Faculty

Holly Furgason
Founder & CEO | STOTT PILATES® – Matwork, Reformer, CORE, and Total Barre

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I have the most incredible job. I help my clients feel better in their bodies, and I assist my community in becoming healthier, happier, and more fit. I guide aspiring teachers on their path towards becoming skilled Pilates professionals, who then go on to help their communities and build businesses of their own. I’ve been lucky enough to learn from all my clients, accumulating hundreds of hours of teaching experience, and now I can share this with other instructors.

I have been studying Pilates, dance, and movement for over two decades and I am still learning. My field is booming with new research and avenues to explore. I am fascinated with deeply investigating the body through movement, so when new research is published, I bring it into the studio for exploration. It’s like a movement laboratory.

In 2001, I began studying STOTT PILATES® at Equilibrium Studio in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. I realized I wanted teaching to be my career. Ten years later in 2011, I became one of only a handful of STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainers in California. I now have over a decade of experience teaching general conditioning, helping individuals recover from serious or chronic injuries, and working with the Olympic and weekend athletes. Coming from a professional dance and athletic background, I know how to push myself and I enjoy helping others do the same.

Blue Sparrow Pilates was, and is my dream. I hope to help you on your path towards yours.

Melissa Kennedy
CSI & STOTT PILATES® – Matwork, Reformer, and Total Barre

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Melissa’s passion for movement in its many forms began at an early age with gymnastics, swimming, diving, and dance lessons. She has trained in classical ballet and modern dance and has performed professionally in Minneapolis, MN and the Bay area. Melissa began studying Pilates in 2000 and found it to be a powerful supplement to her dance training, helping her to rehabilitate injuries, improve her posture, and move with greater ease. She began her STOTT PILATES® training in St. Paul, MN in 2007, studying with Kelly Dormady, Jill Winnegar, and Deborah Hunt. She completed her STOTT PILATES® level 2 full certification at Blue Sparrow Pilates in 2012 and became an Instructor Trainer in 2013. Melissa is trained in Injuries and Special populations, athletic conditioning, mat work for breast cancer recovery, Pilates for osteoporosis, and scoliosis management.

Melissa loves working with people of diverse movement backgrounds and fitness levels, from dancers and high level athletes to people recovering from knee surgeries, herniated discs, or people who simply want to bring movement back into their lives. She believes that movement has the potential to heal the body and mind; her goal as a movement facilitator and teacher is to guide people toward greater freedom and joy in movement and to healthier lives.

Alyssa Jones
STOTT PILATES® – Matwork, Reformer, Cadilac, Chair, and Barrels

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Alyssa Jones grew up training in Classical Ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance method. She received a BFA in Dance from CSU, Long Beach on a Full Scholarship. She was awarded as the Dean’s Scholar for Distinction in the Arts after receiving Honorable Mention from the National Federation for Achievement in the Arts.

Alyssa was introduced to Pilates through dance and cross-trained in both throughout her Professional Ballet career. Alyssa was introduced to the STOTT® Pilates in San Diego where she trained under Lead Instructor Trainer, Marshall Eklund. In 2004 she received her Full Level 1 & 2 STOTT® Pilates Certifications and then obtained the prestigious honor of becoming a STOTT® Pilates Instructor Trainer for Mat, Reformer, and Cadillac, Chair & Barrels in 2006. Alyssa is now a STOTT® Pilates Floating IT and teaches STOTT® Pilates Courses and Workshops throughout California. She also holds certifications in TRX and Pilates for Golf. She specializes in Pilates for rehabilitation, golf, dance and pre/postnatal clients. She is the Owner of Alyssa Jones Pilates in Monterey, CA.

 

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