Alexandra Daniels Edwards, NCPT®, is a second generation, classical Pilates instructor and a teacher trainer with The Pilates Standard. Alexandra fell in love with the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning while studying dance as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College. After graduation, in 1995, she moved to New York City and studied with master teacher Romana Kryzanowska. She became a certified Pilates instructor in 1996.
From 1996 to 2000, she worked at The Pilates Studio of New York and there Alexandra met her mentor, Bob Liekens. The experience of training regularly with him and working alongside him, shaped and molded her as a Pilates instructor. During this time, she also worked with physical therapists to rehabilitate Broadway performers, professional dancers, musicians, and older adults. As a choreographer and teacher, she worked with Jacques D’Amboise and The National Dance Institute, a dance program for elementary school students from New York City’s public schools.
In 2000, Alexandra returned to Sarah Lawrence College to complete a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance, honing her teaching skills as well as an in-depth anatomical study of the body. In 2002 she moved to Los Angeles, California and taught Pilates at The Sports Club Los Angeles and opened a private practice in Beverly Hills. During her time in Los Angeles, she was introduced to Pilates master teacher Jay Grimes and had the opportunity to do continuing education with him.
In 2012, she moved to Carmel, California to teach Pilates and dance at Monterey Peninsula College. She opened her studio Monterey Bay Contrology in 2016 and completed Bob Liekens' LEAP program in 2018.
Teacher trainer - Germany
Bernd Wohlfahrt ist Sporttherapeut, Fitness und Personal Trainer sowie mehrfach zertifizierter Pilates Trainer. Er lernte die Pilates Methode bei einem mehrmonatigen Aufenthalt in Australien kennen. Seit 2001 ist er unter anderem als Presenter und Ausbilder für The Pilates Coach, anschließend Power Pilates und nun für The Pilates Standard tätig.
Mit seiner Erfahrung und Energie ist er ein wichtiger Teil von POWERHOUSE Hamburg und motiviert seine Schüler immer wieder zu Höchstleistungen. “Pilates hat mir als Leistungssportler zusätzliche Erfolge beschert. Insbesondere die klassische Pilates Methode ist für mich der sichere Weg zu einem gesunden und noch leistungsfähigeren Körper. Pilates ist das perfekte Training für Menschen, die ihren Körper weiterentwickeln wollen“, sagt er selbst.
Fluid Power Pilates was founded by Bonnie Grove in 2008. Bonnie is a NCPT® Certified Pilates Teacher (formerly PMA) and has been extensively trained and certified by Power Pilates as a Senior Teacher, and was a Teacher Trainer with Power for 10 years. In 2018, Bonnie completed Bob Liekens' LEAP (Leading Education Advancement Program) and is a certified Teacher Trainer for his company, The Pilates Standard.
Camilla have been teaching Pilates from 2009 and I own a Contrology studio in Mantova, Area di Volo.
She started my path with Karine Cid in Verona, where I graduated with Power Pilates. There I met Bob Liekens during a continuing education meeting and hosted him in my studio in 2018 for a two days workshop, one of his lasts I believe. It is on that occasion I asked him to join TPS to become a teacher trainer.
She come from a very different background: I graduated in architecture and design in Milan, for years I had been working in fashion and graphic design, meanwhile I was training in the Pilates center in Mantova.
Pilates became my passion, so much that my teacher of the time, Monica, decided to enroll me in a matclass teaching program.
It is at that time that she realized I really loved to teach, so that I convinced many of my students to become teachers as well.
This is the reason why she decided to become teacher trainer: She felt the need to transmit her passion to future trainers, to inspire others, as much as my trainers did with her
Evgenia Papadopoulou was born in Kavala Greece.
She is a Second Generation Certified Pilates Teacher, a Pilates Teacher Trainer with The Pilates Standard and a NCPT® Certified Teacher.
Evgenia has an energetic, positive, dynamic and sincere attitude towards life and likes to take challenges which appear into her life.
