Momentum Fest Headline Presenters
We are extremely excited and honored to introduce you to our 2021 Momentum Fest presenters. Each of these teachers embodies the mission of inclusivity, passion and celebration that we aim for at Momentum Fest!
We have designated whether presenters will be teaching in person or virtually. This is subject to change as some in person presenters may be added to the virtual schedule.
Lorna is a teacher, speaker, coach, and change consultant passionate about personal growth and transformation. She celebrates people turning themselves ON – mentally, physically and spiritually. With more than 20 years experience in consulting, teaching, business leadership and organizational development, Lorna has served as a change catalyst under many umbrellas. She is an experienced Yoga and Barre teacher, Reiki Master, organizational change facilitator, published writer, and personal life/relationship coach. She’s also mother to three children (five if you include fur-babies!). From 2012 to 2016 Lorna worked with THE DAILEY METHOD international franchise as a studio owner and as designated “CSO” (Chief Spiritual Officer) introducing Mindfulness trainings for studio owners and teachers. Lorna has consulted in Health Care Public Relations, Patient and Family Education, Cultural Competency, and Organizational Development. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, and undergraduate degrees in Journalism and English. Lorna currently resides in Boulder, CO.
Delia is founder of Delia Pilates® and in the industry for almost 20 years. She’s an International Fitness Educator, PMA®CPT, BootyBarre® Master Trainer, and Balanced Body® Master Instructor. Delia earned her Full Certification through STOTT®Pilates and completed the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program. Delia has been featured in Pilates Style Magazine, a PMA panelist and published fitness and wellness writer for a regional magazine . She was voted best fitness instructor in Whitefish 2014, 2015 , 2016 & 2018 and was a finalist for the Pilates Anytime 2016 & 2017 Next Instructor Competition.
Kristin took her first Pilates reformer lesson in 1998 and was immediately hooked. As her passion for practicing Pilates grew, she made the life-changing decision to leave a successful corporate career in 2003 and enroll in the teacher training program at Long Beach Dance Conditioning. Her family has moved about the country quite a bit which has allowed her to teach Pilates in so many different regions and absorb knowledge from others in the movement field. Her goal is to never stop learning and to share her Pilates experience with others. In 2018 she opened Garage Pilates studio in Los Alamitos, CA where they offer Pilates, yoga and Bounce classes. This fun, supportive vibe of Momentum Fest is exactly what they aspire to emulate at their Garage Pilates studio.
Tasha, a native of Chicago, began her fitness career selling memberships at a local gym in 2004. Since then, she has earned a 500 hour Pilates certification (and is getting ready to do it again through Balanced Body), a 250 hour yoga certification, AFAA personal training, ACE and AFAA group fitness and twenty plus additional specialty fitness certifications. She is also a certified integrative health coach. Tasha is currently an ambassador for NOW Foods, the Movement Shop as well as a contributing blogger for Pilates Anytime and Balanced Body and an instructor on John Garey TV. She hold degrees in both sociology and counseling and spends her time focused on inclusive and accessible wellness for all. She is also working on more movement and motivational offerings online. You can find out more about Tasha and her work here.
Lauren George is the Co-Creator of the Enhanced Barre Above Program, Creator of the Musicality Method, Co-Owner of FitBiz Retreat, Fit and Fierce on the Mic Podcast host, adjunct faculty at Clemson University, former studio owner, and a Master Trainer for Balletone. She has had a love for movement since a young age and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Texas A&M University and Master’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from University of North Texas. She was named EMPOWER! Fusion Education Partner of the Year in 2018. Lauren has had the pleasure of leading the group fitness programs at The Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center, Florida State University, and Todd Pilates and Fitness. Most of all, Lauren is passionate about helping participants understand that fitness can be FUN!
