The Momentum Fest ambassador program highlights teachers in our community who are energetic, excited and driven in their movement practice and love of life. They embody our mission of inclusion, community and joy and are helping to spread Momentum Fest’s vision to their hometowns and studios!
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Meet Our 2020 Momentum Fest Ambassadors
Amanda Kindschy – Team Leader
Amanda was raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she grew up riding horses, doing gymnastics, and playing team sports. She loved being active, but hadn’t found an activity she wanted to continue into adulthood. That all changed when she discovered Pilates in 2013. She was trained by Club Pilates in 2015 and since then has pursued continuing education and mentoring with teachers such as Anula Maiberg, Try Fry, and Carrie Pages. She’s passionate about being both a Pilates teacher and student. Amanda’s also excited to be a part of the current movement of teachers working to create an inclusive Pilates community where there is a feeling of mutual respect and appreciation for different types of purposeful movement. This is Amanda’s third year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.
Emily Sharpe – Team Leader
Emily Sharpe is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Instructor, comprehensively trained through Balanced Body and also trained in Balanced Body MOTR, the BODHI Suspension System and Balanced Body Barre. Emily discovered Pilates over 10 years ago as a means to heal chronic knee pain and find an outlet of movement she enjoyed. She diligently studied the method by taking group classes and privates, ultimately leaving her advertising career to pursue teaching Pilates full time. Emily brings energy, passion and enthusiasm to her teaching and continues to deepen her knowledge of movement through workshops, mentoring sessions and conferences to keep up to date with current techniques and trends in the industry. When not in the studio Emily can be found exploring the outdoors, hiking with her husband and friends and traveling to adventurous places! This is Emily’s third year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.
Ashley is a lifelong health and fitness enthusiast who first came to Pilates after a running injury in college. She quickly turned her passion for the practice into teaching and sharing the method with others. She completed her first certification with Ellie Herman Studios in 2010, and has since completed an additional comprehensive certification through Balanced Body. She continues to deepen her knowledge of anatomy, body mechanics, and the latest pilates science by attending seminars throughout the country, and is in the process of completing her faculty certification through Pure Body Teacher Training. Ashley enjoys working with clients of all different levels in both individual and group settings to help them achieve their specific goals. This is Ashley’s third year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.
Mychele finds motivation in movement. While her love of dance helped her find Pilates, Mychele’s love for Pilates propelled her to teach, and share the method with others. Specifically, Mychele seeks to create inclusive spaces for people of color to experience Pilates. Mychele completed her comprehensive classical training at the Equinox Pilates Teacher Training Institute. As the owner of Get2Werk Fitness®, Mychele channels her passion for fitness as a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Fitness Instructor (ACE/AFAA/NASM/TRX), and dance teacher. When Mychele is not reading cases for law school, she enjoys spending time with Leo’s Tacos. This is Mychele’s first year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.
Garage Pilates: The name tells the story…After leaving a corporate-style career in Pharmaceuticals, I began teaching at local studios and Physical Therapy offices. It was at this time that I purchased a used Pilates reformer and started training friends and family at deeply discounted rates in my own garage. My husband’s job kept us on the move so my slightly used reformer and I actually taught Pilates in 5 different garages throughout the country: Northern California, the Midwest, New York, and Orange County. Although I have graduated from the garage studio the name serves as a reminder for the evolution of my Pilates practice. This is Kristin’s second year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.
Melissa Hinton found her love of pilates while living in Botswana in southern Africa. After losing more than a hundred pounds through high intensity exercise, her body needed some nurturing while her brain craved a challenge–enter pilates. Melissa believes that pilates benefits every type of body and thus teaches on apparatuses, mat and even in the pool. This is Melissa’s first year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.
Marisa is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher, Qualified Fletcher Pilates Teacher and Certified Massage Therapist. Marisa developed a love for movement through dance and she went on to study ballet with the Colorado School of Ballet and Performing Arts. She found Pilates after an auto accident left her with a neck injury in 1996. After just one Pilates private session session she felt immediate relief from her pain and realized she needed to become a teacher so she could share the benefits of the Pilates method with others.
She owns Peace of Mind Pilates in Denver, Colorado. Marisa truly loves teaching every body at every age and stage of their life! This is Marisa’s second year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.
Kim Burgoon-Luchs is a Pilates teacher in League City, TX. While studying dance in college, she fell in love with the Pilates method and knew she’d eventually become a teacher. She enjoys using Pilates to help people balance their everyday activities. Kim volunteered at Momentum Fest 2019 and is so excited to return as an ambassador for Momentum Fest 2020! This is her first year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.
My absolute favorite part of owning a studio is to see our clients achieve their fitness goals . Seeing them become stronger and more confident is truly rewarding. The sense of community and support at the studio is unique and makes me feel like a proud momma.Our studio is a safe place for people of all ages, shapes and degrees of fitness to come together and celebrate the joy of movement. Sharing my passion has been a life long dream come true. This is Amy’s second year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.
Born and raised in Indiana, Hannh began her love of movement at the age of four with dance. As she matured and started receiving training from around the world, she was introduced to Pilates at 14 and developed a connection with the practice. She continued her dance career in college, majoring in dance at Wayne State University, and became trained by STOTT to teach Pilates. She has been teaching for five years and is currently teaching Pilates for Artistic Fusion Dance Academy while pursuing her dance career. Her goal for 2020 is to officially launch a nonprofit Pilates program specifically for Veterans and those wounded by war. This is Hannah’s first year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.
Stacey began practicing Pilates in 2011 to become healthier and soon realized it was offering more benefits. Pilates became a form of therapy for her mind and soul, making her fall in love with the movement practice. Stacey enjoys practicing Pilates at home, in a studio and also seeking out studios during her frequent travels. She is a Pilates enthusiast who loves sharing the method with anyone who’s willing to listen and try it out! She looks forward to completing a teacher training program in the near future. This is Stacey’s second year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.
Christine Brusca Hall
A lifelong fitness and wellness practictioner, Christine is the owner of Studio 8 Pilates in Chicago. She is a certified pilates instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute and the Pilates Method Alliance. Chris has been teaching pilates since 2006 and her passion is training people who want to move better, feel better and live healthier lives. Christine discovered Pilates after complications stemming from childbirth and diastasis recti. She was seeking alternative methods of exercise to safely rehabilitate herself without surgery. Christine feels fortunate that she has access to such amazing continuing education in Chicago and is allowed to spread the Pilates message throughout her community. This is Christine’s second year as a Momentum Fest ambassador.