Improv Dance Pilates Lessons West Palm Beach FL

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West Palm Olympiad Bally Total Fitness
501 Village Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Raquetball, Reaction Cycling, Silver Sneakers, Squash, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Delray Fitness
(561) 495-2324
5030 West Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Basketball, Body Sculpting, Cardio Kickboxing, Child Center, Elliptical Trainers, Family Gym, Free Weights, Group Exercise Studio, Gym Classes, Personal Training, Pilates, Sauna, Special Services, Spinning, Stair Climber, Steam Room, Treadmill, Weight Machines, Yoga

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Core Dynamics Pilates
561-762-6233,561-687-1825
222 Lakeview Ave
West Palm Beach, FL
 
Sonja Wood
(561) 702-4846
Delray Beach, FL
Specialty
Strength Building, Body Building, Weight Loss, Rehabilitation, Yoga, Pilates, Aerobics, Body Sculpting, TRX Suspension Training
Schedule Type
American Council on Exercise, Certified 1997
Education
American Council on Exercise, Certified 1997First Aid, AED, and CPR, Continuous from 1997Active Isolated Stretching, Certified 2003E.C.A. Sports Training & Fitness, Credited 2004 Including various sessions of management, core training, running, female and/or athletic training advantages, posture, nutrition and body image.Dynamics/ Modern Golf, Credited 2006Nutrition/Health, Credited 2006Exercise/Injury Rehab, Credited 2006Metabolism, Credited 2006Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, Credited 2008T
General Information
47 years old (trains both men and women)

Port St. Lucie Snap Fitness
(772) 834-0230
4007 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd, Paar Center, Units 1 & 2
Port St. Lucie, FL
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Level5 Fitness & Conditioning
(571) 308-4589
3155 S Federal Hwy, Delray Beach, FL
Delray Beach, FL
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Body Sculpting, Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, Child Center, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Group Exercise Studio, Gym Classes, Gym Equipment, Personal Training, Pilates, Silver Sneakers, Special Services, Spinning, Stationary Bikes, Treadmill, Weight Machines, Yoga

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Pilates Studio 1
(561) 493-4966
5508 South Dixie Hwy.
West Palm Beach, FL
 
Core Concepts Pilates Studio
(561) 401-3660
1200 Indiantown Road
Jupiter, FL
 
Commercial Bally Total Fitness
959 E Commercial Blvd
Oakland Park, FL
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Yoga

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Riverview Snap Fitness
(813) 671-1200
11369 Big Bend Rd.
Riverview, FL
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Using Dance Improv and Pilates to Integrate Body and Mind

Pilates instructor Pat Guyton uses dance improv in conjunction with PilatesBy Pat Guyton

The longer I teach Pilates, the deeper I wish to journey into the principles Joe Pilates describes in his writings. I strive to allow the body and the mind to each have an equal opportunity of expression. Joseph Pilates wrote in Your Health , “neither the mind nor the body is supreme—one cannot be subordinated to the other. Both must be coordinated, in order not only to accomplish the maximum results with the minimum expenditure of mental and physical energy, but also to live as long as possible in normal health and enjoy the benefits of a useful and happy life.” (page 41)

In an effort to promote this harmony between mind and body I have been integrating the practice of dance improvisation at the end of some of my classes. I studied improv as a dancer for over a decade before I began teaching Pilates, and 11 years ago it occurred to me that my students might benefit from the practice, too.

Read on to learn why and how I introduced improve to my students—and how they responded.

The intention of this practice is the joy of discovery. The value is not based on virtuosity, but on authentic exploration of movement that is Pilates directed. In a class, many students are so focused on their limitations of performance within Pilates exercises that those with compulsive minds may leave with feelings of failure and self-judgment.

In improvisation, we learned to release the thought of the technique, to seek the freedom of exploring our own movement from feeling. We also learned to let go of any preconceived thoughts—we weren’t allowed to “plan” what we would do next. Of course, switching gears in a Pilates class—transitioning from following clear and concise instruction to utter freedom of movement—can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming.

To bring this to my students, I tried to create a supportive environment in the studio. Before delving fully into a practice like this, it may be worthwhile to warm your students to the idea by asking them to improvise for 30 to 60 seconds, or asking them to close their eyes during the first few times they begin to explore movement, hopefully eliminating any self-consciousness.

Once my students seemed ready to give it a shot, I began to experiment with adding 5 to 10 minutes of improvisation at the end of my 1-hour classes. Finding inspiration proved easy: each class was focused on one of the movement principles so I simply gave improvisation directions and suggestions inspired by the principle highlighted that day.

Keep in mind that improvisation for dancers will look like dance. Improvisation for Pilates students will look very introspective. It is not performance directed. The students will explore at different rates and within their own personal comfort zones. For example, if the theme for a class focused on how the arm and shoulder relate to exercises within the mat sequence, the suggestion for exploration during the imp...

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