Kelly became a certified Level 5 Romana’s Pilates teacher in August 2017 after training for nearly two years with at Pilates of West County in St. Louis.  Throughout her apprenticeship she also trained with teachers in Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, and New York City, working with master teachers and on some of Joseph Pilates’ original equipment!  Romana’s Pilates develops instructors using techniques and knowledge that is as close to the original teaching as is available anywhere in the world.  Kelly is excited to bring that knowledge to her Edwardsville community.  

Kelly began taking Pilates classes in high school to supplement her extensive dance training.  She graduated with honors from the University of Arizona with a BFA in dance.  She went on to dance professionally with the Charleston Ballet Theatre in Charleston, SC before moving to St. Louis in the Spring of 2012 to join the Big Muddy Dance Company.  She is currently dancing with the company in their 8th season and lives in Edwardsville with her husband, Tyler, and their dog, Walter.
In her short time teaching, Kelly has worked with men and women ages 8- 80, including first timers, young athletes, and avid fitness junkies.  She has an attention to detail and a relentless pursuit for improvement.  She is excited to continue to learn from her colleagues and teachers across the world and bring that knowledge to her clients at The Pilates Barre Studio. She believes regular practice of Pilates can change and heal the body and most importantly should be fun!
 Picture: Carly Venderheyden Photo

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Coffee first. Then an egg and some avocado

I don’t leave home without? My water bottle and Aquaphor chapstick

What qualities do you most admire in a teacher? A teacher that can see your potential and push you further.

Top 3 places you’ve traveled?  Colombia, South America.  Glacier National Park in Montana, and Italy

What is your signature fashion style? Comfortable…but still cute

Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list? See as much of the world as I can, visit every National Park, make a difference.

What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment? I’m always working on it, but really making sure every movement comes from the powerhouse and works out through the limbs.  You can’t do anything without your stomach muscles!

Two words that describe your teaching style?  Hands on

Favorite blog? I don’t really follow blogs…but my Instagram is filled with dance companies, fashion and home interiors that I can’t afford,  healthy recipes, and Pilates!

How has Pilates changed your body?  It has given me control over my body and the confidence to always keep trying.

I am an expert in…..?  I wish I was an expert in fine wine but I am probably only an expert in petting dogs.

Where can we find you on any given Saturday night? Either watching a movie with my husband or out with friends.