Maria Leone, the driving force behind Bodyline
, has been teaching Pilates since 1989 and training teachers for well over 20 years. Her studio, Bodyline, is in the heart of Beverly Hills and caters to a diverse clientele including celebrities, philanthropists, royalty, and Olympic athletes.
Maria first discovered Pilates at New York University where she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Soon after Maria graduated, her dance career led her to Los Angeles where she danced and choreographed with some of the most respected luminaries in the business including Debbie Allen and Paula Abdul. Bodyline was created in 1994, and in 1999 Maria, became the Certifying Teacher in Los Angeles for the PhysicalMind Institute, which was the first national organization to offer Pilates education. In 2013 Maria became part of the faculty for Balanced Body University, the education branch of Balanced Body, the largest Pilates equipment manufacturer in the United States. She now presents workshops at both Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and Body Mind Conferences internationally.
Maria and her business, such as her DVD series, Pilates on the Go, have been featured in Allure, Elle, and Fitness Magazine. In addition to the Huffington Post, she has written numerous articles and workout features for Pilates Style Magazine.
After receiving her BFA from New York University, and after a successful dance career, Maria went on to receive Pilates Certifications from the Pilates Method Alliance, Balanced Body, PhysicalMind Institute, and the Pink Ribbon Program. She also holds a black belt in tae kwon do and is a yoga enthusiast.
Although recognized as a Master Trainer in her Industry, Maria still considers herself a student and continues to hone her craft.