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 has been practicing Pilates for over 12 years and teaching Pilates for over seven years – four of those years have been with The Pilates Studio! She is a certified Pilates instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance and was comprehensively trained through Balanced Body. Emily brings passion, energy and attention to detail to each session. Her teaching style blends classical and contemporary with emphasis on functional movement. 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 has relocated back to her Denver home after a year and half living in Nashville, TN. When not in the studio Emily’s second home is in the mountains hiking with her husband and friends. She also enjoys taking her Pilates knowledge and principles to other forms of movement including strength training and running.
Amy Kuo, NCPT
Amy is a certified instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and was comprehensively trained through Club Pilates. She has been practicing Pilates for over a decade and came to love the positive way it challenged her mind and body. With both her passion to practice Pilates and her desire to help others improve their lives through health and fitness; it was an easy choice to follow the path to become a Pilates instructor. Amy loves seeing how Pilates has helped her students grow mentally and physically. She is constantly working to refine her understanding of anatomy and kinesiology with continuing education workshops and strives to bring playfulness and precision when working with her clients. When not in the studio, Amy enjoys spending time with her fiancée and two American Bulldogs. A foodie at heart, she is always looking for a new restaurant to try or a new recipe to cook.
Ashley is a classically trained Pilates instructor through Peak Pilates in Denver, CO. As a former dancer and movement therapist, Ashley is passionate about all things movement. Her experience with Pilates is reflected in the Joseph Pilates quote, “Change happens through movement and movement heals.” Ashley began practicing Pilates to alleviate back pain, gain core strength and find peace of mind. She quickly experienced relief from her chronic back pain and realized that Pilates replaced her need for physical therapy exercises. She also experienced the psychological benefits that Pilates offers as well as an increased body awareness. Ashley is a compassionate teacher that strives to meet her clients where they’re at. She is committed to continuing her education in Pilates through workshops and spending time with her mentors. Ashley has a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling and is currently enjoying spending her time outdoors while living in Colorado. She enjoys hiking, swimming, snowboarding, dancing, reading, spending time with family and friends and all things snow.
Alex 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 enrolled in the classically-based, Pure Body Teacher Training Program in 2019 and is set to receive her comprehensive certification in early 2021! 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 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 at Whole Body Pilates under the leadership of Dana Dreifus. 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.
Tyra is a comprehensive certified Balanced Body Pilates instructor through Boston Body pilates in Boston. Tyra is also a ACSM certified personal trainer and bootybarre instructor. She began practicing pilates while working at a gym personal training and fell in love. Tyra discovered that mindful movement and core strengthening changed her body and the way she carried herself in everyday life. She is a passionate and energetic teacher who strives to bring out the best confidence in movement for each of her clients. Sessions with Tyra are challenging and fun. She contributes her overall health, strength, flexibility, and fitness results to pilates. She gets great pleasure in guiding others to discover the benefits of fitness and enrich their lives through movement. She hopes to inspire her clients to exceed their fitness goals.
Carson is a certified Pilates Instructor through the Kane School of Pilates in NYC. She found Pilates through her work as a Physical Therapist specializing in scoliosis, spinal deformities, and pelvic conditions. The Pilates Method provided a comprehensive framework of exercises to help clients connect with their breath, posture, and body mechanics. In addition to Pilates, Carson teaches yoga asana and is a reiki level 1 practitioner— she believes each class is an opportunity to utilize several different modalities to help clients expand their body awareness and recognize potential.
Miss Louise is the The Pilates Studio’s friendly furry mascot. She’s not quite old 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!
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