Teresa Shupe owns and operates Atlas Pilates. She maintains a busy weekday teaching schedule and manages client service. She was trained and tested by Joseph Pilates protegée Romana Kryzanowska and was certified by Pilates Inc. Teresa completed a 700 hour apprenticeship with Lori Coleman-Brown and Dorothee VandeWalle in Seattle WA, and studied with Sari Mejia-Santo and Romana Kryzanowska in New York. She has a BFA in Dance from Ohio University, where she was introduced to the study of anatomy and kinesiology (the science of human movement).
For over ten years prior to opening Atlas Pilates, Teresa was an instructor at Pilates Seattle International where she worked and studied with many the world’s best Classical Pilates instructors, including “Pilates Elders” who were taught by Joe and Clara Pilates. Throughout her Pilates career she’s been fortunate to work alongside great physical therapists, and she’s acquired a great deal of experience patients in post-rehabilitation.
A professional modern dancer, Teresa has performed with The Pat Graney Company and The Big Red Dance Company in Seattle. Throughout her childhood, she studied at the Academy of Dance Arts in Middletown, Ohio. Decades of lifting other dancers has made her very conscious of alignment and posture, and has helped her to develop efficient and effective means of communicating precise corrections.
Since 1994, Teresa has studied and taught martial arts at Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu, and currently holds the rank of Black Belt in the Hawaiian street-fighting art of Kajukenbo. She also spends some time every week training in a local boxing gym. Her martial arts training helps Teresa remain calm under pressure, move from her core, direct energy (chi), and mentor others.
Pregnancy and post-partum fitness issues have interested Teresa since she had her own child. She’s guided several Pilates clients through pregnancy and childbirth and she’s developed several effective personalized Pilates fitness programs to help new mothers get back into great shape.
Teresa Shupe teaches weekdays. Please contact us to book your appointment.