Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor
Certified Functional Aging Specialist (FAI)
Professional Pilates trainer since 1998
Teacher of movement since 1974
Kerry Kreiman, 54, Owner/Director of Pilates Works – is passionate about exercise, fitness, dance, and healthy movement, and greatly enjoys sharing those interests with others. As a mover in an aging body, she continually finds renewed curiosity and respect for the miracle that is the human body and its many possibilities for positive change. As a master trainer, having taught Pilates for nearly twenty years, she continues to investigate the potential for healthy movement in all decades of life.
“I recognize the aging body has certain realities and limitations,” Kerry noted, “But I am continually astounded by the positive change that is possible in any body, at any age or stage in life, especially if the right choices and processes are applied with good common sense. One of the beautiful things about Pilates, and other functional fitness methods, is that people over 50 are finding a new lease on life and what feels like a brand new body through the magic of mindful exercise!”
As a certified Functional Aging Specialist through the Functional Aging Institute, Kerry is particularly interested in better serving clients over the age of 50 (just like herself) to ensure they are working safely, making good choices, and still being fully challenged to continue to grow stronger and more mobile every day.
Kerry is also a certified trainer of the PFilates Program of Pelvic Floor Performance Training, which applies Plyometric principles to pelvic floor strengthening techniques for optimum results. Developed by Dr. Bruce Crawford, MD, this exercise program is a product of scientific testing of muscle contractions while performing various Pilates exercises. The PFilates program is based on the principle that bladder control is a fitness issue which can be changed through exercise. Additional benefits from increased pelvic floor strength can include improving or eliminating erectile dysfunction. The pelvic floor muscles are integrated with other core support muscles which impact core strength throughout the entire body.
Kerry has been teaching dance since the age of 12, and has been teaching Pilates since 1998. She is a certified Pilates instructor with a Comprehensive Pilates Certification from Balanced Body University (Sacramento). Her original certification was through the PhysicalMind Institute (New York City). Kerry holds a MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BFA in Modern Dance and a BA in Philosophy from Texas Christian University.
Kerry has pursued continuing education in Pilates and fitness topics with notable instructors such as Madeline Black, Nathan Briner, Karen Clippinger, Shelley Estes, Elizabeth Larkam, Michele Larsson, Julian Littleford, Tom McCook, Lisa McKenna, Lolita San Miguel, Christine Romani-Ruby, Karen Sanzo, and Benny Vaughn.
Coursework within her undergraduate and graduate studies included Anatomical Kinesiology, Body Work (Somatics based principles from a variety of traditions), Effort Shape (Laban movement analysis), Teaching Methods, and Labanotation (movement analysis and notation).
Her additional training in Bartenieff and somatics-based exercise and movement principles (focused on achieving and teaching appropriate alignment and movement efficiency for fitness and dance) has included study with nationally and internationally-recognized teachers such as Melanie Bales, Kitty Daniels, Jan Erkert, Bill Evans, Margie Fargnoli, Janet Hamburg, Elizabeth Jones, Suzie Lundgren, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Susan Douglas Roberts, and Ellen Page Shelton.
Further influencing her perspectives on people’s personal journeys toward fitness and health, Kerry’s own personal practice and “body work” experiences have included participation in the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, acupressure, chiropractic, Rolfing, and imagery visualization techniques from the traditions of Lulu Sweigard and Mabel Todd. Kerry truly believes it “takes a village” for each of us to pursue our best health and well-being, and that the aid and perceptions of others from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines is part of the journey.
A co-founder of the Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth company in 1990, Kerry has served as an executive and artistic director to the company since its inception. CD/FW is the premier professional modern dance company of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and also serves as a presenter of other modern dance companies and artists.
Prior to co-founding the CD/FW Co., Kerry directed the Dance Program at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana (1987-1990) and was Visiting Assistant Professor at Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame (1989-90). She was a Guest Lecturer in Modern Dance for the TCU Department of Ballet & Modern Dance (since renamed the TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance) for eight years (1998-2006), serving on both the undergraduate and graduate adjunct faculty, including serving on thesis committees and as an advisor to graduate thesis choreography projects (including working with recognized Taiwanese dance professionals for the TCU in Taiwan project). The coursework she taught at TCU included modern dance technique, “body work” (including Pilates, Bartenieff fundamentals, and more), choreography and improvisation, performance and repertory, senior thesis choreography, master’s thesis choreography and more. As a dance teacher, Kerry has taught dance to students ages 3 and up, and enjoys working with dance students of all ages.