Jill Hinson NCPT, is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor. Jill is the Founder and Executive Director of Core Compassion Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit offering post-rehab Pilates scholarships to women and men battling breast cancer. Jill founded the nonprofit when her very first client received a diagnosis of breast cancer. In search for how to help this client and multiple others fighting, she spent seven years studying and creating a fitness program that would become The Jill Hinson Method for Breast Cancer. Jill has created a teacher training program, as well as a home-based program for breast cancer fighters that can be introduced inside the studio. Core Compassion Project has served over 75 women in the Charlotte, NC area, each receiving ten private Pilates sessions with a qualified Pilates teacher. Core Compassion Project is excited to expand in 2020! The love and compassion behind nonprofit work has encouraged Jill to share what she has learned in birthing and growing a sustainable nonprofit with other nonprofit startups, civic organizations, teachers, and events. Jill has been featured in Pilates Style Magazine and seen in SHAPE Magazine for TRX®. No matter your passion, Jill will encourage you to give back! Jill will be teaching a class as well as leading a roundtable about community involvement at this year’s Momentum Fest.
Lesley Logan, a certified Pilates teacher and mindset coach, fell in love with Pilates after her first 100! From side-hustle to full time, she jumped from teacher to manager to running multiple studios. She wrote a book that focused on the business of Pilates, which grew into ProfitablePilates.com and is now a business coaching program called Agency. Later she created OnlinePilatesClasses.com, which includes the first free online catalog of Pilates tutorials. When not in Las Vegas she travels, leading workshops and retreats around the world. Connect with LL on IG @lesley.logan & @profitablepilates.
Chantill is a movement explorer, educator, mentor and coach. She’s made a 20-year career teaching movement and it still makes her say “Hell, ya!” Her work currently focuses on teaching/learning from the whole-person and whole-body perspective, drawing from brain-based learning frameworks, motivation and communication science, somatic and humanistic psychology, and other cutting edge models such as the Polyvagal Theory. She’s recently launched a new teaching framework called Integrative Movement Facilitation. Chantill is the founder of the education company, Skillful Teaching, the creator of the Thinking Pilates Podcast, and author of two books on teaching, Moving Beyond Technique, and the soon to be released Teaching (Movement) Matters (2020). Her BIG PASSION is supporting movement teachers of all kinds in taking their work to the next level both personally and professionally through two flagship projects: the Skillful Teaching Mentorship Program and the Science + Psychology of Teaching Master’s Program. Chantill lives in Sacramento, CA, and teaches online and internationally.
Jonathan Oldham, MSPT, PMA-CPT, began his career in Pilates after a four-year skating tour with Ice Capades. He was certified at the Pilates Center of Boulder in 1992. Jonathan attained his physical therapy degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1999. Since then, he has been integrating Pilates methodology with his physical therapy practice. Jonathan studied extensively with master teacher Ron Fletcher and completed the Ron Fletcher program of study in 2005. He is profoundly grateful for the ability to move, and is thankful to share his knowledge and joy of movement with others.
I used to sell cheeseburgers, true story….
As a self-proclaimed “Certified La Pistola” I’ve been in the international fitness, wellness and Pilates education business for over 16 years travelling and speaking worldwide. As the Founder of Level Up MVMT, I help instructors Level Up their programming, movement and coaching skills through creative curriculum development, research backed strategies and user-friendly plug and play formats. This, coupled with vitality and business coaching, changes the paradigm for the movement teacher, allowing them to embody their BETTER and not MORE while thriving in an industry often riddled with burnout.
Find me worldwide and virtual as premier presenter at many fitness and wellness conferences including Pilates on Tour, Pilates Method Alliance, IDEA®, ACSM, SCW, AFC, Pilates in Asia and many more.
