Studio Owner | Instructor Trainer
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!