Elise Smith

Senior Instructor

Elise is a body positive instructor who came to Pilates and the GYROKINESIS® method through studying ballet as a young person. During her 15 years of classical ballet training, Elise discovered that the more seriously she trained the more frequently her hypermobile body was injured or in pain. At the urging of her instructors and physical therapists she began to explore the therapeutic benefits of Pilates.

After spending years studying with ballet instructors who were also Pilates and Gyrokinesis trainers, Elise chose to pursue a career as a movement educator. In 2007 she received a comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certification through Long Beach Dance Conditioning where she studied directly with Marie-Jose Blom.

She was first introduced to the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® at the 2005 Alonzo King's LINES Summer Intensive. Her study of Gyrokinesis exercise started with Alicia Head. Elise completed her GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Foundations Course in August 2018 under Alicia Head. She is a GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Apprentice who is eager to share this liberating system with her clients.

Her ballet background and personal injury rehabilitation experiences inform her teaching on physical and emotional levels. Elise considers what is best for the whole person and enjoys meeting her clients where they're at each day. It’s her passion to help clients achieve their specific goals and experience less pain. Elise specializes in working with people healing from injuries, hypermobile people, queer and trans people, dancers, and people with eccentric personalities.

Additionally, Elise graduated from Smith College in 2013 with dual degrees in the Study of Women and Gender and Anthropology, and has a background in sexual education. She attended the Terra Sylva School herbal apprenticeship during the summer of 2016 and is continuing to study herbal medicine. Her other interests include meditation and mindfulness practices, techno, harm reduction principles, ending the prison industrial complex, anti-racism work, and collective liberation.

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