Intermediate - Springboard, Mat & Props

This class is taught by:

Melissa Stroud

Certified Pilates Instructor / Core Align Instructor
Melissa is a Certified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor who has also completed the CoreAlign instructor training. She looks forward to bringing you a pilates program that builds a sustainable fitness, mobility and wellness program to your life.


Melissa has spent the better part of her life helping others in a successful career serving her community. In an effort to reduce the stress in her life she wanted to start a practice that would bring her mind-body connection to the forefront. In 2014 Melissa began taking pilates classes at Agile Monkey. It was through her pilates journey that she found its ability to lengthen, strengthen and stabilize her body while energizing her mind.


In 2015 Melissa was put on dialysis for kidney failure. Knowing how vital a strong body and mind was to the success of a future transplant she continued and even deepened her pilates practice. In less than a year she received the exciting news that a kidney transplant was available. Because of her physical strength and calm mind she was able to return to pilates after her transplant just two months later. This is what inspires her and why she wants to share pilates with as many people as she can.


Melissa loves to surf, hike and take road trips with her family and dogs. Her sense of adventure is strong and her drive to feel her best doing those things is found through her pilates practice. Ultimately she wants to share with you how integrating functional movements into a goal-oriented exercise program can help you live your best life too.

Irina Semionova

Certified Instructor.
Pilates for Irina is an adventure of physical and mental discipline. Irina was introduced to Pilates by her friend (and future teacher) in 2008. This event completely changed her life direction. Since then, she has been working on improving her body movement and physical capabilities.

Growing up in Russia, Irina always actively engaged in physical exercise like swimming, figure skating, running, tennis playing. After immigrating to America Irina experimented with many different workouts but never felt at home until discovering Pilates. After five years of practicing and learning how much Pilates has to offer, Irina, with the support and encouragement of her mentor enrolled in the 2013 Balanced Body Pilates Instructor training program. After broad training she graduated in 2015 and was certified in 2016.

Irina believes that Pilates is an improvement to anyone’s life style and she hopes to share this knowledge and experience with others. She understands the practice of Pilates can be of benefit to both teacher and client. Irina believes that Pilates is a life time journey. She is also aware that with practice she and her students are prepared to face the future with confidence.

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.

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- Pilates experience required. Intermediate level exercises will be the focus (with any necessary modifications).


Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Oct 20 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Melissa Stroud
  • Wed Oct 24 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Oct 27 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Dixie Mills
  • Sat Nov 03 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Melissa Stroud
  • Wed Nov 07 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Nov 10 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Dixie Mills
  • Wed Nov 14 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Nov 17 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Melissa Stroud
  • Wed Nov 21 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Wed Nov 28 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Dec 01 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Melissa Stroud
  • Wed Dec 05 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Dec 08 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Dixie Mills
  • Wed Dec 12 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Dec 15 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Melissa Stroud
  • Wed Dec 19 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm with Irina Semionova
  • Sat Dec 22 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Dixie Mills