Ashley Iglehart
news imageAshley grew up in Arizona and headed to Wellesley College for a degree in Economics and Spanish. From
there she took the most logical step and pursued a career in acting! When her agent suggested she tone
up for auditions, she discovered the amazing results of Pilates. Not only did she get in the shape she
wanted, but her chronic lower back and neck pain disappeared.


Ashley studied classical Pilates for thirteen years before receiving her teaching
certification two years ago from second generation Master Teacher Risa Sheppard, of Sheppard Method
Pilates. She believes Pilates is unmatched in the strengthening and toning of the body and the
resulting longevity. She has worked with many clients of differing ages, levels, stages of injury, pre
and post natal (herself included!) etc.
Namiki Rile
news imageNamiki was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She has been dancing since the age of 4. She continued her dancing career through out her life. After relocating to the Los Angeles area-she has also participated and performed with many talented choreographers and dancers (including Musical and Dance stage, televisions and films, etc).

She received Pilates certification through the Classic Pilates Method (ROMANA).

Namiki has also been working with many types of clients to help them re-pattern their movements to become more efficient in their respective field, to tone their muscle, pre/post natal and to help strengthen existing injuries, etc.
Christine Collins
news imageChristine started training in the classic Pilates method in 2000 at Power Pilates in New York City, and after one session was
hooked! She found it challenging in a way that no other exercise had done and she has tried just about everything. She truly
believes this method can change the way you feel and move, with the added benefit of looking better... Hello skinny jeans!
She has seen the transformation first hand through years of teaching along with her own practice which has allowed her to
work through old injuries. She has worked with athletes, dancers, musicians, the elderly and specializes in bringing balance
back to the body to create more efficient movement patterns. She is passionate about classic Pilates which is closest to the
original system and can create a fun, challenging workout while catering to the individual needs of the client.
Jesse Sospirato
news imageA native Angeleno, Jesse has been hooked in to the fitness and rock-n-roll cultures all her life. She even wore a leather dress to her high school prom. Certified in classical Pilates technique through the instructor-training program at Absolution, a distinguished Pilates studio in West Hollywood, she has been teaching Private Pilates sessions, and Mat Pilates since 2002.

Responding to the needs of her Hollywood and Valley clients who like to rock out while getting fit, Jesse has built on Joseph Pilates principles to develop her own series of original exercises. Her workouts remain focused on strengthening the core and creating long, lean muscles, but then kick it up a notch and give it a killer beat.

Her philosophy is all about celebrating your body and growing stronger from within. Rather than trying to mold people into artificial shapes, Jesse focuses on helping you love the body you have and become the healthiest you possible!

Jesse enthusiasm for Pilates and personal training and all things fitness is contagious! She is constantly motivating and challenging her clients to new levels of fitness. Whether you are a new comer or experienced student Jesse will find fun and new ways to inspire you!!
Tanya Hellum
news imageTanya trained under Maria Leone in Beverly Hills, receiving her certification in Pilates through the Physical-Mind Institute in NY. Growing up in LA, Tanya enjoyed dancing and performing as well as a commitment to continual learning. She then went on to college, earning a Bachelor's degree in communications from BYU and an MBA from Cal State Northridge. Spending more than a decade in the corporate entertainment environment, she found Pilates and Yoga to achieve fitness, balance and relaxation. Today she's excited to get back to her true love of movement and share the enjoyment and challenges that Pilates brings with those she teaches. A mother of two active boys, Tanya also serves as an officer on the Board of Directors of a local credit union and recently received a certification in fine cooking.
Norma Jean Nolan - currently teaching abroad in Brazil
news imageNorma Jean grew up in Lake Tahoe. She danced and swam competitively throughout her childhood. She started skiing competitively in Junior High and continued through college. Needing a change, she moved to Hawaii where she learned how to windsurf and became a SCUBA diving master. While in Hawaii Norma Jean was in an accident that caused a serious and permanent back injury. At that time she was looking forward to pursuing a career in Dance. Determined, she began physical therapy and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream. After two years of hard work her back still hurt and she was on the verge of giving up. Then, one of her dance instructors suggested Pilates. Twenty-five sessions later, the pain went away and she danced professionally for the next six years. Norma Jean swears by Pilates. It has given her a life doctors said she would never have. Norma Jean has been teaching for four years and loves it. She is able to re-create the same miracles on her clients that she experienced herself. Norma Jean pursues and teaches Pilates with passion and feels she was born to do this.
Susan E. Paolini - currently teaching abroad in Boston & New York
news imageSusan comes to Bad Cat from Boston, MA where she began her training in Pilates, with mentor Sheila Donovan (The Pilates Studio, Canton, MA), after receiving her B.A. in dance from Dean College. She began integrating Pilates and yoga into her lifestyle as part of her training as a professional dancer/entertainer to maintain and sustain strength, flexibility, and proper body alignment while in or out of classroom, on the road performing, or teaching. Susan began her training as a Stott Instructor at Pilates on 5th, in New York City, NY and continued the extensive training program at The John Gary Pilates Studio in Long Beach, CA. Susan integrates the Stott method, yoga, dance, stretching, and weight training into personalized workouts she designs specifically for each individual client based on body type to create and produce a long, lean, toned, and aligned body.
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