BIO

Meet Pamela

Pamela has over 50 years of movement experience. A native Texan, she started her movement education in dance at the age of five. In junior high, she added competitive swimming and diving while continuing her dance studies in ballet, jazz, and tap. At 15, she became an assistant dance instructor and soon after, taught her own classes and coached dancers for competitions and performances. In college, she studied the performing arts and movement education, earning a B.S. in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She was recognized as a “triple threat”, performing as a dancer, singer, and actress in many school and local dance and theater productions. In addition, she continued private coaching and teaching dance at a professional school.

After graduation, Pamela moved to New York where her musical talents led her into a professional theater career spanning over 40 years and 25 countries. She has performed in dance companies, Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals, national and international tours, regional productions, television and film. While on tour, she met her husband and moved to the Bay Area to raise her daughter. During this time she taught swimming, water fitness, and dance classes and continued coaching performers. Having used Pilates as a mode of rehabilitation during her dance career in New York, she became interested in teaching Pilates. She received her original certification from Body Kinetics in San Francisco, taught by Master Teacher Carol Appel who was personally trained by Romana Kryzanowska, a protégé of Joseph Pilates. Upon certification, she began working for Carol at the newly opened Mill Valley Health Club & Spa, where she taught for 10 years. During her time there, she assisted Carol with her highly regarded teacher training program, teaching classes and workshops, and mentoring student teachers through apprenticeship. Since 2005, she has been teaching private lessons in her home studio and classes at Pilates of Marin.

Pamela holds two additional Pilates certifications from Power Pilates in New York and BASI Pilates in Southern California. She continues to study Pilates privately and at national conferences where she has had the privilege to learn from the Pilates “elders” and many senior teachers. She is a current member of the Pilates Method Alliance. Pamela is also a GYROTONIC® Level 1 and 2 teacher and a Franklin Method® Educator Level 1. She has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and continues to enjoy swimming, dancing and performing. Her extensive movement and teaching experience enables her to work with students of all ages, abilities, and special considerations such as spinal injuries, scoliosis, osteoporosis, hip replacements, shoulder and knee surgeries, and much more.

Pamela is an advocate of whole body health--the mind-body-spirit connection. She believes movement is a healing discipline and uses classic and adapted Pilates exercises as well as other techniques to bring a balance of strength, flexibility, and control. By teaching her clients to move with awareness of sound body mechanics, she helps them improve their circulation, breathing, joint mobility, muscle strength, and overall wellbeing. While teaching a high level of technique and discipline, her theatrical background creates a fun and inspirational workout which empowers her clients to achieve their goals.