Carrie Pfenning, Owner
Carrie Pfenning is an alumnus of The Boston Conservatory of Music where she majored in dance from 1992-1996. At The Conservatory she studied not only dance technique, but also took years of course studies in Alexander Technique, Laban Movement Analysis, and Dance Pedagogy. Carrie also graduated from Lesley University with a degree in Human Development and Education, and taught Early Education for 7 years. Teaching Pilates has been the perfect blend of her passions for movement and teaching. Carrie has been practicing Pilates for the past 18 years, since 2002. She has been taking lessons weekly with Pamela Garcia since 2005 and regularly attends workshops, seminars and conferences. Her practice and quest to continue to learn comes from a strong belief that you cannot grow in your teaching if you are not growing in your own practice.
Carrie completed her first certification in 2004 (a 600 hour Stott-based instructor training program) and began teaching 16 years ago in 2004. After that program she became a professional member of the Pilates Method Alliance and passed their national exam in 2006. By being introduced to classical Pilates during this time, Carrie found that not only did it make more sense to teach Pilates as a system (as Mr Pilates did), and that her body and her students bodies benefitted considerably more than the contemporary approaches to pilates she had experienced before.
Carrie completed her 500 hour comprehensive certification with Peak Pilates in 2007, enabling her to teach the classical Pilates Method to all levels of students.
In 2013 she completed The United States Pilates Association’s teacher training program under the direction of Brett Howard, making her a Third Generation teacher. This 600 hour program and apprenticeship earned Carrie a certification under The New York Pilates Teacher Certification Program; the original school of Pilates.
In addition to all of her Pilates education, in 2017 Carrie completed the basic level of a Swiss course of study called Spiraldynamiks*, which explores how to encourage the natural spirals of the body in all areas of activity to reduce imbalance and overuse patterns that lead to chronic pain and injury.
She has been a Teacher Trainer for Peak Pilates since 2014, and has also been filmed as a student for Junghee Won with Pilatesology.
Carrie has taken workshops from Elder Lolita San Miguel and continues to attend workshops and actively study with many Second Generation teachers who learned from Romana Kryzanowska, such as Joy George, Clare Dunfy Hemani, Brett Howard, David Freeman, Peter Fiasca, Kathi Ross Nash, MeJo Wiggin, Junghee Won, Michael Fritzke, Ton Voogt and Alycea Ungaro.
Carrie is excited to share her love of movement and Authentic Pilates with you. Whether you are interested in Pilates for getting in shape, reducing pain, or bringing balance to your body and mind, welcome to The Pilates Room!
Connie Stead, Instructor
Connie is a retired speech-language pathologist, who serviced children with disabilities for thirty-four years in the public schools on Cape Cod. Her love of teaching has carried over to instructing adults in the Classical Method of Pilates. She feels fortunate to have found a second career that fulfills her passion for teaching and learning.
Connie was introduced to Pilates in 2006 when she started taking classes taught by Joy George. She soon realized that the consistent practice of Pilates improved her chronic back issues. Since being diagnosed with scoliosis as a young child, she has been active and aware of maintaining her strength and flexibilty. She is a firm believer in Joseph Pilates' quote, "If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30 you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young." Connie is constantly amazed by the dedication, commitment, and progress she sees in all her students, regardless of their age or physical abilities. She strives to perfect her teaching so that each student is challenged and leaves feeling stronger in mind and body.
Connie was certified as a Pilates Mat Instructor through Power Pilates in 2008, with Kathy Van Patten. In 2013 she became a Third Generation teacher by completed the 600 hour comprehensive New York Pilates Studio Certification Program with Brett Howard through the United States Pilates Association. In 2014 she became a member of the Pilates Method Alliance by passing their national exam. Connie wanted to further her knowledge of exercise, movement and anatomy, so she sat for and passed the National Academy of Sports Medicine exam to become a certified personal fitness trainer early in 2015.
Toby, Studio Sidekick
Toby is our official greeter, and studio Sidekick! He has a heart of gold, wonderful manners, a smile for everyone and no fur dander for people who are sensitive to it. If you aren't comfortable around dogs, his feelings won't be hurt. Just let us know and we will make arrangements for him to give you some space. Toby has great energy, a personality to match and is a valuable part of the team at The Pilates Room!