Madeline Black has distinguished herself as an international leader in Pilates Instruction and movement education.
To date, she has presented her work at distinguished forums such as Balanced Body: Pilates On Tour, the Pilates Method Alliance, the Body Mind Expo Conference, and Pilates Style Magazine. Madeline is a Mentor in the Passing the Torch Program created by Balanced Body and coaches the most advanced teachers, raising the education and quality in the Pilates industry. She has also given workshops in Italy, Germany, Japan, Ireland, Spain and throughout the United States.
Originally a dancer, Madeline earned a B.S. in dance and physical education from Skidmore College. Madeline has studied Pilates under many of the modern masters of our time, including Eve Gentry, Romana Kryzanowska, Naja Cori, Jean Claude West and Anna Schmitz. She is a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher.
A resident of Sonoma, California, Madeline's home studio is
Studio M. What sets Madeline's teaching apart is her emphasis on clear instruction. From her lecture demos to her hands-on work, to her educational and supplemental materials, participants leave her workshops immediately able to integrate her ideas and concepts into sessions with their own clients. Her accessibility, articulateness, commitment to Pilates, and decades of experience make her a beloved and sought-after instructor.
In addition to her work in Pilates, she worked and mentored with Marika Molnar at Eastside Sports Medicine Center in New York, studied anatomy and neuromuscular re-education with Irene Dowd, Gyrotonic with Julio Horvath, orthopedic massage with Tom Hendrickson, Integrative Manual Therapy with Sharon Weilselfish-Giammatteo, and Lauren Berry technique with Lynda Caesara. She is also exploring the field of energy work. Madeline draws inspiration from a vast knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, quantum physics, and energy work, which has lead to an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to Pilates, yoga, and Gyrotonic.