Intermediate - Springboard, Mat & Props


This class is taught by:

Susie Durant

Certified Instructor Susie’s approach to Pilates comes from a background in ballet, modern dance, yoga, fascial release work, with the ultimate goals of pursuing healthy, mindful living and graceful aging. Susie received her BA in Dance from UC Irvine, taught ballet to children and adults, and studied yoga. Moving from the dance world, she became a recreational athlete, exploring fitness through soccer, running, rafting and hiking - and raising a family. She discovered Pilates 15 years ago while addressing joint issues, and found the practice to be the very best form of mindful movement, providing both physical and mental well-being. Convinced that Pilates is a technique that is accessible to everyone, she began a long term personal practice and exploration of Pilates and complementary mindful approaches, with a plan to teach. She has completed the PhysicalMind and Stott Pilates instructor programs, and taught group classes in the Sacramento area for eight years. After retirement from a desk job, she moved to Santa Cruz two years ago, and discovered Agile Monkey. Its high quality, supportive environment and excellent instructors inspired her to participate in the Balanced Body instructor training program to further develop her teaching. She is thrilled to be a part of such an outstanding Pilates studio and hopes to provide support to those who want to keep moving!

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 21 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Oct 28 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Dixie Mills
  • Sat Nov 04 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Nov 11 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Nov 18 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Dec 02 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Dec 09 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Dec 16 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Dec 23 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Dec 30 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Jan 06 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Jan 13 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Jan 20 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Jan 27 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Feb 03 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Feb 10 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant
  • Sat Feb 17 11:00 am - 11:55 am with Susie Durant