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Getting to Know Your Ballet Austin Pilates Instructors: Jae Hoon Lim

By Jessica Pino, Senior Manager of Audience Engagement & Marketing

An important “tool” of Pilates is the instructor. But choosing a Pilates instructor to train with can feel a little like speed dating—not only do you want a certified and trained professional, you want someone you get along with! We’re making things easy for you with our “Get to Know Your Ballet Austin Pilates Instructor” blog series, and asked each of our certified Pilates Instructors a few questions.

Meet our newest certified Pilates instructor Jae Hoon!

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  1. What do you do on your free time?
    Drive (be stuck in traffic) to the next job… Just Kidding. When I’m not working I like to take social dance classes at Go Dance or go hiking.
  2. What’s your favorite cocktail?
    Old Fashioned or Manhattan at Small Victory.
  3. What are you currently reading?
    Architecture of Human Living Fascia, Childhood Disrupted, NatGeo magazine.
  4. Do you have any pets?
    I have a 3-year-old cat, named Toupée. She is a white cat with a black mark on her head, thus the name, “Toupée”. :) She teaches me to love unconditionally and to cohabit with another being (requires some patience).
  5. What’s your guilty pleasure?
    Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages, Guinness, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

BONUS Question: What’s one interesting fact about yourself?
Just one!? I’ll give you a few.
I am REALLY good at darts. Wanna challenge me? I’ll play you for a pint of Guinness anytime.
I love riding motorcycles. (Sadly, I had to sell my Yamaha when I moved here. :( So, now I am saving $$ to buy Moto Guzzi V7 Special)
I am studying to be trilingual. Parlez-vous français? I’ll teach you Korean if you’ll be my French tutor.

Getting to Know Your Ballet Austin Pilates Instructors: Brittany Harpole

By Jessica Pino, Senior Manager of Audience Engagement & Marketing

An important “tool” of Pilates is the instructor. But choosing a Pilates instructor to train with can feel a little like speed dating—not only do you want a certified and trained professional, you want someone you get along with! We’re making things easy for you with our “Get to Know Your Ballet Austin Pilates Instructor” blog series, and asked each of our certified Pilates Instructors a few questions.

Meet Brittany Harpole! She was introduced to Pilates though her 15 years of classical ballet training. Here’s a little more about her!

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          1. What do you do on your free time?
            Between working at Ballet Austin, two kids, and owning my own business I don’t get a lot of free time. But my husband and I love to take the kids and animals camping if we get a free weekend.
          2. What are you currently reading?
            Idea fit magazine.
          3. Do you have any pets?
            I have two dogs and 4 chickens and 2 kids if you count those as animals. My dogs are name Tilly and TJ and they love to hunt and run around our property. My 4 chickens are named Snow White, Ariel, Pocahontas and Jasmine. They lay lots of eggs and love attention.
          4. If you had to choose just one, what “health tip” would you want everyone to know?Sustainability is key. Making a lifestyle change that is sustainable is healthier and more beneficial than doing a crash diet or extreme exercise.
          5. What’s your guilty pleasure?
            Homemade Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

BONUS Question: What’s one interesting fact about you that you’d like to share?
I’m not afraid to get dirty or try something new. I might at the Ballet one weekend and the dirt bike track the next.

Getting to Know Your Ballet Austin Pilates Instructors: Tyler Guthrie

By Jessica Pino, Senior Manager of Audience Engagement & Marketing

An important “tool” of Pilates is the instructor. But choosing a Pilates instructor to train with can feel a little like speed dating—not only do you want a certified and trained professional, you want someone you get along with! We’re making things easy for you with our “Get to Know Your Ballet Austin Pilates Instructor” blog series, and asked each of our certified Pilates Instructors a few questions.

Meet Tyler Guthrie! She’s not just one of Ballet Austin’s certified Pilates instructor, she also teaches a few drop-in fitness classes through our Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

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          1. Who’s your favorite Austin musician?
            Tameca Jones
          2. What’s your favorite restaurant?
            Justine’s
          3. Do you have any pets?
            2 rescue cats (Ballie and bama) and one dog Jojo—they are my life
          4. How long have you been in Austin?
            I moved here from California when I was 12 and left to go back to Cali when I was 18. I moved to Dallas, came back, studied nutrition and preventative medicine in New York and came back. Basically I’ve been in and out of town since I was 12.
          5. What do you do on your free time?
            I don’t really have much free time, but when I do, I paddle board, run, or play music. I’m a singer/songwriter.

Be sure to also check out her Instagram account for great health tips and check out the Ballet Austin Pilates group reformer schedule for her next open time slot.

