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Staff

Alyssa Lee Wilmot

Alyssa Lee Wilmot

Founder, Owner/director, Head Instructor

Alyssa is a choreographer, dancer, performance artist, writer, and educator who draws upon a diverse range of dance, Pilates, and fitness vocabularies, techniques, and art. Alyssa uses her life experiences to enhance and inspire the lives of people through various forms of movement. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Alyssa started her dance education at the age of three and has been dancing ever since. Alyssa has been trained in New York, Ohio, and California and studied various forms of movement, ranging from dance forms such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop/ Break dancing, Lyrical, Pointe, Liturgical, Belly dance, Modern (Taylor, Mark Morris, Graham, Limon/Humphrey, Fenley), Contemporary, and African dance; along with other forms such as Pilates, Yoga, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Basketball, Cheerleading, Fitness training, Cardio dance, and more. 

  • MFA, Dance Choreography and Performance - Mills College, CA - 2002
  • BA, Philosophy, Dance, Political Science - The College of Wooster, OH - 2000
  • Certified Pilates Mat Instructor - Alter Center, San Francisco, CA - 2004
  • Certified Pilates Equipment Instructor - Alter Center, San Francisco, CA - 2009
  • ZUMBA® Fitness Certified, Basic - 2011
  • PMA®- CPT - 2012-current member status
  • bootybarre® Plus Certification - 2014
  • bootybarre® Flex and Flow Certification - 2014
  • Weight Management Specialist Certification - American Council on Exercise - 2015
  • bootybarre® Pre and PostNatal Certification - 2016
  • bootybarre® Sculpt Certification - 2017
  • CPR/AED Certified - American Red Cross - Current
  • Post Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist - Pink Ribbon Program - 2019

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Elaine Dowling

Elaine Dowling

Ballet Instructor, PIlates instructor

Elaine Dowling is a classically trained ballet dancer, teacher, and choreographer working throughout Northeast Ohio. She studied ballet with renowned Cleveland teachers Marguerite Duncan and Nancy Arcury. Elaine was a principal dancer with North Coast Ballet Theatre, and continues to train with Sonja Kraljevic. She has also studied modern dance with Joan Meggitt, Megan Pitcher, Megan Johnson, and Kelli Sanford. Elaine frequently performs at Case Western Reserve University, where she has worked with international choreographers and danced the works of the legendary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham. She has also performed with Coventry Dance Company and RED.

  • BA, Speech Communication and Theatre - Case Western Reserve University, OH
  • CPR Certified, Current

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Shari Sweeney

Shari Sweeney

Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer

Shari is a personal trainer, Pilates instructor and educator with more than 2 decades of experience in dance and athletics. A native of Northeast Ohio, Shari began ballet training as a child and continued through high school. She took her first Pilates class more than 15 years ago and was instantly hooked, eventually becoming an instructor and studying with Pilates legend Elizabeth Larkham. Shari's others passions include tennis, and volunteering at the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

 
  • BA - Kent State University
  • American Council on Exercise: Personal Trainer
  • American Council on Exercise: Group Exercise Instructor
  • Balanced Body: Comprehensive Pilates Training
  • Muscle Activation Technique JumpStart certified
  • Johnny G. Spinning certified
  • American Heart Association, certified Basic Life Support, CPR and AED instructor
  • American Red Cross, certified First Aid & Emergency Care instructor

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