Pilates Classes

At the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, we value on our dancers’ well-being by offering Pilates Classes. Our in-house Wellness Center provides students with exceptional care for body and mind. 

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, participants gain improved body awareness, balance, strength, and flexibility. 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.

45 Minute Class $70 $90
60 Minute Class $92 $110
90 Minute Class $130 $150

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

Pilates Class Instructors


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.

Laura Whitby

Laura Whitby has been teaching Pilates for over 10 years, receiving her certification from Lotus Pilates in Bloomington, Indiana after completing 600 hours of training in the Joseph Pilates method. She has enjoyed teaching students of all ages and abilities in group and private settings in mat, reformer, chair and tower pilates. Laura also trained in ballet for many years and danced professionally with Houston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet. Alongside her Pilates certification training, Laura has a BS in ballet from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and is a Certified Physical Therapist Assistant. She has a passion for movement, anatomy, and problem solving. Laura looks forward to customizing a Pilates workout to supplement your dance technique, decrease your risk of injury, and feel stronger and healthier.

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