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School of Performing Arts Pilates Education Certification

UW-Stevens Point offers the most well-known and innovative Pilates Teacher Training curriculum worldwide, providing learning opportunities that are stimulating, personal and rooted in the art and science of movement. Our curriculum emphasizes the principles underlying each exercise, providing a deep understanding of Pilates and it benefits, giving our students the tools required to begin a successful career as Pilates professionals.

Pilates training focuses on engaging the mind with the body to create exercises that involve the whole body. Pilates strengthens the body’s core, improves balance, increases coordination and decreases stress. Pilates exercises are appropriate for a broad range of ages and physical abilities.

Pilates at UWSP

Why Choose Pilates at UW-Stevens Point?

Derived from principles developed by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a safe and effective form of body-mind exercise that can be performed on a mat or using a variety of innovative equipment. Once known only by elite dancers and athletes, Pilates is now practiced world-wide in a variety of settings including gyms, private studios, and medical facilities.

Pilates Classroom

Offered In Module Format

The UWSP Pilates Teacher Training program is offered in module format. Students then have the opportunity to complete their Certified Pilates Teacher training at any Balanced Body Authorized Training Center worldwide. UWSP’s program, like those of other leaders in the Pilates industry, offers an assessment-based certificate of completion based on the recommendations of the nationally recognized Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).

For each module, students will be provided a link to order a comprehensive manual current with national standards and produced by industry leader, Balanced Body Inc.

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During the UWSP Pilates Teacher Training program, students have the opportunity to gain practical teaching experience through campus and community partnerships. These teaching experiences are recorded as Practical Teaching Hours and count toward completion of the Pilates Teacher Training Program.

Our Program supports the dynamic process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more positive, balanced and healthy lifestyle. UWSP’s Teacher Training Program is designed to create thoughtful, creative and successful Pilates teachers. 

Pilates Education Schedule Semester I

Semester I FALL 2024 (Movement Principles and Mat I) The expectation is to register for (Movement Principles and Mat I) for fall 2024. The course work is designed to be taken in conjunction with each other. Registration opens soon and is due by Friday, August 23, 2024.

This is the entry-level course for Pilates Certification. Movement  Principles provides a solid foundation for training in any environment. You will come away with a complete toolbox for effectively training clients to recover from injuries, improve their general fitness and enhance their performance. The focus on practical understanding of common movement patterns prepares instructors to be excellent at problem solving, goal setting, and learning new exercise techniques with ease.

Friday, September 13, 2024 – 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 2024 – 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 15, 2024 – 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

$60 Manual Purchase (Separate Payment.)

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Mat I Module forms the foundation of the Pilates Method. This course includes an introduction to the history of the Pilates Method and the beginning and intermediate level exercises. Each exercise includes training on modifications, challenges, the purpose of the exercise, and any precautions for injuries and special populations. How to design and teach group classes and guidelines for teaching seniors and pre-and post-natal classes.

Fridays, September 6-December 6, 2024

8:30-9:50 a.m. 

(No Class Friday, November 28)

$60  Manual Purchase (Separate Payment.)

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Pilates Weekly Mat Classes – Open to all

Weekly classes are offered to anyone interested in attending Pilates throughout the semester, based on the level of your experience. Pilates Mat class teaches the principles of functional anatomy that strengthen the body’s core, improve balance, and increase movement efficiency. Participants can expect to have a full conditioning experience that leads to evenly balanced musculature, increased range of motion and enhanced physical performance. Questions? Contact Amy Beversdorf, or Pamela Luedtke,

Mondays, September 9-December 9, 2024

9:00-10:00 a.m. – NFAC 136

Student pricing: $70 (14 sessions @ $5/class) – payable in cash or check to Amy Beversdorf or Pamela Luedtke at first class session (checks made out to Studio B Pilates).

Pilates Education Schedule Semester II

Semester II SPRING 2025 (Mat II and Mat III) The expectation is to register for (Mat II and Mat III) for spring 2025. The course work is designed to be taken in conjunction with each other. Spring 2025 registration is due by Friday, January 10, 2025.

Mat II teaches the remaining intermediate and advanced level Mat exercises for a complete understanding of the Pilates Mat program. Lectures include progressive skill development to achieve the advanced exercises, programming for the intermediate and advanced levels, and creating successful Mat classes.

Saturday, January 18, 2025 – 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 19, 2025 – 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

$60 Manual Purchase (Separate Payment.)

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Enhanced Pilates Mat completes the Mat training by adding rings, rollers, bands, and balls to the traditional Mat exercises. In addition, Enhanced Mat includes functional exercises for the upper and lower body, expanding the Mat work beyond the core to develop whole body strength and flexibility. Adding props to a Mat class makes them more dynamic, creative, and accessible and clients love toys!

Fridays, January 24-May 2, 2025
8:30-9:50 a.m.

(No Class Friday, March 21)

$60 Manual Purchase (Separate Payment.)

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Pilates Trainers

Amy Beversdorf

  • Associate Lecturer – Dance
  • Pilates Faculty and Training Center Co-Director

Pamela Luedtke

  • Associate Lecturer – Dance
  • Pilates Faculty and Training Center Co-Director

I fell fast in love with Pilates as a movement practice and decided to work toward a Mat certification before leaving UW-Stevens Point.

Amy Larson, BA Dance