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Holly Furgason
Founder & CEO | CSI & STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer

Holly Furgason Founder & CEO | CSI & STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer

San Francisco & Oakland Studios

Holly Furgason is the founder and CEO of Blue Sparrow Pilates with locations in San Francisco (2007) and Oakland (2015), CA. Renowned for excellence in the Bay Area, Blue Sparrow Pilates attracts students from around the world as the only STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center in San Francisco. Holly is the creator of Fit4Real.com, a mentorship blog for Pilates instructors, and Prenatal Pilates, a mobile Pilates app designed to train prenatal and postpartum women at home. Holly has been studying Pilates for close to 17 years and teaching in San Francisco since 2004. Holly completed her STOTT PILATES training in 2001, and then went on to become a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer in Mat and Reformer (2011) and Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels (2015), CORE Athletic Conditioning Instructor Trainer (2013), and a Total Barre Instructor Trainer (2015). Holly’s challenging classes and playful personality have established her as a powerful name in Pilates. In a recent article Holly was called a “favorite Bay Area fitness gurus.” Holly is a blogger for Pilates Style Magazine and in 2013 was voted as one of the top ten instructors international through Pilates Anytime. In 2013 Holly joined the faculty at Mills College to train dancers to teach Pilates. With well over 10,000 hours of teaching experience, Holly has worked with a wide range of clientele from severely injured to high level athletes. Holly has extensive experience working with a diverse range of injuries including chronic pain, scoliosis, herniated/slipped/bulging discs, back pain, shoulder & rotator cuff tears, knee and hip issues, tendonitis, labral tears, ACL tears, hip and knee replacements, post-polio, breast cancer recovery, and pre/post-natal recovery. Training:
  • University of Michigan, BDA
  • Mills College, MFA
  • Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® on all Equipment and all levels
  • Instructor Trainer in STOTT PILATES® Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, and Barrels
  • Instructor Trainer CORE™ Athletic Condition + Performance Training
  • Instructor Trainer TotalBarre™
  • Certified GYROTONIC® (level 1 & 2), GYROKINESIS®, Archway®, Gyrotoner®
  • Certified TRX Suspension Trainer™
  • Specialist in Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning, Breast Cancer Exercise, Pregnancy Fitness & Postpartum Rehabilitation, Active for Life, Group Matwork, Group Equipment, and Dance

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Melissa Kennedy
CSI & STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer

Melissa Kennedy CSI & STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer

San Francisco & Oakland Studios

Melissa is classically trained in ballet and modern dance, and performed professionally in Minneapolis, MN and the Bay Area. She certified in STOTT PILATES®in St. Paul, MN (2007), studying with Kelly Dormady, Jill Winnegar, and Deborah Hunt. She completed her STOTT PILATES® full certification in 2012, and then joined the elite ranks of STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainers in 2014. Melissa offers her lifelong study of movement with Pilates, TRX, barre, and athletic conditioning. She works with a vast array of clients seeking general conditioning, athletic training, injury prevention and rehabilitation. Melissa has training and experience using the Pilates method for back rehabilitation and/or management, breast cancer recovery, osteoporosis, and scoliosis. Additionally she instructs rehabilitation session for injuries ranging from joint replacements; knee meniscus tears and ACL repairs; ankle sprains and fractures; shoulder and rotator cuff strains and tears; pregnancy related trauma. Melissa has been teaching at Blue Sparrow Pilates since 2008. Training:
  • BA in Dance and a BA in Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® on all Equipment & all levels
  • Instructor Trainer in STOTT PILATES® Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, and Barrels
  • Instructor Trainer TotalBarre™
  • Certified TRX Suspension Trainer™
  • Certified CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training
  • GYROTONIC® Apprentice Trainer
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Eryn Lauckern
Certified Senior Instructor - GYROTONIC®

