Polestar Pilates at Mason Gross School of the Arts

The Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division is partnering with Polestar Pilates to offer the first evidence-based comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program at the university level. 

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Principles of Movement
  • Principles Online: Available Tuesday, May 29, 2014.  Online course to be completed by August 15, 2014
  • 12 hours of Online Study
  • 6 hours of Self-Study completed before August 16, 2014
  • Principles On Campus: August 16–17 and August 23–24, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily*
    *Class meeting dates are subject to change.
  • 32 hours of Contact
  • 10 hours of Self-Study to be completed between August 16–September 2, 2014 (5 hours per week)
    Cost of Principles of Movement and Principles online: $1360

Fall 2014

  • Saturday and Sundays 
  • 10 a.m.–6 p.m. one weekend a month for four months
  • September 27 and 28, 2014 (4)*
  • October 25 and 26, 2014 (5)*
  • November 22 and 23, 2014 (4)*
  • December 6 and 7, 2014 (4)*
  • December 20 and 21, 2014 (4)*
  • *Class meeting dates are subject to change.
  • 64 Instructional hours
  • 34 self-study (2 hours per week, September 2–December 31, 2014)

Spring 2015
  • Saturday and Sundays
  • 10 a.m.–6 p.m. one weekend a month for four months
  • January 24 and 25, 2015 (5)*
  • February 21 and 22, 2015 (4)*
  • March 28 and 29, 2015 (4)*
  • May 2 and 3, 2015 (5)*
  • *Class meeting dates are subject to change.
  • 64 Instructional hours
  • 120 self-study (2 hrs/week from January 1–April 30, 2015)
  • PLUS 5 hours per week between May 1–29, 2015 in preparation for Finals

Summer 2015
  • May 30–31, 2015, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily*
  • *Class meeting dates are subject to change.
  • Finals
  • 16 hours of Contact
  • 16 hours of self-study completed by 6/26/15 (4 hrs/week)

Internship at an approved site of Student’s choice
  • *Class meeting dates are subject to change.
  • June 1–September 1, 2015*
    80 hours total
  • Observation: 10 hours
  • Assistant Teaching: 20 hours
  • Administration: 10 hours
  • Supervised Teaching: 40 hours

PMA Exam Study Session I
  • *Class meeting dates are subject to change.
  • June 27–28, 2015, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily*
  • 16 hours of Contact
  • 16 hours of self-study completed by July 24, 2015 (4 hrs/week)

PMA Exam Study Session II
  • July 25–26, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily*
  • *Class meeting dates are subject to change.
  • 16 hours of Contact
  • 16 hours of self-study completed by August 21, 2015 (4 hrs/week)


"I was attracted to Polestar Pilates because it provides an empirically-based, systematic and comprehensive approach to wellness that addresses body, mind and spirit. Also, Polestar is an international community of master teachers and mentors who are wonderful resources for Polestar students. In training with Kim Gibilisco at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, I experienced a multi-faceted approach to Pilates including:

  • Comprehensive manuals covering progressions, regressions, and modifications for exercises on all Pilates equipment;
  • Supporting texts on anatomy, movement imagery, cueing, and communication;
  • Practice in lesson plan development and delivery;
  • Studio self-practice
  • An internship supervised by a master Pilates teacher.

"One benefit of training at Rutgers University was knowing that the program was informed by current best practices in teaching and learning. And the Mason Gross Soma Center features state-f-the art Balanced Body equipment. The culminating Fingerprint Project allowed me to integrate my previous movement interests and experience to develop a personally meaningful and distinctive approach to the Polestar Pilates repertoire.The Mason Gross program attracted an amazing cohort that supported, encouraged and challenged me to develop my teaching practice.

Overall, my Polestar training has heightened my perception of the fundamental and systematic ways that movement can support wellness in body, mind and spirit. I feel well prepared to help clients appreciate how the varied, integrated movement practice of Pilates can directly enhance their range of movement and quality of life. I can't imagine a better or more comprehensive preparation for a career as a Pilates teacher than Polestar!"Frederick Curry

"The Polestar training program has made the transition into teaching Pilates quite effortless. I had no issues finding a teaching job and also find that having Pilates training has made me more marketable as a dance educator. The comprehensive Polestar curriculum and internship truly have developed me into a well-rounded, knowledgeable teacher able to work in any environment as well as train diverse clientele. Not only were we taught the classic Pilates repertory but were also able to research topics specific to our areas of interest (i.e. Alexander, yoga, Nutrition, meditation) so that we finished as unique Pilates teachers."Lindsey Rizkalla

"Polestar Pilates is so worldwide and because of this I was able to combine my love of traveling with my love of Pilates and complete my internship in Germany with the European Polestar Coordinator of Europe, Alexander Bohlander. Having this opportunity was what made this program stand out to me and made me so thankful that I had chosen to do this. I know that I can have the chance to teach anywhere in the world because Polestar is such a tight family, and I've already met so many people even having just completed my training. Also being in the university setting allowed me the chance to work with my friends and peers in a setting that I was already comfortable with and had access to easily. I can already recognize how much ahead this program is than other teacher training programs and I'm so grateful that Mason Gross and Polestar were able to come together. Through this experience I've gained so much more knowledge about myself, others, bodies, and movement, and I know that my education and exploration will only continue."  – Shelby Dinslage

"The Polestar Pilates Teacher Training program at Rutgers University was a life-changing treasure and thoroughly prepared me for my career as a Pilates Practitioner. The university setting provided a unique academic component that other training programs, in my direct experience and from my research, lacked. The superior Pilates training was complimented by in-depth training in: practitioner-client communication and interaction, tactile cuing, use of imagery, anatomy and body mechanics, working with special populations, and also included a culminating module centered around finding our “fingerprint” or teaching style. As well as assessing ourselves, we were regularly encouraged to assess our colleagues, instructor, and the program itself. This focus on assessment created an open and exploratory environment and cultivated a strong community amongst our cohort. The diverse reading and writing assignments included in each module, enhanced my experience of the Pilates exercises, deepened my understanding of the conceptual material, and revealed invaluable insights about pedagogy that were instrumental in my development as a teacher. The design of the program disseminated information in a way that scaffolded and built in richness and complexity. Notably, the Polestar program empowered me with the knowledge to effectively assess the bodies of my clients and to work safely with special populations and clients with injuries. I am now a Pilates instructor working with a physical therapist in Hamilton, NJ and at a prominent Pilates studio in Watchung, NJ, as well as, a Part-Time Lecturer teaching Pilates at Rutgers University. The transformative results that I am achieving with my clients are beyond what I expected to be capable of before experiencing Polestar Pilates at Rutgers University. I am thankful for having found this program and would highly recommend it." – Kelly Robertson

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