Momentum Fest Virtual Experience Headline Presenters

We are extremely excited and honored to introduce you to our 2020 Virtual Experience headline presenters. Each of these teachers embodies the mission of inclusivity, passion and celebration that we aim for at Momentum Fest!


Trina Altman

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


Delia Buckmaster

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.



Nancy Castiglioni

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 Earle

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.



Lauren George

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

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

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

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




Chantill Lopez

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

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

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 or say hello on Instagram.



Jonathan Oldham

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 Pages

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 is an online studio designed for instructors looking for inspiration and motivation.



Erika Quest

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!



Jessica Romano

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 Shipp

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

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, on social media @jessicavalantpilates or at home in Denver wrangling two young kids.


Jason Williams

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 Virtual Experience Guest Presenters

When we made the pivot to a virtual event for 2020 we reached out to some of our past Momentum Fest presenters and current supporters to join this unique event. We are thrilled to have them join us!


James Crader

James Crader is a Movement and Mind-shift Coach specializing in Pilates and John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy, a CoreAlign Faculty Member, and owner of Evolved Body in Sacramento, CA. Growing up he’d never thought anything fitness would be his calling. What he was good at was observing and storytelling. He loved to listen, learn, play with the shapes he could make while rolling around on the ground, and he even practiced writing with his toes (just in case). All that made for a weird kid, but an innovative movement educator. James began his Pilates training with Balanced Body, but has gone on to study with numerous teachers from many lineages of Pilates and beyond. He’s the co-host of The Thinking Pilates Podcast and has appeared on Pilates Anytime and in Pilates Style. James was featured in the Pilates documentary A Movement of Movement, and has presented at conferences like The McEntire Summit and Momentum Fest. You can find out more about James at, or follow his life and movement musings on Instagram @james_crader.



Benjamin Degenhardt

Benjamin Degenhardt has been involved in the world of Pilates for over 20 years. He began his training in 1998 and is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher. Additionally, he holds credentials as a Simonson Technique Teacher and a Functional Movement Screen Specialist. A former Lead Teacher Trainer for the Equinox Pilates Institute, Benjamin has refined his perspective on Pilates by synthesizing historical research on Joseph Pilates’ thought process with a modern understanding of movement, health and fitness training. In recent years, he has established himself as a renowned educator and presented his work at training facilities and conferences around the world. Benjamin is the founder of 360° Pilates, a digital resource and education platform for the original Pilates method based on his extensive research of Pilates history. He is also the creator of March MATness, an annual and worldwide social media campaign that celebrates the Mat work throughout the month of March. With a profound fascination for the human body and its movement capacity, he focuses his life on inspiring people to take care of their physical fitness and health – and to move well every day.


Anula Maiberg

Anula Maiberg was born in Israel and moved to NYC in 2001 in order to pursue a career in photography. While working on her degree at the School of Visual Arts she fell in love with Pilates through the classes and private sessions she took around the city. After receiving her Masters in Fine Art from the Royal College in London and a few years at a “desk” job she realized happiness wasn’t in front of the computer screen. She decided to attended the Kane School for Core Integration (Kinected) to become a fully certified teacher graduated in 2009. After several years teaching she was accepted into the Kathy Grant Heritage Training Masers and graduated in 2014. Anula is passionate about upholding the traditions and principles of Pilates while being able to update and personalize them for the needs of her students. She also feels strongly about volunteering her time to the LGBTQ community and believes Pilates is a wonderful movement modality and a tool for healing in a supportive environment. You can find more of Anula’s online class offerings on Core to Coeur.



Tracey Mallett

Mallett is an International Fitness and Wellness Expert, dancer, choreographer and Master Pilates Instructor who is teaching around the world. Mallett owns her own fitness and Pilates studio in Los Angeles, and is currently certifying trainers worldwide in “The Booty Barre” technique. She’s also a certified personal trainer and a group fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of American (AFAA), as well as a Certified Sports Nutritionist with the National Association of Sports Nutrition (NASN), a BASI Certified Pilates Instructor, Pilates Method Alliance and a Level 1 Gyrotonic Instructor.Mallett is a regular contributor who delivers carefully crafted workouts that have appeared in dozens of publications including Prevention, Shape, Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health, the Los Angeles Times, Pilates Style and Self. A former professional dancer, Mallett also specializes in pre- and postnatal fitness and has presented her workshops at many major professional fitness conferences domestically and internationally. She has been a fitness professional for over 20 years and prides her self on being an innovator with the latest trends in the fitness industry.
Find more workouts from Tracey with her Pilates Barre On Demand program.


Becky Phares

Becky Phares, NCPT, has been teaching Pilates for over a decade and owns The Body Initiative Pilates Studio in south Louisiana. Her website is a platform for her new virtual workshop called ‘Pure Imagination, a Virtual Experience in Imagery.’ Becky has guest presented at Momentum Fest, will co-present at The McEntire Summit next summer, blogs for The Polestar Pilates International Newsletter and was twice voted into the top 10 finalist for ‘The Next Pilates Anytime Instructor Competition.’ In the July/August edition of Pilates Style Magazine, Becky will have an article entitled ‘Image This.’ She lives with her hubs and 3 crazy daughters.



Meredith Rogers

Meredith Rogers has been an educator for BASI Pilates since 2006.  She is a proud Senior Faculty Member and has taught workshops and courses around the globe.  Meredith is continually driven by the opportunity to share her love of the Pilates method and the Body Arts and Science technique with with students all over the world and loves to watch them integrate the work into their bodies and their lives.
Since early childhood, Meredith has been passionate about all things athletic. She was born and raised in the mountains of Lake Tahoe, Nevada where she was encouraged as an athlete participating competitively in downhill skiing and soccer. She discovered Pilates while rehabilitating a knee injury and immediately gravitated towards it after experiencing  firsthand a discipline that promotes balance and alignment as well as strength.
Meredith is currently a resident of Santa Barbara, California where she has been teaching at La Playa Pilates and Wellness center since its origin in 2002.  She continues to be excited and inspired by the broad spectrum of the population that Pilates relates to and how it can be tailored to address individual needs while its principles are infallible and never changing.



Brooke Tyler

Brooke is a classical Pilates instructor and teacher trainer, as well as a licensed acupuncturist.  Brooke bridges these distinct but deeply interwoven practices into a unique expression that brings greater depth to her instruction, celebrates movement, embodiment, presence, strength, and self-love.  As a lifetime athlete and mother of two, her passion for working with people spans a broad range of needs, goals, and abilities. As creator of Clasique Acupuncture & Pilates Studio in Asheville, NC, Brooke Tyler has built a lively community wellness hub and home to Clasique Pilates Instructor Certification Program. In order to share her passion beyond the walls of the studio, Brooke also launched CoreSelf in 2018 – an online Pilates video platform for instructors and home practitioners alike.



Jenna Zaffino

Jenna Zaffino is a seasoned Pilates Expert and passionate entrepreneur with two decades under her belt as a movement educator. She served as the Pilates Coordinator for Fitness Formula Clubs and instituted Pilates programming across the city of Chicago from 2002 – 2006.  In the decade following, she owned and operated Helios Center For Movement, a Pilates studio and teacher training center, which she sold in 2017.  Jenna also served as faculty for Fletcher Pilates® International, leading training for teachers across the globe.  She has presented at venues such as the Pilates Method Alliance Annual Meeting, Pilates On Tour, Athleta, NYC, American Bone Health Events, Bright Pink Fab Fest, Fletcher Pilates® Conference, and Momentum Fest. She is a Pilates Anytime visiting instructor with over 20 classes on the site. In 2016, she parlayed her passion into producing her wildly popular podcast, Pilates Unfiltered.  Jenna now operates her practice out of her sanctuary space in Chicago, where she sees a small group of private clientele, offers career coaching for Pilates professionals and creates online course content for continuing education. It is Jenna ’s mission to facilitate a process that brings personal meaning to one’s movement practice and supports them in the life that happens beyond the studio. Learn more about Jenna at



Momentum Fest Virtual Experience 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 Mugford

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 Mitchell

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 Bennett

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.


