|Elisabeth David (Studio Owner)
Since the age of three, Elisabeth competitively showed horses. She competed with the top riders in the country, and by age sixteen, she knew she needed to add something to her weekly routine to get her to the next level. After some research, she realized that Pilates was commonly used by equestrians to improve their sport, so Elisabeth jumped right into it. After only a few sessions, she found that it not only kept her strong and lean, but it helped with her timing and form. It also gave her the physique she always wanted. Within just a few months of her new routine, Elisabeth reached the Grand Prix level and went on to represent Florida in the Junior Olympics for Show Jumping. She discovered Pilates is a full mind-body workout, and it quickly became her passion. During college, in the absence of her horses, Elisabeth was able to maintain the strength she worked so hard to develop by continuing her weekly Pilates workouts. Elisabeth graduated from Florida State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media & Communication Studies. Elisabeth has two Pilates certifications: Power Pilates (New York, NY) & Classical Pilates Education (Boca Raton, FL). Additionally, she is a Teacher Trainer for Classical Pilates Education.
Shawn began her Pilates journey 5 years ago with Classical Mat training through Peak Pilates, immediately falling in love with the structure and focus of Classical Pilates. Shawn subbed mat classes for 2 years while attending classes at the Kansas City Art Institute, and began teaching consistently 2 1/2 years ago. Shawn put her attendance at the Art Institute on hold last year to complete PPS Level I training on all apparatus and a deeper understanding of the matwork. The Classical method has been a blessing in her personal practice to overcome injuries sustained in an auto accident 25 years ago by building strength and flexibility while maintaining bone and joint health. Pilates is a constant journey in growth and understanding of the classical method and Shawn wants to share the beauty of Pilates with her students. Shawn will be continuing her Pilates training this fall through Classical Pilates Education while continuing classes at the Art Institute.
Courtney has always had a passion for being active and healthy. She started dancing when she was three and continued dance and playing various sports through high school. After graduating from Kansas State University with a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications and Psychology she found herself in a sedentary corporate job. She missed organized sports and dance and found herself looking for a more health-focused profession. Courtney realized she could take her love of Pilates and desire to help others who want to get stronger, leaner and healthier by becoming a Pilates instructor. Courtney received her first Pilates education through Balanced Body and her 2nd Certification through Classical Pilates Education. Courtney believes everyone can benefit from Pilates, whether it’s for cross-training, rehabilitation or to get, or stay fit!
Steph’s passion for fitness and wellness began at a very young age. She began training and playing competitive volleyball at the age of 12, and her dedication to the sport earned her a volleyball scholarship to Benedictine College in Aitchison, Kansas. As a student-athlete, Steph excelled on the court and in the classroom graduating with a degree in studio art. She searched for ways to remain active and excited about fitness after her years as a collegiate athlete. Steph stumbled upon Pilates and instantly fell in love with the full body, mind, and overall core workout. Steph became a huge supporter when she saw results from the low impact workout- longer and leaner muscles, increased core strength, and improved flexibility. She received her certification through Classical Pilates Education. Steph also enjoys staying active and fit through a variety of other activities such as swimming, kickboxing, wake boarding and water skiiing, tennis, bicycling and walking her dogs Biggie (an English Bulldog) and Smalls (a Great Dane). She also enjoys trying new restaurants, Netflix binges, and traveling the world with her partner, Brian. Her goal is to practice Pilates on every continent- 5 out of 7 complete!
Skyler began seeing the benefits of Pilates at the age of 14 while attending the Kansas City Ballet School, and during summer intensive programs at the Joffrey School and The Ailey School in New York. She continued Pilates at the UMKC Conservatory for Music and Dance, where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and while dancing professionally for the Sarasota Ballet Company, in Sarasota, FL. She has found Pilates to be the ideal way for her to build strong core muscles, maintain proper body alignment, and develop long lean flexible muscles. Skyler enjoys the variety she finds in each Pilates class, which allows the body to be constantly challenged. She runs, plays tennis, and dances with more ease due to Pilates. Skyler received her first certification through DK Body and her 2nd Certification through Classical Pilates Education.
Laura Wiebelhaus has always been into fitness, but being a runner was wearing on her body. Her love for Pilates came when she started taking classes at a local studio. Instantly, she fell in love with the concepts, principles, and movements of Pilates. It was refreshing to be getting a fantastic workout without the wear and tear of traditional running. She received her certification through Classical Pilates Education. She is currently an Occupational Therapist and wants to utilize her background to help adapt movements for clients at all different levels of fitness. With Pilates, her goal is to help clients gain strength, mobility and function with their bodies. She wants to help clients feel better about their health and fitness.