Former professional ballet dancer
Certified Pilates instructor
Born in Grazz, Austria and raised by Austrian and Colombian parents, I started dancing classical ballet at the age of 3 and jazz, tap and modern dance at the age of 8 with Ballet Alaska, in Anchorage. After moving to California during high school, I discovered the Huntington Academy of Ballet, with Marnell Himes as director. I received incredibly high-quality ballet training in the Cecchetti method, earning an Honors in both the Elementary and Intermediate Cecchetti student exams. Soon after, I enrolled in the Associate of Arts (AA) Dance program at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California where I continued dancing ballet, modern, tap and jazz. There I was introduced to Pilates, which resonated with me and supported my physical and intuitive (body awareness) training as a dancer.
At age 19, I auditioned for Ballet Pacifica, a professional ballet company in Irvine, California, where I danced as a corps member, then principal dancer for 7 years. While with Ballet Pacifica, I worked with director Molly Lynch, choreographers and teachers, David Allen, Trey McIntyre, Anne Marie DeAngelo, Charles Maple, Dennis Wayne, Janek Schergen, Frank Chavez and Diane Defenderfer. Soloist roles included “Micaela” in Carmen, “Stella” in A Streetcar Named Desire, Capriol Suite, Reunions and "Snow Queen" and "Dew Drop Fairy" in The Nutcracker, among others.
My dancing years in California were the most valuable to me as I was developing into both a dancer and young adult. I learned about the importance and value behind proper training, body awareness and kinetics, commitment and staying true to what inspired me the most—dance! During this time, I also received a BA in Psychology from Chapman University, graduating with Honors.
In 2000, I moved to Carbondale, Colorado with my husband and fellow Ballet Pacifica dancer, Anthony. Not long after, I discovered the Pilates Center in Boulder where I completed the Teacher’s Training Program in 2002 and then the Master’s Program in 2010, an advanced continuing education program for Pilates instructors. In Colorado, I have performed as a guest dancer with the Glenwood Dance Academy and Dance Arts Theatre Company, as the ”Sugar Plum Fairy” in The Nutcracker and danced a lead role in A Rodeo, with David Taylor and Anthony Jerkunica. Other guest appearances have been with the Glenwood Center for the Arts and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
After years of integrated dance and Pilates training and education, I firmly believe the mind-body connection truly exists. I use these valuable tools, plus my experience as a passionate dancer, choreographer, performer and instructor to support our students’ aspirations and goals by instilling what I call “true form” technique. This technique maximizes the full potential of our students as balanced, educated movers in Pilates and ballet, whether professionally or for recreation.