Sarah opened Spira Pilates Studio in 2002. 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. Sarah holds certifications from multiple professional Pilates organizations including Marie-José Blom’s Pilates Inspiration, where she is also an ambassador for SmartSpine™, PhysicalMind Institute, and Balanced Body University. She is a GYROTONIC® pre-trainer and an updated teacher of Gyrotonic and GYROKINESIS® exercise studying under international Authorized Master Trainer Juergen Bamberger. She is certified in Level 2, as well as the Jumping Stretching Board and GYROTONER®, specialized pieces of Gyrotonic equipment. Her Gyrotonic coursework includes Applications for Osteoporosis, Psoas Principles, and Breathing Course Intensive. Sarah taught dance and choreographed in the Triangle area for most of the 2000s. 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. 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, breathing, feet, and pelvic floor, ensuring that her students are positioned optimally to create a body-space of new possibilities. Sarah co-owns base pilates & movement in Durham, NC as a collaborative vision with Stella Cook and Adeline Sussman. She received her B.A. in Philosophy, English, and Dance from George Mason University in 1998. She is also DJ Fifi Hi-Fi.