Momentum Fest Headline Presenters
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.
Clarissa is Peak Pilates & Club Pilates certified and has been teaching for the past 5 years. She found Pilates right out of college and has been in love with it ever since. Clarissa is also a certified personal trainer through ISSA & University of Delaware. She also is a certified Health Coach from Intergrative Nutrition and is currently enrolled in a masters program for exercise science. Her goal is to become a master trainer before she hits 30 years old. In her downtime she loves spending time with her two-year-old daughter, hiking and, of course, doing Pilates.
Danica is a graduate of the Pilates Center Boulder and has been a movement educator for over twenty years. Her studio, Pilates 804, is Richmond Virginia’s only fully equipped traditional studio and home to the Teacher Training Program at Pilates 804 (TTPP). As a NCPT, she also offers continuing education courses online and studio.
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.
Soul Rhythm African Drumming LLC is a Colorado-based company specializing in traditional West African drumming and dance. Founded by an energetic drummer from Ghana, Emmanuel Annang, Soul Rhythm African Drumming is an independent group dedicated to promoting and sharing the music and culture of West Africa through interactive drumming classes, workshops, drum circles, retreats, study tours, and performances. Emmanuel brings an energy and spirit to traditional African music that is undoubtedly infectious. He has studied and been playing traditional West African drums and music for over 10 years. Emmanuel drums with vibrant energy, wearing a huge smile, drawing the audience into the performance and conveying the richness of African music.
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.
Jill Hinson NCPT is the Founder and Executive Director of Core Compassion Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit offering post-rehab Pilates scholarships, fitness bras, and lymphedema sleeves to people battling breast cancer. Jill, also the owner of Core Studio Pilates in Charlotte, NC, founded the nonprofit when her very first client received a diagnosis of breast cancer. In her search for how to help this client and multiple others fighting, she spent 7 years studying and creating a fitness program that would become The Jill Hinson Method for Breast Cancer. Jill has published two manuals, The Jill Hinson Method for Breast Cancer and The Jill Hinson Method for Breast Cancer Teacher Training Program. Jill has presented her work nationally and has been featured in Pilates Style Magazine and seen in SHAPE Magazine for TRX®.
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, celebratory 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.
Jessica N. Vann
Jessica Vann is a multi-careered woman who is an actor, speaker, entrepreneur, singer. She is also the podcast host of “Tomfoolery and Shenanigans”. She is originally from Lansing, Michigan but calls Chicago home. She received a B.S. in Theatre and Interpretation: Acting from Central Michigan University and a M.A in Training and Development from Roosevelt University. She balances her time running her business Creative Spaces, which provides leadership and professional development workshops/keynotes for emerging and veteran leaders in various work sectors learning about program development, company culture, DEI and Anti-Racism, and varying other custom need for the client. If you are looking for a new perspective or a place to feel safe while being seen, this is the girl for you!
as long. As one of the few people still alive who studied with and knew
Joseph Pilates both in and out of his studio, John is in a unique
position to tell this story. Steel was crucial to the survival of
Pilates and tells this personal story with wit and enthusiasm. He
regularly appears as a guest on webinars and blogs and has been
interviewed in numerous publications. He lives in Santa Barbara with his
wife, Bunny. Caged Lion is his first book, will acquaint you with Joseph
& Clara Pilates, and tells the story of a complex and creative man and
the remarkable and perilous history of a phenomenon: Pilates. Caged Lion
is a book you will love: don’t miss it.
Kaile Ziemba received her BFA in Dance from CU Boulder. She began studying the Pilates method and quickly became hooked. Through Pilates Kaile feels more empowered, stronger and more flexible and is able to approach life and movement with more confidence. Kaile is a former professional dancer and aerialist. She is currently a working mom with two sons. Kaile earned her Certificate of Completion from The Pilates Center in 2004.
Kristin loves to take Classical Pilates moves and blend them with contemporary versions for an effective and creative workout which provides both fundamental consistency and variety, keeping it fun and interesting. After leaving a corporate career in Pharmaceuticals, Kristin earned her Pilates Instructor certification through Long Beach Dance Conditioning in 2003 and began teaching at local studios and Physical Therapy offices in Los Angeles County as well as her own home garage. Her husband’s job kept them on the move allowing Kristin to teach Pilates in 5 different garages throughout the country: LA, Northern California, the Midwest, New York, and Orange County- where she settled and opened Garage Pilates studio. Although Kristin has graduated from the home garage and turned her dream of Garage Pilates into a Brick-and-Mortar, the name serves as a reminder for the evolution of her Pilates journey. Her three busy teenagers are involved in a variety of sporting activities which allows Kristin to partner with coaches and parents within her local community incorporating Pilates into the training regimens of young athletes and competitive dancers. Teach them early and the benefits are lifelong!
