Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program 2019

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Excel Pilates Teacher Training Program


EXCELLENCE in Second Generation Teacher Trainers

The EXCEL PILATES TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM is dedicated to providing high-quality training in the original work of Joseph H. Pilates.

ESTABLISHED IN 2001, our comprehensive and in-depth one-year training program requires a minimum of 700 hours of hands-on training in all levels of the Pilates mat and apparatus work.

OUR MISSION is to preserve and share the life's work of Joseph Pilates with the integrity and spirit in which it was taught to us as second generation teachers. Joseph Pilates spent a lifetime developing his method of physical and mental conditioning. The sophistication of his work necessitates intense study.

More Information: www.excelpilatesannapolis.com/training-education/pilates-teacher-training-program






  • Seminars, Observations, and Practice Teaching
  • Readings and Case Studies
  • Teaching Guidance
  • Written Exams
  • Comprehensive Teaching Manual
  • Powerhouse-Hour Workshops

Program Faculty:

  • Program Directors - Kerry De Vivo and Lesa McLaughlin
  • Program Faculty - Alexandra Adams and Peter Fiasca



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Contact the location you wish to register:

Excel Pilates Annapolis
Location: 11 Annapolis Street, Suite A, Annapolis, MD
Phone:  (410) 897-0550
Email: mail@excelpilatesannapolis.com
Website: ExcelPilatesAnnapolis.com

Excel Pilates DC
Location: 3407 8th Street, NE, Washington, DC
Phone:  (202) 269-3020
Email: info@excelpilates.com
Website: ExcelPilates.com

Excel Pilates Northern Virginia
Location: 6725 Curran Street, Suite 300, McLean, VA
Phone:  (703) 623-8100
Email: alexandra@excelpilatesnova.com
Website: ExcelPilatesNova.com



About Kerry De Vivo

Kerry De Vivo, the owner of Excel Pilates Annapolis, is the only second generation* Pilates teacher in the Annapolis area. She is a certified teacher of The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning by The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO (1995) and by Romana Kryzanowska at The Pilates Studio in New York, NY (1996). She has an MFA degree in Dance and a BS degree in Arts Management and is Pink Ribbon Program certified. Kerry celebrated her 20th year of teaching Pilates in 2015.

Kerry began studying Pilates in 1986 with Steve Giordano at SUNY Purchase. In 1998, after completing her Pilates certifications, Kerry co-founded, with Lesa McLaughlin, Excel Movement Studios, a 5,000 square foot Pilates studio in Washington, DC. In 2002, she co-founded Excel Pilates Annapolis. The DC and Annapolis, MD studios now operate as affiliate studios along with Excel Pilates Northern Virginia.




About Lesa McLaughlin

Lesa, Program Director, is the owner of Excel Pilates DC and was certified as a teacher in The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning by The Pilates Studio in New York in 1995 under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska. She received a Gold Certification by the Pilates Method Alliance in 2005. She holds a BFA in Dance from George Mason University (1984) and has taught dance, movement, and exercise for over 30 years. In 1998, together with Kerry De Vivo she opened Pilates at Excel Movement Studios, now known as Excel Pilates DC, in Washington, DC. In 2002 they co-founded another Excel studio in Annapolis, MD. She has worked with clients for over 20 years in The Pilates Method Of Body Conditioning. Ranging in age from 10-85, clients have included athletes such as dancers, gymnasts, swimmers, ice skaters, runners, golfers, equestrian jumpers, and body builders, all working to achieve better performance or to gain a competitive edge. Lesa has also worked with clients at a rehabilitative level as well as injury prevention. Conditions and issues have included herniated discs, arthritis, Parkinson's disease, MS, knee surgery prevention, knee and hip replacement, as well as pregnancy.

In 2001 she collaborated with Kerry De Vivo to create and establish a comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program at Excel Movement Studios in which she developed the curriculum, program outline, and training manual. Currently, she teaches all system levels as well as continuing education. Lesa McLaughlin's experience is that of a Master teacher. She considers her strength in teaching to be a deep understanding of the work of Joseph Pilates and helping each client to see, feel and reach his/her full potential. Lesa considers the work of Joseph Pilates to be an inspiration. She has experienced personally the depth and power of the work and considers her ability to practice and teach Pilates a true privilege. The most satisfying aspect of her Pilates experience is to see daily, through her teaching, the meaningful impact it has on others.

About Alexandra Adams

Alexandra Adams, Program Faculty, is a third generation instructor of Joseph H. Pilates and owner of Excel Pilates Northern Virginia. She has practiced Pilates for sixteen years, and has been a certified Pilates instructor for fifteen years. Upon graduation from The Madeira School in 1999, she went on to attend Goucher College. Alexandra graduated from Goucher College in 2003, with a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction in Dance Performance and Choreography.

After dancing professionally throughout the Washington, DC area and continuing to study Pilates, she completed a rigorous, comprehensive Pilates teacher training program at Excel Movement Studios. In 2008, after four years of teaching Pilates, Alexandra completed the Master’s Program at The Pilates Center, in Boulder, Colorado. The Pilates Center is the first of its kind to offer a Master’s Program to already accomplished teachers. At the time, Alexandra was one of ten instructors worldwide to complete the program. Since 2004, Alexandra has been teaching at the most respected Pilates studios throughout the Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, DC areas.

In 2010, Alexandra opened The Pilates Center at The Madeira School, a boutique Pilates studio on Madeira’s campus. Just mere months after opening, The Pilates Center at The Madeira School was voted Best Pilates Studio by Northern Virginia Magazine. After four years of teaching Pilates enthusiasts from the DC area, Alexandra has relocated and naturally renamed The Pilates Center at The Madeira School to Excel Pilates Northern Virginia. Affiliated with Excel Pilates DC and Excel Pilates Annapolis, Excel Pilates NoVA continues a fifteen year tradition of providing the highest quality of traditional Pilates training.


About Peter Fiasca

Peter, Program Faculty, has a perspective that comes from years of experience as a Romana Kryzanowska certified Pilates teacher. Peter's unique perspective comes from years of experience as a Romana Kryzanowska certified Pilates teacher. Peter’s many years of study culminate into intriguing and fun workshops that periodically highlight the interrelationship between traditional Pilates and overall health. Because of his extensive work as a teacher trainer, instructors, students and the public can benefit from Peter's insights into the traditional Pilates method. Peter’s devotion with Pilates began in 1988, when he took his first class at Wee-Tai Hom’s studio in Manhattan. As his passion grew, he pursued teacher training at Drago’s Gym, receiving certification in 1998 from famed master teacher Romana Kryzanowska.

Over the years, he honed his teaching and his practice with regular lessons from Romana, as well as from master trainers Jay Grimes, Kathy Grant, and other distinguished, traditional instructors. Peter continues to study the work and has dedicated himself to the preservation of the Pilates method, creating the ClassicalPilates.net worldwide directory of traditional instructors. Producer and director of the award-winning Classical Pilates Technique series of six DVDs as well as author of their critically reviewed companion book, Discovering Pure Classical Pilates and editor/contributor in Voices of Classical Pilates, Peter has been a frequent guest instructor at training centers throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America. He appeared in Romana Kryzanowska’s first commercial DVD project, demonstrating the Pilates Mat workout, as well as the DVD titled "Pilates Revealed," with master teacher Jay Grimes.


2019 - 2020 Pilates Events and Teacher Training Programs
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