Pilates

At the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, we place the highest value on our dancers’ health and well-being. Our in-house Wellness Center provides students with exceptional care for body and mind. In our fully-equipped Karen Shanley Pilates Studio, dancers can strengthen their structure and technique by cross-training in Pilates and working with a physical therapist to recover from or prevent an injury.

Evolved from concepts and movement techniques created by Joseph H. Pilates more than 80 years ago, the Pilates Method dramatically improves core strength, flexibility, coordination, and posture. It creates a body with elongated muscles, flat abdominals, and a strong back. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing, the participant gains improved body awareness, balance in muscle strength and flexibility. By improving body awareness, alignment and range of motion at joints, practicing Pilates alleviates pain and injuries and re-balances the body from the physical stresses of dancing or everyday life. Private sessions focus on the individual’s needs, making Pilates ideal for people of all ages, fitness levels, and physical conditions.

Practitioners:

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Karen Shanley

Karen’s passion for dance/movement has kept her happily in the dance scene since she was a little girl. She studied ballet with Evelyn LeMone, Wilson Morelli, Yasuki Sasa, Margaret Craske, Antony Tudor, El Gabriel and Larry Rosenberg and modern with Betty Jones, Viola Farber, Jeff Slayton. She earned a BA in dance from UCLA, an MA from Ohio State University where her focus was modern and dance history.  Karen has taught various levels of ballet and modern at Univ. of Nebraska (Omaha), University of Hawaii, Brooklyn College, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Cal State University Long Beach, American Dance, San Luis Obispo, as well as summer dance intensives in Sun Valley, ID and Anaheim Ballet, CA.  Before moving to Colorado in 2007, Karen was a professor at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA where for 24 years she taught ballet, modern, and was Dance Department Chair for 17 years. Karen is a certified Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor and has her own studio Jasper Peak Pilates in Lafayette.

Camcie Foster

Camcie began her dance training in 1980 with Mme Halina Lutomski (Elmira, NY) where she studied ballet and ethnic dance. From 1991-2002 she studied under Master Rafael Grigorian. She additionally studied under Danita Schiff and Richard Lee and at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Marcia Dale Weary. From 1995-2002, Camcie was the principal ballerina in the Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre (Binghamton, NY) and danced with Ballet Nouveau Colorado from 2002-2006. She appeared in the principal roles of many ballets, including Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Baba Yaga, Cipollino, and The Nutcracker and was featured in the off-Broadway production of Mark Twain – The Musical. Camcie has been teaching ballet and character dance since 1991, and was Assistant Director and Choreographer for the Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre for eight years. She holds a BA in Russian Studies from CU Boulder and she has her Pilates teaching certificate from the prestigious Pilates Center of Boulder.

Scheduling: Appointments can be made at the front desk or by calling 303.466.5685.

Cancellation Policy: 24 hours notice, or students are required to pay for the lesson.

Pilates: drop-in 30 minutes $30 Cash/Check/CC at front desk (to “CCD”)
Pilates: drop-in 60 minutes $50 Cash/Check/CC at front desk (to “CCD”)
Pilates: punchcard (3) 30 minutes $80 Cash/Check/CC at front desk (to “CCD”)
Pilates: punchcard (3) 60 minutes $135 Cash/Check/CC at front desk (to “CCD”)

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