Pilates Teacher Training Program

Program Type: 
Pilates Teacher Training
Program Name: 
Pilates Teacher Training Program
Dates: 
Feb 23 2018 - Jul 31 2018

In the spring and summer of 2018, ASU dance faculty from the Department of Theatre and Dance will offer a comprehensive teacher-training program in Pilates. The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Office of Conference and Camp Services sponsor this program. The Pilates Teacher Training Program at Appalachian is unique in many ways. The emphasis of the program is to produce quality teachers who are trained in the authentic, classical style of Joseph Pilates. The 650+ hour program begins with 6 credit hours of academic coursework in Pilates and will culminate with a summer intensive, exams, and a full-time apprenticeship leading to certification. Our program combines rigorous daily practice in Pilates with an academic study of Joseph Pilates' philosophy and concepts.

The academic structure of the program will insure that the Pilates method and concepts are fully integrated throughout a consistent, year-long program of study. The academic setting will also allow the initial teaching experiences to be closely monitored. The summer intensive will focus on the application of sound teaching principles in a comprehensive studio and the practice and understanding of advanced exercises. Content will include training on all equipment, safety issues, basic anatomy and modifications for diverse populations and injuries. Apprentice teaching experiences will consist of observation, practice teaching, and instruction with master teachers. Successful apprentices will pass written and practical exams at the basic, intermediate, and advanced level. This program meets and/or exceeds the guidelines as set forth by the Pilates Method Alliance and is listed in the Classical Pilates Directory for teacher training programs.

This program will require commitment, daily practice, regular study time, and an adherence to a set, regular apprentice schedule. Due to the physical nature of the program, applicants are expected to be physically fit and apprentices will be required to maintain fitness. In order to fulfill the requirements leading toward certification, this program will require consistent, part-time focus (10-15 hours/week) from mid-March to mid-May, and a full-time commitment from late May through July 2018. Therefore taking summer school classes, having a part-time job, or making out of town commitments during this time period are unrealistic and are not recommended.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS:
(270-360 hours) Successful candidates to the program will have satisfactorily completed the following coursework:

  • (2) DAN 3480 Pilates Conditioning I (Mat)
  • (2) DAN 4480/5480 Pilates Conditioning II (Apparatus)
  • (2) Repeat DAN 3480 or 4480/5480 as a teaching assistant
  • (3) DAN 4460/5460 Somatics is also recommended (not required) as an introduction to functional anatomy and a survey of related body therapies

The courses listed above will give the student a solid foundation and understanding of the basic and intermediate mat and apparatus. The academic requirements will give the student their initial observation and assistant teaching experiences. The required academic courses are prerequisites that must be fulfilled before applying to the teacher training program. ASU students can register during any of the designated periods and are subject to all fees and tuition.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: (400+ hours)

  • Attendance and successful completion of the Spring Basic Weekend Seminar. This workshop will focus on teaching the apparatus, safety, and modifications for beginning clients. Initial apprentice teaching hours will be required in March, April, and May.
  • Attendance and successful completion of the Summer Intensive Training. The intensive will focus on applying sound teaching principles in a comprehensive studio for basic, intermediate and advanced clients.
  • Successful completion of final apprentice teaching hours, Summer 2018. Apprentice teaching experiences will consist of observation, practice teaching, lessons with master teachers, written and practical exams. This is a full-time commitment from late May through July 2018.
  • Successful completion of basic, intermediate, and advanced written and practical exams by July 31, 2018.

 

SCHEDULE:
To uphold our standards and insure the quality of the teacher-training program, no exceptions to the following required schedule will be made:

Basic Seminar: February 23-25, 2018 (15 hours)

  • Friday, February 23, 2-5pm
  • Saturday, February 24, 9am-4pm
  • Sunday, February 25, 9am-4pm 

Apprentice Teaching the Basic Apparatus (25-30 hours)

  • Six+ weeks, February 26-April 20, 2018
  • Begin independent apparatus teaching. Teach 4-5 friends, 5 lessons each and 5 workouts/week

Supervision Day (12 hours)

  • Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9am - 12pm, Apprentice Lessons and Q&A
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8am - 5pm
    In the morning session you will need to demonstrate your teaching with a friend. You must have given them at least 5 lessons. 

