Momentum Fest 2020 Headline Presenters
We are extremely excited and honored to introduce you to our 2020 headline presenters. Each of these teachers embodies the mission of inclusivity, passion and celebration that we aim for at Momentum Fest!
Trina Altman, BS, PMA-CPT, E-RYT 500. 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 created and taught a Pilates Deconstructed® course for physical therapists at UCLA and was part of the faculty for the Brain Longevity® conference at UCLA. Her work has been published in Pilates Style, Yoga Journal and Yoga International. Her book, Yoga Deconstructed®: Transitioning From Rehabilitation Back Into The Yoga Studio is slated to be published by Handspring Publishing in December 2019.
For more information on Trina and her live + online classes and courses, visit trinaaltman.com.
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.
Jen Cameron is a playful and creative teacher. She founded Flight Club: Denver AcroYoga in 2013 to bring Acrobatic skills to her local community. Jen is trained and experienced in teaching Yoga, AcroYoga, Handstands and Thai Massage. Her classes are safe, playful and will leave you with new skills! You don’t need experience or a partner to join in the fun. Show up curious and ready to play.
Nancy Castiglioni is an International Presenter who has taught classes and workshops to instructors in the US, England, Korea, Qatar, Italy, Panama, Argentina and Paraguay. Nancy is scheduled to teach at the Pilates Festival India early 2020.
She is a Founding Presenter of “It’s a Pilates Party” held in Boston every year. She has been featured on Pilates Style Magazine, Pilates TV and several other major Instagram pages. She has been a ballet dancer and a gymnast and now shares her passion for Pilates through her Instagram page and at several studios in Panama, where she currently resides and around the world through her workshops. She is Balanced Body Mat certified and is continuously on the pursuit of further education.
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.
With more than 12 years in the fitness industry, Lauren has created multiple fitness formats and educational workshops, run group fitness programs at large health clubs and university campus recreation centers, and trained thousands of new instructors. Lauren was named the EMPOWER! Fitness Conference Education Partner of the Year in 2018. She is the Creator of The Musicality Method, Co-Creator of the Enhanced Barre Above Program, a Master Trainer for Balletone, a Power Pilates and Balanced Body trained Pilates teacher, owns a fitness studio, Clemson Fitness Company, in Clemson, SC, and consults on numerous fitness projects for other companies!
Marimba Gold-Watts, PMA-CPT, RCST® is the 2018 Winner of the Next Pilates Anytime Instructor Contest. Formerly a professional dancer, she began studying Pilates in 1999 and received her pilates certification at The Kane School of Core Integration under the direction of Kelly Kane in 2007. In 2012, Marimba and her husband Steve opened Articulating Body Inc., a pilates and wellness studio in New York City. Marimba is also a Registered Certified Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist®, a graduate of Barnard College of BA in Art History, and has taught modern dance both internationally and at The Ailey school since 2005. Her goal is to help her clients achieve strong, fluid, and more articulate bodies.
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.
Lesley Logan NCPT, has completed a Masters Pilates Program from The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, and most recently completed ‘The Work,’ a masters program taught by one of Joseph Pilates ‘Elders,’ Jay Grimes. Lesley teaches private Pilates sessions, duets and group classes in Los Angeles. She also teaches online Pilates classes and online private Pilates sessions, and leads Pilates retreats around the world you can find more about her at lesleyloganpilates.com.
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.
Roxy Menzies hails from a background in Dance, Pilates, Yamuna® Body Rolling, GYROTONIC® and Thai massage. Roxy infuses artistry, knowledge, soul and a ‘fierce sense of humour’ into her work with movement. She believes we are happiest when we move our bodies. By moving our bodies, we move our minds, our hearts and our souls. Roxy was a dancer of the African diaspora and contemporary dance. Roxy has taught dance and various movement modalities for the Canadian Educational system, professional dance companies and the artists of Cirque du Soleil. She has presented, guest taught or performed in London, New York, Paris, Beirut, China, Turkey and Thailand. Based on her belief that every individual is a healer, Roxy’s mission is to create an environment that guides people to evolve into their full potential.
