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TEACHERS

LEE VALLELY

Lee Vallely has dedicated her life to movement and wellness. After an eight-year career as a professional ballet and modern dancer in New York and San Francisco, and 20 years as a teacher and consultant in the health and wellness industry, Vallely saw a need for a higher level of education and a commitment to the precision of movement.

In 2007, she moved from teaching Pilates for other clubs, and developing and managing large corporate fitness programs in Austin and around the country, to teaching small-group training programs. RedBird Pilates & Fitness has grown every year since then, necessitating four moves to progressively larger studios.

Lee and her team of teachers—all handpicked from RedBird’s intensive 450-hour teacher training certification which she co-founded and co-developed—provide high-touch, technically oriented classes using a definitive methodology that emphasizes precision movement and proper body alignment.

Earlier in her career, Lee was the national director of corporate sales for Gold’s Gym International. She designed and built the chain’s first corporate sales division and managed their national sales team. Prior to Gold’s Gym, she was an owner of eight Austin-based World Gym locations, where she won Best Corporate Fitness Program for five consecutive years and presented at IHRSA and Club Industry multiple times on business development in corporate wellness. Lee spent her early years in the fitness industry as senior fitness director for the YMCA of Austin. In addition to being a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certified teacher, Lee holds many other fitness certifications including Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates Teacher, Z-Health Brain-Based Movement Educator, Primal 7 Suspension Band Athletic Trainer and is an accredited fitness specialist with the national YMCA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a specialization in dance.

EMMI CHEN

A dancer and athlete from a young age, Emmi trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet, and the Graham and Limón methods of modern dance. As captain of her varsity track team, she broke records in the 100- and 200-meter sprints while leading her team to victory at the Horizon League championships in Southern California. Since then Emmi’s approach to exercise is one of balance and necessity.

In 2012, she experienced an injury which reduced her normal exercise regime to almost nothing, and after a year of searching, she found RedBird. Within six months of RedBird training, she felt as strong as she did back in high school. She joined the RedBird Teacher Training Program to further her understanding of Pilates and to learn RedBird’s secret to being awesome. Emmi became a RedBird teacher in 2014 and is excited to share that awesome with others.

To schedule the RedBird Starter Bundle, private Pilates or personal fitness training session with Emmi email emmi@redbirdpilates.com.

JUDY SANDERS

As a RedBird Pilates Teacher Training certified teacher and Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor, Judy believes that therapeutic movements should be used at all stages of life. Judy is certified by the Center for Women’s Fitness in pelvic floor and pre-and postnatal Pilates.

Judy’s goal at RedBird is to help her clients use Pilates and the RedBird method to transform their bodies, strengthen their minds, prepare them for the various phases of life, improve their health and self-esteem.

In 2006 Judy graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She was a labor and delivery nurse for several years, then received her master’s in Nursing and a master’s in Public Health from Columbia University in 2012. Currently she works as a family nurse practitioner focusing on women’s health and prenatal care at People’s Community Clinic.

To schedule a RedBird Starter Bundle or Pre/Postnatal Pilates training session with Judy, email: judy@redbirdpilates.com.

MARY LAMOREAUX

Mary has danced and moved her body since a young age. She discovered Pilates fifteen years ago and felt that same mind, body and spirit connection that she experienced through other movement practices and being in nature. Mary believes that connecting to her body through Pilates has allowed her a deeper connection in life not only with herself, but with others. Discovering RedBird Pilates & Fitness and completing the comprehensive training in 2017 helped Mary further her exploration of quality movement and connections. She loves teaching the RedBird methodology to all. Her calm, positive encouragement and attention to form, intention and proper use of muscles allows her to share and remind clients that they have everything already inside to do anything they want or need.

To schedule the Redbird’s Starter Bundle Package or your personal training session with Mary, email info@redbirdpilates.com

MONICA CACERES

Monica is a physical therapist and Pilates instructor from Colombia. She is an ambitious and hard-working woman, who loves to dance and enjoy her life alongside her husband. In 2008, she graduated from college in Colombia where she originally studied to become a physical therapist. However, a colleague introduced her to Pilates and it instantly became her new passion. For two years, she worked in Bogota, Colombia as a Pilates instructor at Pilates Synergy with an emphasis on rehabilitation, golf and physical fitness. In 2012, she immigrated to the United States after marrying her husband.

It was not easy to leave her home behind, move to a new country, learn a new language and a new culture. However, she absolutely loves her new life in the United States, especially now that she found RedBird. For a long time, Monica had been looking for a Pilates Center to call home and a place that would remind her how exciting and wonderful it is to teach Pilates. She found us! Monica recently finished RedBird’s 450-hour teacher training program in 2018 and we are happy she has joined our team this year. Today, Monica can say all her hard-work has been worthwhile and that dreams come true!

To schedule the Redbird’s Starter Bundle Package or your personal training session with Monica, email monica@redbirdpilates.com

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