Getting to Know Your Ballet Austin Pilates Instructors: Elise Pekarek

By Jessica Pino, Senior Manager of Audience Engagement & Marketing

An important “tool” of Pilates is the instructor. But choosing a Pilates instructor to train with can feel a little like speed dating—not only do you want a certified and trained professional, you want someone you get along with! We’re making things easy for you with our “Get to Know Your Ballet Austin Pilates Instructor” blog series, and asked each of our certified Pilates Instructors a few questions.

Meet Elise Pekarek who is not only a Ballet Austin certified Pilates Instructor but is also one of our talented Company Dancers!

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        1. Who’s your favorite Austin musician?
          I always enjoy going to see my friend and fellow company dancer Jordan Moser perform with his band.
        2. What’s your favorite restaurant?
          Uchi!
        3. What are you currently reading?
          I recently finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I’m looking for something new!
        4. Do you have any pets?
          Two Boston Terriers, Nitro and Lady.

          Nitro

          Nitro

          Lady

          Lady

        5. What do you do on your free time?
          In my free time, I try to do Pilates for myself. I also enjoy going to movies and trying new restaurants.

BONUS Question: What’s your guilty pleasure?
I LOVE Sandy’s cheeseburgers and fries, cheesecake, beer, and Home Slice pizza.

 

Getting to Know Your Ballet Austin Pilates Instructors: Felicia McBride

By Jessica Pino, Senior Manager of Audience Engagement & Marketing

An important “tool” of Pilates is the instructor. But choosing a Pilates instructor to train with can feel a little like speed dating—not only do you want a certified and trained professional, you want someone you get along with! So we’re going to make things easy for you with our “Get to Know Your Ballet Austin Pilates Instructor” blog series, and ask each of our certified Pilates Instructors a few questions. First up: Felicia McBride!

Certified Pilates Instructor Felicia McBride

Certified Pilates Instructor Felicia McBride

  1. Who’s your favorite Austin musician?
    My favorite Austin musician would have to be a drummer by the name of Brandon Guerra. He plays at The Elephant Room, The Brass House, The Gatsby, and Lambert’s. Although, you could say I’m biased since I’m engaged to him 
  2. What’s your favorite restaurant?
    I’d have to say my favorite restaurant right now is Ramen Tatsuya. I love having that big bowl of noodles right in front of me to devour!
  3. What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
    I love riding my bike on Townlake and going to Barton Springs in the summer.
  4. What do you do on your free time?
    In my free time I am either dancing, cooking, or working on a 1000 piece puzzle.

  5. What’s one interesting fact about you?
    One interesting thing about me is that I have one extra rib on the left side of my neck!

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How I Mastered Pilates After Failed Attempts

By Vlada Sheber, Pilates Program Director

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In 2000 I took my first Pilates reformer class. As a professional dancer, and member of Ballet Austin’s professional company at the time, I thought I was in such great shape and could easily do this apparatus workout. Was I ever wrong! I did everything incorrectly. I could not do Pilates. I could not get it right!

But my Ukrainian never-give-up blood kept me coming back. I wanted to get it right. What I discovered was that with proper instruction, I could do Pilates. What I learned through this experience is that one of the most important things about Pilates is learning to do it correctly.

15 years later I can truly say it was the best investment I made in myself, my dancing, and in my life. Not only did I notice major changes in my body, but I also just felt better all over.

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Master Instructor Private Pilates sessions are available for clients.

In 2002, after many hours of grueling training, I received my diploma as a Certified Core Connections® Pilates Instructor from the Core Connections® Comprehensive Teacher Training Program at the Pilates Center of Austin. In 2007, when the Ballet Austin Pilates Center was designed and opened, I was appointed as Pilates Program Director. Since then we have grown from just one certified Pilates instructor to 8. We also recently had a Grand Re-opening of our newly renovated space—now offer 12 reformers in 2 studios totaling 1500 square feet.

I think Pilates is for everyone. Whatever your age and physical condition, the Pilates practice will improve your quality of life. The greatest challenge is that, despite the fact that Pilates has been around for about 100 years, people still don’t know what it is and where it came from. They don’t know it can be for them.

So whenever I have a chance, I share with everyone this six-minute video by InfobytesTV that provides a complete history of Pilates. I love it! It’s a fun and informative animated history of Joseph Pilates and the beginning of the Pilates Method.

The Inside Scoop On Fête and fête*ish 2015

By Christi Cuellar Lotz, Director of Development

Scene from Fête 2014

Fabulous table decor from Fête 2014

Fête and fête*ish 2015 are this Friday! Ballet Austin is excited to announce a new partnership with Fashion X Austin (otherwise known as Austin Fashion Week). They’re also one of our media partners for the event. They caught up with Laura Villagran Johnson of Austin Social Planner last week for some inside scoop on the event as it takes shape and prepares to be the best ever!

Read full article on Fashion X.