who we are

we have your back. all of the vertebrae, all of the possibilities, with all of our hearts.

 
 
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Sarah Honer

Sarah Honer received her B.A. in Philosophy, English, and Dance from George Mason University in 1998. Sarah began to teach the Pilates method in 2000 while holding a position as a ballet, jazz, and tap instructor at Bounds Dance Studio in Chapel Hill, NC. In 2002, She opened Spira Pilates Studio in a historic mill building in Carrboro, NC. The studio has expanded several times to its current location on West Weaver Street. She leads a yearly Pilates retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico and looks forward to expanding her retreat offerings.

Sarah holds certifications from multiple professional Pilates organizations including Marie-José Blom’s Pilates Inspiration, PhysicalMind Institute (New York), and Balanced Body University. Sarah is an ambassador for Ms. Blom's SmartSpine™ system and is authorized by Ms. Blom to lead SmartSpine™ workshops. She pre-trains aspiring teachers of the GYROTONIC® methodology and is an updated GYROKINESIS® instructor, studying under international Authorized Master Trainer Juergen Bamberger. She is certified to teach on the Jumping Stretching Board, a specialized piece of Gyrotonic equipment.

Sarah’s teaching style continues to evolve as she studies yearly with world-class teachers in the fields of Pilates, Gyrotonic exercise, alignment, biomechanics, fascia, and anatomy.  Through constant studentship, Sarah shares in growth alongside her students.  She has a particular interest in alignment, ensuring that her students are positioned optimally to create a body-space of new possibilities. Sarah is a pelvic core specialist with an interest breathing and foot spring restoration.

Sarah taught dance and choreographed in the Triangle area for most of the 2000s, producing an evening-length program for Merge Records' 20th anniversary (2009) and collaborating on a piece for Moogfest (2016). She was the recipient of  Regional Dance America’s Monticello Scholarship for Emerging Choroegraphers (2000). Sarah has taught Pilates for the American Dance Festival’s 6-week school and for the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival.

P.S. DJ Fifi Hi-Fi is a vinyl turntablist and local dance party-starter.

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Adeline Sussman

Since 2005, Adeline has been teaching and supporting mothers, sons, grandmothers, bakers, dancers, runners, walkers, writers, healers, dreamers, drivers, swimmers, drummers, servers, and thinkers as they connect to their bodies through movement. For nearly two decades, Pilates has been her personal practice that she joyfully and skillfully shares with her students. She has been working with clients at her private Durham based studio, Bella Luna Pilates, since 2007.

Adeline's approach to instruction is based on the belief that every body can find greater freedom within their daily movements. Her goal is to provide clients the tools they need to reawaken and restore their core ability through awareness of alignment and the power of the breath. She is continually inspired by the human capacity to transform and finds great inspiration in being part of that process. She is lifelong student of movement who aims to be moving well when she’s in her 80’s.

Adeline's movement training began as a young dancer with early training in Chapel Hill, NC and NYC. She became inspired to pursue her Pilates certification in 2000 while living in Northern California. She holds certifications from Marie-José Blom, Jennifer Gianni and Balanced Body University. Adeline draws from the work of Katy Bowman, Elizabeth Larkam and Philip Beach. Staying current with the evolving field of human movement is a passion that Adeline pursues and imbeds in her work. Adeline is certified to teach pre- and post-natal Pilates.

Adeline is a mother, a dog-lover, a tea-drinker, an early riser, a child of a midwife and an abstract painter, a sister, a dancer, an observer, a reader, a walker, a listener, an explorer, a deep sleeper.

 

 

 

 

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Stella Cook

STELLA WINGFIELD COOK earned her Pilates certification from BASI Pilates and has been teaching since 2007. Stella, who is originally from North Carolina, took her first ballet lesson at the age of four. She continued to study dance throughout her childhood.  In her late teens, Stella took her first contemporary dance class and was hooked.

After earning her BA in PR and Journalism in St. Augustine, Florida, she continued on in the pursuit of studying contemporary dance and choreography.  She was on scholarship at the American Dance Festival at Duke University for two summers and was then accepted into the dance department at California State University at Long Beach where she continued her training with some of her heroes: Doug Nielsen, Keith Johnson and Susan McClain. While at CSULB she was fortunate to be able to study Pilates with Karen Clippinger.

Soon after, she made sunny Los Angeles her new home and started working for Marc Jacobs, but continued to dance and practice pilates and found that she could turn her love of physicality and innate dancers’ knowledge of the body into a rewarding career. This led her to complete the Comprehensive Teacher Training course with Dance Specialization through Body Arts and Sciences International (BASI) in August 2007.

In the winter of 2009, Stella joined mentor and friend Andie Hecker at celebrity favorite Ballet Bodies and in less than two years developed an extensive and enviable client list.  Stella is sought after as an instructor due to her calm and laid-back teaching style that garners serious results. 

Stella eventually returned home to the south to be closer to her amazing family and is happy to live in Durham with her husband Brad and their dog Remy. She loves taking trips, collecting tattoos and drinking iced coffee. Also, Stella leads a double life. When not doing movement things she can be found styling humans & events as one half of Dear Hearts