Alison Page (Owner/Pilates Instructor) was recently chosen to attend Heritage Training in 2017 under the direct mentorship of Master Instructor Cara Reeser in the lineage of Pilates Elder Kathy Grant. She is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified instructor with over a decade of teaching experience garnered in both Alabama and New York. Her instructor training began with Physical Mind Institute in 2003; in 2005, she completed a comprehensive apprenticeship at NY PILATES in Manhattan, under the tutelage of Justine DiCostanza — becoming a third generation Classical instructor in the lineage of Elder Romana Kryzanowska.
Alison’s continuing education includes training with Anantomy Trains Inc.; Elders: Ron Fletcher and Mary Bowen; and Master Instructors: Cara Reeser, Michele Larsson, Mejo Wiggin, Amy Alpers, and Amy Lange. Though she has worked with celebrities and athletes over the years, her proudest accomplishment is in providing the healing benefits of Pilates to those in chronic pain. She specializes in instruction for arthritis, hip & knee replacements, spinal fusions, rehabilitation for professional dancers and more.
Alison’s education in dance and study of kinesiology for dancers greatly influences her teaching philosophy. She is a graduate of The Alabama School of Fine Arts in Dance, and received her BFA (with Honors) in Dance from the University of Arizona. She later graduated with an MA degree in Arts Education (Dance/Theatre Emphasis) from New York University. While in New York, she worked as an assistant to the Dance Supervisor of Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway. She founded Birmingham, AL’s professional company AROVA Contemporary Ballet in 2006, and served as ACB Artistic Director until 2014. She attended Aircat Aerial Yoga’s teacher training in Boulder, CO in 2013, establishing Aero Joe in Pepper Place the same year.
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Emily Cain (Administrative Assistant/Pilates Instructor) holds a teacher certification through the prestigious Pilates Center in Boulder, CO. Emily started taking the art of Pilates seriously in college, where she realized the method was not only a way for her to stay in shape, but also a way to perfect her posture, strengthen her core, and create an overall mind/body transformation. While in college, she attained a Power Pilates Mat certification in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Pilates Center of Pittsburgh. She received her B.A. in Dance Performance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2010. She became a member of AROVA Contemporary Ballet in Birmingham, Alabama the following fall, pursuing a life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
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Asha Gangoli (Pilates Instructor), a native of Chicago, began studying classical Pilates as a young ballet student to supplement her dance training under the tutelage of Romana certified Melanie Hortin. Looking for a full body workout that provided strength and length, Pilates became the perfect answer to cross training. Dancing across the US with Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet she continued to study pilates from world renowned teachers across the country. Since becoming a professional dancer with Alabama Ballet in 2014, Asha has performed soloist roles in Rodger Van Fleteren’s Dracula and Cinderella, as well as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. She has been a dance educator and barre fitness instructor for over 5 years, and her passion for her clients and deep belief in movement as medicine has propelled students to success. In 2015 Asha became a Peak Pilates certified instructor and has since taught Pilates in both the Chicagoland and Birmingham area.
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Kaitlin Winborn (Pilates Instructor) a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor, is a lifetime dancer who graduated from the University of Alabama with a major in dance and a minor in nutrition. After graduation, she received her certifications in Pilates, Zumba, and personal training. Before her career in the fitness industry, Kaitlin was a professional dancer and aerialist with the AROVA Contemporary Ballet Company. She began experimenting with Pilates because of its synergy with what she demanded from her body as a professional dancer. Over time, she came to realize that her Pilates training not only made her a better dancer, but also had a positive and substantial impact on her body awareness, strength, and overall wellness.
Kaitlin became a certified instructor in 2013 through Peak Pilates in Levels 1 -2, and completed her training through a comprehensive Aero Joe Teacher Training Apprenticeship in May 2014 under the tutelage of Kelly Pearce and Alison Page.
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Victoria Lockhart (Pilates Student Teacher) is in the last phase of teacher certification through The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. Victoria began taking Pilates in New Haven, Connecticut while studying for a Master of Forestry degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Victoria was drawn to Pilates to help ease sore muscles from working in the woods and hunching over books. Her love for Pilates has grown from that first introduction into a daily practice. Victoria is also a graduate of the University of Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. Since moving to Birmingham in 2015, Victoria has enjoyed practicing at Aero Joe and has enjoyed joining this wonderful community of instructors.
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Jenna McCoy (Pilates Student Teacher) is from Oklahoma City, where she began her ballet training at the Academy of Ballet and Theatre Arts at age four. After graduating from high school, Jenna moved to New York City to continue her ballet training for 2 years at SLK ballet. While studying in New York, she realized she needed something outside of dancing to help strengthen her core and elongate her muscles. She began to take private Pilates sessions with Carrie Kenneally, a well known Pilates instructor in the NYC dance world. Jenna saw that Pilates strengthened her ballet technique and transformed her body, creating long and lean muscles; it also greatly affected her daily posture and a healthy positive mindset. She joined the Alabama Ballet in 2014 where she is now beginning her third season. Jenna enjoys teaching and is currently a ballet instructor at Encore Performance Company and at the Alabama Ballet School. She recently received her certification through Peak Pilates and is very excited to begin teaching new clients, helping them to experience a transformation in their bodies through the strengthening power of Pilates.
Jennifer Colvin (Aerial Yoga Instructor) is a recent graduate of UAB. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science. She has worked in various fitness roles over the past ten years. Her interest in fitness began while training and competing in martial arts where she earned her black belt in Yoshukai Karate. She has taught a wide variety of fitness classes including: self-defense, spinning, boot camp, pole dancing, and performance silks. Jennifer is excited to teach aerial yoga at Aero Joe.
With nearly 30 years as a dance and fitness professional, Anne-Marie Mitchell (Aerial Yoga Instructor) is thrilled to join the Aero Joe family. Both her biological parents were professional ballet dancers and Anne-Marie began her dance training in 1974. By 1976, she was touring the southeast on “The Freedom Train” and various children’s theater productions. She began her serious ballet training in 1981 at the North Jefferson Academy of Dance which led to her being accepted in the Ballet program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham at the age of 14. The UAB Ballet directors graciously encouraged Anne-Marie to audition and attend the Summer Intensive programs taught by ABT and Joffrey Ballet in New York. While dancing with Joffrey II (the apprentice company), Anne-Marie began fell in love with the Pilates classes at the Pilates Studio directed by Romana Kryzanowska and New York Aerobix. Coming home to Birmingham in the autumn of 1984, Anne-Marie could find very few gyms that offered these types of classes, so she decided to become a Jazzercise fitness instructor. This first certification sparked a passion for knowledge. As Anne-Marie learned and grew, she earned more certifications (Pilates Method, Step Reebok, Yoga, aquatic exercise, senior fitness, Zumba, and national group exercise/personal training certifications). She eventually became a national presenter and developed her own fitness programs. The newest chapter in Anne-Marie’s history includes Aerial Yoga here at Aero Joe. She recently attended a teacher training course with Aircat Aerial Yoga in Boulder, CO where she trained with 20 year veteran aerialist Cathy Gauch. This beautiful fitness program allows students to gain the benefits of muscle toning, deep yogic stretching and graceful movements; all facilitated by the silky yoga hammock. Anne-Marie believes in tailoring each class so that every student feels they can successfully try new poses and emerge from class feeling relaxed and energized with a sense of joy and accomplishment. Anne-Marie retired from professional dancing in 1990, but she still stays involved with local ballet companies. For the past several years she has trained dozens of dogs to work with the dancers in the Birmingham Ballet’s “Muttcracker”.