Accomplished dancer, singer, actress and PILATES INSTRUCTOR Kimberley Koop spills about her experiences as an instructor at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre.

"Teaching Pilates Core Basic, was very 'basic' on the first night as I tried to get to know each individual which was a good challenge in such a large class. Each body has developed its own patterns, and it is my responsibility as the instructor to notice their patterns within each movement, so I can give corrections to help re-align their posture and move with ease and strength. The first class is usually overwhelming with all of the new technicalities they need to learn, but over time they will hear the cues within their own minds and apply, even into their everyday lives.

The 'Pilates Fusion' class starts off with cardio movements then we get down on the mat to do ab work, and the 'on the ball' class utilizes their abdominals the entire class whether it is sitting, kneeling, lying on your back, or lying on the ball. Each class works the abs throughout but is focused in a different way. There is such diversity in Pilates classes, either with incorporating props or combining other movements like boxing into the workout which we will do in the Pilates Fusion class. I am looking forward to this journey with each student."

Kimberley worked professionally in Toronto's musical theatre industry for 13 years. She performed in the original Toronto Cats production for 3 years, after which she performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Once returning to Toronto, she was featured in numerous roles in such shows as A Chorus Line, Durante, Me And My Girl, Anne of Green Gables, Nunsense, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Showboat, and Beauty and the Beast. Her voice can be heard on the CDs of Joseph (with Donny Osmond) as well as Showboat.

After the birth of her children, Kimberley discovered Pilates helped her re-condition her body to its optimum strength and health. As a professional performer, Kimberley developed several injuries and through the practice of Pilates she found her discomfort from the injuries subsided.

Kimberley has received her certification through Body Harmonics in Toronto on matwork, small apparatus, and large equipment (Reformer, Cadillac, and Chair). She continues to develop her skills through Pilates Manitoba Certification workshops. Kimberley works with clients privately in her home studio or in group sessions.

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About the Steinbach Arts Council

The Steinbach Arts Council, an umbrella organization for performing and visual arts groups, enriches the lives of our community through development of local artists and musicians and exposure to professional art forms. The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre is a home for all these groups and their programs. It’s purpose is to create an environment where all arts disciplines can work together under one roof and share their resources and their talents with each other, and the entire Arts Community!

For more info, visit steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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