Michele Larsson, founder of Core Dynamics® Pilates
in Santa Fe, has over 40 years of experience teaching fitness, movement, dance and rehabilitation.
She has developed numerous products aimed at either assisting the new Pilates teacher or to share advanced problem solving skills for special problems and populations. Larsson worked as an associate teacher with Eve Gentry for nine years prior to the founding of the Institute for the Pilates Method in June 1991. There she was the Director of Training and developed curricula and materials for Pilates teacher training as well as screening and approving candidates to receive their Institute for the Pilates Method Certificate. Michele was also involved in product development at the Institute which included numerous videos on the Pilates method.
She is a former dancer and choreographer who trained at the Julliard School of Music in New York City, and received a B.A. in Holistic Health and Dance Theater from Antioch College in 1981. She began teaching movement in 1965, instructing dance for the New York Public Schools. She was an assistant teacher of Labanotation – a form of movement notation – at the Julliard School of Music. Larsson continued teaching dance until her retirement from dance at age 45. In 1979, she began teaching Pilates mat work and post-injury classes. In 1982, after 12 years of study with Eve Gentry, Larsson began teacher training under her guidance. Over the years Michele has taken workshops from other master teachers, including Carola Trier, Bruce King, Kathleen Stanford-Grant and Ron Fletcher.
Building on her past experience, Larsson established Core Dynamics® Inc. in 1996, a teacher training organization and Santa Fe, New Mexico Pilates studio. In addition to the teacher training workshops, Michele offers continuing education and advanced workshops around the globe. She has taught at national conferences including, the Pilates Method Alliance, Body, Mind, Spirit, Balanced Body: Pilates on Tour, Body Control/UK, and Pilates Style as well as presentations in Chile, Canada, Singapore, Australia and across the United States. She is also a mentor in the Passing the Torch program. She continues to travel internationally providing workshops and seminars on special topics, traditional Pilates and the Eve Gentry technique. Larsson writes articles for various publications including Pilates-Pro on-line newsletter and PIlates Style Magazine.
Now, Michele enjoys all she's learned and shared from within the adventure of retirement bringing with her the essence of a fulfilled Pilates' lifestyle.