meet the team 

 

Johanna Dalgleish, PMA®-CPT

Union Pilates Owner/Director
Fletcher Pilates® Professional Teacher
Fletcher Pilates® Program of Study, Faculty - Vancouver

Johanna is the owner of Union Pilates and heads our team of passionate movement educators.  She is a Fletcher Pilates® Professional Teacher and is proud to be the designated Faculty for Fletcher Pilates® Teacher Training in Vancouver.

For Johanna, Union Pilates is the culmination of over two decades of movement study and practice.  Originally introduced to Fletcher Pilates® through her professional dance training, Johanna has been a student of this work since 2005 and a teacher since 2009.  Her Pilates practice has profoundly changed the way she dances, the way she stands and the way she moves through life.  Building strength, flexibility and balance in the Pilates studio has allowed her to maintain and enjoy all her other physical pursuits with ease.

Her lifelong movement experience has fostered her passion for learning about the body and how it moves.  She strives to share and pass on this passion with each and every student. She sees Pilates not just as exercise, but as a means of self-expression and as a conduit for healing.  She is inspired by how Fletcher Pilates® simultaneously emphasizes precision of form and the joy of whole body movement. Her down to earth approach adapts to each students’ needs while her keen eye for detail maintains a high level of precise and diligent instruction. Johanna is excited about supporting her clients’ progress, from the fundamentals of balanced posture to the challenge of complex and dynamic choreography.

She has taught across Canada to athletes, dancers, pre-post surgery patients, pre-post natal moms and clients from all walks of life.  She travels to Tucson Arizona regularly to continue her study of the Fletcher Pilates® lineage. Johanna is honoured to be British Columbia’s only Fletcher Pilates® Program of Study Faculty.  This makes Union Pilates the home of Fletcher Pilates® Teacher Training in Vancouver.  Johanna also leads a variety of licensing and continuing education courses for fitness professionals and Pilates teachers alike.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bevin Poole

Licensed Fletcher Pilates® Provider
Certified by the PhysicalMind Institute of Canada (Equipment, Matwork, Prenatal)

Bevin is a lifelong student of movement. Having danced from a young age, she has nearly thirty years of movement training in many different capacities. As an instructor, Bevin believes in creating a safe environment where clients are encouraged to understand the nuances of their own bodies. She aims to empower each client to take ownership of their individual needs and provides the chance to grow through personal study, in class and into life.

Bevin first came to pilates in 2007 out of a need for more specificity. She found it easy to mimic and copy movement while dancing. When she began to get repetitive stress injuries, she realized that she was missing something. Her first pilates class revealed how complex and nuanced the body really is. As her body became stronger, more connected and more versatile, her injuries disappeared and her dancing improved. In 2016, Pilates supported Bevin through pregnancy, and it continues to keep her healthy while chasing around and caring for her tiny human.


“For me, Union represents the complexity of all systems in one energized, moving body. Each system is designed to work together, like a beautiful machine. Bones, muscles, organs, brain, breath, articulation, stability, strength… one function supports another. Union Pilates is a place to understand and enjoy movement, while honouring the intricacy of the body.”

 

 

Molly McDermott

Qualified Fletcher Pilates® Teacher

Molly is fascinated with the body and movement as an everyday practice.  Comprehensively trained as a Fletcher Pilates® Teacher, she is thrilled to be sharing her passion through teaching.  Her decade long career in professional dance performance and a lifetime of movement contributes to her body of knowledge as an instructor.  Along with teaching Pilates to a variety of ages and levels since 2016, Molly has experience teaching dance to children of all ages, and continues to work professionally in dance. 

Molly was first introduced to Pilates through her experience as a dancer, and immediately recognized the value and depth of the work.  With Pilates as a part of her regular practice she feels supported and capable of her full potential.  When it is integrated into her life, she feels strong, healthy and fulfilled.  It is Molly’s desire to share this powerful experience with as many people as possible. She believes that others too can find their optimal level of vitality through movement, and Pilates is a perfect practice to reach that potential.

It is an absolute pleasure to be a part of the team at Union and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge with all others curious about their bodies and well-being.

*Molly is currently on Maternity Leave caring for the newest addition to Team Union, baby Emilia. We look forward to her return!

 

Natalie Spence

Qualified Fletcher Pilates® Teacher

Natalie found Pilates in 2014 as a client and fell in love with the combination of breathwork, flow and precision unique to Fletcher Pilates.  She went on to complete the Fletcher Pilates Foundational Teacher Training Program in 2017.

She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N) who has been studying movement arts since 2001 with a focus on yoga, dance and fire arts. She completed the Yoga Alliance 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2007 from Prana Yoga.

Her Pilates practice has helped to relieve joint pain, and lengthen and strengthen her body without repetitive stress. Natalie has seen significant changes in her body by applying the principles she has learned as a holistic nutritionist and Pilates instructor. After many years working at a computer, Natalie recognizes the importance of movement and proper posture for well-being and healthy aging. She warmly welcomes all ages and body types no matter where people are in their movement journey.

“Union for me is the connection between breath and movement, and the moments when all of our body systems align to inspire peak performance. It represents the connection we share as a community of people who gather to breathe, and move together, resulting in a collective dance that is bigger than the sum of our individual parts.”

 

Cindy Solkin

Certified by Maya Ben Yaakov Pilates, Israel
(Equipment, Matwork, Special populations)

Cindy is a devoted practitioner of Pilates, having practiced Pilates for ten years before studying to become an instructor in 2015. She took her Pilates certification on both mat and apparatus in Israel, where she lived for 30 years. Cindy studied under Maya Ben Yaakov, who was herself a student of Rael Isacowitz, founder of the BASI Block System. Cindy’s tutelage and experience also include working with clients with special needs, including auto-immune disorders and inflammation. She has been a practicing holistic nutritionist and certified life coach since 2005.

Cindy has battled a variety of health issues including overweight, arthritis and infertility and spent years trying to achieve fitness in the gym before finally giving it up as the result of injury. That’s when she discovered Pilates, and it changed her life. She has been a passionate devotee ever since and brings a holistic approach to her instruction, focusing on the total well-being of the individual. She is committed to helping everyone live in a healthier, pain free body.

Cindy is looking forward to learning and integrating the flow and rhythm of Fletcher Pilates into her teaching repertoire.  She is delighted to be a part of the beautiful community at Union!