Cecilia Serra launched Balanced BodyWorks in 2000. She is a lifelong dancer and dance instructor who founded Florida Arts & Dance Company. Cecilia is PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certified, Power Pilates and Polestar Post-rehabilitation trained. She continues to strengthen her Pilates knowledge through continuing education courses that include Lower Extremity Pathologies and Joint Replacements (Beth Kaplanek), The Adaptations for People with Scoliosis supporting the teachings of the Schroth Method, Dr. Stuart McGill (Spine Assessment and PBT Progressive Ballet Certified) Aaron Mattes’ (Active Isolated Stretching), Scoliopilates, Gait, Pilates for Dancer, Rotational Sports, Women’s Health, Osteoporosis, Advance Spine, Three Dimensional Clay Anatomy, and Polestar Rotational Sports and Advanced Assessments of Clients. She has a bachelor’s degree in business and fine arts, a Master’s Degree in Dance Education, and more than 35 years of experience in dance education.
Anna Snyder is the co-owner of Balanced BodyWorks and a PILATES instructor. Anna is PMA (PILATES Method Alliance) certified, Power PILATES, and Polestar Rehabilitation trained. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist (Lic. # MA61211), has taken continuing education classes with Titleist Performance Institute and certified in Active Release Techniques method of therapy and Aaron Mattes – Active Isolated Stretching, Dr. Stuart McGill -SPINE ASSESSMENT, CERTIFIED PBT Progressive Ballet Technique – TRX Suspension System trained and IASTM–Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Kinseotaping, Cupping, and Blading). She holds her Florida State Massage Therapy Association certificate through continuing education courses. Anna is also certified with her 200 hour yoga certification, holds certifications in Scoliopilates and PILATES Buff Bones for Osteoporosis, and has strengthened her knowledge of Pilates through continuing education such as PILATES for Osteoporosis and mat with props. She has an A.A. in Arts.
Amy Branden has been dedicated to pilates since her first class in 2003. After a devastating snowboard accident, she underwent a year of rehab which included pilates training. Her doctor attributed the recovery of her knee to her pilates training. She completed the Power Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program and is a strong believer that pilates should be the foundation of a fitness regiment, regardless of age or level, Dr. Stuart McGill – Spine Assessment – TRX Suspension Trained. Amy is certified in the Runity Method. She has also had continuing education courses in Polestar, Rotational Sports and Advanced Assessments of Clients. Always a fitness enthusiast, Amy has competed in national triathlons and Ironman contests. Motivated by her six-year old son’s Cystic Fibrosis, she co-founded the Beach to Bar 5k to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Amy has a BSBA (Business Administration) from East Carolina University and had a nine-year career in commercial banking.
Joan Hooks has a BA in dance from University of Iowa. She is co-founder and Dance School Director at the Center for the Arts of Stuart, has a masters in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in Virginia. Her interests have always been in Pediatrics, spending 10 years at a children’s hospital where she worked inpatient rehabilitation, NICU, ICU, outpatient and early intervention. Joan has taught dance for varying abilities for 30 years and is a grant recipient for projects that involve dance for the special needs through Children’s Services Council and VSArts.
Joan is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Pediatrics, PBT Progressive Ballet Technique, Polestar Pilates Training for the Rehab Professional, dance professional and educator.
Continuing education includes: NDT Baby Handling, Torticollis Management and Treatment, Pilates for Therapists, Myofacial Release for Pediatrics, Barnes MFR I, Intervention in the NICU, Manual Therapy for Pediatrics, Gross Motor Development for Down Syndrome.
Barbara Murray, grew up north of Pittsburgh, PA and danced competitively throughout high school. She attended college at The Pennsylvania State University where she was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company and earned her Dance Minor. She also holds degrees in Health Policy & Administration and an MBA in Business. Barbara received her Pilates training through IMX out of New York and continues her training through the Polestar comprehensive program out of Miami. She has also been training with Balanced BodyWorks Pilates education under the tutelage of Cecilia and Anna. Barbara is a mother of two boys and enjoys Pilates, Yoga, and tennis.
Olga Lundstrom, originally from Ukraine, received classical ballet training under the Vaganova System. She received a Medal of Honor for Breakthrough Achievements in Elaboration of Culture and Arts. Olga also received a Barvinok Award and is a gold medal pride winner in competition dance groups. She has been training with Balanced BodyWorks Pilates education under the tutelage of Cecilia and Anna. She is also experienced as a choreography teacher in European Folk Dance. Her dance experience has led her to touring many European, American, and Asian locales.
Anastasiya grew up in Ukraine where she started teaching fitness classes at an early age. She graduated from the Ukrainian National University of Shipbuilding with a Master’s Degree in Engineering but her heart was set on pursuing a health and fitness career. She got a taste of Pilates at the age of 16 when her mentor got back from an internship in the US and immediately fell in love with the method. In 2008 she moved to the US with her husband and started her journey towards becoming a certified Pilates Instructor. She got her training through Balanced Body University and she continues to deepen her understanding of the human body through continuing education and professional workshops.
Today Anastasiya is a passionate Pilates teacher, writer, online presenter and the founder of the Pilates community website PilatesBridge.com. A mother of two sets of twins, she credits Pilates for staying balanced both physically and emotionally. Anastasiya is committed to helping her students reach any health or fitness goal through skillful cuing and profound attention to their needs.
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