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Rie FranklinFranklin Method Educator Level 3
Rie began dancing at the University of Houston, Texas, where she was instantly drawn to the physical and mental challenges of modern dance. She sought to cultivate moments where one feels the joy of inhabiting one’s body. After earning her BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, she performed with Cathy Paine and Mixed Media and Steve’s House Dance Collective. Her workshops and choreography have been presented through Steve’s House, the University of Richmond, College of Lake County, Christopher Newport University, as well as local dance studios.
For the last 18 years she has been actively teaching a variety of movement forms in every setting imaginable, including: The above mentioned Universities and Colleges, The Richmond Ballet, The Richmond Dance Center, Swift Creek Academy of the Performing Arts, Area Public and Private Schools, Yoga Source, Journey Home Yoga, Coreworks Fitness Studio, The Chesterfield County Seniors Center, her home studio, 2 fields and one parking lot. Students from ages two through adult have enjoyed her informative and fun teaching style.
Rie is a certified and registered yoga instructor and offers continuing education workshops to yoga teachers. She was in the first US class to achieve a Level 3 Teachers Training Certification of the Franklin Method®. In August of 2012 Rie joined the adjunct faculty at University of Richmond teaching Franklin Method® in the Kinetics for Dancers course for dance majors. Rie is a NCBTMB (National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) approved provider of continuing education for licensed massage therapists and bodywork practitioners. Master Cass Overton granted Rie permission to teach the Tai Chi 5 Elements Form. Currently Rie lives in Richmond, Virginia, where you will find her teaching Franklin Method®, yoga and Tai Chi workshops to a variety of audiences throughout Maryland, North Carolina, D.C. and Virginia.
Rie Monique Cherie Franklin, FME, RYT
Trey FryFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 02/2016 Teach of Pilates, GYROTONIC, and Yoga. Reiki Master
Trey began studying Pilates and yoga as a teenager, and was exposed to those methods through modern dance and ballet. He was certified by Colleen Glenn and has been teaching since 2003. Colleen is a protege of Romana Kryzanowska (heir to Mr. Pilates method), co-founder of The Pilates Method Alliance and was heralded as one of America’s top 55 trainers in Vogue magazine. He studied with Michael Miller from 2002-2009, and early on in his teaching career he became intrigued with how Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle was teaching the Pilates method after she helped him rehabilitate a back injury, and audited her 600 hour 3-Core Connections teacher training program at the Pilates Center of Austin. He was mentored by her from 2005-2008. While in Austin, he had the opportunity to study with Mary Bowen, a direct student of Mr. Pilates on her yearly visits to The Pilates Center of Austin.
Since 2009 he has studied with and been mentored by Debby Orlando, a licensed teacher trainer for The Pilates Center of Boulder and level III Franklin Method Educator. During this time, he completed The Pilates Center’s Advanced Teacher Training, the most comprehensive, intensive, and respected program of it’s kind in the world, referred to as the “Harvard” of Pilates schools comprised of 950 formal hours of study.
Trey is a Level I Franklin Method Educator, and trained directly with Eric Franklin and Morten Dithmer.
Trey is a GYROTONIC® Expansion System apprentice, and did his primary teacher training with Davi Edelbeck.
In the fall of 2012 he completed his 200 hour Yoga teacher training through Core Essence Yoga.
Trey is a Reiki Master in the Usui lineage, and brings this energetic component into his teaching.
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
Rachael HallFranklin Method Educator Level 2 Certified, reg. 06/2013 Body control Pilates instructor, Royal Academy Of Dance Classical Ballet teacher, Royal Ballet School Graduate
Barbara HamesFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 04/2013 Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (CBP), Schoolteacher (BA Hons.)
Laura Hames FranklinFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 01/2012 Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, BodyTalk Access Trainer, and Delegate for the Resonance Project
Laura Hames Franklin is a certified BodyTalk Practitioner, BodyTalk Access Trainer, Franklin Method Educator and Delegate for the Resonance Project. She holds a BA(Hons) in Dance and Theatre Performance.
She works with individuals, groups and businesses to create improved health, movement and life. Through private sessions, classes, presentations and online programs she presents the information for transformation.
She resides in New York City where she works with clients, teaches workshops, makes videos, animations! Laura also travels extensively leading workshops and presenting at conferences. She is married to Eric Franklin (the creator of the Franklin Method) and has the pleasure to be constantly inspired by him and co-teach Franklin Method workshops with her best friend.
Laura can also be found in dance class, in Hawaii on a wave, cooking yummy food with friends or snowboarding down a mountain!
