Pilates Movement Center
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The Pilates Movement Center at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy (AFDA) is a program designed to help the dancer increase their technical training and knowledge of the body while providing them with a range of tools to become more aware of their alignment and to protect them from injury. For dancers, Pilates is beneficial for finding and being able to maintain core strength while increasing turnout, range of movement and flexibility while increasing strength and control through out a greater range of motion. Not only do dancers need superior core strength, balance and control but they must also build awareness of the effects movement has throughout the whole body. Pilates teaches breathing control and mental concentration to increase awareness of the sensory feedback from the nervous system. This mind-body connection is a way to increase control and detailed movement.
Benefit of Pilates for dancers include:
Increased core strength, balance and coordination
Improved hip, foot and ankle alignment
Proper hip turnout
Decreased joint and ligament stress
Decreased muscle strain
*The Pilates Movement Center emphasizes mat and anatomy lessons and is equipped with a Reformer Machine, Tower, 2 Pilates Chairs and other equipment to aid in the training of the dancer.
Private Lessons and Duet Lessons are available to the public.
Solo Reformer Lesson $70 per hour
Duets – $45 per hour
Small group mat classes and anatomy courses are available.
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Mrs. Luba Takamoto joined AFDA in 2000 and has been the key factor in establishing the Pilates and Ballet Program at AFDA. Mrs. Luba trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance at Point Park University. After dancing professionally for several years, she established and directed The Educational Dance Center in Pittsburgh for 7 years. This was the start of incorporating Pilates with dance education.
Mrs. Luba graduated from the Polestar Pilates Program, a 1,ooo hour year long course with her mentors including: 1st generation Pilates legend Lolita San Miguel, Polestar founders Brent Anderson and Elizabeth Larkham, Angela Crowley creator of Principles of Intelligent Movement and many others.
Mrs. Luba’s workshops and training include Kinesiology Taping, Dynamic Taping, Pilates on Tour 2005, Pilates on Tour 2010, Pilates on Tour 2012, Body, Mind and Spirit-Colorado Springs Coalition, Yoga in the workplace, & Psoas-Breathing in Motion.
Mrs. Luba continues studies in Feldenkrais, Melt Method, Kinesio taping, Anatomy in Clay, Peak Cadaver, Breathe, and Z health. She volunteers at St. Anthonyʼs Hospital in the Spiritual Care program on weekends.