” Established in 2013, CPE was founded on the basis that
We Believe in the Importance of Being Lifetime Learners”
Classical Pilates Education is a PMA-registered Teacher Training Program developed by Stefanie Ellis in 2013. Both our Mat and Comprehensive Training programs are designed to inspire new Pilates instructors to carry on the legacy of Joseph Pilates’ original method.
Our qualified and committed Teacher Trainers will teach students the Classical Pilates Method in an organized way through training weekends, online videos, workouts, meetings, exams, and observation.
By following a prescribed Teaching Recipe and by building upon a key set of Teaching Skills, students will become confident and effective Pilates instructors. Our reputation is built upon the excellence of our certified instructors in the network.
About Stefanie >
Stefanie Ellis is the creator of Classical Pilates Education. She graduated from Emory University in 1997 and Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in 1999. Her business background led her to work in Tokyo and New York before she decided to change her lifestyle and transition to a career in fitness.
Initially trained by All American Pilates and Power Pilates, Stefanie created Classical Pilates Education in 2013 to continue the legacy of Joseph Pilates original method, but to approach Teacher Training in a modern way. Whereas Teacher Training had been extremely expensive and constrictive in requiring a full time apprenticeship, Stefanie strives to make the program accessible to prospective pilates teachers that have financial and time limitations by offering payment plans, scholarships and online options. Stefanie finds that running Teacher Training programs is rewarding and inspiring as the future of the Pilates method lies in the hands of the teachers.
Stefanie owns Vault Fitness Studios in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. When she’s not teaching, you can find Stefanie in the yoga studio or at the beach. She lives in Delray Beach with her husband, Seth, and three daughters, Morgan, Sydney and Zoe.
Why is CPE Different? >
Classical Pilates Education differs from other classical schools in that we take a modern approach to education. Not only do we provide financial assistance and flexibility in our schedules, but we also include modern apparatus into our syllabus. Although Joseph Pilates did not include apparatus such as the jump board, the foam roller, or the physio ball into his system, Classical Pilates Education sees the value in educating our students on these apparatus in a manner consistent with the classical method.
I did the CPE program with a scholarship which made the program financially possible for me. That’s one thing I love about this school. They go above and beyond to help students succeed. I honestly never would have dreamed my career would take off as it has. I am from Brazil and my English wasn’t so good when I did the course. It was definitely a challenge, but the free online videos were super helpful and the instructors were so supportive. It wasn’t my main goal, but my English is so much improved from this program! I highly recommend this program!
Learning to teach pilates with Classical Pilates Education was the best decision I ever made! With 2 young boys, I knew I needed a flexible career. After school drop off, I am able teach at the studio all day until I leave to pick up my kids. In addition, I find that teaching clients is so rewarding. I help my clients look and feel their best. I wouldn’t trade my career for anything!
Teaching Pilates is a second career for me. I have been a nurse for over 20 years and continue to work full time as an executive nurse at Northwest Medical Center for a HCA. I have always loved nutrition and fitness and when I discovered Pilates, it became a passion. I am so glad I decided to take the leap and take the Classical Pilates Education program. I teach pilates during evenings and weekends as an escape from my day job. Teaching is so fun and also so rewarding especially to work with seniors, those with chronic back pain, and children and teens who need Pilates for posture, flexibility and strength of the mind and body.
OUR CPE PARTNERS
Stefanie Ellis Stefanie Ellis Stefanie Ellis (Creator) Stefanie Ellis graduated from Emory University in 1997 and Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in 1999. Her business background led her to work in Tokyo and New York before she decided to change her lifestyle and transition to a career in fitness. Initially trained by All American Pilates and Power Pilates, Stefanie created Classical Pilates Education in 2013 to continue the legacy of Joseph Pilates original method. Stefanie owns Vault Fitness Studios in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. When she’s not teaching, you can find Stefanie in the yoga studio or at the beach. She lives in Delray Beach with her husband, Seth, and three daughters, Morgan, Sydney and Zoe.
Deanndria Deanndria Mujahid Deanndria believes that movement is healing and can be a true source of empowerment in our lives. Pilates is truly for EVERY body. She founded Conscious Movement Pilates for this reason, as she wanted to build a studio in Miami that encompassed this philosophy.
