Owner, Certified Pilates Instructor, Movement Educator.
Mindful movement has long been fundamental to Claire—who began
dancing at the age of three in St. John’s, NF, where she was born
and raised. After graduation, Claire continued to dance while she
studied psychology, anatomy and growth and development at Memorial
University. Following that, Claire enrolled in the Dance Teacher
Training Program with Judy Knee. It was during this time that Claire
began to discover how movement can not only be artistic, but also
therapeutic. Claire worked closely with physical therapists at the
Children's Rehabilitation Centre where she helped design and teach a
therapeutic dance program for children with physical disabilities, the
first of its kind in the province.
Claire has over twenty years of dance training and ten
years experience as an educator in a number of dance and movement
techniques including Modern dance-creative movement, contact
improvisation, tap, jazz, ballet, ballroom and Latin American. She
received her Professional Dance training at the School of Toronto Dance
Theatre where she performed in pieces by several talented and renowned
Canadian choreographers—including Christopher House and Conrad
Alexandrowicz. It was while studying here that she discovered Pilates.
Immediately she was intrigued as studying Pilates helped her to
understand the mechanics of movement.
Claire has also taught at many of the top Toronto wellness/fitness
centres and Dance Studios. She is known for providing a “personal
touch” to all her classes and for tailoring them to her
students’ needs. She is constantly studying and investigating the
many new movement techniques in order to challenge her students and
further expand her own knowledge. She is excited that there is always
more to learn!
Claire is a now full-time Certified Pilates Instructor whose
repertoire includes Matwork, the Reformer, the Cadillac and the
Stability Ball. She is also a successful entrepreneur, with her own
popular studio, Mindful Movement Pilates, in downtown Toronto. At her
studio, Claire specializes in both private and small group classes and
takes great pleasure in sharing her discoveries and extensive knowledge
of movement with others.
In September 2004 Claire was asked to be the Trusted Advisor for
Pilates with Indigo Books and Music. She advises Indigo on their
Pilates-related products and reviews all the latest books, videos and
DVD’s. As of March 2005, her contributions will also be
highlighted in store. Look for Claire next time you are at any of the
Chapters and Indigo stores across Canada.
“I have taken many Pilates classes around the globe and the
most enjoyable classes I have taken have been with you. You take the
time to get to know your clients and you also let us get to know you.
You have instilled a love of Pilates that has made me recommend it to
many, many people. The instructor is what makes a class what it is and
you are outstanding!”
Claire with Cindy Crawford, who praised
the benefits of Pilates at an event for Kellogs/Stott.
“Claire is a gifted teacher. She is patient, gentle,
encouraging, skilled, warm and creative. She has taught me so much about
my body and my physical abilities. I did not enjoy nor was I good at
athletics. I was very uncomfortable in my body and felt anxious doing
exercise. I always thought I was weak. After Claire encouraged me to try
different exercises and told me that she knew I could do it, I learned
that I could. I have never injured myself and I have been with Claire
for three years now. She is thorough and pays attention to detail. She
spends time explaining things you don't understand and comes up with
creative images and instructions to teach exercises.”
Attention Newfoundlanders Abroad!
$10 off your first visit. Expires May 31, 2005
For more information visit http://www.mindfulmovementstudio.net/