And yes, I’m a former corporate marketer who specialized in fast food clients and I left the biz and took a BIG LEAP into studio ownership, wellness, freelance marketing and much more in 2005. My joy is creating community, championing and supporting others and delivering my passion of Pilates and integrated movement. NCPT Certified, Balanced Body® Master Instructor, BASI™ Graduate, BOSU® Elite Master Trainer. Find me: IG: @erikaquest Web: levelupmvmt.com or erikaquest.com
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 movement as a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Fitness Instructor (NCPT/ACE/AFAA/NASM/TRX), and dance teacher. Mychele can be found on the web at www.get2werk.com or on IG: @get2werk
Amy Taylor Alpers
Amy Taylor Alpers went to The Juilliard School for dance, danced with the Garden State Ballet, and received her BA and MA in Dance from New York University. She began studying Pilates with Romana Kryzanowska at the original Pilates Studio in New York City and received her Pilates teaching certificate from there in July of 1989. Along with her sister, Rachel Taylor Segel, she established The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO in 1990. One year later they founded The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program. Amy has taught workshops all around the United States, as well as in Canada, Paris, London, and Israel. With her sister, Amy also co-authored The Everything Pilates Book, published in 2002. She was a Board Member of the Pilates Method Alliance from 2001-2004, and served on the committee to develop the PMA National Pilates Certification Exam.
Jessica Valant, MSPT, is a licensed Physical Therapist, Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, continuing education provider, proud mama and movement lover. She believes when people feel strong and free in their own bodies it can lead to a ripple of more kindness and love in the world. Jessica is recognized as a leader in the Pilates industry due to her extensive experience of over 20 years, continuing education courses, women’s health expertise, successful online Pilates studio and popular Youtube channel. Her work has been featured in Pilates Style Magazine, Shape Magazine and Thrillest and she has been named a YouTube Creator on the Rise and Pilates Anytime Next Instructor Competition Finalist. Jessica and her husband, Brian, founded Momentum Fest in 2017 in order to create an inclusive, loving and fun place for all people to celebrate movement together. Jessica can be found at www.jessicavalantpilates.com, on social media @jessicavalantpilates or at home in Denver wrangling two young kids.
Jason has been in the health and fitness industry since 2002. As a former colligate track athlete he saw the importance of working hard with proper alignment. With proper alignment and corrective exercise you can prevent injury and improve performance. He has taught a multitude of classes such bootcamp style and spin, but his main interest is Pilates and Barre. As a personal trainer he brings his knowledge of the human body to all his classes. Jason has recently became a meditation teacher and Reiki practitioner. As a Wellbeing Coach, he teaches clients about not only fitness and nutrition, but the whole mind body connection. As an author he has written two children’s health and fitness books, “The Adventures of Frankie Fitness” , “The Adventures of Frankie Fitness, Introducing Ginger” and newest book “The Adventures of Frankie Fitness, A Family That Meditates”.
Trina Altman, B.A., NCPT, received her training through STOTT PILATES® and is an E-RYT 500, YACEP®. She’s the creator of Yoga Deconstructed® and Pilates Deconstructed®, which take an interdisciplinary approach to foster an embodied understanding of yoga and Pilates and their relationship to modern movement science.
Trina has presented at Kripalu, the Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference and Momentum Fest, among others. Her work has been published in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and Pilates Style magazine and her classes have been featured on Yoga International and Yoga Anytime. She also consulted for Equinox to help develop their signature program Best Stretch Ever, which utilizes the mobility stick to improve functional range of motion, body awareness, and total body strength and has presented an online training for Yoga International entitled Yoga Deconstructed®: Creative Sequencing with Somatics. Her book, Yoga Deconstructed®: Movement Science Principles For Teaching is available everywhere books are sold. For more information on Trina and her online classes and courses, visit trinaaltman.com. Follow her on Instagram at: @trinaaltman & on Facebook at: Trina Altman Yoga and Pilates.
Ilaria Cavagna (sponsored class)
Ilaria Cavagna is a skilled Pilates instructor and the founder and CEO of FEET-NESS™ – posture from the ground up- an educational platform that develops an awareness of the work on the feet connected to the rest of the body. FEET-NESS™ has been growing in interest among trainers of multiple disciplines and clients around the world. The Bachelor of Movement Science, the Romana’s Pilates Certification, and the Soma-Training studies give her an understanding of the function of the human body. Ilaria is based in NYC and travels worldwide to teach seminars for Pilates, ELDOA™ Method and of course FEET-NESS™.
Ashley is a Pilates Educator and Faculty for Pure Body Teacher Training, where she also serves as Director of Communications + Community Engagement. She first started teaching Pilates alongside a corporate career in education and employee development before making it her full time career in 2010. She has completed three comprehensive certifications, and continues to deepen her knowledge of anatomy, body mechanics, and the latest Pilates science by attending workshops and seminars throughout the country.
