Donna (Rosen) Ligon
Donna Ligon, Master Trainer and founder of Bolder Pilates, endured severe low back pain for most of her life. After 15 years of seeking a solution, she finally found Pilates, which strengthened her entire body, healed her back pain, and completely changed her life. After a 7 year career in animal welfare, she knew she had to start a new path toward keeping her body strong and healthy, while helping others who suffered from chronic pain. In 2000, Donna became a certified instructor with renowned teacher trainer Ellie Herman in San Francisco. She also completed a Therapeutic Pilates program immediately thereafter. Donna returned to Boulder in 2002 (she received her BA in Biology at CU in 1994), and has been passionately practicing and teaching Pilates in her beautiful studio ever since. Because of her personal experience in moving through pain into full body strength and wellness, Donna brings her compassion and understanding into every session she teaches, as well as creativity and a lot of fun.
I truly love Pilates! I believe in the method 100% after rehabilitating my own body into health and strength after suffering through 20 years of chronic back pain. Nothing makes me happier than to be able to share my experience and knowledge with others through teaching, and I am constantly rewarded as I see clients progress into feeling strong and empowered in their bodies. Whether you are fighting back pain, regaining your post-pregnancy strength, or just looking to get into the shape of your life, I will work with you to reach your goals. Thank you for your interest in Bolder Pilates, and I sincerely look forward to helping you on your path toward health and wellness”.
Lexy has been teaching Pilates since 2006. Her love of Pilates began 2 years earlier, when she began taking Pilates to improve back issues and overall health and well-being. After experiencing the benefits of Pilates, she was compelled to pass it onto others. Lexy trained comprehensively through Balanced Body University, and is continually seeking further knowledge on Pilates, yoga, rehabilitation, and wellness. She later earned her 200 hour yoga teacher certification through Pranakriya School of Yoga and is currently finishing her 500 hour certification in yoga therapy.
Working in the wellness industry full-time, Lexy enjoys assisting her clients in conditioning their bodies and hearing how mindful movement transcends into other aspects of their lives. She believes that a strong mind-body connection and functional, thoughtful movement are essential to injury prevention and the rehabilitation process. Lexy enjoys and has extensive experience working with special populations, such as people with injuries, chronic issues, post-surgery, pregnant/post-natal women, and competitive cyclists. Before joining Bolder Pilates, Lexy owned Adkins Pilates, a Pilates and Yoga studio in Bloomington, IL and then worked at Inline Private training in Baltimore, MD. When not working, Lexy enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, traveling, and outdoor-adventuring.
Originally from Northern California, Marissa moved to Boulder after graduating from the University of Miami in May 2016 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. During Marissa’s time in Miami, she was exposed to the power of Pilates in a rehabilitative setting. Marissa developed back pain during graduate school, and used Pilates as the tool to rehabilitate her own body. After experiencing the powerful benefits of Pilates personally and through teaching fellow students, Marissa knew that she needed to use Pilates in assessment, intervention, and healing with her patients. She subsequently completed her comprehensive rehabilitative training through the renowned Polestar Pilates in August 2015, and became nationally certified through the Pilates Method Alliance in October 2015. Marissa’s goal is to create a positive movement experience for her patients and clients alike, focusing on precision, control, and efficiency of movement in a fun and supportive environment.
In addition to using Pilates with her patients, Marissa believes in the power of Strain-Counterstrain, a gentle, holistic, manual therapy technique used to clear underlying dysfunction and allow for pain-free movement. She plans on pursuing this technique further in her coming years as a Physical Therapist.
In her spare time Marissa enjoys traveling, hiking, playing soccer, running, and spending time with her boyfriend, their new puppy, family, and friends.
Dani Sloat was a professional dancer for 15 years in shows such as the Radio City Rockette “Christmas Spectacular”, “Folies Bergere” at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, and Celine Dion’s “A New Day” at Caesar’s Palace. Dani was introduced to Pilates while rehabilitating from a performance injury and quickly fell in love with all Pilates had to offer. As fate would have it, one profession led her right into her next. Never did she think that she would find something that she was as passionate about as dancing. She saw the many benefits that Pilates could offer to people of all ages and fitness levels. Dani became a certified BASI Pilates instructor in 2008, and has been teaching ever since.
In 2009 Dani was fortunate enough to combine her performance experience with her Pilates knowledge working with the performers at two Cirque Du Soleil shows in Las Vegas, NV. Before moving to Boulder in 2015, Dani spent five years at Konnect Pilates in Orange County, CA.
With a thirst for knowledge and a desire to continue growing as an instructor Dani has enhanced her education with several certifications (Balanced Body Barre, Core Align I, Anatomy in 3D, and MOTR) through Balanced Body University, as well as being Zumba, Zumba Gold and Les Mills Bodyflow certified.In her free time, Dani still enjoys dancing and spending time with her husband and boy/girl twins.