Playa Pilates


Playa Pilates

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Giovanna Andolina

Giovanna first started dancing and moving at the age of 3! She was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She went on to get her B.F.A. in dance at Ohio State, where she was first introduced to Pilates as a way to build true core strength that hours of physical movement had never provided her through out her dance career.

After realizing the incredible benefits of Pilates and this method of focused movement, she pursued a full comprehensive certification from Stott Pilates. This ignited a passion for teaching and learning the Pilates method.

Giovanna went on to perform in the prestigious Las Vegas Michael Jackson tribute show. She also choreographed for the Nevada Ballet and Cirque de Soleil. Her ability to understand the body, combined with her extensive knowledge of Pilates and fitness makes her the incredible teacher that she is.

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Michelle Baham PMA®CPT

Michelle Baham has been a fitness instructor for 21 years and has been with Playa Pilates for 9 years. In 2015 Michelle completed a national accreditation through the Pilates Method Alliance. She is also certified in Aquatic Instruction, Personal Training, Aerobics, and Golf Conditioning. Before moving to Los Angeles Michelle was a fitness instructor and manager of a dance company in Bermuda for seven years. In 1998, she was voted “The Best Personal Trainer in Bermuda.”

After being introduced to Pilates 16 years ago she was blown away. She rehabbed her broken foot and shoulder injury through Pilates. Her training style is personalized and based on each individual’s goals through the appropriate amount of resistance training, flexibility and cardiovascular exercise.

Michelle works with all body types and has an extensive background working with injuries and special populations. She helps clients increase their body awareness by teaching them core control and functional movement patterns to improve overall strength, reduce injuries, and ready the body for whatever life demands. Pilates has been an invaluable tool to assist during rehabilitation. i.e. post natal, injury etc. She has worked with many pregnant women until delivery. Her experience has led her to work with special populations and injuries with great success.

She strives to educate her clients in all aspects of fitness – from the proper execution and purpose of each exercise to the importance of rest and rehabilitation. She stresses the importance of exercise for the overall well-being of the mind, body and spirit.

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Keary Ann Bixby PMA®CPT

Keary Ann Bixby PMA®CPT, founder of two Los Angeles based health and wellness businesses, has been involved in health and fitness since an early age. Playing basketball and running track throughout her youth, Keary’s love for conditioning the body followed her to Los Angeles where in 2003 she began her path as a Pilates instructor. She completed Retrofit Pilates Rx™ teacher training course in 2004 and became a certified Pilates instructor through Pilates Method Alliance 2008. She has attended countless workshops and trainings taught by her many role models including Marie Jose’ Blom, Rael Isacowitz, Brent Anderson, Karen Clippinger, Lolita San Miguel, and Jillian Hessel. In 2012 she completed over 200 hours of Theraputics, Chakra, and Graduate Modules through Mukti Yoga School to enhance her knowledge of ancient texts, philosophy, yoga therapies, and strategies for living a yogic lifestyle.

Her entrepreneurial spirit found her opening Playa Pilates in 2004 and eventually a Yoga studio in 2010. Both companies allowed Keary to combine her passion for business, teaching and wellness by sharing her knowledge with her clients on a daily basis. My love for both fitness and my surrounding community makes helping each student reach their ultimate fitness goals extremely rewarding. There is nothing better than seeing the feeling of accomplishment through a huge smile across my clients face.”

She currently enjoys running Playa Pilates including the daily interaction with clientele and staff alongside of teaching workshops and trainings throughout the year.

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Katie Burroughs

Katie Burroughs is a certified Pilates instructor and graduate of Loyola Marymount University. Katie earned her comprehensive certification in Pilates through Body Arts and Science International after discovering its powerful impact on her posture, core stability and body awareness. Katie is a native of Southern California and grew up with a love for being active. An avid sports enthusiast since childhood, Katie was involved in volleyball, cheerleading, track and dance. Katie took several nutrition courses and worked at Sports Club LA, where she was eager to learn more about health, exercise, anatomy and physiology. After college, she was introduced to the practice of Pilates and instantly fell in love with the method. Katie enjoys the grace and technique Pilates has to offer, along with the physical and mental results! Throughout her life, Katie has shared a passion for inspiring and educating people through health and fitness. She feels that it is very important to keep a positive attitude, Katie’s philosophy is that laughter contributes to both health and happiness. She is so excited and honored to join the incredible team at Playa Pilates and to share her passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle!

