Level 1 | Pilates Class


This class is taught by:

Eden Ellis

Using the skills I have learned from being a Rock The Reformer client first and certified thru Balanced Body, I get to help clients discover what they are truly capable of physically and mentally. The longest and most important relationship we have during our lives is the one with our mind and body, Pilates is designed to bring both together to help us focus on being present in the moment. One of the crazy blessings in having emergency open heart surgery is how Pilates had kept me in shape before and helped me recuperate quickly after. It makes me so happy when a client achieves their true potential and has that beautiful “A-ha” moment in understanding what Pilates has done for them. I am so lucky to be a part of their journey!

Tanya Edwards

Tanya discovered and fell in love with Pilates a few months after moving to Maryland. She attended both Mat and Reformer Pilates classes and was amazed at the “whole body” approach and results… leaving her with a feeling of strength and rejuvenation. She believed in the practice and the results so much that she wanted to share it with others and began teaching Mat Pilates and Yoga classes four and a half years ago. Since then, Tanya participated in and completed the inaugural Potomac Pilates instructor training course and now teaches reformer Pilates classes regularly for Potomac Pilates. She loves the relaxed atmosphere and family feel at the studios with both clients and fellow staff. Tanya especially loves meeting new clients and helping them progress in their Pilates practice. “I am continually amazed at how quickly a client can improve and see results from Pilates. That ‘aha moment’ is such a joy to see and I love being able to help our clients find their just-right challenge.”

Cathy Sharma

Cathy discovered Pilates as a way to improve her strength and flexibility. After years spent weight training, playing golf, downhill skiing and practicing Tae Kwon Do, she loved the way Pilates helped improve her knee and hip injuries and improve her muscle strength while promoting balance and alignment. But more importantly, she discovered that Pilates is fun!

Trained in mat and reformer through Balanced Body and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, Cathy loves teaching ALL levels of Pilates because of the results it provides as well as the way it connects the mind and body. Cathy has a Master’s degree in speech/language pathology and loves to spend time with her husband, three children and three dogs at their home in Potomac.

Leeor Kelly

Leeor's passion for Pilates began the moment she looped up for her first class. The emphasis on muscle lengthening and core provided a challenging workout that she couldn't get enough of, she was hooked! Leeor trained with RTR Pilates Training in Fall 2013 and fell in love with Pilates even more. So much so, that in May of 2014 she left the corporate world to join RTR Pilates full time as the Director of Instructor Development. In fall 2017 she trained with STOTT Pilates as well to further develop her skills. 

Inspiring others to become Pilates instructors and overseeing the on-boarding process brings Leeor happiness and increases her drive to become a strong instructor in the class room and an even stronger trainer for her colleagues. 

When she is not training instructors or in the class room you can find her on 14th St. listening to local music, making jewelry for her company Vylet Collections, or at home curled up with her cat.

Lisa Johnson

I joined the RTR Pilates team in 2011 as a trained Pilates instructor through Balanced Body. I have an extensive background in exercise, dance and yoga with experience teaching students of all ages and levels of ability in both studio and private settings. I also teach structural and functional anatomy for both yoga and pilates teacher trainings and I hold a BFA in Dance from the University of California.

Jordan Matosko

Jordan is a teacher for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She found that her job, while rewarding, could also be pretty stressful. She was never super into fitness, but was looking for something to help calm her mind and spirit after those long stressful days. Jordan had tried many different workouts and classes, but nothing ever stuck. Then her friend, who was an instructor at the time, recommended trying a class at Potomac Pilates. After that first class, she was hooked. Jordan loved that she had an hour every day where she could unplug, unwind, and focus on getting her mind and body healthy. Her love for Pilates, and the entire Potomac Pilates team never stopped after that. She continued to take classes regularly and decided that she had to join this hardworking, dedicated team! She hopes to help other’s find the amazing release that Pilates has brought to her own life.

Alex Ansu

As a lifelong athlete, after taking her first Pilates class at a Rock The Reformer studio, Alex knew that she had found a different kind of athleticism. Pilates helped to improve her running, prevented injury and she found all of that happened within a short time. The machine’s potential for an infinite number of movements and exercises blew Alex’s mind. The rest is history!