Shannon Briese

Shannon has been delving deep into therapeutic massage and bodywork since 2001 and began teaching Pilates in 2007 after completing her training program at the Pilates Center of Boulder. From there she went directly to Pilates Aligned in Denver to teach and learn from her mentor Cara Reeser, honing her work in the Pilates Method. Shannon currently runs her practice, Total Body Wellness, in Denver at the Pilates Collective. She combines bodywork and Pilates to achieve lasting results with each unique client. Shannon recently co-founded Malas for Tatas, a Colorado non-profit organization, with her sister Erin who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2018.  Through the creation and sale of prayer malas, Malas for Tatas helps women with breast cancer afford holistic care to complement their cancer treatment. Through the NPO, the sisters provide community, education, connections with holistic providers, and volunteer opportunities for the betterment of others.  Shannon loves spending time with her husband and daughter, enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Colorado.  You can often find her splashing in the water on a pontoon boat or paddle boarding.


Amy de Sa

Amy de Sá, BASI Pilates Senior Faculty, CPT-PMA and Co-Founder of the Colorado Pilates Organization, has been a dedicated teacher of Pilates since 1995. As a professional dancer and movement therapy enthusiast, Amy connected instantly with Pilates and appreciated its numerous benefits to people of all ages, genders and fitness levels. Amy began her Pilates career in Chicago, where she completed a previous Pilates Teacher Training Certificate under Pilates elder, Romana Kryzanowska and managed a well-known Pilates studio. Continued immersion and education in Pilates led her to Body Arts and Science International, where she was instantly attracted to the BASI Pilates philosophy, methodology and approach to teaching. She received her BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Certificate in 2007 and continues her studies yearly with Rael Isacowitz, founder of BASI and with the BASI family. In addition to teaching the BASI Pilates Teacher Training programs and Continuing Education Workshops at her studio and in the US, she has also taught at conferences and at studios internationally including Japan, China, South Korea, Brazil, Australia and Argentina. She truly enjoys learning, helping, sharing, educating and inspiring others with the beauty and benefits of Pilates and does so with joy, enthusiasm, passion and compassion.


Danica Kalemdaroglu

Danica Kalemdaroglu began using Pilates as part of her undergraduate curriculum.  Pain in her knees from torn, frayed and removed cartilage began in her late teens.  Conventional physical therapy was unable to offer any short or long term relief.  She was told numerous times to quit dancing and find a more ‘sedentary’ career.  Through precise Pilates instruction, Danica was taught how to re-balance her musculature and work with the dynamic alignment of her spine.  Today, she is still dancing, performing and choreographing as co-artistic director of local modern dance company RVA Dance Collective.  Danica’s approach to teaching Pilates is to truly educate the individual about their body versus to simply go through the motions.  Completing the Full Comprehensive Certification Program at world renowned The Pilates Center required over 900 hours of Pilates training.  Danica began her dance teacher apprenticeship(s) when she was only fifteen.  Under the tutelage of Elbert Watson (The Norfolk Academy)  and Martinez family (Virginia Beach Ballet Academy). She has held teaching positions at numerous organizations such as: Virginia Commonwealth University, Excel Movement Studios, Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.  For over 5 years Danica was the director of modern dance and injury prevention for West End Academy of Dance.  She still provides injury prevention services for local dance studios in order to harvest young bodies and minds.



Vonne Atkinson

Vonne Atkinson is a Comprehensively Certified Pilates Instructor through Classical Pilates Education, and Mat Certified through Power Pilates. She is also a Certified Pink Ribbon Trainer! Originally from Warrenton, Virginia, Vonne went to Nashville to attend Belmont University and graduated in 2007. After graduation Vonne started getting into distance running. Throughout the years she has run everything from 5Ks to 50 mile ultra marathons! The long distance running is what brought Vonne to Pilates. After getting Runner’s Knee several times and seeing Physical Therapists, a friend suggested that Vonne try Pilates. From that first Pilates class an onward Vonne has been hooked on Pilates Life! After taking Pilates regularly she stopped getting injured while running. Vonne loves teaching Pilates and wishes all the world could experience the movement and joy Pilates is capable of bringing!


Mychele Sims

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.



Momentum Fest 2020 Sponsored Class Presenters



Ilaria Cavagna

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™.



Jill Hinson

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.



Ashley Taylor

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.