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Abla Hamza-Milner
Abla Hamza-Milner
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Fitness and dance have always been an important part of Abla Hamza-Milner's life. She danced ballet for 13 years as well as trained for several years in modern, jazz, and flamenco dance. Even while earning her BA in Anthropology from UT Austin, she continued to fulfill her passion for dance, and soon after graduating performed professionally as a dancer with the Dallas Opera and Conte de Loyo Flamenco Dance Company. In 2000, while pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas, she completed an AFAA certification and began teaching group fitness. Following the AFAA certification, she went on to receive certifications in Pilates (Power Pilates Beginner Mat) as well as several other group fitness certifications which she taught from 2001-2006 in the Dallas Metroplex.

After moving to Philadelphia in 2007, Abla immediately completed Power Pilates Intermediate Mat to expand her Pilates knowledge. As she taught Pilates more, Abla became exited to see the benefits to better posture, strength, and overall fitness. She completed a Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification with Karen Pecarsky at Urbanfront Pilates in 2011 as well as a PMA certification in 2012, and she has been teaching equipment as well as mat pilates since then. In 2013, she received a Vbarre certification and she has loved teaching a modality that combines pilates, dance, and fitness. Having danced and performed opera with several major opera houses in the US, Abla is excited to share her experience and passion for music, dance, and fitness with other movement specialists as a Vbarre teacher trainer.
Cecile Knapen
Cecile Knapen
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Location: Netherlands
Cecile Knapen is a Vbarre Teacher Trainer in the Netherlands.
Claydia DeRijter
Claydia DeRijter
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Location: Netherlands
Claydia DeRijter is a Vbarre Teacher Trainer in the Netherlands.
Ilka Recker
Ilka Recker
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Ilka Recker, born in Germany, was first introduced to Classical Pilates in 1993 during her dance training at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (The Netherlands). Already intrigued by the beauty and effectiveness of this method she chose "Pilates – Proprioception" as the topic of her final thesis. During her years as a performer, Pilates has helped Ilka to stay injury free. Being thankful for that, it only felt natural to her to follow the path of becoming a Pilates instructor herself. Ilka came to New York City to get the best possible training and joined the Power Pilates certification program. She received her Beginner Mat Certificate from Power Pilates in 2006, completed the Comprehensive Program in 2010, and passed the PMA Certification in 2011. Ilka became a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer and a Vbarre Teacher Trainer in 2012.
Laurie Meulendijks
Laurie Meulendijks
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Location: Netherlands
Laurie Meulendijks is a Vbarre Teacher Trainer in the Netherlands.
Lesly Levy
Lesly Levy
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Lesly Levy, PMA_CPT, former owner of Mindful Moves Pilates Center, and current Power Pilates Senior Teacher Trainer, VBARRE Teacher Trainer, Regional Director Power Pilates New England and Director of Pilates and Pilates Programming for Apogee, has been professionally instructing within the fitness field for 22+ years. Lesly brings with her a vast knowledge of Anatomy, Kinesiology, injuries, injury prevention. Lesly obtained her first Pilates certificate from the PhysicalMind Institute, her second from Power Pilates and is also Gold Certified with the PMA. She has presented at both ECA and PMA as well as is a regular presenter at Power Conferences in NYC and has traveled both within the US as well as internationally to teach Pilates Training Courses. Lesly's certifications/trainings include: ACE PT, ACE Group Fitness, Mad Dog Spin, Yogafit, Indo Row, TRX, VBARRE, Beyond Barre, Irene Dowd Anatomy, FAMI, and specialties of recognition in perinatal fitness. Lesly is a wife and mother of 2. In her spare time, Lesly enjoys skiing, music, going to the theatre and reading.
Stephanie West Iervoline
Stephanie West Iervoline
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Stephanie West (Iervoline) started practicing Pilates in 2002 after a car accident left her with a broken pelvis and back. After 11 months of physical therapy, she was out of pain, but had limited strength and range of motion. Kimberly Karpanty, a Pilates Instructor with Core Dynamics(c) and dance professor suggested Pilates as a way to transition back into dancing full time. Pilates was the only form of rehabilitation that worked her range of motion and challenged her strength. She got back to dancing stronger than ever before. Stephanie graduated from Kent State University (Ohio) with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Stephanie then went on to study dancer injuries and movement analysis at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (NYC) and is a Certified Movement Analyst. Stephanie has a passion for teaching Pilates, and her strengths include identifying a clients' strengths so that together they can "work what works". Utilizing the skill set Stephanie has acquired through her training at Power Pilates and many years of movement experience, she knows that "Movement Heals" and that a proactive and positive approach is what will make change occur. By working at Power Pilates, and becoming a Teacher Trainer in 2012, Stephanie is continuing to sharpen the teaching tools that make her such an approachable instructor. Stephanie began teaching Vbarre in 2012 and is a Vbarre Teacher Trainer.
Stormi Truesdell
Stormi Truesdell
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Movement, consistency, motivation, and discipline…all elements of Stormi's approach as a student, instructor, and teacher. In 2006, after leaving her first official mat class, Stormi was immediately intrigued by the Joseph Pilates method and began her career as a Power Pilates Instructor/Teacher Trainer.

Stormi, a native Texan, was driven to dance prior to learning to walk and has never stopped. By age 10, under the mentorship of Joyce Seaborne Bader, Stormi solely focused on classical foundations, progressing with Distinction through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). During this time she was granted scholarships to the American Academy of Ballet and captured leading roles with Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet, directed by Paul Mejia.

Observing the longstanding benefits of Pilates’ classical, systematic, and integrative approach and Vbarre’s shared philosophy, Stormi believes she has chosen the best of two fitness worlds. Her joy is derived from sharing her love of movement, continuing life as a student, and enabling clients and teachers to not achieve, but surpass their fitness goals.

Power Pilates System I (2007) | Comprehensive (2008) | Teacher Trainer (2014) and Vbarre Instructor (2012) | Teacher Trainer (2014)
Veronica Combs
Veronica Combs
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Location: Dallas, Texas
Veronica Combs, creator of Vbarre, is a Regional Director and Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates at Classic Pilates in Dallas, TX. Veronica's passion for wellness and fitness sprang from her desire to dance professionally. Veronica studied classical ballet at the School of American Ballet in New York City, and later at the Kirov Academy in Washington, DC. After graduating with a BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University, she pursued her career as a Pilates instructor. Her love of movement and dedication to helping her clients reach their fitness goals propelled her to create Vbarre. Veronica feels fortunate to have a career that allows her the opportunity to help others move better and feel healthier.