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Nancy completed her apprenticeship and was certified with Dorothee VandeWalle at Metropolitan Pilates in Seattle, WA. Soon after completing her certification she decided to open her own studio in Bellevue, WA in June of 2008. Nancy lives her life wholeheartedly believing in the power of Pilates. Through her own studio, she is able to pass along her joy and dedication of Pilates or ‘Contrology’ as named by Joseph Pilates when he pioneered the Authentic Method, to her clients. Nancy compares the Pilates Method to the likeness of a scientific formula that, when applied correctly, completely transforms the body. Time and time again Nancy and her team prove this theory by their own physical achievements and those of their clients! Nancy believes that Pilates was created for every BODY, and that everyone can do Pilates no matter your age, limitations or fitness history.
As fitness trends and fads come into play and fade, Pilates has remained a constant. Nancy swears by Pilates, she takes lessons 2-4 times a week from the instructors at the studio, this helps keep the mind and body sharp and working with your peers is some of the most beneficial motivation. Nancy’s studio was the first Authentic Pilates studio in Bellevue using all Gratz equipment and employing instructors certified by second and third generation Pilates Teacher Trainers. Nancy is truly a visionary and has a heart for helping others reach their goals and find happiness through physical fitness!
Client Relations Manager
Michelle is the voice on the phone and the personality behind the emails. She is the manager of client relationships and daily operations at the studio. She will do everything in her power to make your experience at the Pilates studio a great one, and to ensure that your interaction with us outside the Pilates studio (phone, email, website, etc.) is fantastic as well.
Michelle will be your go-to for anything you need regarding your Pilates schedule or instructors, she is always happy to help!
Michelle’s first Pilates class was on her first day working at Nancy Wallace Pilates of Bellevue, and she takes weekly Pilates Classes from the instructors, so she’s able to really understand each instructors’ individual techniques. Don’t hesitate to ask her questions!
Misty believes that the practice of classical Pilates is life changing. Upon discovering Pilates classes, Misty experienced first hand how the method of Pilates, strengthens the mind, body and spirit… YES, all three! Misty received her certification through Metropolitan Pilates in 2009 via Dorothee VandeWalle and she has been living, practicing and teaching the Pilates method ever since.
Misty’s positive energy and enthusiasm for Pilates overflows in her teaching. With an eye for detail and form, she inspires her clients with an energetic and powerful workout. Misty firmly believes that anyone who experiences classical Pilates will be hooked for life. Up for a challenge? Make an appointment with Misty. She will work you hard, and you’ll have fun doing it.
Rachael Turner, LMP
Instructor Liaison and Marketing Director
Rachael began her Pilates journey in 2009 as an injured ballet dancer. Over the course of several months, Pilates helped her regain the strength and confidence to dance again. It also gave her the tools and knowledge needed to maintain a strong core and lifestyle. Rachael was certified by Metropolitan Pilates via Dorothee VandeWalle in 2014. Rachael is also a licensed massage practitioner. She uses her knowledge in anatomy and kinesiology to create intense and therapeutic Pilates sessions. With a flare for adventure, she can be found dirt biking or skiing on the weekends.
A combination of movement-training, arts, and meditation define Jed’s approach to exercise and his everyday living.
After suffering a torn major pec tendon that required surgery, he immediately sought a way to restore his physical health and vitality. Pilates was recommended to safely and effectively build back strength, muscle and balance. Jed realized the impressive potential of the exercise and decided to pursue a certification.
With eight years of training and two years teaching martial arts, Jed is an accomplished athlete and personal trainer. He received his black belt in Taekwondo and trained in Merpati Putih: level Balik III. Jed enjoys the quintessential pursuits of a Pacific North-Westerner; hiking, cycling and performing around town with his band when its time to go inside.
Susanne has been in the fitness industry for 24 years. She discovered Pilates, or more accurately, Pilates discovered her, in 1998 after a back injury acted up making it hard for her to move without being in pain. In just one month the pain was completely gone. Susanne knew right then and there that she had to learn this work and teach it to others so that they could live pain free as well.
Susanne loves the outdoors being active in cycling, running, golfing and of course Pilates! Listening to live music and dancing are favorites as well. Susanne’s philosophy is simple: “I want your Pilates class to be the best part of your day! Feel great and look great! Let’s do this!”
Alicia graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2012 with a BS in Exercise Science. She was certified as a personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2013. She also became a Certified Metabolic Specialist in 2013, followed by her certification as a Classical Pilates Instructor in 2014.