Eryn Lauckern
CSI GYROTONIC®

San Francisco Studio

Eryn’s path to GYROTONIC® came from a deep love of the body’s ability to move, expand, heal and change. She first began practicing GYROTONIC® in 2001 and was so moved by the practice that she went on to certify as a teacher in 2007. Trained as a therapeutic massage therapist, Reiki master and Reflexology bodyworker, Eryn has a solid foundation and understanding of anatomy and how movement can help rehabilitate and strengthen the body. Currently she is continuing her GYROTONIC® Expansion System Training as well as working towards full STOTT PILATES® certification. eryn@bluesparrowpilates.com

Training:
  • Certified Massage Therapist, Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy
  • Certified GYROTONIC® Trainer (Level 1 & 2)
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Karen Knowlton
Certified Senior Instructor

Karen Knowlton
CSI 

San Francisco Studio

Karen was first introduced to Pilates during her years at Queen’s University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. After moving to Toronto in 2008, she began participating in weekly Reformer classes at the world renowned STOTT PILATES studio. A former dancer and gymnast, Pilates was a natural fit to help rehabilitate old injuries and maintain strength and flexibility, and once she stepped on a Reformer she never looked back.

Karen completed all of her training at the STOTT PILATES International Training Center in Toronto, Canada. In 2013, she was invited to become an Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES at the International Training Center in Toronto.

After moving to San Francisco in the spring of 2016, Karen joined the Blue Sparrow team, where she divides her time between teaching clients and instructor education courses. She continues to travel internationally to teach for STOTT PILATES at various hosting sites.

Karen’s passion as an instructor comes from challenging her clients to surpass their own expectations and to constantly strive for more. With this focus on empowerment, and a deep understanding of the Pilates method, she enjoys helping her clients reach their personal goals, regardless of age or fitness level. In addition to witnessing their physical progress, one of Karen’s favorite parts of working with clients is seeing their energy and self-confidence improve. Being able to help people physically and emotionally in such a direct way gives her great satisfaction as an instructor.

Karen has extensive experience working with pre and post-natal clients, as well as post-rehabilitation clients of all types including bulging/herniated/slipped discs, joint replacement, frozen shoulder and rotator cuff injury, labral tears. Her attention to detail and emphasis on proper form are essential in ensuring safety and optimal performance.

Training:
  • Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, BA
  • Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® on all Equipment and all levels
  • Instructor Trainer in STOTT PILATES® Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, and Barrels

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Mae Chesney
Certified Instructor

Mae Chesney
Certified Instructor

San Francisco Studio

A classically-trained professional ballet dancer and teacher, Mae received her BFA from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She began teaching dance and fitness in 2011 to clients who range from young ballet dancers, to adults new to dance or group fitness.

Mae is certified in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer, and continues her course work towards advanced certification on all apparatus. In 2002, Mae was introduced to Pilates as a method to improve her ballet dancing. She immediately fell in love with Pilates as a way to improve performance, strength, and most importantly prevent injury. Through the years, her love for the method has continued to grow.

In every Pilates sessions, Mae shares her passion for Pilates and her excitement to be a part of her students’ journey to strength and fitness. While pushing her clients to the next level, she aims to always be supportive and positive force.

Mae works with a broad range of clients. She specializes in training professional athletes and dancers, as well as those who may not dance but would like to look like a dancer.

Training:
  • Certified STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer
  • University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, BFA
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Mary Cobb
Trained Instructor

Mary Cobb Trained Instructor

Oakland Studio

As a performer, Mary has been a student of movement her whole life. Introduced to Pilates in 2009, she immediately noticed that it deepened her understanding and function in the smaller muscles of the hips, shoulders, and spine. Pilates helped her to safely push through rigorous fitness workouts, as well as support everyday movement with ease. Mary helps her clients connect and strengthen their bodies. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for Pilates with people of all backgrounds. Mary works with a broad range of clients including individuals who want general conditioning and those with a more specialized focus like athletes working to maximize their athletic potential. Training:
  • Trained in STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer
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Jenna Jones
Certified Instructor

Jenna Jones
Certified Instructor

Oakland Studio

Jenna is a professional dancer who has taught ballet, contemporary, and jazz dance for over ten years. She discovered Pilates after experiencing several injuries which were due in part to muscular imbalances. With Pilates Jenna quickly rehabilitated her injuries as well as learn techniques to prevent them in the future.

