Weekly Schedule

Tuesday

10-11 AM Pilates Mat Class

5-6:30 PM Floor Barre Class (starting 1/8/19)

 

Wednesday

12-1 PM Brain & Balance Dance

 

Thursday

5:30-6:30 PM Pilates Mat Class 

 

Friday

10-11 AM Ball Class

Private sessions & duets available by appointment.

 

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.

 
 

Contact

Engage Movement Arts

2231 South Platte River Drive, Denver CO 80223

303.909.7294

amy@engagemovementarts.com

Dance Medicine, Pilates & Dance Classes

Movement Arts

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,

Movement Therapy & Pilates

Mat classes are built on the principles of the Pilates Matwork developed by Joseph Pilates. Amy has adapted this work to suit the needs of her clients who often are recovering from injuries, surgeries, or other issues. Classes have a series of warm up exercises, strengthening and core work with accompanying stretches for the total body.

 

Equipment classes involve the Pilates equipment including the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wundachair, and various smaller devices and toys that enhance the Pilates work. In shared appointments, two or three clients work on the various pieces of equipment and rotate thru all of them within the hour session.

Dance Classes

Amy Anderson has been a professional dancer in Denver, Colorado for most of her career. She did her early training and performing with Colorado Ballet and danced with the company for 5 years. She continued dancing as a professional ballet dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and David Taylor Dance Theatre but began to branch out into contemporary ballet and modern dance as well as dancing in such companies as Colorado Repertory Dance and Jan Justis Dance Company.  Amy has also been dancing Argentine tango for 12 years and has performed in national and international tango festivals. 

 

Amy continues to choreograph and perform contempory ballet, modern dance, and Argentine Tango.

Dance Medicine & Inury Rehabilitation

Amy offers Injury Prevention Workshops, Nutrition lectures, Technique Analysis, and Injury Rehabilitation for dancers of all styles and levels, from recreational and social dance to professionals. Classes are held for dance schools and companies as well as individual sessions.

 

Also offered by Amy Anderson and Gregory Gonzales are the ANATOMY IN CLAY®  learning system workshops to learn about the anatomy of the body and relate it to dance technique. The more you know your body and understand the physical reality of what you are doing, in any form of dance, the more effective you will be as a teacher and dancer.

Amy Anderson and Gregory Gonzales teach a series of workshops as part of the ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System

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