In 2006, Kerry was in the first graduating class of the Bill Evans Modern Dance Technique certification program, directed by the internationally-renowned master teacher Bill Evans. This program encompassed four consecutive summers of intensive workshops (with on-going projects conducted during the year in between). Evans’ technique is notable for its integration of Bartenieff movement fundamentals and Laban movement analysis with modern dance technique. She has also served as a faculty member for his certification program.
Within her training as a dancer and choreographer, she has been privileged to do intensive study with master teachers such as Jerry Bywaters Cochran, Jan Erkert, Bill Evans, Betty Jones, Daniel Nagrin, Douglas Nielsen, Don Redlich, Ellen Page Shelton, Jeff Slayton, Gus Solomons jr, and Chester Wolenski.
As a Pilates instructor, Kerry enjoys sharing her knowledge from studies of a variety of dance and exercise disciplines with clients in order to help them achieve ease of movement in healthy, balanced bodies. Kerry reflected, “I feel the lessons learned from my dance mentors are as important and significant as my training within the traditions of Pilates and other somatics-based exercise. Dance training integrates our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies of knowledge… and ultimately, Pilates training teaches the same sorts of lessons through continued discipline, exploration, and discovery about the art of living inside a human body. Mr. Pilates taught the necessity of ‘mindful’ exercise rather than ‘mindless’ exercise, and that same mind-body connection is fundamental to both dance and Pilates training.”
Since completing her Pilates certification, Kerry has taught Pilates to students from ages 12 and up. In 2000, she was invited to teach Pilates for a month in Taipei, Taiwan for the first annual Taiwan International Dance Festival on the campus of the National Institute of the Arts where she introduced advanced and professional dancers to the Pilates mat work and reformer work. She has also taught Pilates Mat for Dancers, with an emphasis on integrating dance technique with the Pilates mat work, during Bill Evans Teacher Intensive workshops (WA and NY) and has taught similar guest master classes at the University of North Texas.
Kerry enjoys teaching: “I love working with people of all ages from all walks of life. As a teacher, I always learn a lot from my students, because each person has a unique body and its own strengths and habits as a result of a unique personal history. I find movement analysis to be absolutely fascinating, and I enjoy helping clients start to analyze their own movement patterns and how they impact how they feel every day. As clients begin to make mental connections between how they treat their bodies in daily life and the knowledge they gain in class, they often find they are in less pain and better able to negotiate the demands of life. Seeing someone experience the joy and freedom of playing with their grandkids is just as satisfying as seeing a beautiful dancer take the stage with confidence. When we take care of our ourselves and our bodies, everything in life is a little easier and a little more beautiful. That’s why the first sentence of Mr. Pilates’ manifesto “Return To Life Through Contrology” reads, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” No matter where you choose to get fit, just get out there and do it!”
Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist
PMA-CPT, Certified Pilates Instructor since 2006
Teacher of movement since 1988
Andrea Carroll, 60, has had an interest in health, wellness, physiology and movement since graduating from Indiana University with a BS degree in Allied Health Sciences in the mid 70’s. Her passion turned to fitness in the late 1980’s. As she was raising her daughters, she taught a variety of fitness classes including aerobics, step, weight training and spinning. Yoga became part of her repertoire in the 1990’s and continues to this day. But the most profound transformation was her discovery of Pilates at Personal Best Pilates Studio in Overland Park, KS.
After back surgery in 2005 for two herniated discs, the studio helped her regain her strength and range of motion, and she became fully certified to teach Pilates in early 2006. She enjoyed six years of outstanding client service in the Kansas City area before following her husband to the Fort Worth area in 2012. Andrea took advantage of the move to Texas as an opportunity to have her knees replaced, the left in April, the right in July, and to get back in shape for her daughter’s wedding in November of 2012.
In 2013, she realized she was ready to get back to teaching Pilates, the same year she became certified to teach the PINK RIBBON PROGRAM as a Post-Operative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist.
