Susan Clark, PTA, BFA, PMA®-CPT
Studio Owner, Susan Clark is a Physical Therapist Assistant, Core Connections Pilates Instructor, and certified in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods. She completed a Balanced Body Barre™ course in the summer of 2013. She became a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher in the winter of 2013 and a Balanced Body® Master Instructor, teaching Mat, Reformer, and Apparatus, in the spring of 2014. Susan added Anatomy in Three Dimensions™ to her teaching repertoire in the summer of 2015. Susan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a BFA in Dance. She went on to receive her Pilates training certificate of completion from Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle at the Pilates Center of Austin in 2003. Susan has taught internationally and completed continuing education between 2008 and 2010 with Madeline Black. She became a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) in 2008 after graduating from Austin Community College, and where she specialized in functional core stabilization and myofascial release. In 2009, Susan became a certified GYROKINESIS® Instructor and in 2011 became a certified GYROTONIC® Instructor. Both trainings were under the instruction of Master Trainer Amy Ell, and Susan tested out with the creator of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, Juliu Horvath, in Münstertal, Germany. Susan has also worked with Master Trainer Anjali Austin of Florida State University and Master Trainer Leda Franklin of England. In January 2013, Susan completed a course with Master Trainer Angela Crowley in Miami, FL on GYROTONIC® applications for High Level and Elite Athletes. In the summer of 2015 she completed, GYROTONIC® Pathways of the Shoulder, Hips and Spine. In September 2013, she completed the teacher training course of certification on the JUMPING-STRETCHING BOARD with Master Trainer Irene Pulli of GYROTONIC® San Diego. Susan attended the “Pilates on Tour” conference in Los Angeles in November 2013. While in LA she received certificate from Elizabeth Larkham’s course “Heroes in Motion”, which, focuses on Pilates training for individuals that have experienced trauma in some form (i.e. amputation, PTSD, and brain injury). Susan began Balanced Body MOTR training in 2016.
While growing up here in Pensacola, Susan danced for Kaleidoscope, now known as Ballet Pensacola, and performed many featured roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. Susan enjoyed traveling the country to attend summer dance festivals, which include the Joffrey Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet, the Boston Ballet, the White Mountain Dance Festival, the Walnut Hill Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, the Florida Dance Festival, and the local PJC festival. When Susan attended the Bates Dance Festival she was the administrative intern for two summers and was the student administration assistant for the American College Dance Festival when the University of Texas hosted it in 2002. In Austin, Susan worked and taught at many Pilates studios and physical therapy clinics, including Ballet Austin. Susan was also a guest teacher and lecturer for the dance department at the University of Texas at Austin.
Susan began splitting her time between Pensacola and Las Vegas in the summer of 2017! You can find her teaching Balanced Body modules here at Pure Pilates and at Core Studios in Las Vegas.
Jessica Wade, PMA®-CPT
Jessica Wade has been teaching Pilates since 2004 and has been a member of the Pilates Method Alliance since 2006. She became a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher in 2015 and became a Balanced Body Master Instructor in 2016. She completed her Pilates Instructor Comprehensive Training with Body Evolution in Philadelphia PA with Jessica Sehested of the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City. Jessica then apprenticed with Internationally Acclaimed First Generation Pilates Master Teacher Lolita San Miguel. Other notable instructors that Jessica has trained with and have greatly influenced her teaching style are Rebecca Leone and Peter Fiasca. Pilates has been a part of Jessica’s life since an early age through her dance training with Olin Kearse, Philadelphia Dance Theatre and Alvin Ailey. Jessica also recently became a Balanced Body MOTR Master Instructor and a certified TRX Instructor.
“I think when people are hesitant about signing up for a teacher training it’s usually because they’re not sure they have the voice for the confidence to to be an instructor. It’s my job to help empower them and make sure that they can understand their body and understand what the exercises are so that they can go forward as an instructor and feel empowered.”
– Jessica Wade