 2003, Karen initially worked as an Independent Contractor. Prior to opening her own studio – Pure Pilates, in 2006. In November 2006, Karen successfully completed the Romana’s Pilates® Instructor Training Program and in 2010 attained a Level 4 Instructor Trainer status. Dedicated to the craft and continual growth and support of the Pilates community, in 2015, Karen teamed up with Alycea Ungaro to become the first host studio to offer her comprehensive Real Pilates Teacher Training Program. As the world of Pilates continues to expand, Karen is excited to be a part of cultivating the next generation of mindful, skilled and exceptional instructors!
Teresa Trunzo was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois an at age fourteen she moved to South Florida. As a result of being in the sunshine state with beautiful beaches, warm weather and endless sunny skies, outdoor activities like bike riding and roller skating were a common past time. She became interested in nutrition and fitness shortly after completing high school.
Teresa’s first teaching experience started in 1984 with Richard Simmons Anatomy Asylum in Deerfield Beach, FL. There she helped choreograph high impact aerobics to music. The emphasis was on a total body workout in addition to nutrition counseling for all body types and fitness levels. Teresa continued her fitness career with weight training, nautilus equipment training, power walking and more.
Teresa was introduced to authentic Pilates in 2009. At that time she became aware of the benefits of this form of exercise and how it can enhance your body and everyday living. Teresa successfully completed the Romana’s Pilates® Instructor Training Program in 2013. Teresa is always learning and continues to share her passion of Pilates and the benefits to the mind, body and spirit with the community.
Dylan Thomas is a former bookworm who discovered the joy of Pilates and never looked back. Although he is still working to build his elusive Powerhouse, he can now sit up straight, roll like a ball, hang like a squirrel, and perform a great variety of movements that make him feel strong, alive, grounded, and present. Also a licensed massage therapist, Dylan meets lots of people who experience daily aches as well as chronic pain and stress. He knows Pilates can help, and that's why he became a teacher. Dylan was originally certified in 2012 in Miami, Florida, by his mentor, Anna Alvarez, who introduced him to the breadth of the method and its ability to change bodies and lives. In 2015, he recertified with his second mentor, Dorothee VandeWalle, who helped him deepen his understanding of classical Pilates and to more keenly appreciate its grace, rigor, and athleticism. Now, Dylan continues to study under the eagle eyes of Karen Winselmann at Pure Pilates. He is honored to have been invited to teach at her studio, where he can put the method to work to help clients experience the happiness that comes from moving Pilates-style with strength, flexibility, and control.
Lynn Torrent is originally from NY but has called South Florida home for 25 years. Married for 3 decades and a devoted mother to two happy kitties (15 and 16 years young), Lynn has always believed in hard work. Her love affair with Pilates started about 10 years ago, deciding to finally take the relationship to the next level by joining the Real Pilates Teacher Training (RPTT) Program. "Believe me, I did my research. I have taken sessions all over South Florida and this is exactly what I'm looking for in a comprehensive certification program. I fully believe in 'One Body, One Mind' so we better be good to them!" Lynn graduated from the RPTT program in January, 2017 and is excited to share what she has learned with her clients at Pure Pilates.
Avél Juliette was born and raised in South Florida, although was blessed to call New York City home for almost 6 years. An actor and hospitality specialist, Avél experienced an enriching variety of endeavors while in NYC, including a position as Studio Coordinator for a boutique Pilates studio, Park East Pilates, on Madison Ave. Being introduced to Classical Pilates methodologies made her a true believer. Its ability to lengthen, strengthen and empower your body and mind is unlike anything else she has ever experienced. Gaining the opportunity to be Studio Coordinator at Pure Pilates is exactly where she wants to be in her life. Avél has since undergone a huge transformation by joining the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program here at Pure Pilates -- graduating in January, 2017. She is excited for the future and is looking forward to a successful partnership with Karen and her beautiful studio!
Kate Berman is a Maryland native now living in Fort Lauderdale. Her two dogs, Maggie and Bear, are her babies. She has always had a zest for traveling and learning new things which is what landed her in the yachting industry! While Kate started doing Pilates regularly a few years back, it was the absence of her practice (due to a boating accident) that made her realize how valuable Pilates is to the mind, body and spirit. "I love Pilates and what it does for me. It has helped me gain so much out of myself and my body that I never knew was possible."
Tracy Belcher is a Miami-based instructor who first found Pilates while working as a busy marketing and communications professional. She held corporate positions in strategic communications, PR and marketing for more than 12 years. During this time, she maintained a healthy body and sound mind through her dedicated Pilates practice, and began training to become a Pilates teacher in 2012 through Polestar Pilates. She fell in love with teaching and sharing the benefits of the practice, and began working part-time as a teacher. Tracy went on to obtain certification through Pilates Method Alliance® and Franklin Method®, turning her passion for Pilates into her primary focus and commitment.
Tracy's teaching style is based on Joseph Pilates' original principles and “Whole Body Health” philosophy, but combined with today's scientific understanding of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and motor control, and scientific research findings in the areas of orthopedics, sports medicine and movement science.
In January, 2017, Tracy decided to deepen her understanding of the Classical Method by joining the 3rd cycle of the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program at Pure Pilates. She is excited to take what she learns through this program and weave it into her already thoughtful and individualized approach; helping her clients achieve long-term goals, integrating the mind, body and spirit with an overall enhanced quality of life.
Nicole Frederic-Lindo was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she received a B.A. in Psychology from University of the District of Columbia. Nicole began her journey in Pilates in 2001. In pursuit of her new found passion, she completed her first Pilates Comprehensive Certification in the summer of 2011 and went on to complete her second comprehensive teacher training program with Polestar Pilates in 2014.
In July of 2015, Nicole completed The Heritage Training™, a graduate course for Pilates instructors which passes on the work and lineage of Kathy Stanford Grant through the lens of her long time protégé and dear friend, Cara Reeser. In this extensive body of work, instructors learn exercises, language, imagery and concepts created by Kathy Grant specifically to strengthen and organize the body in order to facilitate proper movement for Classical Pilates.
Having studied contemporary Pilates and completed her graduate work, Nicole was compelled to immerse herself in the Classical work to learn the Method as Joseph Pilates envisioned. In January 2017 she began her classical training with Alycea Ungaro's Real Pilates Teacher Training (RPTT) Program as a previously certified Bridge student and looks forward to this new journey in her career. She feels blessed to be part of such an amazing community of healers and teachers, and hopes to start a life-long journey of health, happiness and well-being with you.
Aerospace Engineer and certified Pilates Instructor, Regina Arras, has a unique take on body mechanics and a very real passion for the “nuts and bolts” of Pilates. Regina approaches Pilates from an engineer’s perspective, dissecting the mechanics of each exercise, and from the artistic perspective of a dancer, always pursuing and appreciating the beauty and elegance of each movement. Regina’s distinctive approach has given rise to whole new business model as she tackles the service and maintenance side of the industry to redefine what studio upkeep really means. Learn more about Regina at www.topgunpilatesengineering.com
Mifa Ko was born in Tokyo and is multilingual, speaking English, Japanese and Korean. Mifa is a classically trained ballerina having attended the Matsuyama Ballet School, the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow, the Boston Ballet School and the Princess Grace Academie of Classical Dance in Monaco. Most recently Mifa was Principal dancer with Ballet Florida, Minnesota Dance Theater and the James Sewell Ballet in Minneapolis. Mifa has danced lead Principal roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire, and the prestigious & coveted title role of Giselle.
Dancing is incredibly rigorous! Mifa realized early on that the strength needed to dance required her to find exercise that provided both strength and flexibility training in order to continue her career in dance. Her search led her to the spiraling movements of the GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Methods and in 2009 & 2010 respectively, Mifa became certified to teach both. Additionally, Mifa also completed the Musical Journey course (2013) and the Specialized Equipment (Jumping Stretching Board) course in 2015. In 2016, Mifa continued her education and became a Gyrotonic Pre-Trainer.
For the past 10 years, Mifa has used her 25 years of ballet experience to teach & strengthen aspiring young ballet students as well as local Fort Lauderdale residents looking for the enhanced physical benefits of Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis exercise.
If you are an aspiring dancer or if you want the benefits provided by Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis exercise, please contact Mifa to set up an appointment — she can be reached at 561.598.1284.
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