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Lesley Davenport, Owner, Founding Director, is originally from Marietta, Ohio. A committed dancer at a young age, Lesley studied at Ballet Met Academy in Columbus, Ohio. It was there that she decided to pursue a career in dance and movement. Graduating from Point Park University with a BA in Ballet/Jazz in 1998, she performed and taught dance full-time for the next 5 years. A founding member of H2O Contemporary Dance in 1998, along with partners, Danielle K. Pavlik and Mariah Mcleod, Lesley still actively dances and teaches in H2O’s host school, The Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh.
In 2000, Lesley began training in the Pilates Method under Gwen Hunter Ritchie. A long-time sufferer of back pain, she was astounded at the changes a steady Pilates routine brought. In 2002, Lesley completed the Core Dynamics Teacher Training Program under Michele Larsson (a second generation Pilates teacher for the enthusiasts out there.) For the next three years, Lesley taught Pilates throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area, at places such as The Rivers Club, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Fox Chapel Myotherapy, Wellspring Studio, and Club One. In 2004, Lesley implemented the Pilates Program at Club One Xpress, South Hills.
Through her many experiences as an instructor, Lesley discovered a need for a training center that fosters athleticism along with artistry of teaching. In 2006, Lesley founded the Pilates Center of Pittsburgh, LLC to fulfill this need. Inspired by the studio’s mission, Lesley returned to her classical roots to resume study of Pilates with Power Pilates of New York City. Completing their program in 2008, Lesley found the perfect fit for the staff of The Pilates Center of Pittsburgh, LLC. Promoting the skills of creativity, clarity, confidence, caution, and compassion in its trainers, Lesley is proud to be a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer. She is an avid student of movement, always craving more and counts among her favorites, yoga, Gyrokinesis, and outdoors adventures with her family.She is on faculty at Point Park University. Lesley lives in Dormont, Pa. with her husband Michael and son Parker.
Michael Duray has been a body worker since 2002. Mike maintains a private practice which focuses on Structural Integration, orthopedic massage and an exploration of movement though individual Pilates instruction. A student of motion, he has actively practiced Shotokan Karate since 1972. He volunteers his time as an instructor at the University Of Pittsburgh. Mike is a certified Peak Pilates instructor and is also on staff at Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Athletics where he teaches group classes. He is also a faculty member of the Massage Therapy Institute of western Pennsylvania, where he endeavors to increase local awareness of the benefit of Structural Integration and Visceral Manipulation.
Allison Garcia is a recent graduate from Point Park University. She earned a BA in Dance concentrating in Modern dance specifically. She found Pilates in high school and began studying it with the hopes that it would improve her range of motion in her shoulder girdle and stability in her body. It did that and much more, she began to see an improvement with her dancing and in her everyday life. Allison became passionate about the work and wanted to begin teaching it.
She is now certified in her Beginner and Intermediate Mat and is currently going through the Comprehensive Program where she will be certified in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Systems. She is excited for the new information and eager to continue to grow as a teacher. Through the classical method she hopes to bring stability and mobility through movement as well as confidence to those she teaches.
Michele Rowland has spent most of her life growing up and living in the Pittsburgh region. She has a background in biology with a degree in Environmental Science from California University of PA. After college Michele began an 11 year career with the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Laboratory as a Forensic Scientist. In May of 2009, Michele left the PA State Police to pursue a new career path in the health and wellness field and training to teach Pilates was the first step on that path.
Michele stepped into The Pilates Center of Pittsburgh studio in the summer of 2007 to take her first ever Pilates class and fell instantly in love. As the months went by Michele became aware of the many benefits Pilates had to her overall lifestyle, to include her running and strength training. It seemed a natural progression for Michele to follow this passion and become a Pilates Teacher. In April 2009, Michele successfully completed her Beginner Mat Course with Power Pilates and started teaching immediately. From there, it was full-steam ahead as she completed her Beginner System Training in August 2009, Intermediate System Training in January 2010, and Systems Level 3 in April 2011, all with Power Pilates.
Michele is a life-long believer in exercise enhancing one’s health and attitude. She loves the challenges and rewards that come with teaching Pilates and helping clients move better and feel better. Michele and her husband Craig live in the South Hills with their two children, Cecelia and Drew.
David Michael Taylor was raised in Moon Twp and graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1992 with a BA in Media Production and Marketing; he then attended Robert Morris University and earned a BA in Education, Literature and Creative Writing. Growing up David was an avid tennis player and martial arts enthusiast. He trained and taught Northern Shaolin Kung Fu for 14 years under Master Sifu Jack Kucksonkow. Currently David does teach kickboxing and personalized self defense. David is also a certified life coach through the Spencer Institute.
David has spent his professional life mostly as a manger consultant for small businesses. His skill set includes, SEO tracking and improvement, Social Media Marketing, and one on one coaching for the employees of his clients.
David currently resides in Mt. Lebanon with his wife and 4 children.
Nicole Traud comes to Pilates from an athletic background that was hampered by too many injuries, backaches, and joint pains to be productive. Finding that injuries and chronic back pain and regular trips to the chiropractor were beginning to take a toll on other areas of life (and quality of life), Nicole turned to Pilates as a way to help the pain – what she found was a new passion! Being a coach and teacher at heart, Nicole embraced teaching Pilates as an opportunity to become a better student as well as share the energy and passion that she has found in her practice.
Graduating from University of Texas-San Antonio BS and Carlow University MS, Nicole is thrilled to combine her professional career as a leadership development coach and consultant to the diverse talents of the faculty of the Pilates Center of Pittsburgh. Nicole has her System 2 certification from Power Pilates. She is a happily married mother of 2 early Pilates practitioners, coaches youth soccer, and is happily re-discovering a life of pain-free athletics and exercise!
Cecile Waltz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness and Wellness from California University. Active her whole life, Cecile has been working in the fitness field since 2004. She is a Power Pilates Senior Level Teacher and has also studied with PHI, Stott and Core Dynamics. Other training includes yoga, group fitness, senior fitness, special cases, prenatal fitness and personal training.
Having been with The Pilates Center of Pittsburgh, LLC since the studio’s early days, Cecile enjoys working with the apprentice teachers, sharing her excitement for learning! Currently, Cecile also trains at The Pilates Body, Moxie Mind and Body and The Duquesne Club teaching Pilates and personal training. “I am very passionate about the discipline of Pilates as a classical method. I most enjoy helping my students transform their bodies, whether they desire transformations in mobility or body composition. Progress in the classical method is inevitable!”
Kiley Coulter was introduced to Pilates at Slippery Rock University, where she received a BA in Dance in 2005. Originally from New Castle, she has just moved back to the Pittsburgh area after living in NYC for 8 years. While in NYC, Kiley danced and performed with several choreographers and modern dance companies, and she continued her Pilates training throughout the city. Her desire to maintain a life-long career in movement inspired Kiley to take her Pilates training a step further. She completed all levels of Mat Certification as well as the Comprehensive training program at Power Pilates in NYC.
Kiley began teaching at the Power Pilates NYC studio in July of 2011 and continued until her move back to Pittsburgh, where she is excited to be joining the team at the Pilates Center of Pittsburgh. Kiley realizes the benefits, both emotional and physical, of practicing Pilates consistently, and she hopes to pass this on to her students. Kiley strives to challenge and inspire people through movement and the Power Pilates teaching method, and she loves to watch her students grow stronger every week.
Nadine Troetschel is a recent graduate of Point Park University, she holds a BA in Dance and has been teaching Pilates for 4 years. She is currently going through here Comprehensive Training, which requires 600 hours of education. Nadine is certified in NAFC Group Fitness. She is excited to see where her Pilates journey leads here and we are excited to have her at the PCOP.