Michele Bouquet

Michele is a native Washingtonian and lifelong fitness enthusiast. She began doing Pilates over 15 years ago and it soon became her primary form of resistance training when Rock The Reformer by Potomac Pilates first opened. She has been attending reformer classes daily ever since. When the opportunity presented itself to participate in RTR Instructor Training, she leapt at it. She has also completed the Balanced Body certification training for anatomy, mat and reformer. Michele is able to use her many years of knowledge from weight training, TRX, Pilates and yoga to create challenging classes that help others reach their fitness goals. When she’s is not teaching, Michele can be found taking long bike rides and working on her library of Pilates classes.

Molly Solebello

Molly fell in love with Pilates immediately after her first class. The variety of movements and emphasis on lengthening and toning are things you can't find in any other type of workout-- that's what keeps her coming back for more!

Fitness and living a healthy lifestyle has always been a part of Molly's life, but she never found something that she was passionate about until Pilates. After just under a year of taking as many classes as possible, the next step was to become an instructor! Her love and passion for Pilates continues to grow every day-- so much so that, in May of 2015 she left the corporate world in her position as a Sales Executive at a local tech company to join Potomac Pilates full time as the Client Advisor. In this role she will continue the growth of current clients and show new clients just how amazing Pilates is!

Valerie Wiest

New mom and longtime fitness enthusiast, Valerie, began doing Pilates over 10 years ago at age 14. A former dancer and self proclaimed “gym rat” Valerie’s dedication to fitness is apparent in her classes. Although Valerie graduated as a language triple major from the University of Maryland in 2009, she found her true passion in teaching fitness classes. Driven by her desire to instill a love of exercise in others, she got certified to teach through PHI Pilates. In her pursuit of being a better instructor, Valerie also got recertified through Peak Pilates in 2013. In addition to her Pilates certification, Valerie is an ACE certified personal trainer, certified Beyond Barre instructor, and a certified spin instructor.


As the mother of a young child Valerie knows that the best workouts are efficient, making the most out of the time you have. Her teaching style is a testament to the fact that fitness classes can be challenging, efficient, effective and fun. Valerie practices what she preaches and uses a combination of Barre method, pilates and cardio and weight training to stay in shape. And it works!-- Who else do you know that walked out of the maternity ward wearing their pre-pregnancy jeans?

Ulrick Rosemond

Ulrick has a lifelong passion for fitness and has dedicated 15 years to all aspects of the profession. He is a strong advocate for an active lifestyle and healthy nutrition. Prior to becoming a fitness professional, Ulrick earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Management Information Systems from The American University. Ulrick quickly realized that Pilates was the missing piece in his comprehensive training regimen and could only benefit his background and help with clients. His positive outlook on life and training allows him to seek many different aspects of the fitness world. He is the founder and owner of URFitness and has worked as a fitness trainer at health clubs throughout the greater DC area. Ulrick's background includes expertise in group training, boot camp programs, boxing classes, sport specific conditioning, and rehabilitation exercises. Ulrick's certifications include: Balanced Body Pilates Mat and Reformer, Fitness Instructor and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength Professional Association, and Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program.

New to Pilates? Need a gentler workout? This class is for you. This 55-minute long Pilates class uses the Balanced Body Allegro II Reformer to teach proper alignment and the fundamentals of Pilates. We incorporate traditional Pilates principles with innovative strength training and cardio exercises to give you a total body workout that will strengthen and lengthen your muscles. This class focuses on the basics and is designed to leave you feeling refreshed while also helping to improve strength, flexibility and core stability. 

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 17 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Tue Oct 17 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Tanya Edwards
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Tue Oct 17 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Cathy Sharma
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Tue Oct 17 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Leeor Kelly
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Tue Oct 17 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Lisa Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Tue Oct 17 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Jordan Matosko
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Tue Oct 17 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Alex Ansu
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Tue Oct 17 6:15 pm - 7:10 pm with Michele Bouquet
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Oct 18 7:15 am - 8:10 am with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Oct 18 7:15 am - 8:10 am with Isabel Andreasen
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Wed Oct 18 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Monica Dowling
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Wed Oct 18 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Molly Solebello
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Wed Oct 18 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Margaret Gillard
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Wed Oct 18 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Lisa Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Oct 18 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Tanya Edwards
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Wed Oct 18 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Valerie Wiest
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Wed Oct 18 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Sheri Foxman
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Oct 18 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Molly Solebello
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Thu Oct 19 7:15 am - 8:10 am with Ulrick Rosemond
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Thu Oct 19 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac