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Certified Pilates Instructor Valerie Cortier began dancing at age 3 and hasn’t stopped moving since! After graduation from Webster University with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, she moved to New York City to pursue her dance career. She danced professionally with several companies, projects, and festivals. While performing, she also taught at a the world-renowned ballet school, Ballet Academy East. During this time, she started to study Pilates from masters in their field including Pilates Elder, Phoebe Higgins and Teacher Trainer, Erin King. Studying multiple times a week, Valerie never felt stronger. She noticed a change in her body inside and out and injuries vanished, hooking her on Pilates for life and building her desire to share this knowledge.

Valerie earned a Pilates mat certification in 2014 and then was awarded a full scholarship as an apprentice at Power Pilates in New York City, an internationally recognized certification program and leading educator of classical Pilates from which she graduated in 2017. She is fully certified to work with clients ranging from novices to athletes and has studied special cases including injuries, pregnancy, seniors for clients of all fitness levels. Valerie's positive and supportive approach to movement gives clients the self confidence they need to achieve the physical results they seek, and she enjoys empowering her clients to feel their best inside and out. 

When not participating in Pilates or taking a dance class, you will find Valerie with her adorable son and daughter, husband, and pet kitty.

She teaches in our Lakeview location, as well as online with our virtual classes. Schedule online or call (773) 665-9950 for private Pilates.

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