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.
Fleur is a seasoned Pilates Instructor with 19 years of experience, teaching Pilates brings her extreme joy. During her career she has worked for several studios, spending 3 years at Pliates Body Center in West Chester , PA, then 4 years at Core fit in Las Vegas in 2007 and before relocating to California and finding a home at Art of Pilates she briefly worked at Core Studios. Over the course of 10 years Fleur has been an amazing Private Instructor and has thrived in teaching group classes specializing in reformer, tower and chair classes. She offers a traditional style of Pilates great for any client but especially for those who have key areas they are dedicated to strengthening. Her knowledge in proper alignment and body mechanics has helped 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, Fleur can be found in your neighborhood play, on your TV screens or playing with her amazing cat that she adores.
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.
Judy is an upbeat instructor that fell in love with Pilates during her first session in 2005. She learned from Gerard Hinderlich, a master trainer with Polestar Pilates. Judy loved that Pilates made her mind and body feel stronger in order to live her life to the fullest which sparked her interest in going more in depth by taking on the responsibility of being an instructor and passing on her life changing experience to her clients. Judy truly enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of Pilates, movement, and its healing aspects with people to help them feel longer, stronger, and better no matter where they start. She is flexible with clients who may have past or current injuries, you’ll leave your sessions feeling invigorated and ready to take on the world! In her free time you may catch Judy obsessing over College Basketball, she loves the sport and looks forward to kicking her feet up and enjoying a great game!
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.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Jewelyn left the Hawaiian islands in 2009 to follow her dreams in dance and fitness. Jewelyn’s Pilates journey started in 2015 in Las Vegas doing mat pilates and group reformer classes and fell in love. In 2017 she dedicated her life to classically train in the original method of Joseph Pilates with Pilates Certification Program under the direction of Jill Cassidy. Jewelyn is honored to have studied with Jill Cassidy who is one step away from Joseph Pilates and has worked and train in Romana’s studio for many years prior to opening up her school over 20 years ago. Jewelyn enjoys teaching one on one private sessions on all apparatuses as well as group mat and reformer classes.
Jewelyn is also a professional traveling dancer with over 30 years of dance experience and holds a residency in Las Vegas belly dancing since 2011. She is trained in over 10 styles of dance, specializing in belly dancing. Jewelyn resides in Santa Monica with her yorkie and spends part of her life in Las Vegas where she dances and works in the restaurant industry with her family. She enjoys creating daily content on the internet inspiring the world as a plant enthusiast with over 600 plants and solo world travel adventures.