At The Pilates Studio, our goal is to make the Pilates Method accessible to all. We strive to cultivate a friendly, community-focused, and positive environment. Our Studio provides a consistent Pilates practice that fits even the busiest schedule. We offer certified and mindful instruction, quality equipment, and unique sessions at affordable prices.
Stay balanced in body, mind & spirit… always.
Kimberly Kolesar, NCPT
Owner of Wash Park and Highlands / Teacher
Kimberly is a member and certified instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance. She was classically trained and comprehensively certified at PH7 Pilates, through the lineages of Romana Kryzanowska and Kathy Grant. A true believer in the power of Pilates, Kimberly has personally felt the benefits of reduced chronic nerve, knee and back pain sustained from structural scoliosis, labral hip tears & years as a competitive dancer. She is a compassionate teacher who will push her clients to achieve their personal best. Kimberly’s teaching style integrates a classical flow with modifications and functional movement patterning. She holds Certifications and CEC’s in numerous specialties including Pilates for Scoliosis and Pre & Post-natal Pilates. She is also a licensed instructor of the medically-endorsed Pilates for Buff Bones® workout program and a 2016 graduate of Master Pilates Instructor, Cara Reeser’s, Kathy Grant Heritage Teacher Training Program. Kimberly constantly deepens her knowledge of movement by attending workshops and seminars to keep informed with the current techniques and philosophies in the industry.
When not in the studio, Kimberly takes time for morning lattes, bike rides on her Schwinn cruiser, laughing with friends, family and enjoying life with her husband Mike, new baby Emalin & fur baby, Louise. The Pilates Studio is her labor of love, welcoming all that want to feel good, look good and enjoy the benefits of practicing Pilates for life!
Emily Sharpe, NCPT
Owner of Highlands / Teacher
Emily is a nationally certified and comprehensively trained Pilates instructor through Balanced Body. She has been practicing Pilates for over 13 years and teaching Pilates for over nine years – 8 of those years have been with The Pilates Studio! Emily brings passion, energy and attention to detail to each session. Her teaching style blends classical and contemporary with emphasis on functional movement patterns. She thrives working one on one with her students and empowering her students to find their strength and confidence in their movement. In addition to Pilates she has been trained in the Balanced Body MOTR and the BODHI Suspension System and has been mentored by many Pilates and movement professionals from around the world. She is also a 2018 graduate of Master Pilates Instructor Cara Reeser’s Kathy Grant Heritage Training Program. Emily is always expanding her knowledge of the body and movement in general through workshops, seminars and by consistently taking classes herself.
When not in the studio Emily’s second home is in the mountains hiking with her husband Matt and her fur baby, Levi. She also enjoys taking her Pilates knowledge and principles to other forms of movement including strength training, locomotion and acrobatics!
Alex is a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor through the classically-based, Pure Body Teacher Training Program. She has had a love for the body’s movement functions from a very young age, and always carries a natural interest to continuously learn more! She has been a life-long learner of many movement practices including Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Contemporary dance styles, Yoga, as well as Aerial Yoga and figure skating. Pilates first became a regular practice for her while attending the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and she immediately fell in love with the functional approach to the practice, which became a natural supplement to her dance career. Upon receiving a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, she moved to Denver, Colorado to continue her career in movement education as a Postural Therapist and dance instructor. This led her to develop a great eye for detail and an in-depth understanding of kinesiology in real time. With a strong passion to educate others, continuing her education with Pilates became the natural next step in her career. Alex believes with a consistent movement practice and dedication, we can all grow as individuals and enjoy a healthy and pain-free lifestyle. When she isn’t in the Pilates studio, you can find Alex dancing, outside hiking the beautiful mountains of Colorado or at home making candles.
