Pauline has practiced yoga and pilates for 11 years. Pauline first experienced the Baptiste power vinyasa style of yoga at Power of Your Om, Naperville IL, in 2008, and has been hooked ever since. As her personal practice deepened, she gained a sense of freedom to face her fears beyond just trying new asanas. In 2009, she left the corporate world to pursue her passion to teach pilates and yoga. Pauline is excited to share her love of barre pilates and power yoga with the Des Moines community through teaching. She strives to empower her students by educating them and encouraging greater body awareness so that they may incorporate the long-term benefits into their everyday life. She is passionate about healthy living, whether it be fitness or the food we eat.
Pauline was born in Australia and lived there until 1998 before venturing to Singapore and Chicago. She recently moved to Urbandale from Naperville, IL with her husband and two daughters, where they lived for 7 years. When she isn’t at the studio, Pauline enjoys running, cycling and competing in triathlons with her family and friends. Her family loves to travel and views the world as a wonderful and limitless place of possibilities.
Pauline has completed Level 1 teacher training with Baron Baptiste and a 200 hour yoga certification with Deborah Williamson (Live Love Teach). She is a certified pilates instructor through Balanced Body. Inspired by her years teaching barre pilates at Demi-Bar Pilates in Hinsdale, IL, she is excited to introduce Barre Fusion Pilates.
Jill fell in love with fitness and movement as a child studying ballet and other forms of dance from a young age. She trained at the School of Russian Ballet in Bermuda where Moira Stott started her dance training as a child and young teen. Jill’s performing experience includes six seasons with Bermuda Civic Ballet where she performed corps de ballet and soloist roles in ballets such as La Sylphide, Les Sylphides, Giselle, La Peri, Sylvia, Symphonic Dreams, and Memories. Today, she remains passionate in promoting age-appropriate movement for children as the Director of the Young Children’s Division of Capital City Dance Center in Urbandale.
With over 20 years of choreographic and dance instruction behind her, Jill is excited to translate her passion for dance and movement into Barre Fusion Pilates classes, as well as developing individualized Pilates programs for students at Spark that effectively address their unique needs. Jill was inspired to teach pilates 3 years ago by Amanda Garcia, of Studio 3 Pilates in Johnston, Iowa.
Jill graduated with high distinction earning Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Dance from the University of Iowa. Jill has completed STOTT PILATES mat, barre and pilates equipment training, as well as Injuries and Special Populations training. She is also trained to teach STOTT PILATES Zenga, which is a fusion of ballet, pilates and vinyasa yoga on both the reformer and the mat.