Lauren George is the Co-Creator of Barre Above, Creator of Pumped Up Strength and The Musicality Method, Co-Owner of Fit Biz Club, Owner of the LG Fitness Studio, adjunct faculty at Clemson University, a former studio owner, and a Master Trainer for Balletone. Most of all, Lauren is passionate about helping participants understand that fitness can be FUN!
Lesley Logan, a certified Pilates teacher, habits and mindset coach, is the founder of OnlinePilatesClasses.com, Profitable Pilates and host of Be It Till You See It podcast. Teaching Pilates since 2008, she has run multiple studios, trained hundreds of people to become teachers themselves and has taught thousands of students around the world. When not teaching, coaching teachers or recording she is leading retreats around the world.
Leslie Conzemius has always had a passion for movement, and is grateful for the opportunity to spread that love with GROOV3! Throughout her childhood she was always moving whether it was dancing, gymnastics or cheerleading. She has been on several professional and non-professional dance companies including the Todd Wilson Dance Theater, A Tucson Dance Company, and The Human Project. After she graduated college from The University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Leslie joined the world famous global education program, Up with People. She worked as a Dance Captain, Show Manager, and Cast Manager on tour for five years, leading international youth with a mission of service, leadership and performance.
Leslie now resides in Denver, Colorado where she works as Registered Nurse, Board Certified Health Coach, and Group Fitness Instructor. She is the founder of Abundance Integrative Health Coaching, where she helping individuals living with autoimmune diseases live a beautiful and productive life!
Lorna is a relationship and intimacy coach; mindfulness, movement and meditation teacher; and a graduate student in clinical psychology studying transpersonal counseling. With more than 25 years experience in teaching, facilitating, leadership and organizational development, Lorna has served as an educator and change catalyst under many umbrellas. She is an experienced Yoga and Barre teacher, business owner, consultant, Reiki Master, motivational speaker, published writer, relationship coach, intimacy guide, and mother of three children (seven if you include fur-babies!) Presently, she is a graduate student in clinical psychology, working toward a second master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Lorna’s teaching and facilitation style offers inspiring classes and workshops with a precise focus on alignment and everyday mindfulness, breath & embodiment life practices to help you Tune In, Turn On, Live Freely and Love Deeply. Connect with Lorna on INSTAGRAM (@lorna_bennett_coaching) or FACEBOOK (Lorna Bennett Coaching).
Micki is a Pilates instructor with over 20 years of experience. In 2011, she started a Wellness company called MickiPhit, where she combines her knowledge of Pilates, group fitness and movement to enhance the life of her clients. She started practicing Pilates in preparation for her wedding and fell in love with the principles, movement and results of Pilates. After practicing for 2 years she became certified through Power Pilates as a Mat I and Mat II Pilates instructor. She is also certified through ACE and AFAA as a Wellness Coach, Strength Coach and Group Fitness Instructor. In 2018, she launched a membership based Online Pilates Studio that offers 24/7 access to step-by-step instructional Pilates videos providing simplified Pilates for your home or on-the-go Pilates practice. She also offers the MickiPhit Fitness app for those who want more athletic weight training workouts for home or on- the-go. Micki’s aim is to bring Pilates and movement to a wide range of students by offering variations of the traditional Pilates moves. Her book, Pilates for Everyone, provides over 100 variations of Pilates and Pilates inspired exercises- making Pilates more accessible to students of many fitness levels. When she is not traveling, teaching clients or filming inventory for her online platforms, she loves spending time with her husband Imari and two children Autumn and Miles.
Nico Gonzalez is the studio owner of Fitness Physiques, creator of the online education space Vital Online Wellness, and star of multiple fitness and mind-body videos. He is a master trainer for Balanced Body and BOSU, and is certified through ACE in personal training and group fitness, as well as NCPT for Pilates. Nico has been in the industry over 20 years, presenting at conferences such as IDEA World Convention, IDEA Personal Trainer Institute, Pilates On Tour, SCW Fitness, canfitpro, Fitnesslandia (Italy), World Class Fitness (Russia) and Pilates Chile.
In the early 90’s while studying at M.I.T and while juggling a semi-professional ballet dancing career in Boston, Thicha discovered and embraced Pilates as a way to recover from a disc and ankle injury while improving and maintaining her overall muscle tone and flexibility, staying healthy and injury-free. She immediately saw the potential and need to be able to help all population types develop healthy movement habits through positive motion. Thicha has been teaching Pilates for almost two decades now. She holds a Master Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T). She is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® level 1 & 2 in Mat and all apparatus, a STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer, Zen-Ga® Instructor Trainer and TotalBarre™ Instructor Trainer. Thicha is also a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga practitioner, a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROTKINESIS® Instructor. Thicha also holds a Certificate of Higher Education (Dance) from the University of Surrey, UK, an advanced level certification from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and is a registered RAD teacher. In her free time, she teaches Adult ballet classes at Singapore Dance Theatre.
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.