Jacque is a comprehensively trained Pilates Instructor, specializing in group and private lessons with over 6 years of experience. She received her training at Club Pilates in San Diego, and holds additional certifications in Barre, through Barre Above, and Spin, through Schwinn, receiving both certifications in 2016. Her private client base is specialized in hip replacement rehabilitation, breast cancer recovery, and cross training for collegiate athletes. She has taught and led multiple continuing education courses for certified instructors, focusing on barre fusion programming, and tactile feedback for the client. Most recently she co-led a fitness and mindfulness retreat at the prestigious Rancho La Puerta resort in Mexico, and was honored to represent the Power of She for two years as an Athleta Ambassador. Her passion for Pilates started at a very young age with over a decade of mat practice. After her first time on the reformer, she was hooked for life and knew she wanted to become an instructor. Jacque loves the strength of the mind, body, and spirit that she gains from Pilates, and strives to deliver that same confidence to her clients. When she is not teaching Pilates, she also works as a professional theater actress and is an proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. She recently relocated to the Denver area and will undoubtedly be spending time hiking in the beautiful mountains!
Julia is a comprehensively certified Pilates instructor through Whole Body Pilates under the leadership of Dana Dreifus. She was born and raised in Washington DC and moved to the Rocky Mountains in 1990. She has been practicing Pilates for over 15 years. Experiencing the benefits of a regular practice lead her to become a certified teacher through a 500 hour certification program. For the last three years she has been working with the active older adult population in a classroom setting and in private communities. She’s also found a passion for working with young adult athletes, creating physically challenging programs, while helping them strengthen mind and body. She creates a safe, challenging, fun and comfortable environment for all students who attend her classes. Julia has a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Art Therapy from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia. She is the mother of two adult children and a 11year old Border Collie. Outside the studio she spends time hiking, traveling and exploring Denver hangouts with her husband and friends.
Xander is a classically trained and comprehensively certified Pilates Instructor with 4 years of teaching experience. He found Pilates through his work as a dance theater performer, and it quickly became a guiding force. For Xander, the Pilates work is about celebrating our bodies for exactly how they exist, while working on key functional and strength building techniques that enhance our understanding of movement and ultimately ourselves. In addition to Pilates, Xander holds certifications in Yoga Asana, Pre/Post Natal Exercise, and Reiki 1 and believes it is his duty as an instructor to always be learning and sharing knowledge within his community. In Xander’s class, expect a blend of classical Pilates and contemporary functional movement to challenge the mind-body connection with a whole lot of encouragement and a few laughs along the way. Xander just relocated to the Denver area from NYC and is so excited to be closer to nature and to move with this community.
Robin is a comprehensively trained instructor who gained her certification through Pilates Sport Center in Los Angeles, CA. She originally fell in love with the strength, control, and flexibility she gained through her 10+ year Pilates practice, and as her kids grew older, the timing in her personal life was finally “just right” to officially become a certified instructor. She has been teaching and sharing her love of Pilates ever since. From professional athletes and young dancers, to people recovering from injury or just trying to protect and reinforce their longevity of movement and balance - Robin loves helping people find all of the ways Pilates can improve their lives.Robin’s 2 children are now having their own adventures in college and earlier this year, her husband, Lance, accepted a new position that brought them to Denver! They have embraced this lively and welcoming city, enjoying walks around Wash Park with their Bulldog, Rigby, hiking, golfing, exploring new restaurants and more!
Annie is a comprehensively certified and trained instructor through Stott Pilates International. She is a movement advocate passionate about helping people feel a sense of home in their bodies. She believes that movement heals & the body is a powerful tool for success and connection in whatever one is seeking in life. Movement has always been the answer in Annie’s world, she grew up dancing, studied Dance & Integrative Physiology at CU Boulder, and soon became certified in yoga & Pilates. After 10+ years in the wellness & fitness industry, Annie has taught thousands of people with differing abilities, studied countless hours, and has worked in many different environments, and she keeps coming back to Pilates. Annie first found Pilates in high school after tearing her hamstring and after a year of plateaued physical therapy (and approval from her pt!), she started one on one Pilates lessons and continues to take private lessons today! Annie’s teaching approach is light, accessible & empowering, it’s Pilates for your Whole Body.
