KYRIA SABIN, PMA Gold CPT
Recognized as a Master Pilates Teacher and Fletcher Pilates® Disseminator, Kyria Sabin founded Body Works Pilates in Tucson, Arizona in 1993. She is also founder and Director of Fletcher Pilates®, International. A graduate of Duke University, a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher and a Licensed Massage Therapist, Kyria developed the Fletcher Pilates® at the University of Arizona School of Dance where she serves as adjunct faculty. She is an international presenter and has served on the boards for Pilates Method Alliance, the University of Arizona Dance Advisory Board and the Foundation for Expanding Horizons.
Born and raised in Colorado, Emily moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona with a four-year dance scholarship. While in her freshman year, she was introduced to Fletcher Pilates® by studio owner Kyria Sabin and continued her study of this work for the following three years. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Emily moved to New York City to dance professionally. She has since returned to Tucson and is a qualified Fletcher Pilates® teacher.
DEBORAH MENDOZA, PMA Gold CPT
Program of Study Faculty
Deborah's strong dance and movement background includes a Bachelor of Arts in dance from Santa Clara University and continuing dance studies in New York. Upon her return to Tucson, Deborah began intensive training in the methods of Joseph Pilates and Ron Fletcher through her association with Body Works Pilates. Since 1996, Deborah has been teaching at Body Works Pilates. She continues to study with Ron Fletcher and has also received training from Michele Larsson and the Pilates Center in Boulder. She helped design the Body Works Pilates Teacher Training Program and currently holds a Qualified Teacher Certificate from Ron Fletcher and serves as lead Tucson Fletcher Pilates® Faculty.
Program of Study Faculty
Rebekah Belanger discovered her love of Fletcher Pilates while completing her Master’s of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Arizona. She earned her undergraduate degree from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and also holds a Professional Dance Diploma from the Laban Centre in London, England. Rebekah has danced professionally nationally and internationally, including London, England, Philadelphia, PA, and Phoenix, AZ. She completed the Ron Fetcher Program of Study in 2008 and is proud to be teaching at Body Works Pilates.
MARTHA RAMIREZ, PMA CPT
Program of Study Faculty
As a native of Mesa, Arizona Martha moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona in 2000. During her studies at the UofA Martha was introduced to the Fletcher Work. In 2003, Martha received her Level I certification through The Ron Fletcher Program of Study and started working at Body Works shortly thereafter. In May 2004 Martha received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Upon completion of her degree Martha focused her attention on Pilates and received her Level II certification in 2005. She serves as Fletcher Pilates® Faculty.
Thomas Beall is a 500 hr Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher who lives and teaches in Tucson, Arizona. He began practicing yoga in the early 1970's and has continued his personal exploration over four decades. Tom is a lifelong practitioner of yoga of all varieties including the study of Kundalini, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, Anusara, Bikram and other approaches. Currently he teaches classes at Providence, the Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club, Yoga Flow, Body Works Pilates, U of A Fitness Center, and Pima College. Tom is known for giving clear and precise instruction and inspiring students to excell in their practice. He has three audio CD's of yoga instruction available for sale, 'Gentle', 'Moderate' and 'Vigorous Kripalu Yoga'. With Sally Weber he has developed a partner yoga program for couples.
After completing her Masters Degree in modern dance, Susan moved to Tucson and shifted her focus to motivating adults to participate in exercise programs. She became interested in balance training during her gerontology studies at the UA and has been teaching balance classes for over 10 years. Recently completing certification to teach FALLPROOF!, Susan is offering Balance Basics at Body Works Pilates.
The creator, and impetus, behind the Pilates inspired CORE GALORE is Mylène Brock. Originally from France, Mylène is a movement teacher with now thirty years of experience in both Europe and the United States. Mylène holds physical education degrees from France and is ACE certified since 1992. She is a Fletcher Pilates Qualified Teacher as she began studying the Pilates method with Kyria Sabin in 1994. Passionate about proper form, balance and “intent” in all movement, Mylène created CORE GALORE, a Pilates inspired core conditioning system, which she has been refining since 1994. CORE GALORE is an American Council on Exercise accredited course since 2009. Mylène lives in Tucson, AZ with her two beautiful children.
STIRLING CREBBS, PMA CPT
Originally from Southern California, Stirling grew up playing competitive volleyball. After studying graphic design at the University of Arizona she became a successful freelance artist. Stirling started doing pilates 13 years ago after rupturing 2 disks in her lumbar spine. She decided to start teaching because of her passion for the work and how it gave her her active life back.
Heidi graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a BS in Business Marketing. She was introduced to Fletcher Pilates in 2008 while recovering from an injury. Through the work she found an increased sense of strength, flexibility and balance. Her desire to share this work with others was the driving force in her decision to enroll in the Ron Fletcher Program of Study. Heidi is a Qualified Fletcher Pilates Teacher.
Heather is a professional dancer with Art.if.act Dance Project and an Alumni of the University of Arizona School of Dance. She has been graced with the opportunity to perform across the United States, Italy and throughout China. She is currently teaching and choreographing at Danswest Dance Productions and is excited to be a part of Body Works Pilates staff!
