Virginia Acosta, a native of the Dominican Republic, is the owner / director of Control Pilates Studio and the Regional Director of Power Pilates in the Dominican Republic.
For over 25 years Virginia has been evolving her exercise palate. As a child she began her love of movement with classical ballet, she had an artistic inclination towards dance, music and performing arts. Her passion grew as an adult focusing on yoga and contemporary dance; she studied various techniques including Horton, Limon and Graham. Virginia also studied Business Administration, specializing in advertising Media Placement. She worked for major advertising agencies in the Dominican Republic as well as on television as a TV news reporter. While working for the news station she put dance on hold for three years. "It was amazing to be a reporter but it was not my passion, so I returned to dance."
After several years the dance company she belonged to closed. She searched for a way to continue to train her body and after trying all traditional ways in a gym and failing she met a Cuban dancer and Pilates' teacher visiting the Dominican Republic. Virginia took a course with her and from the very first day she was hooked. She researched a variety of Pilates programs online but "like an arrow to my heart I fell in love with Power Pilates". In 2004 she earned her certificate as a Power Pilates Instructor, introducing the method in her country; she pioneered the first Pilates studio, and continues to be the leader in teaching Classical Pilates in the Dominican Republic. She received her PMA Certification in April 2011.
Virginia lives in the Dominican Republic with her husband and four sons. She feels fulfilled in life and work as she has devoted herself to her passion sharing the teachings of Pilates with others.
The newly renovated, 5-star all inclusive IBEROSTAR Bavaro Suites is tucked away in a coveted location between lush tropical gardens and the incredible Playa Bavaro, an amazing beach with powdery soft white sand and intensely rich turquoise waters. Located a mere 12.4 miles from Punta Cana International Airport, the IBEROSTAR Bavaro Suites forms part of the IBEROSTAR Bavaro Resort, comprised of four IBEROSTAR hotels in Playa Bavaro. The hotel offers 75 2-story bungalows, shopping center, pharmacy, ATM, nightclub, casino, internet kiosk, lounge, spa, fitness center, and large pool area overlooking the beach. The untouched beauty, unbeatable facilities and, above all, courteous staff of this hotel and its surroundings, make the IBEROSTAR Bavaro Suites an unparalleled choice for couples and families to hold their events, conventions, and unforgettable weddings while vacationing in the Caribbean.
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Training is being conducted at this boutique gym specializing in small group training
Stephanie West (Iervoline) started practicing Pilates in 2002 after a car accident left her with a broken pelvis and back. After 11 months of physical therapy, she was out of pain, but had limited strength and range of motion. Kimberly Karpanty, a Pilates Instructor with Core Dynamics(c) and dance professor suggested Pilates as a way to transition back into dancing full time. Pilates was the only form of rehabilitation that worked her range of motion and challenged her strength. She got back to dancing stronger than ever before. Stephanie graduated from Kent State University (Ohio) with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Stephanie then went on to study dancer injuries and movement analysis at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (NYC) and is a Certified Movement Analyst. Stephanie has a passion for teaching Pilates, and her strengths include identifying a clients' strengths so that together they can "work what works." Utilizing the skill set Stephanie has acquired through her training at Power Pilates and many years of movement experience, she knows that "Movement Heals" and that a proactive and positive approach is what will make change occur. By working at Power Pilates, and becoming a Teacher Trainer in 2012, Stephanie is continuing to sharpen the teaching tools that make her such an approachable instructor. "Our every day lives continuously take us away from our mind/body connection. Pilates is the way I connect my mind to my Powerhouse, and want nothing more than to guide others towards that awareness."
This is the flagship studio of our worldwide network. Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, our NYC studio features state of the art Classical equipment and a wide variety of classes.
Marie Roth is a teacher trainer with Power Pilates in NYC. She is currently the Regional Director for Power Pilates in Washington and Oregon, and is Pilates Method Alliance Certified. After excelling in college volleyball and basketball, Marie turned her passion for fitness into working as a group exercise instructor in 1996. In 2005, Marie fell in love with Classical Pilates. This passion inspired Marie to go full time as a studio instructor. Marie received her Power Pilates Teacher Training Certificate under the guidance of Bob Liekens and Susan Moran in New York. Along with Pilates, Marie has certifications from MOSSA in Group Blast, Group Core, and Group Centergy. She is also certified in Vbarre and YogaFit. Marie received her Masters in Counseling from Lewis and Clark College and has coached two high school volleyball teams to state championships. She is most grateful for her husband and her two amazing boys.
Nina Waldman's Body in Mind Pilates Studio has been offering fun and effective pilates classes since 1998. Body in Mind is a fully equipped studio with an extensively trained staff. Body in Mind takes pride in knowing that the instructors provide impeccable services which are constantly evolving to ensure that the studio is reflective of the ever-changing face of health and fitness. The studio is a short 10 minute car ride to the famed Las Vegas strip.
Our Teacher Trainers have met the rigorous standards of our Teacher Trainer program, including teaching experience, anatomy and curriculum knowledge, and extraordinary professional standards. Very few candidates make it through to this high level and our high standards for our Teacher Trainers allow us to offer the same high quality of education at every Power Pilates training center worldwide.
Located 3 blocks from Bondi Beach.