Ruth HanleyFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2011
Body Control Pilates Mat Work
Polestar Pilates Studio
Polestar Pilates Mentor
Ruth became interested in movement in her early twenties because she was suffering from low level but constant back pain. Joining a Pilates Mat Class was her first step out of pain. It inspired her to train to become a Pilates Teacher, first with Body Control Pilates and more recently with Polestar Pilates. In tandem to her professional studies she has been pursuing a whole range of movement strategies, life style changes and spiritual development to learn to support herself in a position of wellness and well-being. As a client she has dabbled in Feldenkrais, Yoga, the Alexander Technique, Craniosacral Therapy, Meditation, Reiki, Osteopathy, the Bowen Technique, Myofascial Release, Psychotherapy, Tai Chi and other modalities. All of which have informed Ruth’s development as a teacher of movement. Adopting the Polestar approach to the teaching of Pilates and training to Level 1 as a Franklin Method Educator have together lead to a fundamental shift in Ruth’s approach to teaching movement. Her focus now is to help her clients find efficient movement strategies that allow them to perform their daily activities with ease and flow, from a place of calm internal support. Ruth primarily uses the Pilates repetoire of exercises and the Pilates studio equipment in her teaching, but the teaching methodology she employs comes from the Polestar Evolved Pilates approach and the Franklin Method.
Raena HartleyFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 11/2014 Pilates Teacher & Massage Therapist
Raena has an Advanced Diploma of Pilates (Polestar), and has been teaching studio and mat Pilates in Sydney and London for 10 years.
She also holds a BA Dance/BA education in Dance from UNSW, and has a remedial massage qualification from NSW school of massage. Raena has a passion for teaching, and helping people feel/connect with their bodies. Completing the Franklin Level One training has given her a powerful modality to continue this work.
Raena is Co-owner/director of ‘Myo & Co’ in Sydney, a Pilates and Wellness centre that specialises in movement therapy, massage, art, and community!
Teresa HeilandFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 Certified Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst, Language of Dance Specialist, Pilates instructor
Teresa Heiland works at the intersection of the performing arts, education, dance science and wellness, body image, and dance literacy. She finds the intersection of these facets of being a dancer invaluable to making a commitment in full body-mind-spirit to being a dancer. For this reason, she seeks to produce research activities that inform disciplinary practices, provoke personal development, and deepen dancers’ understanding of their potential as artists and educators.
In her scholarly work, Teresa investigates learning through dance, examining the nature of dance cognition, literacy, teaching and learning, body image, and imagery’s affects on dance technique. She has authored articles and chapters about use of motif notation in college choreography courses, effects of Hollywood media pressures on college dance majors, and how dance training is affected by imagery interventions during training.
Teresa serves as a dance faculty member in College of Communication and Fine Arts and has served actively, since 2006, on the Board of the Language of Dance USA organization, which seeks to bring literacy of the motif notation movement alphabet into all realms of dance education. An International Association of Dance Medicine and Science member since 2006 and Media Committee member since 2007, Teresa has made presentations at the last two IADMS Annual Meetings. Prior to being named lead Editor to the international IADMS Newsletter, she served for two years as Associate Editor. She currently serves on the LMU Faculty Senate.
Her dance background is diverse, having origins in classical modern dance training in Wigman, Holm, Hawkins and improvisation techniques, and more currently with a shift into classical Javanese dance. She has worked closely with Ann Hutchinson Guest to restage L’apres midi d’un Faune from Labanotation in 1996. She is certified as a Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst, a Language of Dance Specialist, a Pilates instructor, and a level two Franklin Method teacher.
Lahela HekekiaFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 03/2015 Movement Educator, LMT, PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
Aloha! I am blessed to live where I was born and raised — Hawai’i! And have been able to work with a wide variety of people, from Cirque du Soleil acrobats and Olympic medal winners, to survivors of strokes and spinal cord injuries. Please feel free to contact me! Malama Pono, Lahela
Laura HelselOwner & Director of Riverdale Pilates & The Pilates Process Franklin Method Educator Level 1
Laura Helsel is the founder of Toronto Pilates Studio Riverdale Pilates, and the creator and director of the Pilates Process Method.
Having taught Pilates for 15 years with an intense focus on therapeutic training Laura was excited and inspired to “discover” the Franklin Method, both for herself and for what it could offer clients. The intelligent and scientific base, paired with the accessability of the tools made for great possibilities.
The Pilates Process Method has been profoundly influenced by the FM training. Laura continues to explore the work in her private teaching and in ongoing Riverdale Pilates Franklin Method workshops.