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.
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.
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.
Erika Quest, NCPT, Owner of Studio Q Pilates Conditioning in Laguna Beach, CA is an honored Balanced Body® Master Instructor, part of the BOSU® & Hedstrom Elite Team and is also a BASI® Graduate. She is a visiting instructor for the prestigious Pilates Anytime, Inc., a premier presenter, curriculum developer and international educator at many fitness and wellness conventions including Pilates on Tour, Pilates Method Alliance, IDEA®, ACSM, SCW, AFC and many more. A former corporate marketer for fortune 500 companies, she now has the great joy of sharing her passion of integrated movement daily and cannot wait to be a part of Momentum Fest 2020!
A native of Australia, Jess teaches for Pilates Fitness Institute in Perth and is a proud faculty member for Pilates International Training Centre. Jess comes from a background in professional classical saxophone, playing for a number of artists including Ennio Morricone, Wynton Marsalis and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Jess is currently studying a Master of Education at the University of Western Australia with research contributions in physical education and history. Jess strongly believes that promoting a good movement practice promotes the good in people and that a movement practice and education should be available to everyone. This is Jess’s second time at Momentum Fest and is honoured to be presenting in 2020 as a part of a brilliant, kind and courageous group of people.
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.
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, PMA-CPT, 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, 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”.
Momentum Fest 2020 Community Talk Presenters
In our mission to create strength in mind, body and spirit, we strive to include community talks at Momentum Fest that encourage, share, build relationships and create community. We are proud to have these presenters lead some of our community talk sessions!
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.
Andrea is fascinated by the body and the mind but it is the combination and link of the two that has become her passion. Her approach to working with clients combines the science of anatomy, bio-mechanics, psychology, and neuro-psychology with intuitive abilities and psycho-spiritual beliefs. Living in true balance and wellness requires the alignment and integration of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health, and Andrea’s hope is that clients find this balance to live a more meaningful life. She received her comprehensive Pilates training through the Kane School of Core Integration in 2002 and has many additional trainings including Baron Baptiste and BootyBarre. She also has a MPS in Creative Art Therapy from the Pratt Institute.
Andrea has worked with a diverse clientele including actors Julia Stiles, Anna Paquin, Alison Pill, and Piper Perabo as well as models Irina Shayk, Julia Stegner, Behati Prinsloo, Heather Marks, Elyse Taylor, Cato Van Ee and Jessica Stam. She is a contributor to several publications including Alpeon, Prevention, Self, Redbook, Shape, Glamour, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Daily Candy and Time out Kids.
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.
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!
Momentum Fest 2020 Sponsored Class Presenters
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, a PMA-CPT, is passionate about helping people move well, feel well and ultimately live well by finding comfort in their body. She is the owner of Taylor Pilates and Fitness in Denver, CO and is an OOV Fundamentals and OOV + Pilates Apparatus Educator. Ashley holds advanced and comprehensive Pilates instructor certification through Polestar Pilates. She uses Pilates as the foundation from which she trains clients while utilizing the OOV, Core Align, and MOTR to improve gait and dynamic stability. When Ashley is not at the studio, you will find her running, hiking, skiing, spending time with family and spoiling her Great Dane.
Mariska is the founder of Washington, D.C.-based Fuse Pilates®, an award-winning creative director and writer, and a student of medical neuroscience. She is a PMA certified Pilates teacher, founder of The Neuro Studio, and visiting teacher on Pilates Anytime. Mariska has been teaching Pilates since 2003 and developed her signature style, Fuse Pilates, as a Mat class at a yoga studio in 2005. Her classes are heavily influenced by her background in Pilates, yoga, and barre, as well as a three-year mentorship with Julian Littleford. In 2016, Mariska developed an apparatus and classes called Fuse Ladder to incorporate more Pilates-inspired standing, hanging, and balance exercises into her own workouts and studio offerings. Today, the Fuse Ladder is sold in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. Mariska is passionate about educating teachers and patients about exercise for neurological conditions. She teaches workshops worldwide on exercise and neuroscience.