Deanndria has received training with Power Pilates and The Pilates Center (Boulder, CO). She came to Pilates as a college fitness instructor and avid runner, looking to add more to her instruction and inspire differently. She holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health. You can also find her eating her way around Miami with her hubby, or in the sun with her two energetic kids!
Allison Allison Buckenheimer Allison is a Teacher Trainer for Classical Pilates Education and Vault Barre. She is also the owner of S3 Pilates. Allison holds two Comprehensive Pilates Certificates from Classical Pilates Education and Power Pilates, and is also certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, Vault Barre, Xtend Barre and TRX.
Joel Crosby Joel Crosby Joel Crosby is a Classical Pilates Teacher, Suspension Therapist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Movement Culture Proponent. Joel graduated from “The Work,” a highly selective Pilates Masters program taught by 1st generation teacher, Jay Grimes. Joel has been teaching Pilates for over 20 years and is passionate about re-educating people to move and exercise correctly. Joel works with a broad spectrum of people, ranging from professional athletes and Olympians to people with special needs. It is this love of helping people and inspiring them to achieve more with their bodies that makes going to work everyday at the Vitality Method studio a joy. Using the original teachings of Joseph Pilates, he teaches techniques that allow individuals to stretch and strengthen in a way that is the most natural and beneficial for muscles and tendons, while developing fluid and balanced muscle usage.
Lauren Small Lauren Small Lauren Small graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA in dance in 1998, where she also helped to build the dance major program. Immediately after college, Lauren began her first professional dancing job as a Radio City Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She danced with Radio City for three years and then moved on to dance on various cruise ships. During her career as a Rockette, she sustained a leg injury and used Pilates to rehabilitate. After falling in love with the Pilates method, she eventually transitioned from client to trainer and received her classical certificate from Performing Arts Physical Therapy and The Pilates Studio of L.A in 2001 and later with Classical Pilates Education in 2013. Lauren joined Classical Pilates Education in 2013 and enjoys her role as Teacher Trainer for the organization. Lauren is also a Vault Barre Teacher Trainer for Vault Fitness. When Lauren is not teaching, you can find her spending time with her husband, JD, and two daughters, Stella and Ruby.
Bambi Bambi Watt Bambi Watt is the owner of Willow Pilates Studio, Nashville’s premier Pilates studio for 21 years running. After the birth of her first child in 1995, Watt hired a personal trainer to help her get back in shape. By 1996 she had become an ACE and AFAA certified personal trainer herself. In 1997, she started Pilates and studied with Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska. Bambi has a personal passion for the mind body connection to exercise and enjoys helping others achieve their fitness goals through this movement. Bambi was thrilled to join Classical Pilates Education as a Teacher Trainer in 2015. In addition to Pilates, Bambi also teaches Barre and TRX.
Tanya Tanya Failla Clark Tanya Failla Clark is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Theater. Tanya discovered Pilates at the FSU gym as a freshman and hasn’t looked back. With jazz, tap, ballet and belly dance training, along with singing, acting and theater, Pilates offers Tanya a mind/body outlet. As a Teacher Trainer, Tanya relishes being a part of the soon-to-be teacher’s journey and learning process. Tanya is certified by Pilates Method Alliance, Classical Pilates Education and Power Pilates, Power Plate and Xtend Barre. Her hobbies include nutrition and health, cooking, movies, dance, the performing arts, friends and family. Tanya enjoys family time with her husband, Tyson, and son, Logan.
Carrie Carrie Campbell With over 15 years of teaching experience, Carrie Campbell has built an extensive client base that ranges from prenatal clients to senior citizens and includes everyone in between. She has trained many celebrity clients including Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Linney, Mandy Moore and Mary-Louise Parker. She has been featured in several Pilates DVD’s, training manuals, magazines, and TV news shows.
Formerly a professional ballet dancer, Carrie was introduced to Pilates in 1992 as part of her physical therapy to help her rehabilitate chronic dance injuries. She has studied with master teachers such as Bob Leikens, Susan Moran, Phoebe Higgins, Romana Kryzanowska, Alycea Ungaro and Ron Fletcher. In 2003, she joined the Power Pilates Teacher Training team, so that she could help train new teachers and share her knowledge and passion for Pilates with others. Since then, Carrie has taught numerous Teacher Training courses and Continuing Education workshops across the U.S. and internationally. In 2011 she left Power Pilates to expand her own business, Positively Pilates. Carrie has been teaching workshops for Classical Pilates Education since 2013.