Michelle Donati

Sonia Barlow

Sonia teaches classical pilates in Los Angeles and Nantucket, MA.

A southern girl born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Sonia’s digital career took her to New York City. She fell in love with Pilates when it helped her recover from bulging cervical discs in her neck. Years as a digital producer (read: sitting at a desk for 40+ hours a week) didn’t help with degenerative disc disease either.  Encouraged by her own progress, she decided to combine her love of helping others with a role that got her out of a desk chair. She earned her teaching certification from Equinox’s 450 hour Pilates Teacher Training program in 2014.

Sonia believes it is crucial to: Move. Well. Every. Day. She loves to help her clients build strong bodies through mind-body connections so that they thrive in their everyday lives.

Michelle Donati

Michelle Donati

Michelle Donati completed her comprehensive teacher training with Risa Sheppard. The Sheppard Method of Pilates is based on the original Pilates passed down through Joseph himself. Michelle has her PMA certification, PSC certification, and has completed her BASI certification on injuries and pathologies. She continues to update her knowledge and strives to bring the best in innovative,  contemporary exercises. Michelle prides herself in offering eclectic, challenging classes but adjusts levels according to student ability and comfort. She loves bringing variety to each session using various apparatus including the Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and Reformer. Michelle brings energy and joy to her work and thrives in dynamic environments. She looks forward to contributing to a positive and healthy lifestyle for each and every student.

Deanna Dorman

Deanna Dorman

Deanna has been around fitness all of her life. She began dancing at the age of three, and her mother owned a women’s gym while she grew up. She began teaching group exercise classes and working at her mother’s gym when she was 16 years old. She went on to college to pursue a degree in Dance, while continuing to teach group exercise classes. Along with her Dance studies she also worked towards earning her ACE personal training certification. After receiving her degree, she began personal training and went on to receive her Balanced Body Pilates certifications in New York City. She believes that her studies in Dance, kinesiology, nutrition, and her experience working with clients of all ages and abilities, has helped her become a better Pilates instructor. Her knowledge in proper alignment and body mechanics has helped her teach her clients correct movement patterns and how to use their bodies in a more efficient way during their workouts and their everyday life. When she is not teaching, Deanna can be found in her kitchen creating healthy recipes or sharing workouts on her health and fitness blog, The Live Fit Girls. She also loves stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, and going on runs with her dogs.
Aileen Moran

Aileen Moran

Aileen Moran has been dancing all her life and has trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern, and Tap. She has attended training intensives with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and it was at these intensives that she discovered Pilates as a form of cross training to supplement her dance classes. She became certified in Pilates in Portland, Oregon through Pacific Northwest Pilates. She believes that Pilates plays an important role in strengthening her body and mind, and has helped her recover from and prevent injuries through her years as a Dance major at Loyola Marymount University. She loves sharing the benefits of Pilates with others and is delighted to be a part of the Art of Pilates staff.

Karen Scott

Karen Scott

Karen’s Pilates journey began with the need to escape a stressful office job. Her Pilates practice helped her find a mind-body connection through breathing and mindful movement which reduced her stress levels and allowed her to find the joy in life again. After a few years of personal Pilates practice, she signed up for a comprehensive teacher training program through Polestar Pilates, and quickly fell in love with teaching! With most of her adult life spent at a desk job, Karen relates to the everyday stresses that most office workers endure, and the chronic aches, pains, and overall heaviness that come with it. She is eager to help others find joy through movement – you’ll leave your sessions feeling invigorated and ready to take on the world! Karen resides in Playa del Rey with her husband Alex and lovable cat Mowglie.
Jennifer Sherry

Jennifer Sherry

Jenny is a classically trained ballet dancer living in Los Angeles with an extensive dance and fitness background. Originally from Kansas, she earned her BS from Indiana University where she trained professionally as a ballet dancer on scholarship in the Jacobs School of Music and danced many principal roles with Indiana University Ballet Theatre. She attended high school on scholarship and graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts as a ballet major. Her passion for movement encouraged her to become certified and teach Pilates as well as Barre and AIR Aerial fitness classes. She has most recently been seen performing principal roles with the City Ballet of Los Angeles and The American Contemporary Ballet. Professionally she has also performed with the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, CA, Colorado Ballet of Denver, CO and the Kansas City Ballet of Kansas City, MO. She is an instructor at Ballet Bodies, Studio 613 Pilates, AIR aerial Fitness, and now, Art of Pilates!
Sarah Thomason

Sarah Thomason

Sarah Thomason graduated Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University in December 2009 with a BA in dance. She was certified in July 2009 in BASI pilates with an emphasis in dance and is a certified pilates trainer through the renowned Pilates Method Alliance. She has taught various places across the country including the Vail Athletic Club, Areia Spa in Vail, and various studios in the Los Angeles area. She has also taken her love of pilates to the next level and is a teacher trainer at Playa Pilates. She continues her dance career and can be seen on the Style Network dancing for Kimora Lee Simmons, and for “ENEWS Ciroc the New Year.” She choreographs for National Winning Battle Mountain High School Dance Team and continues to spread her love and passion for dance. It is through the cross training for dance that she found her love of pilates and enjoys teaching the technique to others while watching their bodies transform.

Pilates brought a new dimension and understanding of bodily mechanics that has not only helped Sarah with her dance career, but her every day physical and mental health. She loves how pilates prevents common injuries for athletes and the strenuous wear and tear we implement on our bodies daily. She loves being able to share these techniques with others and continue to grow as an instructor and share in her love and knowledge of Pilates with her fellow employees.