Susan received her Pilates certification in 2002 under the direction of Romana Kryzanowska, world-renowned teacher and protégé of founder Joseph Pilates. She opened Pure Pilates in 2003.

As a former professional dancer, Susan brings more than 23 years of performing and teaching experience to enhance her Pilates instruction. She danced with the Westport Ballet Theatre of Kansas City for 17 years, ultimately transitioning from artist to executive director. She then went on to become director of the Westport Ballet School. As a guest instructor, Susan has taught Pilates at both the Kansas City Ballet School and the Midstates Regional Dance America Festival.

In 2010, Romana’s Pilates® selected Susan to be a Level IV instructor trainer.

In 2010, Romana’s Pilates® selected Susan to be a Level IV instructor trainer.

At Pure Pilates, we teach only the original Pilates method: A trusted and powerful system of body conditioning that has stood the test of time.

This system involves a series of exercises performed on special equipment and on a floor mat, ideally in a one-on-one teacher/client setting. The equipment utilizes the resistance of springs to help teach proper movement and to help massage, align, stretch and strengthen muscles. The exercises are done in a particular sequence, with an emphasis on quality and precision of movement rather than on speed or repetitions.

As clients progress, the workout becomes increasingly challenging and aerobic. The deep abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks – collectively the “powerhouse” – serve as the center of all movement, allowing the rest of the body to move more freely. The balance between strength, flexibility and control of all muscle groups results in a leaner, stronger and more balanced body.

The strength of the system is its focus on individual needs. Pilates was designed to be taught one-on-one rather than in a large group environment. The guidance of a trained eye to ensure proper form and execution is key to achieving the greatest possible results.

Everyone can benefit from Pilates. Clients come in all sizes, no matter gender, age or fitness level. Whether you want to stand taller, look leaner, play harder or just improve your overall health, Pilates gives you the skills to move through your life with power, control and efficiency.


  • Strengthens and tones
  • Improves flexibility
  • Improves posture
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Helps prevent injury and promotes recovery

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