In 2019, she was inspired to blend her past experience in education and development with her passion for the Pilates method, and transitioned to teaching and mentoring teachers. This is where she truly feels in service – inspiring teachers to use their unique talents and strengths to move toward their goals and reach their full potential authentically. Her thoughtful approach combines her background in psychology and professional development with a strong understanding of business metrics and brand alignment – a unique combination that drives results and offers immense value to those she serves. She is known for leading with empathy, inclusivity, and a passion for creating kindness and community in everything she does.
Maria completed the comprehensive Advanced Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center (Colorado, USA) in 1997 followed by an old-school mentorship with Kathleen Stanford Grant – a protégé of Mr. Pilates – for thirteen years in New York City (1997-2010). A Second Generation master teacher with over 20 years of international teaching experience, Maria is dedicated to honoring and empowering your journey toward personal growth and well-being; she will facilitate ease, confidence and inspire a sense of possibility in your movement practice. Maria lives in Barcelona, Spain with her family.
Grace is from the UK, and first fell in love with movement when she started ballet at the age of 2. Aged 11 she was accepted to full time ballet school where, alongside ballet training, Grace was lucky enough to be introduced to Pilates. From then on Pilates became an integral part of Grace’s dance training and career.In 2010 Grace transitioned from professional dancer to ballet and Pilates teacher, and became certified through the Royal Academy of Dance, the Pilates Method Alliance, and Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates in the UK, and later competed the Mentor and Master programs with Rael Isacowtiz in California.
After 3 years of teaching in the Cayman Islands, Grace now lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands and co-owns a Pilates studio there. She also guest teaches and hosts Pilates retreats internationally and is a member of the BASI Pilates faculty. She is so excited to be returning to Momentum Fest for a second year! You can find her on Instagram at @gracehurrypilates.
Jamie Isaac believes in the power of mindful movement to change the world.
As a surfer, yoga lover and hopeless devotee to Pilates, Jamie founded Azulfit, Retreat and Fluid Life Pilates Studio, to share his passion with those who are ready to take their next conscious step toward vibrant health. Jamie feels honored to have studied with Lolita San Miguel and to be certified by her as a Master Teacher. He is also a Peak Pilates Master Instructor with over 25 years experience in coaching and teaching human movement. At his studio in California, and through workshops and retreats across the globe, Jamie loves nothing more than supporting and celebrating the transformations of his students… except maybe playing with his awesome kids.
Andrea Mitchell is an intuitive wellness coach and founder of Andrea Mitchell Wellness. She approaches healing the whole body, addressing the energetic bodies and the physical body. She has training in Pilates, Yoga, Reiki, Breathwork, Akashic Records, Intuitive Guidance, QHHT, and is a Licensed Art Therapist in NYC. Living in true balance requires the alignment and integration of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
Bevin is Head of Field Development for Peach, a four-year-old lifestyle brand with a mission to help women “elevate their everyday” and thrive personally and professionally. For customers, Peach offers contemporary and comfortable apparel for gym, work and play; for its cadre of social-sales brand representatives across the U.S., an opportunity to start their own fashion business without the financial risk; for female-founded accessory brands, a platform to collaborate and share success.
A former real estate entrepreneur, Bevin is a founding member of the Peach team and the Head of Field Development. In her role at Peach, she recruits, trains and leads a national sales team. A dynamic and engaging public speaker, Bevin activates the Peach mission through presenting powerful personal and professional development workshops on flexing internal strengths. Described as a “zesty badass with a flair for the dramatic”, Bevin believes men and women can do anything when they play to their strengths.
