I've always loved creative movement.
Gymnastics & Dance ― That's me up there - Nancy Paulos circa 1980. I was a competitive gymnast for 8 years. My happiest memories are when I was practicing on a 4" wide balance beam concentrating on every move, making it all look effortless. Extreme focus. Endless practice. Overcoming fear. Pure joy when I nailed my routines! I took ballet and dance classes to learn to be more graceful. I loved to choreograph my own routines. I studied Olympic and elite performances to learn new moves. Just ask my siblings, I was obsessed.
Scholarship Athlete ― My senior year of high school, I earned a scholarship to be on the very first women's gymnastics team at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The year was 1979. We were trailblazers for women's college athletics in the NCAA Big 8 Conference. Looking back, I see how that opportunity set me on a path for the rest of my life ― breaking down barriers and leading change ― especially for women.
I entered the tech industry in the late 1980's. It was an act of rebellion just to show up, as woman of my generation.
Changing Workplace Culture ― I GET IT. I juggled a demanding career, parenting, and eldercare. Now, I want to make things better for today's diverse and changing workforce.
Challenging Diversity in Tech ― Even now, l'm often the only woman on my teams. Now, I use my background in education and working with diverse groups, to help software engineers think more holistically, create more human-centered solutions, and build diverse teams.
I love to teach people how to stay active and keep moving, without spending a lot of time and money!
Redefining Fitness ― I teach classes that are about movement and having fun, not traditional fitness or boring routines.
Redefining Aging ― Aging well is about staying mobile, independent, and pain-free.
Through all of this ... I've learned to be very disciplined, resilient, and always go at my own pace.
My mission is simple.
Help people find joy in movement, and stay active for life!
Here's what I offer.
To me, accessible means two things: multi-level and affordable. I create multi-level classes where people with a variety of abilities can practice along side each other and move within their own safest range of motion. All my public classes are FREE or they have flexible payment options. Finances should never be a barrier to better health and wellness.
I love blended practices with Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi. It's important to me that my classes are uncomplicated, creative, and never boring! I keep things fresh by slightly changing things week-to-week. I'm always learning new moves, exploring the latest research in movement education, and experimenting with sequences.
Home practice skills.
My ultimate goal is to help people learn to practice on their own.
My classes nurture community connections on many levels. We have fun, make new friends, and help each other KEEP MOVING!
Teaching in my local community, since 2005.
These Master Teachers still inspire me to keep moving!
Pilates & Dance