Level 2 | Pilates Class

This class is taught by:

Kristin Schneider

Kristin Schneider

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!

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.

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.”

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.

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?

Joanne Gavula

Joanne’s journey to Pilates began as a client in 2013. An avid fitness enthusiast, tennis player and runner, Joanne began to feel that her weight training and cardio regimen had hit a plateau. Her work out routine had become too predictable and was getting stale. She needed a jump start so she set her sights on Pilates.
After her first month, she began to see uniform changes in her body that was the result of challenging specific muscles groups in a different way. More importantly, she had renewed energy and a deeper focus during her sessions that proved to be the key difference. Her strides piqued her interest to understand more about the discipline, so she enrolled in the training course offered through Potomac Pilates. “I learned that when you work your body without fully engaging your mind, fitness goals can be left unmet. The manner in which exercises are performed is much more significant than time spent." With a Master’s Degree in Education, Joanne’s decision to instruct was a natural progression. “My goal is to help clients realize that Pilates strengthens and nurtures the mind as well as the body, and is beneficial for everyone, regardless of their fitness level. It improves flexibility and develops a strong powerhouse which is the corner stone of movement in our daily lives.”
Joanne has two children who have since left the nest and lives in McLean with her husband Steve.

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.


STAFF STAFF indicates the regularly scheduled instructor has requested a substitute teacher and we are in the process of locating a replacement.  As soon as the sub instructor is located the schedule will reflect the changes.

Cyndi Hann

Cyndi Hann found that Pilates complimented her running, and decided to become an instructor. Cyndi is a marathon and relay runner, she was injured with a foot injury that stopped her from doing what she loved the most. Pilates helped her surpass this injury and this inspired her to get certified to become a Pilates instructor. She got certified through PHI Pilates with additional training through Body College. PHI Pilates Studio is located in Pittsburgh and emphasizes focusing on your body, good posture, and healthy movement patterns. Cyndi has been teaching at Potomac Pilates for 4 years now, and is a local Potomac resident. She has four children and has a degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Maryland, College Park. She loves to teach Pilates classes and help clients achieve their goals.

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!

Kara Parmelee

Kara is a former finance lawyer, and now consults in strategic crisis and risk management. She loves Pilates because it helps her find a different groove and connect with her body in a new way. She began taking classes in 2014, and it has been the most fun and rewarding exercise she has discovered.
When she first started, her body felt lethargic with creaky joints but Pilates has changed that dramatically. It has strengthened her body and increased her flexibility without fear of injury.
The RTR Pilates team has always been supportive, cheerful, funny, informative, and varied. Kara couldn't be more thrilled now to be part of such a fantastic group, and looks forward to helping her clients find their own groove. Just like she found hers.

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.
If you're looking to kick your workout up a notch, then this 55-minute intermediate Pilates class is for you! Designed for the more experienced Pilates-goer, our Level 2 classes incorporate new exercises and increased repetitions to keep your workout challenging and fresh. Traditional Pilates principles are combined with innovative strength-training and cardio exercises to give you a serious full-body workout.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 17 6:15 am - 7:10 am with Kristin Schneider
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Tue Oct 17 7:15 am - 8:10 am with Isabel Andreasen
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Tue Oct 17 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Kristin Schneider
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Tue Oct 17 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Tue Oct 17 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Cathy Sharma
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Tue Oct 17 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Tanya Edwards
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Tue Oct 17 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Leeor Kelly
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Tue Oct 17 12:15 pm - 1:10 pm with Valerie Wiest
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Tue Oct 17 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Joanne Gavula
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Tue Oct 17 5:15 pm - 6:10 pm with Leeor Kelly
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Tue Oct 17 7:15 pm - 8:10 pm with Michele Bouquet
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Oct 18 6:15 am - 7:10 am with Eden Ellis
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Oct 18 7:15 am - 8:10 am with STAFF STAFF
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Wed Oct 18 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Cyndi Hann
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Wed Oct 18 8:15 am - 9:10 am with Molly Solebello
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Wed Oct 18 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Kara Parmelee
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase
  • Wed Oct 18 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Cyndi Hann
    at RTR Pilates - Potomac
  • Wed Oct 18 9:15 am - 10:10 am with Molly Solebello
    at RTR Pilates - McLean
  • Wed Oct 18 10:15 am - 11:10 am with Monica Dowling
    at RTR Pilates - Palisades, D.C
  • Wed Oct 18 11:15 am - 12:10 pm with Lisa Johnson
    at RTR Pilates - Chevy Chase