Continue Apprentice Teaching the Basic Apparatus (25-30 hours)

  • Five weeks, April 23-May 26, 2018
  • Continue independent teaching friends and family in preparation for the intensive. Teach 4-5 friends/week, 5 workouts/week.)

12-Day Intermediate and Advanced Intensive (100 hours)

  • Sunday, May 27, 2-5pm
  • Monday, May 28, 2018 - Friday, June 8, 2018, 8am - 5pm, Homework 12 hours 

Apprentice Teaching I, (90-105 hours)

  • Three weeks, June 11 - June 29, 2018
  • Teach 20-25 clients hours/complete 4 apprentice hours/6 supervision hours each week
  • For supervision, each apprentice is required to participate in 6 hours/week with Master Trainers (Take 2 lessons, observe 2 lessons, and attend Q&A weekly throughout this block)

Supervision Day (8 hours)

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018, 8am-5pm
  • Intermediate exams and supervision

Apprentice Teaching II (120 hours)

  • Four weeks, July 1 - July 29, 2018 
  • Teach 25 clients hours/complete 4 apprentice hours/6 supervision hours/each week

Final Supervision Days

  • Monday, July 30 and Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  • Times: 8am-5pm, times as needed including advanced supervision days, final practical teaching exams and writen exams

*All requirements must be successfully completed by July 31, 2018.

Initially, you will be expected to schedule your friends and family to work with. All participants will be required to pay a nominal fee (Students, $25/5 lessons, Adults $30/5 lessons) for apprentice instruction. We will also work to schedule you with a wide variety of clients from ASU and the community. In order to fulfill all of your apprentice hours, you will need to schedule approximately 10-15 percent more client hours than required, in order to make up for no shows and emergencies.

FEES:
By October 20th, 2017 the application and $400 non-refundable registration fee must be received.  By December 2nd, 2017, $1700 is due. The final payment of $1700 is due by February 2nd, 2018 to be eligible to participate in the 2018 program. The total cost is $3,800. Early bird special: 5% discount if application and fees are paid in full by December 2, $3,610! All fees and deposits are non-refundable.

This all inclusive fee includes instruction in the Basic Seminar, the Teacher Training Intensive, regular lessons with Master Trainers Marianne Adams and Rebecca Quin, the use of Appalachian State University's Pilates equipment and studio, periodic supervision of apprentice teaching, and exam fees. Students who have met the academic program requirements may apply for admission to the teacher-training program. In order to uphold the standards of our program, only students of highest caliber will be admitted. Acceptance into the teacher-training program does not guarantee certification.

COMPLETION POLICY:

  • Acceptance is based on successful prerequisite completion and teaching promise and potential. Mastery of the Classical Pilates repertory and improving teaching effectiveness is the responsibility of the apprentice while in the program. Successful participants must commit to completing all requirements within the agreed upon timeframe.
  • To assess progress, written and practical exams are given at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels. Successful completion of the written and practical exams is required for final certification. If any of the 6 (written and practical) exams are failed and need to be retaken, there will be a $100 retest fee and 50 additional apprentice hours will be assigned. If the retest is failed, the apprentice will automatically forfeit the right to continue the program.
  • If an extension is needed for dire circumstances, a detailed request must be submitted, stating clear reasons for the extension. If granted, the revised timeline will be negotiated and an additional $200/month will be charged for additional supervision.

ALTERNATE ROUTE

APPLICATION AND FEE POLICY:
For those who wish to apply to the PTTP who have extensive Pilates practice via prior experience but do not have the prerequisite coursework, the following steps must be successfully completed to test into the program:

  1. Provide a letter detailing previous Pilates experience and submit two letters of reference that address teaching potential.
  2. Physically demonstrate practical knowledge of the Pilates method of the basic and intermediate level on the mat and all apparatus.
  3. Pass the written exam at the basic level.
  4. Pay the $250 non-refundable alternate exam fee.
  5. All alternate route candidates must test in no later than November 20, 2017.
  6. All other non-refundable fees and deposits, total of $3,800, must be paid no later than February 2, 2018.