Jenna is excited to share her love for movement, health, and exercise with others through the Pilates method. Jenna is committed to working closely with clients to help them reach their individual fitness goals. She offers dynamic and energetic sessions focused on proper alignment, balance, strength, and stamina.

Jenna has trained in mat, Reformer, and Stability Chair and is currently working towards full certification in STOTT PILATES. She has taught clients from professional dancers to office workers with limited movement experience.

Training:
  • Trained in STOTT PILATES Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, & Barrels
  • Certified in Total Barre
  • MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography at Mills College
  • BA University of San Francisco
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Ashlee Johnson
Certified Instructor

Ashlee Johnson
Certified Instructor

San Francisco Studio

Ashlee found and fell in love with Pilates in college. Having grown up a self-proclaimed “book nerd” she hadn’t given much thought to sports or movement before college when she found herself needing to move her stressed body to help shake off the pressures of college life and newfound responsibilities as a young adult. Once she realized the beauty and value of movement there was no turning back, and she quickly realized how much Pilates improved several aspects of her life, she had an easier time managing stress, had better posture, and felt an overall sense of strength and well being.

Ashlee continued to practice Pilates after college and after a particularly inspiring class decided to begin her career in Pilates. Ashlee is currently working towards a full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method. Ashlee’s goal is to help clients feel empowered invigorated through movement because it has been an invaluable gift in her life that she would love to share with all that attend her classes.

Training:
  • BA in global and international studies from University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Certified STOTT PILATES® Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels
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Giselle Birang
Certified Instructor

Giselle Birang Certified Instructor

San Francisco Studio

Giselle was first drawn to Pilates when taking a class on the reformer and loved its ability to hit hard to reach areas on the body that she couldn’t otherwise effectively target on the weight floor. She was also humbled by the deep foundational support that the Pilates method offers as it has helped with her postural imbalances. Giselle includes fun and challenging exercises with a therapeutic whole-body approach to both her private and class-based clientele. In addition to teaching Pilates, Giselle is a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and nutritionist who enjoys leading a holistic lifestyle and coaching others to overcome their specific health ailments and to achieve optimal health. Training:
  • Certified STOTT PILATES® Mat & Reformer
  • Trained inSTOTT PILATES® Cadillac
  • Certified NASM Personal Trainer
  • Certified AFPA Nutritionist
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Aerliah Tregoning
Certified Instructor

Aerliah Tregoning
Certified Instructor

San Francisco Studio

Originally from Australia, Aerliah trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap dance from a young age. Aerliah turned her focus to music theater dance in college. Her professional dance experience includes theatre, cabaret and television, as well as teaching dance in studios and high school settings.

Aerliah first began practicing Pilates based on the advice from her dance teachers to help avoid injury and build strength. She began her training in the STOTT PILATES ® method in 2014. She is is currently pursuing her level 2 advanced certification.

Aerliah’s goal is to help her clients achieve a healthy mind, body and ease of movement through Pilates, and hopes to impart a love and joy of movement to everyone in her class. Aerliah has worked with a variety of clients looking to supplement other training modalities, pre and post natal clients, as well as injuries such as lower back pain and disk and joint degeneration.

Training:
  • Bachelor of Music, Australian Institute of Music
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education,  University of Notre Dame, Australia
  • Certified STOTT PILATES® Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, & Injures and Special Populations
  • Certified in Total Barre
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Tanja London
Certified Instructor

Tanja London Certified Instructor

Oakland Studio

Tanja is fascinated by various somatic practices, fascial work and anatomy in general. She loves to dance, choreograph, improvise, make dance films, and linger in the outdoors. Tanja discovered STOTT PILATES® when she moved from Germany to the U.S. in 2006. She fell in love with the detailed anatomical knowledge inherent in the way of teaching this method. She found that it revealed the invisible workings of the body. In 2007 she started her training at PJ O’Clair’s Northeast Pilates Certification Center clubXcel (MA) and completed her certification in 2009. Since 2007 she has been teaching in various capacities in different studios and ran a Pilates Program affiliated with the Exeter Hospital, NH. A lifelong learner, she's currently working towards her advanced certification on all apparatus. She has experience working with people who are dealing with the consequences of injuries and chronic pain, including lower back, knee, ankle, foot, and shoulder injuries. She supports clients in getting or staying fit while helping them to increase their own body knowledge. She is invested in teaching ways of moving that are organically connected and result in a resilient and joyful agility.