Nikki Naab-Levy PMA®-CPT is a Pilates teacher and certified functional strength coach with over a decade of experience helping clients build strength and overcome injury. She holds B.S. in Exercise Science and B.S. Journalism from Ohio University and was second place in the 2018 Next Pilates Anytime Instructor Competition. Her fitness wisdom has been featured in Girls Gone Strong, The Seattle Times, and Men’s Fitness. She is a Master Trainer for the Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension System and has been a presenter for the Pilates Method Alliance annual conference. When she’s not teaching you can find her hiking in the Pacific Northwest with her corgi Charlie, reading trashy vampire novels, and chain-drinking Americanos. To learn more about Nikki, visit her NaabyLevy.com or say hello on Instagram.
LaBriece Ochsner, NCPT, Balanced Body Master Instructor, is a leader, role model for healthy living, life coach, international mentor and maser teacher of Pilates. Balancing mothering to 3 children and running her studio in person and online, she approaches teaching with a full heart, extraordinary insight and precise attention to detail. Specializing in bringing Pilates back to men, cross-training athletes, as well as Pilates for teens and children. She loves mentoring both new and fully certified instructors of the Pilates Method. LaBriece is owner of LB Pilates Studios, the Balanced Body Authorized Training Center of Switzerland, NCPT Certified Instructor, Pilates and Bodhi Suspension System Master Instructor. She teaches retreats, conferences, workshops and teacher-training both in person and online, in English and German. You can also find her on YouTube at LB Pilates Studios and on her blog LaBrieceTalks.com.
Carrie Pagès is the owner and senior Pilates Instructor for In Balance Pilates Studio. She attended high school at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she majored in Classical Ballet. Carrie discovered the endless benefits of Pilates while rehabilitating an ankle injury and knew it would be a part of her life forever. She received her certification while living in Charleston, SC in 2000. In 2002, Carrie opened In Balance Pilates Studio in Wilmington, NC and founded the In Balance Pilates Teacher Training program in 2004. She is also the winner of the 2016 Pilates Anytime Next Instructor Competition. Along with travelling to studios all over the country to teach workshops and master classes Carrie is a presenter for Pilates On Tour with Balanced Body. Her recent project CarriePagesPilates.com is an online studio designed for instructors looking for inspiration and motivation.
Joy Puleo, M.A., NCPT, ACSM Exercise Physiologist
Since 1996, Joy has practice in the mindful movement modalities of Pilates and Gyrotonic. She is the Education Program Manager for Balanced Body, the world’s largest Pilates manufacturer, developing educational content and curriculum for master trainers globally. Joy has presented workshops and instructor training courses at numerous conferences and is a well-respected international educator. Her vast knowledge, deep understanding of anatomy and movement, paired with her incredible sense of humor make Joy’s presentation engaging and highly informative.
Lori is a 3rd generation Pure Classical Pilates instructor with direct training lineage to Joseph and Clara Pilates; She completed her comprehensive (mat and apparatus) studies under 2nd generation master trainers Marianne Adams and Rebecca Quin. In addition she studied and completed the Professional Pilates Advanced Teacher program with Kathi Ross Nash. She is a licensed and certified Yoga Instructor. Lori owns Vive Pilates + Motion, a boutique Pilates studio located in Raleigh, NC. She is known for her humor, her ability to empower her students and her accessibility.
Martin Reid started in the fitness industry in 2002 after finishing playing University football and completing his Masters degree in Counselling. It was during that time as a social worker that he realized he could make a difference helping people feel better through fitness. In 2002, he left the social services to start a personal training business called Personal Victory.
In 2008, Martin completed his first Pilates mat certification as a self interest class upon realizing it had healed his back pain caused by sports injuries. After completing a comprehensive Pilates certification with Peak Pilates in 2014, Martin recognized the importance of a regular Pilates practice in both his clients’ programming as well as his own personal practice. In 2019, Martin completed an 600 hour apprenticeship and it was there that he was inspired to continue to learn more of the system Joseph Pilates originally called Contrology and shift his focus towards men moving better.
In July 2020, Martin opened two businesses. Reid Method Pilates Studio is a micro-business inside High Octane Training and Therapy Clinic in Mississauga. Core Conversations is a weekly podcast based on his daily live Instagram Conversations with leaders in the Pilates Industry and the global fitness business community. You can find him on Instagram at @personalvictory @realmendopilates and @thecoreconversationspodcast.