Intermediate/Advanced - Springboard, Mat & Props


This class is taught by:

Dixie Mills

Senior Certified Pilates Instructor.  

Dixie Mills has been teaching Pilates for more than twenty years. In 1993 Dixie became certified through the Pilates Center of Boulder, while pursuing an MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Colorado. After graduating from both CU and The Pilates Center, Dixie got a chance to teach some of the healthiest and most athletic people in the country. The following year she moved to Seattle where she got a chance to stretch her rehab skills teaching at a studio near Microsoft. Dixie also worked with many teenagers in the Seattle area on building strength and coordination to support their sports or dancing pursuits (how wonderful to have the alignment, strength, flexibility, and connectedness that Pilates brings when you are young—please consider sessions for your teenager or college student!).

After 5 years of teaching clients, Dixie relocated to New York City, where she developed several continuing education workshops for Pilates teachers. She has since taught in Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island, Philadelphia, Seattle, Virginia and Hawaii. Known as a teacher’s teacher, Dixie has great eyes for seeing the body’s quirks, and great hands and words for explaining how to reach your best potential.

Lana Dussell

Certified Instructor.
 
Lana is passionate about teaching Pilates with a focus on helping clients find strength and balance in their bodies. Originally from the Pacific North West, Lana grew up a year round athlete - playing soccer, golf, snowboarding and biking. After relocating to the Santa Cruz Mountains in 2006, Lana became an avid mountain biker and a friend recommended Pilates as a way to balance muscle development and promote flexibility throughout her body. After taking her first Pilates class she was thrilled to find that her body felt both challenged and centered by the Pilates repertoire. Lana continued to do Pilates mat work as part of a cross training program, but after suffering a hip fracture in a biking accident, Lana began to count on Pilates as an integral part of her rehabilitation and found that it offered unparalleled progress in pain relief and increased mobility. Pilates ability to simultaneous relieve and revive ones body, is the reason that Lana continues to preach the benefits of daily practice, which she has relied on heavily after the birth of both her children.
 
Lana approaches teaching from a strengths perspective, she wants clients to gain confidence and joy in their movement. Her goal is to provide clients with a session that leaves them feeling stronger, balanced, and more body aware. Lana believes that whatever your bodies need, Pilates can compliment and challenge your strengths, while addressing, and mitigating ongoing problems you may be experiencing. Lana is thrilled and honored to be part of the talented team at Agile Monkey Pilates studio and she looks forward to helping you on your Pilates journey.
 
Lana lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband and 2 young children. She enjoys cooking, biking, traveling, and entertaining friends and family over local food and wine.
The wall mounted springboards are a great way to get a total body workout utilizing springs based resistance (which can make exercises more achievable and also more challenging, depending on the circumstance and level of the class). The springboard repertoire was originally modified from the original Cadillac exercises, but has been expanded to include familiar favorites from the Mat and Reformer, as well as a lot of exercises you can’t do anywhere else. Most Springboard classes also include some Mat and & Props repertoire for flow.

Intermediate/Advanced - Pilates experience required. Int/Adv level exercises will be the focus and the pace will be faster, assuming skilled participants without injury or serious physical limitations.


Upcoming classes:

  • Thu May 25 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jun 01 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jun 08 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jun 15 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jun 22 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jun 29 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Lana Dussell
  • Thu Jul 06 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jul 13 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jul 20 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Jul 27 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Aug 03 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Aug 10 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Aug 17 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Aug 24 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Aug 31 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Sep 07 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Sep 14 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills
  • Thu Sep 21 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm with Dixie Mills