Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Body Central is dedicated to the health of each client and provides the highest quality of instruction by Classically trained Pilates instructors. All of our instructors have been trained by Roman Kryzanowksa, the direct protege of Joseph Pilates, and/or the teacher trainers under her direct guidance.
It is our mission to continue the teachings of Romana and preserve the method in its purest form, the way Joseph Pilates intended it.
Robin began taking Pilates to strengthen her posture and technique as a professional dancer. She received her dance training from NC School of the Arts and East Carolina University. Robin has performed with Atlanta Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Southern Ballet Theatre, and has appeared as a guest artist in Europe and the US.
While dancing with Atlanta Ballet, Robin received a scholarship and began her apprenticeship with Romana Kryzanowska, Grandmaster and protege of Joseph Pilates. Under Romana's leadership and teacher trainers Sari Pace and Juanita Lopez, Robin was certified and began teaching in 1997. She was the first person certified in the state of Georgia.
In 2005, Romana asked Robin to assist in the training of instructors and she became a teacher trainer for Romana's Pilates and has worked and collaborated with many noteable Pilates instructors around the world. Robin has trained professional athletes and dancers, celebrities, and clients with ALS, and spinal cord injuries.
Robin has a true passion for Pilates and is inspired by her clients and the remarkable changes it has made in their lives and her own.
Lorraine had two choices for a career, become a physical therapist or professional dancer. Lorraine chose the latter after graduating from New York City's High School of Performing Arts. She enjoyed an illustrious thirty plus year career as a professional actor/singer/dancer, choreographer, and dialogue coach. Lorraine has worked nationally and internationally in film, television, video and stage productions with such artists and legends as Sammy Davis Jr., Juliette Prowse, George Chakiris, Jamie Foxx and Michael Jackson to name a few.
Lorraine's interest in Pilates was inspired by her friend Mari Winsor. She began studying Romanas Pilates with Mari and master trainers Juanita Lopez, Cynthia Shipley, Dorothee Vanderwalle, Trish Garland, Ton Voogt, Michael Frizke, Jerome Weinberg, Robin Blum, and Romana herself.
Lorraine has been certified in Romanas Pilates since 2009.
"Pilates continues to empower me. It's an elixer for grace, power, balance, and posture-a sure way to stay young and fit in body and mind."
Lorraine wants to empower her clients so they too can enjoy these qualities of life!
Megan received a dance major from Palm Beach University specializing in modern and contemporary dance.
In 2005 she moved to Atlanta where she was selected to be part of a dance agency through which she has appeared in several commercials and local dance shows.
Meg became interested in Pilates after several reoccurring dance injuries and was looking to find a way to strengthen and stretch her body while learning injuring prevention and having fun. Within less than a month of taking Pilates, she knew this was the career for her. She completed the Romanas Pilates program under Robin's leadership at Body Central in 2006. She has worked the top instructors including Juanita Lopez, Michael Rooks, and Jerome Weinberg.
"I always make sure to emphasize that you will get as much out of Pilates as you give to it. I love that there is no injury too great or fitness level too small. Pilates is for everyone."
In 1997, Dawn met Romana Kryzanowska at the Atlanta Ballet where she was training the first group of certified instructors in the Southeast. The first impression was life changing because Romana exhibited a freedom of movement and grace uncommon in a woman of her age. Dawn realized that the practice could be beneficial for a lifetime and would improve the quality of her life. She became a dedicated student of Pilates for the next twelve years, first at the Pilates Studio of the Atlanta Ballet, and then at Body Central, under the tutorage of Robin Blum.
Dawn reflects about being taught "The Hundred" by George Balanchine in the early 1960's while she was a menber of the Atlanta Civic Ballet, the predecessor of Atlanta Ballet. Having enjoyed a successful 30-year career in real estate, she entered the intensive certification program of Romanas Pilates under the guidance of Robin Blum and was certified by Sari Santo, Romana's daughter, in 2010.
Dawn is enthusiastic about helping others reshape their body, move gracefully, increase flexibility, and strengthen and "stand up tall".
Caroline received her Romanas Pilates certification in 2010 under the leadership of Robin Blum. Encountering Pilates in 1990, she has continuously practiced the system growing stronger with each year. Along the way, Caroline discovered and became a believer in the precision of Joseph Pilates' original system. In 2009 Caroline decided to take time off from her design career to become certified as an instructor so she can share the knowledge she has gained and help others discover the benefits of the Pilates system in it's purest form. Caroline has studied with Saria Santo, Juanita Lopez, Cynthia Shipley, Jerome Weinberg, Daria Pace, Laney Abernathy and Robin Blum. Caroline earned her degree in interior design from the University of Tennessee, graduating cum laude. During her design career, Caroline has been responsible for the design of over 10,000,000 square feet of corporate space.
Caroline continues to balance her passion for improving the work environment and for strengthening the mind and body through Pilates.