COMPLETION POLICY:

  1. Alternate route candidates must comply with all completion policies and testing standards as stated in the standard route:
    • Acceptance is based on successful prerequisite completion and teaching promise and potential. Mastery of the Classical Pilates repertory and improving teaching effectiveness is the responsibility of the apprentice while in the program. Successful participants must commit to completing all requirements within the agreed upon timeframe.
    • To assess progress, written and practical exams are given at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels. Successful completion of the written and practical exams is required for final certification. If any of the 6 written and practical exams are failed and need to be retaken, there will be a $100 retest fee and 50 additional apprentice hours will be assigned. If the retest is failed, the apprentice will automatically forfeit the right to continue the program.
    • If an extension is needed for dire circumstances, a detailed written request must be submitted, stating clear reasons for the extension. If granted, the revised timeline will be negotiated and an additional $200/month will be charged for additional supervision.
  2. Apprentices must attend all intensive trainings, weekend supervision days, and weekly supervision at least 1/week. Complete all apprentice hours as assigned. (See detailed alternate schedule listed below).
  3. In addition, all alternate route candidates must develop and maintain a plan of completion within two weeks of acceptance into the program. A minimum of 10 hours/week is required. Failure to adhere to the approved and signed timetable will result in a non-refundable $200/month extension fee for additional supervision or automatic withdraw from the program.

 

ALTERNATE SCHEDULE AND EXPECTATIONS:
To uphold our standards and insure the quality of the teacher-training program, no exceptions to the following required schedule will be granted:

  • All requirements must be fulfilled as listed on the schedule for the Basic Seminar through the May/June Intensive. 
  • Alternate students are required to attend at least 1/2 of the summer group supervision days
  • Extended Apprentice Teachin Period (220+ hours) Times: TBA
    • June 4 - November 16, 2018
  • Weekly Commitment: This schedule is based on a commitment of 10 hours per week. Each week accrue 7 client hours, 2 apprentice hours, and 1 supervision hour. This schedule must be upheld to complete the remaining 250 training hours.
  • Exam Schedule: All written and practical exams will be scheduled as needed within the timeframe listed below.
  • Final Testing: Written and Practical Exams during the week of November 12, 2018

Instructors

MARIANNE ADAMS is a professor of Dance Studies at Appalachian State University where she teaches dance, bodywork, and expressive arts. She holds a MA in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University and a MFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a founding member of the Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective, and has twice been a visiting artist at the European Graduate School for Expressive Arts in Saas Fee, Switzerland. She had informal exposure to the Pilates mat exercises from years of dance classes and began her intensive studies in Pilates in 1996 with Alycea Ungaro in NYC. While pursuing certification from the NYC Pilates Studio, she studied intensively with Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Pace, and Bob Liekens. She was certified in 1998 and has continued her bodywork education with Romana Kryzanowska and other master teachers since being certified. She has been a Pilates Guild member and is currently listed in the directory of Classical Pilates Instructors. She is also a certified instructor in GYROKINESIS® and the GYROTONIC® methods of bodywork.

REBECCA QUIN has an extensive background in Pilates, dance, and expressive arts therapy. She holds a MA and NCC in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Expressive Arts. She began studying Pilates intensively in 1998 with Certified Instructor Marianne Adams while working on her BA in Child Development with a minor in Dance. In 2003 she completed a 700-hour apprenticeship to receive comprehensive certification in the Authentic Pilates Method, through the Pilates Studio in NYC. She has studied with master teachers Romana Kryzanowska, Brett Howard, Ton Voogt, and Michael Fritzke. She has taught classes for the cast of 42nd Street in NYC, Platinum Pilates, Batchelor Chiropractic, Wellspring Chiropractic, Rippling Waters Yoga Studio, Neighborhood Yoga, Grandfather Mountain and Linville Ridge Country Clubs. She is also a certified instructor in the GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® methods of bodywork. She is listed in the directory of Classical Pilates Instructors, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Theatre and Dance department at Appalachian State University.

For further application information, visit our web site: www.dance.appstate.edu or for questions, email pilates@appstate.edu. More comprehensive information about the Pilates technique can be found at http://www.classicalpilates.net.

Payment Method:

Click here to register whether paying by check or by credit card. You will be prompted to create an account (or you may log in using your Facebook, Twitter, or Yahoo accounts). This will allow you to go back into your registration and make changes including additional payments. You will be billed for the full amount ($3800). You must pay a minimum of $400. If you pay in full by December 2, you will receive a 5% discount which brings your total program cost to $3610. After you enter all of your data, you must select "continue to check out." Once you select this option, you will be prompted to enter the amount you wish to pay. Remember, if you are paying in full before December 2, you only need to pay $3610.

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