Jenny Lynn Busby
Jenny Lynn has been instructing mindful movement since early 2000. She began her certification with Physical Mind Institute in 2001 and furthered her education and knowledge with Merrithew Stott Pilates. Jenny Lynn is certified in Level 1 and 2 and has been teaching Pilates for almost 17 years. She is a big advocate for educating people about the fundamentals to allow them to move more effectively and efficiently. Jenny’s always giving cues for proper form and technique to help each individual to get the most out of every exercise and session. Her specialties include athletic conditioning, rehabilitation, injury special populations, pre/post natal Barre and Zenga flow. Jenny Lynn enjoys spending time with her family in the mountains, rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking and traveling.
Jenn Lane is a certified Pilates instructor through the Professional Health and Fitness Institute and has been teaching Pilates for 18 years. She is also a physical therapist with a focus on women's health and pelvic floor rehabilitation. Her clinic, Holistic Physical Therapy, is located in Wheat Ridge. She has incorporated Pilates into her treatment of her physical therapy clients as well as for the general health and wellness benefits. Jenn loves Pilates because it can be tailored to any ability level, age or goal. And because the pelvic floor is part of our core muscle group, Pilates is an amazing way to help strengthen these muscles! Jenn is originally from New Jersey but has lived in Denver for the past 25 years and has called the Highlands home for the past 20. She and her husband have twin teens, Banjo the dog and Bean the cat. She's excited to be teaching at The Pilates Studio!
Emily is a comprehensively trained instructor under Master Trainer Kit Matthews through Club Pilates. She is a Bay Area native who has lived in Colorado since 2012, initially coming to Boulder for school. She found Pilates during her time at CU after struggling with chronic back pain throughout her teens and early twenties, and fell in love with the practice and its incredible healing properties. Emily is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and Registered Children's Yoga Teacher. Teaching is her passion, and she always aims to create a nurturing space to move in. In her classes, you can expect to focus on breath, intuitive movement, and how to challenge your body through foundational Pilates exercises. When she's not teaching, she enjoys cooking, traveling, skiing, going to concerts, or relaxing at home.
Rachel is a classically trained and comprehensively certified Matwork and Reformer Pilates Instructor through Breathe Education. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2020 with a Major in Crime, Law, Society and a Minor in Architecture. Like many others, the pandemic lead her to at-home workouts, where she began her matwork pilates practice. Her aunt then took her to her very first reformer pilates class and she was hooked. Since getting certified in June 2022, Rachel has spent many hours observing, taking classes and being mentored here at The Pilates Studio! She is excited and grateful to experience such a welcoming community of people.Rachel was born and raised in Palm Spring, CA. She moved to the Denver area in December 2021. Aside from pilates, Rachel is a yogi, an avid skier, a dog lover, a tea drinker, and a Wellness Retreat Director. She is passionate about whole body health and helping other people achieve their goals.
Kit is a comprehensively trained Pilates teacher receiving her initial certification from Linda Farrell of Linda Fit Pilates and her apparatus certification at Pilates Academy International (PAI) in New York City. She relocated to Denver from New York City in 2014. Growing up in the professional ballet world, she always had a love of biomechanics and movement. Dealing with back and hip injuries from ballet, she turned to Pilates to help her realign and rehab her own body. Kit also holds certifications in CARDIOLATES®, Barre, TRX and was a National Senior Master Trainer for Club Pilates. Kit's teaching style pushes and challenges her clients to fulfill their fitness potential while maintaining a fun and encouraging environment.
Currently, Kit is in school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant and is a Certifying Master Trainer for Pilates Academy International (PAI)/Pilates on Fifth throughout the western United States. She is excited to start teaching classes at The Pilates Studio!
Miss Louise is the The Pilates Studio’s friendly furry mascot. She’s not quite professional enough to handle all the fun & frolic that goes along with calmly watching Pilates bodies move in the studio :) but, you still may see Miss Louise drop by the front door from time to time. In her free time you’ll catch her taking long walks down Pearl Street, chasing tennis balls, eating peanut butter, loving humans (especially ones with treats) and of course…Pilates!
Levi is the newest furry addition to The Pilates Studio family. He's a rescue dog from New Mexico and looks very similar to a Dingo. Levi loves long hikes in the mountains and walks around Sloans Lake. He also enjoys chasing his feline roomies around the house. He's learning to catch a frisbee and not bark at everyone that walks by. And he is absolutely obsessed with both eating and playing in the snow!
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