Martha completed her certification with Romanas Pilates at True Pilates of New York and Body Central in 2011, but has been a dedicated student for 11 years prior. She has been an athlete all her life, starting as a tennis player in her teens, becoming very involved in both tennis and running as a young adult, and then embraced the game of golf. She is very involved in the Atlanta Women's Golf Association and participates in tournaments across the state.
A bad knee and back problems brought Martha to Pilates on the advice of a friend. She has never looked back; it was the perfect match from the beginning. her feeling is that Pilates is the most effective way to improve strength, flexibility, and balance, which are the cornerstones of athletic endeavors at any age.
Her passion is working with athletes and would-be athletes at any age, as well as those with physical maladies to explore how Pilates can enable them to maximize their goals. She also believes strongly in the overall sense of well-being and energy that Pilates engenders.
Martha has an undergraduate degree in education and Master's degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked for both AT&T, Georgia Pacific, and as an independent consultant in the telecommunications arena
Sarah began taking Pilates lessons at Body Central in 2009. She fell in love with how amazing it made her body and mind feel. She realized Pilates is a lifestyle that promotes quality of life and optimal health through controlled movement, breathing and posture. She had a strong desire to pursue all these benefits for her own life, and to share with others.
Sarah began her training with Romanas Pilates with Robin Blum under master instructors and completed the 600+ hour intensive program in 2011.
Sarah graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012 from Emory University and has a BS in Exercise Science from the College of Charleston. She is a full time physical therapist with Emory Healthcare .
Sarah is excited to share her knowledge and passion for Pilates to promote a higher quality of life and health with others.
Kelli began her career as a ballet and modern dancer. After training with and earning a teaching certificate from Alvin Ailey, she fractured her spine and continued taking Pilates for her recovery. Although Kelli soon left her pursuit of a career in dance, she continued taking Pilates for all of its many benefits. Following her dance career, Kelli earned her BA in interior design and created residential interior spaces for many years before delving into set design. After a long week of filming and compromising physical efforts, she went to Pilates to find relief. Being remined of her love of movement, she returned to her first love, movement with the mind-body connection.
Kelli earned a teaching certificate from The Pilates Center in Boulder, and after taking lessons at Body Central, she decided to hone her skills even further. She entered the Romanas Pilates certification program, and under the guidance of Robin Blum, completed her training, and received her certificate in 2018.
Mary came to pilates as many do, to heal the hurts from working at a desk all day long. She stayed with it for 25 plus years because it continues to challenge her physically and mentally. She became an instructor out of admiration of the beautiful simplicity and discipline of the Classical Method.
Mary has a gymnastics background, and has been taught and exposed to some of the best Pilates teachers worldwide, including Romana Kryzanowska, whom she met at the beginning of her Pilates journey, in 1997.
Mary loves that the method provides a lifelong activity to maintain a strong core, flexibility, balance, and a great full-body workout.
Jennifer began teaching exercise in 2007 as a Personal Fitness Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. After a few years of experience, she became curious and interested in improving the alignment and posture of her clients. After a friend introduced her to Pilates in 2010, she immediately fell in love with the method and knew it would be perfect for making her own body and her clients' bodies to feel and move better.
Jennifer became certified by the Pilates Method Alliance in 2015. After taking many lessons in some Romans Pilates trained studios, she felt the benefits and wanted to learn how to teach classically. Jennifer has studied from Mejo Wiggin, Kathi Ross-Nash, Bob Leikens, Jay Grimes, Shari Berkowitz, Dana Santi, Chris Robinson, Moses Urbano, and many others trained by Romana. It became clear to Jennifer that those who had been trained by Romana were the most compelling, knowledgeable, and effective teachers in the industry. In 2020, Jennifer decided to pursue the Romanas Pilates Instructor Training Program with Body Central as her home studio under the guidance of Robin Blum, and completed the program in 2021.
Jennifer feels that in conjunction with her new understanding of the work, it was the greatest career decision she ever made.
At the age of 17, Alison started her career in Production Operation and Management within the fields of film, television, music and amusement parks and attractions.
After receiving a degree in Film and Television, she worked at various production companies, such as Soundelux and CNN. During her time at CNN, she earned several awards for her contributions, including a Dupont, Peabody, and an Emmy. The work that Alison accomplished in these years was instrumental in the creation of Hibbote, Inc., which is still an active multimedia company.
In 2013, while seeking to heal an injury sustained during production, Alison discovered Pilates. With a background in theatre and gymnastics, she was immediately attracted to the acrobatics of Pilates and found success in the system. Alison has acquired a keen sense of detail from her technical field, which translates to the precision of Pilates, and her ability to challenge and improve her clients.
Alison was certified through the Romana's Pilates Instructor Training program in 2018 under the leadership of Robin Blum, and continues her education training with the world's leading Pilates instructors.