“In addition to helping regain strength and mobility in the affected shoulder and arm, following the Pink Ribbon program can help decrease lymphedema and fatigue. Other benefits may include improving sleep, enhancing energy levels, and giving a boost to one’s self-confidence,” noted Andrea. “The better you feel in your body, the more capable you are of moving forward in life with a renewed sense of purpose.”
Andrea and her husband Roger have a daughter, son-in-law and grandson in AZ, and a daughter and son-in-law in MN. They own Cowtown Graphics and Signs, a commercial sign company committed to providing visual branding solutions to businesses interested in increasing their sales. The Carrolls now consider Fort Worth to be their home.
Andrea enjoys working with people: “I love helping clients meet their goals and improve their quality of life. Seeing their continued progress as they grow stronger over time brings joy to my work and the lives of my clients.”
Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Since 2009
Teacher of movement since 2000
Sarah Newton, 31, has been teaching Pilates mat classes since 2006, and holds a Comprehensive Pilates Certification from Balanced Body University (Sacramento). Sarah’s original mat certification was through Power Pilates. In May 2008, Sarah was awarded the MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and is a 2005 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BFA in Dance. In addition to teaching Pilates, Sarah is an experienced dance teacher and performer. She began dancing at age two and has formal dance training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, and pointe. A company member for Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Out on a Limb Dance Company, Sarah started teaching dance and choreographing at age 16 and has worked with students of a wide variety of ages and technical levels ever since. She is currently on faculty for Texas Christian University’s School for Classical & Contemporary Dance, where she teaches a number of theory and studio classes including: Modern Dance Technique; Hip-Hop; Dance in World Cultures; Children, Creativity and the Fine Arts (an interdisciplinary education course); Functional Anatomy; and Bodywork. The Bodywork course series is a four-part course which takes an in-depth examination of the Pilates work, looking at the movement fundamentals, anatomy, and technical foundations involved in developing a strong Pilates practice. She has also served as adjunct faculty for Tarrant County Community College, Northwest Campus (2008-2010) and has taught dance studio classes for the CD/FW school for five years. While pursuing her MFA at Texas Woman’s University Sarah acted as the co-coordinator of the Pilates studio at the dance department, where she was responsible for organizing and teaching weekly classes to all the students in the dance department for cross-training purposes. She also taught community classes in Pilates and other body conditioning practices. Sarah has pursued continuing education in Pilates and fitness topics with notable instructors such as Shelley Estes, Karen Sanzo, Chris Robinson, Rebekah Rotstein, Lisa McKenna, and Nico Gonzalez (with whom she recently completed teacher training coursework on the MOTR and CoreAlign I). Coursework within her undergraduate and graduate studies included Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Dance Kinesiology, Body Conditioning (Anatomy and fundamentals of Pilates), Effort Shape, Space Harmony, Laban Movement Analysis, and Pedagogy. In addition to teaching Pilates at The Body Garage (2008-2016), she has also taught Pilates mat for Texas Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive, The Out on a Limb Dance Company Workshop, and the American College Dance Festival Regional Association festivals. Sarah greatly enjoys working with her Pilates clients and her dance students as a teacher of movement.
BFA in Ballet & Modern Dance
Teacher of movement since 1970
Sherry Welborn has been captivated by the pleasures and benefits of movement her entire life. She received her BFA in Ballet & Modern Dance from Texas Christian University, where she also served as adjunct faculty for 3 years. A long-active member of the Fort Worth dance community, Sherry has performed locally with various independent choreographers and performing groups including Ballet Concerto, Dian West, Shakespeare in the Park, Hip Pocket Theatre, TCU dance productions, New Works Project, and Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth. As a dance instructor, she has taught ballet, tap, and modern dance.
While Sherry worked in administration and accounting roles in the corporate world for over 30 years, she continued to rely on dance classes for physical fitness and enjoyment, but recognized her aging body preferred a different form of exercise. This led her to explore other methods of movement and fitness including yoga, tai chi, weight training, and Pilates. Sherry recently completed the instructor training on the Balanced Body CoreAlign and MOTR, and is excited to be working, learning, and sharing with the community at Pilates Works studio.