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Noam GagnonFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 05/2008 Master Pilates Teacher and Teacher TrainerProfessional Dancer and Choreographer
Noam Gagnon graduated with a Baccalaureate in Choreography and Dance from Concordia University in Montreal in 1987. That same year he began to study the Pilates Method. In 2011 Noam took his first workshop in the Franklin Method and right away fell in love with the Franklin Method, then decided to become a Franklin Method Movement Educator.
Noam is an acclaimed dance artist who over the course of his career has helped push Canadian dance into the forefront of International stage. For 16 years Noam was the Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Holy Body Tattoo. Now the Artistic director of Vision Impure, which he founder in 2006. Noam continues to reshape the dance landscape with his achingly intimate and powerful works. Noam is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre.
Noam received his teaching certification for the Pilates Centre in Boulder, Colorado. Since then, he has been teaching across Canada, USA and in Europe.
With almost 30 years of experience in the Pilates Method and more then 30 years of performing, teaching movement and choreography, he founded Noam Gagnon’s Wellness Centre-Beyond Pilates Inc. in Vancouver. The studio has become one of the centres for learning the Pilates Method and now the Franklin Method in western Canada.
Bea GlendenningFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2015 Pilates Instructor / Psychologist
Bea is a mind, body and movement educator with a passion for teaching everyone the ability to move with ease and efficiency. Her approach to teaching combines skills she has gained through her personal sporting pursuits and her study and work in Pilates, Educational Psychology and the Franklin Method. Bea’s movement classes use educational tools and dynamic imagery to help each participant gain a lasting understanding of their body’s design, function and biomechanics.
Bea’s interest in mental and physical health began in her early teens when she aspired to become an Olympic mogul skier. Amongst her skiing peers she was not the most obvious choice to move up the rankings list. However, spurred by a belief that anything can be taught, she continually sought out new and innovative training techniques to improve her competitive edge; including studying an honours degree in Psychology at RMIT University. She went on to represent Australia in international competition across Europe and North America. When she retired from competitive skiing her desire to continue evolving her own physical capabilities lead her to study Pilates. She completed her APMA Instructors course at the Physicalmind Institute in 2002 and has been teaching Pilates ever since.
In 2007 Bea returned to University to study her Masters Degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. She had a particular interest in exploring further her understanding of the connection between body and mind. In 2012 Bea became a registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
In 2014 Bea was fortunate enough to find herself living with her family in Paris. Here she was able to begin her training with Eric Franklin, in the Franklin Method. The Franklin Method is at the forefront of movement education. Its unique approach to teaching dynamic alignment, and how to move the body with maximum efficiency, is earning it world wide recognition across many disciplines (for example, Dance, Pilates, Yoga and Physiotherapy). It is now being taught all over the world including at the University of Vienna and the Juilliard School in New York.
Nowadays Bea divides her time between her family, volunteering at her children’s school and kindergarten, teaching movement and her new sporting passion of distance running. She completed her first marathon in Paris in 2015, attributing the imagery skills she learnt during her Franklin Method training with getting her across the finish line.
Owen GradyFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 2006 Pilates and Yoga full-time in the Bay Area since 2002
Owen has been teaching Pilates and Yoga full-time in the Bay Area since 2002. He is a certified Physical Mind Institute Apparatus, Mat and Standing Pilates instructor. He began his studies and teaching of Pilates with nationally-recognized Pilates Master teacher Tom McCook, founder of Center of Balance in Mountain View, CA. He credits Tom’s mentorship & coaching as key factors in his rapid development and success in teaching movement full time. In 2005, Owen began studies with Eric Franklin, founder of the Franklin Method, combining vivid imagery and experiential anatomy to help people navigate their bodies with greater ease and facility. Owen is a Level 2 Franklin Method Movement Educator. He is also certified by Pino Carbone of Body Code Systems in Bodykey instruction and completed the CoreAlign teacher training in 2010. Owen’s Yoga teaching is founded on a combination of his personal practice of Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga and more recently influenced by the Core driven styles of Ana Forrest and Jill Miller, with whom Owen recently completed his Level 2 Yoga Tune Up® certification. Yoga Tune Up®, developed and created by Jill Miller, is a “whole body” regenerative fitness system integrating elements of Yoga, calisthenics and body therapy.
Carol GuidryFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011
Ms. Guidry received her Royal Academy of Dance training and Advanced 2 Certificate at the Audrey Share School in Long Beach, CA. She was a soloist with the Minnesota Dance Theatre, appearing in works by George Balanchine, Sir Fredrick Ashton, Glen Tetley, Eugene Loring and Jose Limon. She danced, taught and choreographed in Germany for eight years with the Heidelberg City Ballet and the Gelsenkirchner Musiktheater im Revier. After returning to Los Angeles, Ms. Guidry choreographed three productions for the Mark Taper Forum and performed regularly with the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet. She joined the teaching staff of the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy in 1994 and co-founded the Santa Clarita Ballet Company with Ms. Glover in 1995.
Pat GuytonFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011
Pat was a modern dancer, gymnastic coach, and physical medicine assistant in Colorado. Pat has been teaching Pilates for 24 years. She has had the opportunity to work with First Generation Master Teachers Bruce King, Kathy Grant, Mary Bowen and Ron Fletcher. In 1995, Pat met Ron Fletcher. She studied and became his apprentice teacher for eleven years. Pat has presented at many studios and conferences nationally and internationally and served on the Pilates Method Alliance Board of Directors from 2002 until 2008. Pat is a Franklin Method® Level II Educator.
Pat Guyton Pilates, Inc. is a full service Pilates studio and center for movement education. Pilates Conservatory® is a comprehensive teacher training program.
Pat works with a full spectrum of clientele from seriously injured patients and advanced athletes seeking performance enhancement. She mentors teachers and students of all lineages in the application of the Pilates principles for movement and health. Pat enjoys running, hiking, skiing and scuba diving.
Joseph Pilates’s mission is current for today! People are living longer and are enjoying more vitality and health than any preceding generation. Pilates offers an exercise system for everybody.
“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.” Joseph Pilates – Return to Life Through Contrology