Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. A lifelong practitioner of dance, she was introduced to Pilates as a supplemental regimen to training in ballet and modern dance techniques. After many years dabbling in mat repertoire, Gretchen arrived at teaching serendipitously and apprenticed under Steven Winterstein of Kinetic Axis Pilates and Bodywork in Chicago. She fell in love with Steven’s functional anatomical approach and the changes it incited in her own physicality. While her years of somatic movement experience enrich Gretchen’s teaching, Pilates has enlightened her understanding of and experience in the efficiency and clarity of movement. She is fascinated by the body as bio mechanical ‘machine’ and finds Pilates to be an invaluable tool in living well and wholly. Gretchen recently relocated to Grand Rapids from Chicago, where she taught Pilates and worked as a freelance dancer.