Pilates Teacher-Training Launches

Breathe deep and focus: This is not your local gym’s Pilates program. The Polestar Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training program is now available through the Mason Gross Extension Division and the Department of Dance at Rutgers. The program is open to the public.

The five-semester series is taught by Kim Gibilisco, a lecturer in the Department of Dance, who says she has wanted to implement the Polestar program at Mason Gross “for a long, long time.” She worked with Polestar cofounder Brent Anderson to bring the program to Rutgers—the first time it is offered in a university setting.

“This program trains professionals to keep their bodies healthy and strong” as they learn over 200 exercises on Pilates equipment with names like the Reformer, Cadillac, and Spine Corrector, says Gibilisco. The courses also teach assessment and problem-solving skills that, according to Anderson, “increase students’ preparedness to teach the full repertoire with precision and sensitivity to the individual or class they are teaching.”

The 453-hour program is open to movement professionals with prior Pilates training or experience in kinesiology, yoga, or dance. Classes take place in the new state-of-the-art Soma Center at Rutgers–New Brunswick, a studio that focuses on motion-specific training and rehabilitation for dancers.

After completion of a studio-based internship, students will sit for the Pilates Method Alliance Board Certification Exam to become credentialed teachers of the practice, adding substantial professional value to their educational degrees or established careers, says Gibilisco.

And those careers need not be confined to the dance studio or stage: Pilates professionals have gone on to careers at medical facilities, performing arts conservatories, and fitness centers throughout the world.

Although the training program and equipment may be more serious than you’re used to, don’t let the Reformer intimidate you. “The workout is surprisingly relaxing and revitalizing,” Anderson says. “It’s a program that works for everyone, regardless of age or condition.”

Registration is open online. For more information about the Mason Gross Extension Division, click here or call 732-932-8618.

Spring 2014 Polestar Pilates Offering
What: Module 3: Polestar Pilates Studio, Levels 3 and 4
When: January 24 - May 2, 2014, Fridays 2:15-6:55 pm
Where: Soma Studio, Nicholas Music Center
Cost: $995 (optional parking pass: $10)
Registration is ongoing!

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Posted January 2014