Alicia found her love for Pilates through her extensive training with nutrition and exercise throughout her college years. She was immediately drawn to Pilates and decided to live her life in the ways of the Pilates Method.
Alicia enjoys helping people reach their fitness goals, and Pilates is the best tool to use. Pilates will always hold such a special place in Alicia’s heart because no matter what your body type or fitness level, Pilates will always continue to help you grow and achieve your goals.
Kim has been teaching for almost 10 years, and loves Pilates more than when she started. She trained at Pilates Seattle International, and is certified through Romana’s Pilates. Kim genuinely believes Pilates is good for everyone, regardless of age or physical fitness. Her workouts are tailored to the client in front of her whether it be working around an injury or training an elite athlete.
She also enjoys being the student herself. Taking lessons and keeping up on continuing education are top priorities. Staying strong and flexible helps her to enjoy all the wonderful outdoor activities we have here in the Great Northwest.
Tiger Zane ﬁrst encountered Pilates after running the Paris marathon in 2006. Six
months of intense training and the marathon itself had left her with an injured hip. On
the recommendation of a friend, she began taking weekly Pilates lessons at
Metropolitan Pilates in Seattle. She immediately saw her body transform and loved the
results… better posture, no more low back pain, rebuilding her hip strength and a
growing sense of self conﬁdence!
After 9 years of study as a client, Tiger enrolled in the year long apprenticeship and
certiﬁcation program with Dorothee Vandewalle in Seattle. She is dedicated and
inspired by the profound physical and mental beneﬁts of Pilates. Tiger is also a Life and
Voice coach leading women’s retreats; she believes that Pilates is an integral part of
health and aging beautifully.
Rachel’s Pilates journey began in 2000. Pilates has helped her recover from multiple injuries and prevent their reoccurrence (sprained and broken ankles, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and other overuse injuries), control her hypermobile joints, manage joint pain, achieve and maintain a 100lb weight loss, build significant strength, appreciate her body, and ultimately discover the joy in movement. It is this discovery that drives her passion for teaching Pilates, and she strives to help others find joy through movement.
Rachel completed her classical Pilates apprenticeship and certification at Pilates Seattle International in 2017 through Romana’s Pilates. As an instructor, Rachel empowers her clients to develop awareness and control of their bodies in the Pilates studio, and then take those skills into the rest of their lives. She believes that mindful movement and breath are the keys to improving posture, reducing pain, improving flexibility, and developing more strength, control, and better performance in all areas of life and sports.
Rachel is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, specializing in functional training, TRX, kettlebells, PRI, and Fascial Movement Taping (FMT).
Abby began practicing Pilates in college as “pre-hab” to keep herself strong and centered while she transitioned out of varsity sports into life as a weekend road-race warrior. She loves running in half marathons and began teaching Pilates classes in 2002. Since then, she has studied the method in many different flavors (STOTT, Physical Mind, Power Pilates, and Classical). Abby blends her different experiences of Pilates to create dynamic, safe, and challenging workouts for all muscles of the body. Abby has taught extensively in Boston, MA, from the urban campus at MIT to the wilds of western Massachusetts and she is looking forward to bringing her humor and knowledge to Bellevue!
Carmela Ramaglia is a second generation classically trained authentic Pilates instructor. After more than 1000 hours of coursework, seminars and apprenticeship under the tutelage of teacher trainer Dorothee VandeWalle, she was certified by Joseph Pilates’ protégée, grand master Romana Kryzanowska.
Carmela has over a decade of teaching experience in the Pilates method and opened her studio in 2004. She picked the name Power Within Pilates because a client mentioned, “that’s how Pilates makes you feel inside.”
Carmela sees Pilates as a practical tool for helping clients discover their inner strength – both physically and metaphorically – and it is with an open and grateful heart that she shares this powerful and transformational work.
After several years of teaching Pilates, Carmela embarked on her second career as a wellness consultant. With an international audience representing more than 58 countries, Carmela is quickly becoming recognized as a leading authority in clarifying and healing the issues surrounding diet, exercise, self-esteem, body image and weight loss.
Deacon is the newest member to our Pilates family here at the studio! Deacon was born on May 20, 2015 and has been visiting the studio 2-3 times per week since he was just a month and a half old! Like mother, like son, he’s already as dedicated to Pilates as Nancy.
Deacon loves to say hi to all the clients at the studio, so don’t feel shy! Come say hello!