Maria-Angeles Llamas - is the owner of Pilates Studio 1 and has a passion and commitment to sharing the benefits of Pilates for a sound mind and body. Marian, short for Maria Angeles, was born in Madrid, Spain in 1975. At the young age of 7, she began ballet training in Madrid which led to a professional career starting with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City in 1995. Her professional ballet career spanned decades and different continents; including Ballet Florida between 2000 and 2007 based in West Palm Beach.
Marian started the Pilates Method in 2000 as part of her ballet training and fell in love with it right away. She immediately saw the way the Pilates Method changed her body, strengthening and creating long lean muscles, improving her ballet technique tremendously. She soon realized that the Pilates Method was her passion and started training with Michele Larsson from Core Dynamics and received her Pilates certification in 2005, after two years of intense training. In addition to her first Pilates Certification, Marian is certified as a Pilates Master, Second Generation Pilates Teacher after completing a two year Master course with Lolita San Miguel, a First Generation Pilates Master and Elder. Marian is also a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher.
As part of her commitment to continuing education, Marian has attended various osteoporosis and postural correction workshops and conferences through the years and strives to convey to the public the importance of safe exercise and form for people with osteoporosis, osteopenia, stenosis and scoliosis. She enjoys the wonderful process of guiding women through their Pilates workout during the months of pregnancy as well.
Marian’s personal mission and that of the Studio's is to contribute to the well-being and health of others through the Pilates Method. She loves seeing the wonderful transformation her clients go through when they discover their bodies. Joseph Pilates said that health is the first requisite of happiness. She has seen that in her own life experience and enjoys sharing the path towards health and well being with her clients. Marian is married and has a young daughter, her family lives and plays in Palm Beach County.
Nicoletta Cabianca – a native of Venice, Italy is an experienced Pilates instructor. In the fitness industry for almost twenty years, she carries numerous certifications and a comprehensive knowledge of exercise and healthy living. Her passions lie on the science of Pilates and its intrinsic benefits. She holds PIA and PMA certifications and has been teaching Pilates for over ten years. Nicoletta finds it extremely rewarding to be able to learn something new every day, thus she constantly challenges herself to further her education and skills. She truly loves her job, and what motivates her most is being able to guide her clients to a healthier lifestyle. Nicoletta’s Pilates workout makes her clients more aware of what their bodies can do, improving their strength, posture, flexibility and balance. Her passion transpires in her teaching. Nicoletta is also a Buff Bone certified instructor. Buff Bone is a researched base and medical approved exercise program for bone health for any age and level that specifically target osteoporosis.
Yamirys Li - a native of Cuba became an athlete in Diving and Rhythm Gymnastics at an early age. This began her love and commitment to motivate men, women and children to strive for health through exercise and nutrition. She moved to the United States in 1992 where her love of exercise and health led her to the Pilates world. In 2006, Yamirys became a certified Pilates instructor through Dr. Habanova’s Method. Over the last several years, she has practiced Rehabilitation and Fitness Pilates in Wellington, Florida. Her clientele includes equestrians, golfers and other athletes, as well as people with physical issues due to medical conditions. She teaches people to incorporate Pilates into their everyday lives. Because of her devotion to classical Pilates, she became certified through Power Pilates. She is also a certified Fitness trainer through ISSA. Her passion is to inspire people of all ages to feel good, confident and to love their bodies.
Yuan Xi Rapp - was born in Beijing, China. She was trained in classical ballet from her youth and danced professionally with Ballet Florida where she was introduced to the Pilates Method. Yuan earned her Pilates certification through Core Dynamics Pilates with Michele Larsson and now trains elite athletes and those seeking relief from injuries and chronic pain. As a physical therapy aide, she taught Pilates to physical therapy patients as part of their rehabilitation program. Yuan also volunteered in the Heroes in Motion program in the physical therapy department of the San Diego Navy Medical Center, where she taught Pilates to service members with amputations and other medical conditions.
Yuan currently teaches Pilates and ballet in Palm Beach County, Florida. The attention to detail that Yuan has developed throughout her dance career, allows her to deliver a deeper, more holistic work out as a Pilates instructor. This results in an ideal physique and superb functional performance. Yuan's experience with athletes and rehab patients enables her to tailor workouts to meet personal goals and to prevent and rehabilitate acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. Her unique combination of training and experience, as well as her dedication to her clients, equip her to promote health, beauty, and functionality through teaching the Pilates Method.
Pat Stevenson - is originally from Baltimore but considers herself a Floridian because she’s lived her for 33 years. Pat has been teaching Pilates since 1999, when she was first certified through Polestar in Miami. In 2001, she became certified by All American Pilates and in 2010 became a Second Generation Master Pilates Instructor through a two-year intensive program with Pilates elder Lolilta San Miguel. Pat has been certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise since 1992, and specializes in Corrective Exercise and teaching others how to cook to stay slim.
Marni Reed - began studying Pilates as a client in 2001 as part of her dance curriculum at the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Florida. She attended Southern Methodist University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature with a specialization in Creative Writing. Marni returned to South Florida after college to work as an Interior Design Assistant, but in 2014 decided to turn her long time passion for Pilates into a career. After 18 months and 500 hours of observation, self-practice and teaching, Marni completed Lolita’s Legacy Teacher Training Program and began teaching at Pilates Studio 1. What she loves most about teaching Pilates is helping clients reach their goals by focusing on the integration of mind, body, and spirit to achieve happier and healthier lifestyles.
Dani Giustino - a classically trained dancer, began practicing the Pilates Method while earning her BFA in dance from Florida State University as a part of her dance curriculum. Upon graduation she began dancing with REACH Dance Company, under the direction of Maria Konrad. After continuing her dance training for two summers with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and participating in Pilates classes as a part of her dance intensive, she returned to Florida with a new passion and began preparing for a Pilates certification program. In 2013, Dani was introduced to Lolita San Miguel, the only living Pilates Master certified by Joseph Pilates himself. Dani is one of the first students to graduate from "Lolita's Legacy," a comprehensive certification program spanning over 18 months and requiring a minimum of 500 hours of teacher training. In addition to teaching Pilates, Ms. Guistino currently teaches dance and performs throughout Palm Beach County.
Laura Cordle - began Pilates in 2007 to rehabilitate from an ankle injury and became so passionate about the method that she began teaching in 2011. Laura was originally certified comprehensively in a 450-hour Classical Pilates teacher training program through From the Center Pilates Studio under Master Instructor Patrick O’brien in Chicago, Illinois completing the program in June of 2013. Throughout the years, Laura continues her education and has been certified in several specialized courses allowing wide range of individuals to benefit from her teachings some of the specialized certifications include: Pilates for Pre and Post Natal, Pilates for Ankle and Foot rehabilitation, Pilates for Scoliosis, Pilates for Lower Back pain, and many more. Laura has studied the Pilates Method from the best and most distinguished instructors in the world and recently in July of 2015 Laura was one of the youngest instructors internationally to graduate from the respected Master Mentorship program of First Generation Master Trainer, Lolita San Miguel—Pilates Elder certified by the Founder of the Pilates Method, Joe Pilates. Laura has the privilege of being the youngest Lolita Legacy Educator- Lolita San Miguel’s comprehensive teacher training program. Laura loves creating challenging and unique workouts geared toward all levels, body types, and ages. She is inspired by the positive impact that the Pilates Method can create in a person's physical and mental health and is driven to make a personalized experience for her clients' diverse needs.
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