Nancy Gwinnell Hurd, Founder
An educator for over 35 years, Nancy holds a BFA in Dance and a Masters in Education. Nancy is certified through Peak Pilates®, The Pilates Method Alliance, and The PilateSystem®. She has also studied with Lolita San Miguel’s earning her the title of a Lolita San Miguel Master Teacher™ and originally trained with PMA co-founder Colleen Glenn. Additionally Nancy was certified in Gyrokinesis™, The Gyrotonic Expansion System®, and Pilates for Golf. She is listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers and is a member of The Pilates Method Alliance and The Authentic Pilates Union.
Nancy has been a Peak Pilates® Master Trainer for over 15 years, is a member of the Peak Pilates® Leadership Team and is a PMA CEC provider. She is the Director and Owner of The Austin Pilates Barn, creator and curriculum developer of DMI-MPT™, and teaches workshops and trainings in Austin, throughout the US and has had the pleasure of sharing her work with trainers around the world.
Her Passion is bringing the joy and health benefits of movement to a wide variety of people. Nancy has worked with populations ranging from athletes to re-hab, youth to elders, and novice to advance. She strongly believes in the success of every “body”.
Amy realized that dance was a lifetime passion when she was attending Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a B.F.A. in Modern Dance in 1997. She danced and choreographed with companies Group Motion and Ausdruckstanz in Philadelphia, and has toured worldwide with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre's second company Ailey II. While living in New York, she choreographed and performed in several states on the east coast. Amy is a Comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor in Peak Pilates. Pilates has improved her technique as a dancer, and has revealed itself in her everyday life. Amy loves to share Pilates with others so that they too can benefit from the healing effects of Pilates
Mark is Comprehensive certified instructor through Peak Pilates® and has been teaching the method since 2006. He first discovered Pilates in a mat class and quickly embraced the entire method. After regular sessions, he began to recognize and understand the exceptional benefits of consistent Pilates work. In addition to his Comprehensive training Mark has completed Continuing Education courses in “Facets of Fascia”, “Support, Stabilize, Step': Optimizing Our Feet Through Pilates, “Proprioception/Interception and Pilates”, Advanced Chair, Barrel, Cadillac and Ped O Pull and is currently enrolled in "Discover*Move *Inspire" - an 18-month post- comprehensive program for an in-depth study of movement and teaching. Now Mark enjoys the variety when working with his clients, regardless of what brings them to the system - an old injury, the desire to improve posture, well-being, to become a better athlete or those that are simply looking for increased overall fitness. Mark has a keen visual sense of proper alignment and focuses on teaching a strong foundation of Pilate’s movement. "There is a place for every body in Pilates"
Brooke Williams Howard
Brooke Williams Howard was first introduced to mat Pilates for strength and conditioning as a ballet dancer in the 1990s. In 2003, she began regularly practicing Pilates on all equipment at a local studio, and that is where her love of the connection of mind, body, and spirit through movement began. The Pilates studio is always her “happy place,” so, she fulfilled her dream in completing the Peak Pilates® Comprehensive certification and began teaching with Master Instructor Nancy Gwinnell Hurd. Brooke is continuing her education through the 18 month Discover*Move*Inspire™ post comprehensive teacher program.
Brooke truly loves sharing how the classical Pilates repertoire will lengthen and strengthen clients’ bodies in all ages and stages of life. She has enjoyed working with a variety of clients, from a high school boy with scoliosis, to post-menopausal women, and many others in between who also love the benefits of a good, challenging Pilates session. Her personal favorite workout is the advanced, classical, Level 3 mat, but the Wunda Chair holds a special piece of her heart. Brooke’s greatest joys in life are her two daughters, Ruth and Rebecca, and she is grateful to be able to follow her two passions, being a Mom and teaching Pilates.