With a dance background in Classical Ballet and modern dance (Graham) she came across the Pilates Method in 1990 while attending the 1st year of the Body Mind Centering Certification Program with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in Amherst, MA, USA.
Two years later she decided to follow her dream and she found herself in New York where she enrolled the 1st Pilates Certification Program in the history of the Pilates Method with Romana Kryzanowska at the Pilates Studio, NY. Her other mentor was Bob Liekens. She completed the 600 hours Comprehensive Program on the Classical Pilates Method and got certified in 1993.
From 1987 till the end of 1994 she continued her dance education in Berlin, Germany mostly with Riki Von Falken –Limon Method–, with Elise Ralston –Dança Expressiva– and Classical Ballet.During this time she attended several workshops of body-mind practices such as a year of Dance Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Shiatsu at the Ohashi Shiatsu Center, Berlin, Breathing Therapy, Body Mind Centering while she also took Yoga and Tai Chi classes.
In 1995 she returned to Athens-Greece where she opened the Corpus Ray Studio one of the first Pilates studios in the country. Corpus Ray is being mentioned as a Classical Pilates Studio in the book “The Pilates Body” by Brooke Siler, as well as "The Pilates Method" by Romana Kryzanowska and Sean Gallagher. Evgenia has done the proofreading of the Greek edition of the “The Pilates Body” which she also prologued.
In 2005 she decided to take her Pilates education a step forward. She became a Teacher Trainer under the supervision of Bob Liekens with Power Pilates. Corpus Ray is the TPS® Affiliate Training Center in Greece. Since then she has been attending annually the Enhancement programs for Teacher Trainers in the U.S.A and in Europe.
She has also attended several workshops among others with Lolita San Miguel, Mejo Wiggin, Brett Howard, Moses Urbano, Kathi Ross-Nash, Samantha Wood, Rael Isacowitz, Keren Kipplinger,
In 2010 she became the first NCPT® Certified Teacher in Greece and she also was the first President of the Greek Pilates Association. She resigned in 2013.
In 2017 she complete the LEAP program with Bob Liekens and in 2022 the Classical Syllabus with Mejo Wiggin.
Evgenia speaks Greek, English, French and German.
Regional Director / Teacher trainer - Germany
Studioinhaberin und Pilates Matten- und Gerätetrainerin seit 2005, zertifiziert durch diverse namhafte Ausbildungsinstitute, zuletzt durch THE PILATES STANDARD. Zu Ihren Ausbildern gehören Juliana Afram, Bob Liekens, Tony Rockoff und viele mehr.
Evi ist im Ausbildungsteam von The Pilates Standard und Mitglied im DEUTSCHEN PILATES VERBAND. Sie besucht dort regelmäßig Fortbildungen, um sich immer weiter zu qualifizieren.
Gina Papalia - A Second Generation Teacher, owner of Grasshopper Pilates, NYC (est. 2000), The Pilates Standard (TPS) Teacher Trainer who lives in NYC with her husband and two teens.
Gina fell in love with Pilates in college. After she graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts & Dance she began her Pilates certificate training in January 1995 at SUNY Purchase, under Carol Dodge Baker, and studied at Drago's with Romana Kryzanowska and Bob Liekens at the Pilates Studio. Professionally she went on to perform with Dance Theatre of Harlem for five years.
Gina embraces each client individually and unconditionally, balancing a serious approach with a fun, friendly attitude. She challenges each client, working with their weaknesses and imbalances while acknowledging their strengths and accomplishments. Gina is PMA Certified, a teacher on Pilatesology, trains bi-weekly with Cary Regan and Phoebe Higgins, studied anatomy with Irene Dowd, and is currently becoming certified in Fascia Manipulation - Stecco Method Level II. Gina completed The Pilates Standard Leading Education Advancement Program (LEAP) 2018 and is currently a Teacher Trainer and continuing education provider for TPS.
Having worked closely with Bob Liekens for 23 years, and continuing to expand her knowledge of Pilates and the body, she is excited to be part of The Pilates Standard team of teacher trainers and share The Pilates Method with the next generation of teachers.