Once upon a time this Pilates instructor was a professional dancer/actor/singer. A proud member of Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. Actors Equity is my mother union, meaning it was my first. It seems so long ago but sometimes it feels like yesterday. Time goes by so quickly when you love what you do. And, yes, I loved being on stage. I loved everything about it: the audience, the costumes, the music and the lights. The first time I really got to perform I was twelve years old. I went to a very special school that only taught ballet. We didn’t have recitals. We only had ‘open class demonstrations’, where our parents could come and watch us in class. We had a civic company that performed. You had to audition to get into the company. When I made the company it was a dream come true. It was magical. From then on I knew nothing else but dance and theatre. Little did I know that I was missing out on a lot of childhood. When my friends from school would be going to football games or a movie, I would be sewing ribbons on my pointe shoes and going to rehearsals. But I didn’t care I loved it. In the summertime all my friends would be going to swimming pools and summer camps. I would be going to a ballet school in New York City or abroad.
After I graduated from high school I went to college in Pittsburgh where I was asked to dance with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. That’s when I realized that I didn’t want to be one of the twenty four swans in Swan Lake or the third cast in Firebird. I wanted to perform and I knew I had more to give. So that’s when I decided to audition for musical theater. I finally found a home. I also found out that I could sing. I actually became a triple threat, dancer, singer and actress. Over a period of twenty years I performed in twenty musicals and twelve plays. I think that’s a pretty good career, don’t you?
2001, that’s when I decided to step behind the scenes and become a choreographer and teacher, I was now into my third career. All three were related. I was still in show business. I travelled all over the country teaching ballet, theater dance and choreographing musicals. I even took a job staging huge production shows on cruise lines, which took me all over the world. It was a lot of work and little stressful not knowing where my next job would come from. But I didn’t care. It was the only life I ever knew. And I loved it. In 2007 a friend of mine, who was a Pilates instructor talked me into getting certified. Pilates has always been a part of my life. Pilates and dance just go together.
Ok! I really never dreamed of being a Pilates instructor. I thought I was going to be in theater and dance for the rest of my life. In fact, I think there are very few instructors who deliberately choose Pilates as their dream job. But I did know that I loved Pilates so much that I wanted to teach it. I owe a lot to Pilates. It made me stronger, jump higher and move faster. Because of Pilates I never had an injury throughout my whole career as a dancer.
I feel that Pilates is for everyone. I believe in ‘#Pilateseveryday’. Pilates is a practice that you could do whether you are ten years old or one hundred years old. It’s never too late to start. Pilates makes you long, lean, happy and FIT! Deciding to get certified in Pilates was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. When I moved to Miami, I never thought that I would find a studio that would accept my creative way of teaching. I was lucky to have found Pilates in the Grove; my new home away from home.
Thinking back on my journey from ballet dancer to Pilates instructor; I always think about this quote from Confucius ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never work another day in your life’ and I’m reminded just how lucky I am to love what I do.
Teri Seier Moore