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Demetria Schioldager
Trained Instructor

Demetria Schioldager Trained Instructor

San Francisco & Oakland Studio

Demetria is a professional ballet dancer and instructor. She’s been teaching dance for over 10 years, and also is a certified barre instructor. Introduced to classical Pilates as a young dancer for dance conditioning, Demetria decided to pursue teaching Pilates as a way to transition from professional ballet while staying in a movement-based field. Demetria trained with Holly Furgason in the STOTT PILATES® method at Blue Sparrow Pilates. She completed her  Mat and Reformer coursework, and is working toward her certification. Demetria understands the importance of healthy alignment, not only in dance, but in everyday life. She has a love of movement and a deep understanding of how to use Pilates and target specific muscles to help you achieve your personal goals through a fun, fluid, and challenging workout. Demetria specializes in working with athletes and dancers to maximize their athletic potential. Training:
  • Trained in STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer
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Natalie Rosekrans
Trained Instructor

Natalie Rosekrans Trained Instructor

San Francisco

Natalie's inspiration for becoming a Pilates instructor began while rehabilitating her back from pain due to scoliosis. Pilates focus on alignment and core stability were key factors in rebuilding strength, and alleviating discomfort that she had been experiencing since she was a teenager. Natalie has come to see the Pilates method as a foundation for proper body movement in everyday life. In her own life, Pilates has not only eliminated pain but also made her a stronger athlete on the soccer field and hiking trails. Natalie believes Pilates can teach anyone to move with greater confidence and knowledge. Natalie seeks to help her clients safely learn to work up a sweat, understand how to move in everyday life and in athletic activities, and most importantly enjoy the movement of their body. - Trained in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer   Training:
  • Trained in STOTT PILATES® Reformer
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Kim Ip
Trained Instructor

Kim Ip Trained Instructor

San Francisco Studio

Kim is a choreographer and professional dancer. Her love of movement led her to train to be a STOTT PILATES® instructor. Kim began her Pilates education with Holly Furgason while completing her BA in Dance at Mills College, Oakland, CA. Kim currently is trained in Mat, Reformer, and barrels, and is pursuing her full certification in STOTT PILATES®.

Kim’s love for Pilates grew overtime through intense anatomical study and many hours of Pilates training. She began to feel a difference in her muscular awareness, dance technique, and overall strength. In all her clients, Kim hopes to nurture and inspire this same passion for Pilates, along with a sense of body intelligence, strength, and well-being. Her playful approach to Pilates means session are not only effective, but they are also fun.

Kim works with a broad range of clients from individuals who just want general conditioning, to weekend athletes, and professional dancers.

Training:
  • Trained in STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, and Barrels
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Nicola Zenaty
Trained Instructor

Nicola Zenaty Trained Instructor

Oakland Studio

Nicola was first introduced to Pilates as a young dancer. She trained in classical ballet for over 20 years, attending programs at the San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theater and Miami City Ballet School among others.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience at UC San Diego, Nicola joined the City Ballet of San Diego to pursue a professional dance career. She later moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area to work in the tech industry. Transitioning from an active career to a desk job quickly took a toll on her wellbeing, so she decided to leave the tech industry and integrate movement back into her life as a Pilates instructor.

Nicola was drawn to STOTT PILATES® scientific approach to the original work of Joseph Pilates. Currently Nicola is pursuing her full STOTT PILATES® certification while working towards a career in nursing.

Nicola has always loved that her Pilates sessions left her feeling energized, strong and balanced. She aims to leave her clients feeling these benefits, as well as help them to better understand proper form and execution of each exercises.

Nicola incorporate her deep understanding of body mechanics into her session and thrives on working with people of all levels. She specializes in working on general conditioning and sculpting, as well as dance and performance training.

Training:
  • Trained in STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, and Stability Chair

 

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