Originally a small town girl from West Virginia, who discovered she's really a Cali girl at heart, now calling Charlotte home. Movement has always been a part of Shawna's life, growing up she was a cheerleader and then she found her passion for dance. After she stopped dancing Shawna fell in love barre and Pilates mat fusion workouts after searching for a way to stay active after a cross-country move to San Diego in 2007. Shawna spent 6 years as a client, enjoying the barre/Pilates mix each class had to offer! A 2013 move back to the East Coast prompted her to follow her dreams and open a barre franchise of her own to share her love of movement with others. It was during this time Shawna realized her love of being in the studio, teaching and educating others. With the studio ownership chapter behind her, Shawna now focuses on leading the team at Club Pilates South Providence, teaching barre classes and is teaching Pilates classes as an apprentice as she works toward her comprehensive Pilates certification through Club Pilates.
I started my fitness journey as a child in gymnastics, I tried softball and basketball which was an amusing endeavor but short lived, and migrated to weight training in high school. I made my way to Pilates in the late 1990’s and fell in love with the method. I completed my Pilates mat and reformer certification in 2002 and I’ve been teaching ever since. I've added a 200hr yoga certification in 2008, then in 2009 became certified in Yin yoga and Vinyasa Flow. I certified in barre in 2013 through Exhale Spa. But Pilates was my first love and still is. The more I learn and refresh, the better instructor I become.
Michelle Clute has been a part of the fitness world 20+ years. She's certified in Pilates, yoga as well as being a personal trainer! As a tour guide in Europe, she led over 100 groups before coming to the United States. She enjoyed sharing her love of different cultures and delicious cuisines with her tour groups. She strived to make each tour participant feel safe while creating a memorable experience! Michelle got her start in the finesse industry due to her own neck and back injury. She made it a priority to take responsibility to learn how to create a balanced body so she could have the freedom to live life pain free. She shares her experiences and vast knowledge to provide safe, fun and challenging classes!
Sara Hill has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from East Carolina University where she received an education rich in bio-mechanics, exercise prescription, exercise testing, and program development. She grew up as a competitive dancer in the Charlotte area with a strong background in jazz, tap, ballet, and much more. This was her foundation for pursuing a career in fitness. She holds several certifications including AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, Balanced Body University Pilates Trainer, Yoga, Zumba, as well as several others. Sara has worked in the Charlotte area fitness and wellness community for about 15 years. She brings knowledge from all of these experiences and training as well as her passion for Pilates to Club Pilates and all of its members!
Instructor for Club Pilates South Providence. As a Fitness Professional for the past 25 years, Lisa has been teaching and training many forms of group exercise and fitness in the Charlotte area. Her love for fitness led her to begin teaching Pilates Mat and Pilates Reformer class 12 years ago. She believes that Pilates is a key component to fitness and well being and loves to incorporate corrective exercise as well as athletic movements into her classes. Lisa holds many National Certifications for Group Exercise and Personal Training and loves to continually learn.
Dean was a Producer and Media Broadcasting professional for Digital Encompass in Stamford, CT working for WWE, Lifetime and A&E. He’s been involved with fitness for almost 25 years and is excited to now be a Pilates trainer. When he is not manning the desk, in sales or teaching at Club Pilates you will find him performing onstage or in TV.
Kacie is not new to the studio, but newer to being on the “staff” side of things. She is a founding member here at Club Pilates South Providence and is now helping all of our lovely members from the front desk! When she isn’t in the studio or working towards completing her Pilates instructor certification, you will likely find her and her hubby out looking for the best dishes around town or abroad. She loves long walks (on the beach would be great) with her dog, drinks iced coffee no matter the season, and is outside whenever she can be!
Niki is a mom of three active kids. She and her husband have resided in the Matthews community for almost 20 years. Prior to having children, Niki was a multi-franchise owner of a children's gym for over ten years. While raising her children she was also busy pursuing her passion of helping people make healthy choices for themselves, their families and the planet. She is a blogger for Spunky Avocado, a Certified Integrative Health Coach, Certified Ghosh and Yin Yoga Instructor and is a Comprehensively Trained Pilates Instructor. She is thrilled to be part of the Club Pilates team. When not at the studio she can be found cooking, travelling, outside at the sports fields, rock climbing or paddle boarding with her family and dogs. She believes we can grow old and feel good and lives by the quote, "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
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