Welcome to Engage Movement Arts!
We offer Pilates Rehabilitation and Dance Medicine services to focus on injury recovery for dancers as well as the non-dance population. Denver native and Pilates Instructor, Amy Anderson NCPT, has almost 30 years experience and is well-known in both the Denver Pilates and Dance communities for her expertise as a rehabilitative therapist and knowledge of dance technique and correction.
Engage Movement Arts works with a wide range of clientele from high level professional and pre-professional dancers to senior citizens with joint replacements and injuries to clients recovering from serious injuries and surgeries. Every single client receives specific exercise and corrective movement sequences customized individually for each person’s specific needs.
Due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus, I am opening my private practice with strict guidelines to maintain the health and safety of everyone who enters the studio. Please review the guidelines in the link below for specifics. If you would rather do online private appointments, I am set up for FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom. Currently, I am having one online Thursday 4:30pm class but will add more upon demand. Please contact me by email or phone (303.909.7294) with any questions or to set up an appointment in person or online.
Thank you, Amy.
About Amy Anderson
"Amy really knows the body. Amy teaches body awareness and wisdom and self-healing. Her extensive, life-long dance background gives her a anesthetic empathy that enables her to understand somatically what is going on in another person’s body. She has tailored her finely tuned, exacting training to provide her the tools to solve physical issues and to give her clients ownership of healing their own bodies."
"My experience with Amy was that she downloaded to me her somatic awareness of my muscular challenges, gifting me with a tailor-made movement routine that has helped me to turn what could have been a chronic issue into a solvable challenge that I am equipped to handle. I am very grateful!"
Amy began her Pilates career with the story so common with many Pilates instructors. She had a career as a professional ballet dancer performing with Colorado Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and finally with David Taylor Dance Theatre in Denver as well as many other local companies for about 15 years. After a serious dance-related injury in 1990, Amy began her studies as a Pilates Instructor with an emphasis on dance medicine and injury rehabilitation. She became certified as a Pilates Instructor with a Dance Medicine Emphasis at St. Francis Hospital Center for Sports and Dance Medicine in San Francisco, CA by Elizabeth Larkham 1991.
Her Pilates training and interest in helping clients with chronic pain was supplemented by many Physical Therapists at the Englewood Physical Therapy Clinic, HealthSouth, and finally, Colorado Center For Physical Therapy. She has studied continually with many Pilates lineages including Kathy Grant and Cara Reeser, Eve Gentry and Michelle Larson, Jillian Hessel, and Master teachers such as Madeleine Black, Lise Stolz, and Marika Molnar through out her Pilates career. She became certified by the PMA in the first exam set by the Alliance in 2005. In 2008, Amy left Colorado Center for Physical Therapy where she worked as a movement rehabilitation instructor for 13 years as well as managing their Pilates studio Motion on Mainstreet. She began her private practice, formerly Gentle Fitness, now Engage Movement Arts, and has been thriving ever since.
Starting in 2012 she met John Zahourek, creator of the Anatomy in Clay Learning Systems and began training. She started teaching workshops utilizing the Anatomy In Clay Learning System combined with exercise instruction as of 2013. She taught the Core at the Pilates Method Alliance International Conference in San Diego 2014. Since 1995, Amy has been teaching Injury Prevention workshops for Pilates Instructors and at local dance schools including Colorado Ballet, International Ballet School, Denver Ballet Academy, Vail International Dance Academy among others.
For the last 7 years she has had a private practice, Engage Movement Arts in Denver and teaches Anatomy in Clay® Workshops. Though all her study of Pilates and rehabilitation of her own back injury, Amy learned to control and eventually completely heal her back. She discovered Argentine Tango in 2004 and has reconnected with dance. She currently teaches and performs Argentine Tango with Parasol Arts and Natural Tango and has developed a class “Pilates for Tango Dancers” which she teaches at the Boulder Tango School and at the Natural Tango Festival. She is grateful to Pilates and the many people she trained with over the years that allowed her to heal her injury, find a new career in Pilates but continue to dance and perform at a high level with out pain.
Amy's certifications include: Dance Medicine Specialist by Saint Francis Hospital, San Francisco, CA; Accredited Pilates teacher-trainer, certified by the Pilates Method Alliance since 2005, Amy Anderson PMA-CPT.
Dance Medicine, Pilates & Dance Classes
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes are cancelled until further notice. Only private sessions are offered at this time.
Whether you need help with pain management, want to increase your range of motion, or strengthen your body overall, you’ve come to the right place. Amy Anderson, owner of Engage Movement Arts, provides private sessions, duets, and classes. She also teaches professional continuing education classes to pilates, physical therapy, and bodyworker professionals.
Amy has 25 years of experience working with people in chronic pain, auto-immune diseases, post-surgery, athletic and dance injuries, arthritis, auto accidents, etc. Amy is an expert in Dance injuries, specializing in technique correction and enhancement, pain issues , and injury recovery for the amateur, pre-professional and professional dancer.
The Pilates classes, Dance Medicine sessions and educational workshops will bring healing to your body and more enjoyment to your favorite activities. Engage Movement Arts' private sessions and classes are located in the beautiful A Living Arts Centre,
Engage Movement Arts
2231 South Platte River Drive, Denver CO 80223