Kimberly Spencer is a former professional dancer with 20 years of experience teaching Pilates and dance. Introduced to Pilates over 25 years ago, Pilates became an integral part of her dancing, eventually getting certified through Long Beach Dance Conditioning in 2000. In 2018, she added mobility specialist to her movement toolbox under the Functional Range System™. She is the proud momma of two very talented kids, as well as a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils and an essential oils jewelry creator. Kimberly also shares her love of movement and its power to change writing articles featured in Balanced Body's Blog and Equitness.com. Join her in October as she hosts a breast cancer research fundraiser Pilates challenge on Instagram, called Pikes for Pink where she also is an ambassador for KDW Apparel, Tone-Y-Bands and Pineapple Clothing.
I originally began Pilates with Marie-Jose Blom Laurence as a 13 year old student, after incurring shin splints from dancing with faulty alignment. Pilates reshaped my body and kept me injury free while training for Royal Academy of Dance exams and attending the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). My dance training also included Ceccheti, Vaganova (ballet), Modern, and Flamenco. I performed with several LA dance troupes from ballet to post modern (Rudy Perez) to Folklorico. While at LACHSA, I also taught ballet for Cal State University of LA's Saturday Conservatory program and a local ballet school--choreographing for students of all ages including an award-winning play titled Silhouettes Against the Moon by Joshua Pohja (performed at Hollywood's Ivar Theater).
After graduating, I performed with several local ballet companies including a tour with Los Angeles Classical Ballet, and as a soloist with State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. During that time, I continued to teach ballet and choreograph at the company's school, Gustafson Dance. Alongside choreographing original works and setting many classical variations for their Young Dancers troupe, I also coached several students for competitions and performances. I also taught Pilates for two years in Santa Barbara before getting certified in 2000. I continued teaching Pilates in San Francisco for another two years before relocating to Los Angeles in 2002. For the next six years, I became a Pilates instructor and the administrative manager for a Pilates studio and outpatient Physical Therapy clinic in South Pasadena where I gained invaluable experience by working with clientele of all physical abilities, patients and Physical Therapists. During this time, I also appeared in a couple fitness DVD's including Denise Austin's Fit & Firm Pregnancy for the post-partum segment, just seven months after the birth of my second child.
I continue to enjoy learning from therapists and leaders in Physical Therapy, research and science of the body, movement and biomechanics specialists, and mobility and strength trainers to enhance my knowledge and growth.
I am particularly interested in the development of young athletes and adults with physical/movement challenges. As a former coach and choreographer to high level competitive gymnasts on dance technique at an elite gym for nearly eight (8) years, I continually expanded this teaching skill set. In 2018, I became a Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®) mobility specialist and love integrating these drills to expand joint and movement capacity to my students' Pilates sessions.
I am continually challenged with balancing my career and keeping up with my two talented and very active monkeys. Just as I challenge clients to bring balance to their body and mind, I strive to bring symmetry into my life as well.
I believe my extensive knowledge of movement comes from a lifetime dedicated to movement, over 20 years of teaching, forever being a student of Pilates and movement, and a keen awareness to details. Being enriched by all my experiences, and utilizing detailed instruction, I thrive in helping all clients improve their daily living and fitness abilities. I like to specialize in training high performance athletes, dancers, pre and post natal women, and injury or pain rehab/prevention. I enjoy the challenge of working with people of all ages and truly marvel at the limitless possibilities of the body and mind to create and elevate the spirit.