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Jackie Fischer

Jacquelyn “Jackie” graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University in 2015 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and B.S. in Health and Human Sciences. She is currently pursuing her masters in public health while getting to teach something that she feels passionately about, Pilates! She completed her 450 hour comprehensive Pilates teacher training through Playa Pilates. She has been an oncological fitness trainer for the past three years and has utilized her Pilates training to help in this rehabilitation setting. With a wide array of interests from kickboxing to half-marathons to cycling to golf she loves to personalize your Pilates program to your interests so that your practice can be beneficial to your everyday life!

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Allie Kennedy

Allie Kennedy grew up as a Ballerina in the midwest. Her ballet career led her to New York City by the age of fifteen. After years of dancing, she found herself becoming emerged in the world of yoga and Pilates. Allie lived in Rincon, Puerto Rico where she taught yoga and studied Pilates for 3 years. Her love for movement and breath led her back to NYC where she pursued her career as a personal Pilates instructor and now is continuing her journey on the west coast.
Allie’s classes are structured for toning, strengthening and stretching the body. She focuses her instruction on the flow and intensity of the pilates exercises allowing clients to get the best possible workout while re-aligning their body.

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Sarah Miszkowicz PMA®CPT

Sarah was born and raised as a native Southern Californian. When not in the studio teaching Pilates, Sarah can be found training and performing in Aerial Arts and dance. Sarah’s first Pilates experience was in high school after her ballet instructor (who was also a Pilates instructor) recommended Pilates to improve strength and flexibility. She fell in love right away and has been on the reformer ever since.

Sarah has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and a degree in Dance from Loyola Marymount University. In her senior year at LMU Sarah enrolled in the Body Arts Science International Comprehensive Teacher Training Course, one of the most rigorous, comprehensive and challenging trainings in the industry. After attaining her teacher training certificate she went on to teach full time at Playa Pilates. Sarah also completed a national accreditation through the Pilates Method Alliance in 2015. Sarah has a wealth of teaching experience and she loves sharing her passion for Pilates with others, and enjoys assisting her clients to reach their fitness goals and helping them recover from physical injuries.

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Danielle Pearre

Danielle discovered her passion for health and wellness when she was introduced to ballroom dancing as a teenager. To compliment her dance training and overall fitness she began weight lifting and cardiovascular endurance exercise. As her passion for movement increased, Danielle researched and developed her own physical training routines focusing on strength, flexibility, and endurance. In her desire to find more ways to move her body she purchased her first Mat Pilates book and began adding Mat elements to her regular routine. When a close friend opened up a Pilates studio Danielle completed a comprehensive Pilates teacher training program and began teaching Pilates full time instructor. Danielle believes practicing Pilates instills a deep mind-body connection and strength that translates to extraordinary self-confidence. She works to develop and nurture inner awareness in each of her clients, building strength and confidence from within, to take with them through their daily lives.

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Laura Schaffer

Laura Schaffer started ballet at the age of five and grew up in a dance studio. Having earned a B.S. in Kinesiology with a Minor in Pilates through the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she has recently moved back to home to Culver City to pursue a career in Pilates.  When she discovered Pilates, her interests in dance, injury prevention and teaching came together and formed a deep passion she couldn’t ignore. At UNLV she was picked to travel to Japan and Korea as an intern to observe and assist with teacher training workshops with her Pilates professor Dolly Kelepecz. Proper alignment and symmetry influence her teaching style because of her technical background as a ballet dancer. Eventually, she plans on becoming a Physical Therapist with a specialization in dance injuries. She is excited to be a part of the Playa Pilates family.

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Jen Vella

Jen was first introduced to yoga through her dance professor and mentor while working towards her degree in Visual and Performing Arts at Stonehill College. Jen has been teaching since 2004 and absolute loves it! She received her 200-hour training from Sonic Yoga (NYC) and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT. She is currently enrolled in Sonic Yoga’s 300 hour Advanced Prana Flow Teacher Training working toward her 500-hour certification. Jen was named Lululemon ambassador in January 2013, representing the Manhasset (Long Island, NY) location. Although Jen started teaching Mat Pilates in 2011, it wasn’t until moving to Colorado and finding Studio J Pilates that she found her true passion for Pilates. Jen completed her full Pilates Comprehensive through Personal Best Pilates Instructor Academy under the guidance of Studio J Owner, Jennifer Whitley. Jen enjoys blending yoga, pilates and dance together in all of her classes. She likes to work hard, and have fun while doing it!