I had never tried pilates before, so was a bit nervous about going to this class. I signed up for the Intro Special Single Reformer Class with goal of strengthening my back muscles and stretching my hips. I also have been going to a chiropractor for some joint issues, so thought the pilates class could help me to be stronger and have less pain. Tannis was my instructor today, and she was excellent and very patient and personable with me since I'd never done pilates previously. Thank-you Tannis!!! I will definitely be back and spread the good word that you are here.
TEACHING IN JOSHUA TREE STUDIO. Cheryl Montelle, one of our Joshua Tree instructor, has been practicing Pilates since 1977. As a professional dancer, she had the good fortune of studying Pilates with Master teacher, Kathy Stanford Grant, who studied directly with Joe Pilates. In 1987 Cheryl moved to Los Angeles and began teaching Pilates, first for Jillian Hessel, and then in 1993 she opened her own Pilates business. She also taught Pilates in the Cal Arts Dance Department for California Summer School of the Arts for young dancers. She's a certified fitness instructor through UCLA Fitness Certification Program, and Pilates Certified through The Institute of The Pilates Method, (now called Physical Mind Institute). A weekender member of the Hi-Desert Community as a weekender since 1991, Cheryl currently curates and hosts “Live From Joshua Tree” a spoken word fundraiser for Mil-Tree, the non-profit she founded in 2012 that brings veterans into community through arts and dialogue. She loves the high desert community and now lives in Joshua Tree full time.