Claire received her BFA and MFA in dance from the University of Arizona and holds a Masters Degree from the Laban Centre in London. She has danced professionally with ODC/San Francisco and River North Dance Company in Chicago, and has been a guest teacher and choreographer for organizations such as the Limon Institute, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Arizona Opera, UA Opera and UA Dance. She is the co-founding artistic director of Art.if.Act Dance Project, a Tucson based project dedicated to the live collaboration of dance, music, and film. In August 2010, she completed the Ron Fletcher Program of Study and is a Qualified Fletcher Pilates® teacher.
Lynne originally started dancing at the age of four, performed with the Northeast Regional Ballet Company from ages 8-18, where upon she continued her dance education and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from State University of New York at Purchase. She relocated to Tucson and was fortunate to become a soloist with the Tucson Metropolitan Ballet Company. Upon retirement from the dance company, she owned and operated her own ballet studio in Bullhead City, Arizona and directed several ballets. Since then, she has had the opportunity to teach dance in Las Vegas, NV & Whitefish, MT before she and her husband made the complete circle to reside back in the Tucson area.
Veronica has been working for Fletcher Pilates® and Body Works Pilates since 2005. In August 2010, she completed the Ron Fletcher Program of Study and is a qualified Fletcher Pilates® teacher.
Shannon graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a BA in Liberal Studies and was a middle school teacher. During this time she was a race walker and highly active. She moved to Tucson in 2004 and began her training in the Fletcher lineage. Her passion for movement and teaching was the catalyst in her discussion to enter the teacher training program. She is a Qualified Fletcher Pilates® Teacher.
Michelle is a business graduate of the University of Arizona. Throughout her business career, she always believed health & wellness to be key to any success. After experiencing Pilates elsewhere, in 2002 she discovered Fletcher Pilates, and decided to enter the Fletcher Program of Study and has been teaching Pilates since becoming a Qualified Fletcher Pilates teacher. She is passionate about helping people transform their bodies, their health and their lives.
David McMahan is a graduate of the dance programs at Orange Coast College (AA, Dance Instructor Certification) and the University of Arizona (BFA). During his study at the University of Arizona, David was introduced to the Fletcher Pilates Program by Kyria Sabin and Deborah Mendoza. David has taught dance for many years throughout Southern California and nationally as well as classes at California State University, Long Beach and the University of Arizona. He has also performed and taught as an international guest artist in Yokohama and Sapporo, Japan. David completed the Ron Fletcher Program of Study in 2011 and is proud to be a Fletcher Pilates Teacher.
MARY ANN SANTANDER
Mary Ann has over 22 years of experience in the fitness industry. Her "On the Ball" class at Body Works requires mind-body concentration and enhances flexibility, balance, and core strength. This fun class leaves you feeling strong, stretched, and challenged to "the core!".
KELLI WORKMAN, PMA CPT
Teaching has always been one of Kelli's strongest loves. It only made sense after discovering the Fletcher work in 2001 she would move on to teach it. Kelli received her Level 1 certificate in 2005 and is currently completing the Level 2 work. Pilates not only has enriched her life but has expanded her understanding of movement as a professional singer, dancer and choreographer. Kelli feels very blessed to be a part of the staff at Body Works Pilates.
Yarrow King has studied, taught and performed West African, Brazilian, Caribbean, Contemporary and Fusion dance with local and regional ensembles for over 15 years. She choreographs performance pieces combining traditional and contemporary forms of dance and is the primary dance instructor and the Dance Director for Batucaxé Afro-Brazilian Drum and Dance School and Performance Ensemble. She has studied extensively with Rosangela Silvestre, world renowned dancer and choreographer. Yarrow's teaching style welcomes students into an experience of fun, safety, and creativity,encouraging participants to explore their own self-expression and emotional, mental and physical well-being.
DIANE DEDEK, LMT
Diane received her training at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts. Diane is committed to helping people prevent injury, enhance recovery, and maintain optimal health through the application of therapeutic massage. An accomplished triathlete and long distance ocean swimmer, Diane has first-hand experience of the beneficial aspects of massage for athletes.
ANNA FRANKLIN, Reflexologist
Anna Franklin, a certified reflexologist, is native of Reykjavik, Iceland. Anna Studied reflexology with Deborah Ardell Hill and was certified in 1999. Anna received her Shiatsu certification in 2000 from the Providence Institute in Tucson. She is also trained in the little-known art of Backwalking, a deep-muscle massage favored by athletes.
MELODEE STUMPF, LMT
Melodee a 1985 graduate, attended Milwaukee Wisconsin's first accredited school of massage therapy. An experienced and accomplished practitioner of diverse modalities including craniosacral therapy and hypnotherapy, she specializes in therapeutic swedish massage to promote relaxation, nurture wellbeing and support healing and transformation. Melodee's expertise with various techniques from styles of deep-tissue, prenatal, polarity and hot stone massage allow her to offer each client-centered session a signature experience that honors individual needs and preference. She is passionate about her work and dedicated to service that relaxes the mind, restores the body and renews the spirit. Melodee is also a creative movement and expressive dance facilitator and an active professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
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