SWTS Arm Buster

This class is taught by:

Angelie Melzer

Angelie is a Master Instructor at Team Pilates.  Angelie began studying Pilates back in 1988 due to severe Scoliosis. As a result of her practice, she had a successful career as a professional Ballet dancer and is still surgery free today! She is an authorized Instructor Trainer for Balanced Body and has co-created and written several courses, manuals and DVDs, to include Balanced Body Continuing Education courses, a Pre and Post Natal Pilates DVD and Movement Therapy for Children Course Manual.  She worked as an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri and University of New Mexico, as well as guest faculty at Texas A&M.

She is the owner/founder of Team Pilates® an Educational/Training Organization Member of the Pilates Method Alliance®. Team Pilates® offers numerous continuing education courses in the Pilates Method, Pilates Movement Therapy for Children, Bosates® and Anatomy in 3D, as well as private sessions on the Pilates equipment, mat and standing work. She has completed continuing education courses in Pilates through DK Body Balancing, STOTT and Polestar. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management. She holds additional certifications as a Personal Trainer from ACE and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is a member of IDEA Health and Fitness Association.

Angelie started her Pilates training in 1988 due to severe Scoliosis and continued her Pilates training throughout her professional dance career. Angelie has performed and taught with numerous professional ballet companies throughout the United States including Colorado Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet, Dayton Ballet and Kansas City Ballet.

She currently holds the highest level of national certification in the Pilates Industry; a PMA Pilates Gold Certification®. She was one of the first individuals to take the PMA National Certification and obtain this status. She was originally certified by the PhysicalMind Institute in New York City in 1999 and became a Certifying Instructor/Teacher Trainer for them in the spring of 2003, certifying numerous Pilates practitioners throughout the United States. In addition, she has completed the Core Dynamics Teacher Training under the tutelage of Michelle Larssen.

Kate Cornwall

Kate discovered the value of Pilates in dance conditioning. She has danced her whole life and continues to teach tap, jazz, lyrical and modern. Studying with Angelie Melzer has helped her incorporate Pilates principles into dance classes as well as her own practice. Kate is continuing her training with Angelie to increase her knowledge and capabilities. Teaching is a passion of Kate’s and she wants to help others achieve their goals. She has taught dance since 1999 and Pilates since the spring of 2012. Kate is also a graduate student at Washington State University, studying environmental science. Pilates remains a consistent source of physical and mental stability from the daily pressures of a busy life. It is Kate’s hope to share the stability and flexibility Pilates offers with others.

Kris Duke

Kris Duke is originally from the Spokane area, but has also lived in Denver, CO and Las Vegas, NV. Kris’s interest in physical fitness started when she was a college student. Her interest started with aerobics and weight training at SFCC. Thirteen years ago she hesitantly ventured into an adult ballet class while her young daughters were taking their own classes. She liked it so much, that she started taking floor barre and Pilates, which were also offered as part of the adult class schedule.

Three years ago, Kris discovered how Pilates can bring a person back from injuries and make someone stronger than they were before. When Kris’s daughter Tori was recovering from back and ankle injuries due to dance, Kris found Angelie Melzer to help her daughter rehabilitate her body. Angelie insisted that Kris would be an excellent instructor, and with a little bit of convincing, Kris took her first Balanced Body course, Body Barre. Kris instantly fell in love with Pilates. Since then she has gone on to receive her certifications from Balanced Body in Pilates Mat and Springboard.

Kris continues to grow everyday in her love and appreciation of Pilates. She also enjoys meeting new people and helping them discover what their body is capable of with proper Pilates training.

Christina Sauer

Christina was born in California, raised in Washington her entire life. She has always been interested in exercise and health. Pilates became part of her life when she developed a chronic pain condition. Within months of Pilates, the benefits were obvious. "I feel better than I did when I was a teenager."
Christina entered a 488 hour, Pilates comprehensive training program through Balanced Body in 2008 and completed it in 2011. During that time, in 2009, she added a bone safety training for Pilates movements through TheraPilates based in Santa Cruz, CA. Christina has been implementing bone safety in all her Pilates classes in the Spokane, WA/Post Falls, ID areas. Balance and Fall prevention are key in bone safethy as well as nutrition. Christina is also a volunteer for American Bone Health Organization which provides resources and updated information on bone health. http://www.therapilates.com/osteonews.html
"Pilates is movement; movement that brings our body into a state of equal loading on our structure against gravity. This movement makes it possible to be flexible and stronger which is essential to lead a pain free life. Pain is part of our deteriorating structure but with Pilates, we learn how to ease that or how to change our faulty movement patterns. I believe in improvement in movement, no matter what age."
She is certified through Balance Body since 2011 on all apparatus. She is also certified as a ACE Fitness Personal Trainer. She sought Pilates as a last resort for a chronic pain condition- severe tendonitis. After a year of Pilates, symptoms started to fade. Christina has made it her aim to help others give Pilates a chance. "It is so much more; the method is proved true by it's results." Christina has worked with clients who had have had structural deviations, osteoporosis, pelvic floor weakness and weak core.
"My aim is to always educate myself so that I may educate my clients or give them practical and enjoyable sessions."
This 30 minute class is included in your SWTS package and will have your arms lean and sculpted for your bikini shopping extravaganza! Only upper body for 30 minutes of heavenly sculpting!