I must admit, I was slightly reluctant to start a Pilates teacher training programme but as a ballet dancer nearing thirty, I needed to think of a sensible alternative to dancing professionally.
I knew as soon as I started training with Davorka Kulenovic (http://www.pilates-newyork.de) that I was in excellent hands. Davorka was trained by Romana Kryzanowska, a Joseph Pilates protégé who was entrusted with his method. Whilst my training with Davorka in the original Pilates method was incredibly rigorous, with over 700 hours of observation, training and teaching, it was also immensely rewarding. We had the opportunity to work with a huge spectrum of clients from fit pensioners passionate about Pilates to injured professional dancers from the Stuttgart Ballet. Now, nearly ten years on and a certified Pilates trainer myself, I have another career that I love.
I’m fortunate to have exceptionally disciplined and dedicated clients who make teaching a lot of fun. I continue to learn everyday while helping clients and myself get stronger, more flexible and happier by using the Pilates method.
I am very lucky to have continued opportunities to further my study with numerous world class instructors; Jay Grimes, Alycea Ungaro, Lori Coleman Brown, Dorothee Vandewalle, Kathi Ross Nash and Chris Robinson to name but a few.
During my pregnancies, the Pilates method kept me strong and healthy and helped me to get back in shape quick. Now it gives me the mental power, physical strength and all over flexibility I need to juggle two small children, a buzzing family life and a thriving Pilates studio!
Opportunities for young ballet dancers like me, growing up in Dublin in the 80s, were few and far between, so when Ludmilla Sakharova, director of the Russian “Perm Choreographic Institute’ came to Ireland to choose a handful of Irish girls to train at her prestigious school, I was thrilled to be selected. Although I was just fourteen years old, I was lucky that my parents realised this was a chance not to be missed.
My training in Perm was a challenging but wonderful experience and after graduating in 1994 with honours, I was offered a contract with the “Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, Russia” where I danced all the major classic ballet repertoires.
I then accepted a scholarship to continue my education with Marika Besobrasova at the “Academie de Danse Classique Princess Grace” in Monte Carlo. After receiving my Diplôme I went on to dance with companies all over the world; “L’Opera de Nice”, France, “Ontario Ballet Theatre”, Canada, “Theater Bonn”, Germany.
I was a founding member of “Ballet Ireland” and from 2001 formed part of their educational unit bringing the joy of dance to children from all over Ireland and the UK.
Since 2003 I have been based in Germany and cast in an array of wonderful musical productions; “Das Phantom der Oper” at the Palladium Theater in Stuttgart, “Anything Goes” and “My Fair Lady” at the National Theater in Mannheim and many more in theatres all over the country.
In 2008 I completed my ballet teacher training in the Vaganova Method with Ballettseminare, Stuttgart and have since been teaching both dance and Pilates to adults and children.
My hope is to inspire, encourage and give back to all my students what so many wonderful, dedicated and gifted teachers have shared with me.
Born in France, I received my dance training at the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower. On graduating, I got my first contract and started this amazing journey as a dancer. First in France, then Spain and finally in Germany. I had the chance to dance pieces of some of the greatest choreographers, such as Nacho Duato, Jiri Kilian, William Forsythe and many more.
Pilates became part of my training as a dancer, not only did it strengthen my body, but it also helped me recover quickly after any injuries. So, when I decided to broaden my horizons and do something alternative to dancing, it felt natural to study this great technique.
Now, after finishing my intensive teacher training in Classical Pilates with Davorka Kulenovic, I am happy to be able to share this knowledge and make others benefit from this fabulous method!
Gilda obtained her Peak Pilates Instructor Certificate in 2004 and has since taught extensively in various Pilates studios throughout Germany.
Her background is in dance and her extensive career has seen her performing (among others) with Tanztheater Wuppertal and Folkwang Tanzstudio under Pina Bausch’s direction. Gilda also works as a choreographer. In 2018 Gilda received an MA – Master of Arts in Dance Education – from the HfMDK in Frankfurt.
As a teacher, Gilda will instantly put you at your ease, her lessons are fun yet effective. She uses her expertise and prepares customised programs that address specific needs for each individual. She strengthens what is weak and challenges what is strong. Her goal is to develop a body that is more balanced, so that it can better serve the unique lifestyle of each person.
Ich erhielt meine Ausbildung an der Ballettakademie in Mannheim, am Bird College of Theatre Arts and Dance in London, sowie an der Alvin Ailey Dance School in NY.
Neben vielen Jahren auf der Bühne als Musicaldarstellerin und Tänzerin, sowie hinter der Bühne als Choreografin, habe ich mich stetig als Dozentin weiter entwickelt und bin seit Ende 2014 zertifizierte Pilates Matten – Trainerin nach der “Pilates Method of Body Conditioning” durch Davorka Kulenovic-Bischoff und gehöre dem Deutschen Pilates Verband an.
Ich freue mich sehr, ab März eine Kinderballett Stunde sowie einige der Pilates Matten-Kurse in diesem wunderbaren Studio unterrichten zu dürfen. Schulen und trainieren wir gemeinsam Geist und Körper, stärken wir unsere Körpermitte und übertragen das Erlernte in einen gesunden kräftigen Alltag.