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about the georgetown pilates team


"After much searching, I was happy to find Georgetown Pilates,
where the instructors are all classically trained, certified,
and have years of experience." -Rochelle Hall


heather perry


Heather Perry, owner of Georgetown Pilates, spent 13 years in The Washington Ballet company and was trained under the watchful eye of Mary Day in the Washington School of Ballet. She spent time training at The School of American Ballet in NYC as well. While with The Washington Ballet, Heather got to perform works by world renound choreographers, and work with some great artists, namely Nacho Duato, Yuri Killian, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, works by George Balanchine and Choo San Goh, Trey McIntyre, Suzanne Farrell and many more. While a principal dancer in one of the world's greatest chamber companies, Heather sustained numerous injuries as a result of the rigorous schedule a professional dancer endures. By engaging in physical therapy sessions, she came to learn about pilates and found that it alleviated pain and her injuries began to dissipate. Heather decided to begin teacher training with Power Pilates, NYC, aspiring to educate young dancers and train them as a form of preventative medicine.

Heather trained with disciples of Romana Kryzanowska, who was a direct diciple of Joseph Pilates. Teachers such as Bob Liekens, Susan Moran-Perich, Karen Garcia, Peter Fiasca, Erin Horst and many more, played a roll in her education. While studying to teach Pilates, the art of Contrology, she discovered the vast benefits pilates holds for all ages and walks of life. Providing a therapeutic element to exercise.

Some of her continuing education courses include:

• Pilates For Seniors - focusing on the prevention of osteoporosis and other back ailments
• Pilates For Men
• Pilates For Athletes
• Pilates Special Needs
• Creative Spine Corrector
• Enchanted Wunda Chair
• Advanced/Super Advanced
• Reformer/ Mat
• Ladder Barrel With Bob Liekens
• Reformer On The Mat
• The Art Of Touch And Spot
• Intermediate / Advanced Tower
• Pilates With The Physioball
• Pilates For Pregnant Women
• Mat With Weights
• Magic Circle Madness and more

sharon henry

Sharon Henry has been a dedicated student of the classical pilates method since 1996. She received her initial certification in 1999 from Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska. Since 1998, Sharon has continued her training with Bob Liekens, former Director at Power Pilates, and, in early 2004, she completed her second comprehensive certification through the Power Pilates Bridge Program.


Her rigorous, hands-on teaching style is blended with humor, patience, and compassion as well as a keen eye for every "cheat" -- perhaps because she's done them all herself! She finds the greatest satisfaction in taking her clients beyond the choreography to connect to the deepest core of the method.


Her love of pilates is matched only by her passion for writing. She was previously an Artist in Residence at the Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts in Saratoga, CA and holds an MFA in writing from the University of Virginia. A cum laude graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, she's been a journalist, writing instructor, and editor, but her post-punk novel is still a work-in-progress.


amina el-sharkawy

Amina is a strong believer that pilates increases flexibility and improves strength and balance, as well as complements and enhances performance in the activities you love, such as running, swimming and yoga or, the activities you can’t avoid like, sitting and standing - but correctly!

Combining the classical pilates series of exercises with the appropriate modifications for each individual’s needs, Amina creates a warm, comfortable, and energizing atmosphere in her teaching sessions. She has experience teaching people of all ages and enjoys helping her clients stay fit, relaxed, and healthy—both physically and mentally.

Amina received her Pilates mat and Apparatus certifications from Power Pilates in New York City and is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. In addition to her expertise with the pilates method, Amina also holds a Master's Degree in International Environmental Policy, and has over 10 years of international development experience around the world.


jennifer mcdermitt

Jennifer has been a pilates student since 2002.
Certifications and experience:
Pilates Apparatus Instructor
Substitute Pilates Mat instructor
Power Pilates Beginner Mat Certification
Power Pilates Intermediate Mat Certification
Power Pilates Beginner Apparatus Certification
Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification
Basics of Anatomy Course



liz clain-stefanelli

Liz Clain-Stefanelli was first exposed to pilates through her dance training at the Washington School of Ballet. While Liz continued taking pilates throughout her training, it was not until she began dancing professionally that she truly understood the benefits that Pilates offered, not only to dancers, but all who are looking to attain and maintain a healthy body.


Liz completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance from Mercyhurst University, which prepared her for a professional dance career with Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Charlottesville Ballet, Berrend Dance Theatre, and her current company, Bowen McCauley Dance. Always eager to learn, she continued an education in movement and completed her Power Pilates Teaching Training locally in Annapolis and Bethesda, MD. Liz strives to create a wholehearted, fun, and individualized workout for each client so that they leave their sessions feeling energized and strong.




gina geise

Gina’s path to becoming a pilates instructor was quite serendipitous; and she is very excited to encourage others on their path to wellness and flexibility. After energetically putting her Bachelors of Architecture to good use in New York City, she realized that her current lifestyle wasn’t aligned with her long-term goals. Leaving the city behind, she moved to her hometown in Harrisburg PA, looking for the time to contemplate her aspirations. After dropping into a Pilates studio to check out a reformer, Gina discovered a new passion, classical pilates! She became such a frequent client that the owners suggested that she consider instructing at their studio. A year later she was certified through Power Pilates in NYC. She is thrilled to have studied under Master Teacher Trainers Bob Liekens and Susan Moran. Gina built a healthy clientele at the Pilates Experience in her hometown, working with most clients privately, each having various physical restraints and ranging from 16 to 75 years young.


While Gina appreciates the beauty and function of the classical method, she incorporates modern variations to challenge her clients both in mind and body - creating a holistic workout that not only creates a beautiful appearance, but keeps the body healthy and limber.


team member

adeoye mabogunje

Adeoye has studied the Body in motion for twenty-three years. His disciplines include Circus Arts, Martial Arts, Pilates Technique and the Art of Yoga. He enjoyed a full career as an NCAA Track and Field Athlete at the University of Chicago, and sustained a number of injuries in the process. Rehabilitating his body through Physical Therapy not only led him to recovery, but also enabled him to claim a Championship Title in 2004. The son of two medical doctors, he continued to develop a keen interest in therapeutic modalities, which gave rise to his current study of Thai Yoga. He received his training at yogaview in Chicago, IL, with Erich Schiffmann in Venice, CA, and at Thai Bodywork – School of Thai Massage in Evanston, IL. Synthesizing his interdisciplinary experience into one Art, he endeavors to promote the Body’s natural rhythms of movement, stillness, and rest.

In addition to specializing in Healing Arts, Adeoye holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre and the George Washington University. Outside the Studio, he immerses himself in the study of world texts, and he performs on Stage, on Camera and in Voice Over.



jennifer hopkins

Jennifer started dancing long before she could successfully put two feet in front of the other. She put her love of movement to use on stage as an actor and competitive dancer. After many successful years touring and on stage in NYC, Jennifer was accepted to the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at GW here in DC; from which she received her MFA. It was during this program that she fell in love with the illuminating benefits of Pilates. Using Pilates to tone and also correct many years of rigorous dancing, Jennifer is a devotee that loves surprising people with the strength and stretch that Pilates has to offer. She underwent her Power Pilates training at the flagship studio in NYC where she continues to visit and study.

You will still find her on the local stages of Folger Theater and many others as she continues her performance career. Jennifer also teaches numerous Mat classes around the DMV and is a Master Trainer for PILOXING.


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