Donna Ligon, owner/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 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.
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.
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.
Emily was first introduced to Pilates in 2008 while dancing professionally in New York City. An athlete and dancer for most of her life, Emily found in Pilates an exercise program that not only transformed her physical and mental performance, but also her life. After sustaining an injury that required surgery, Emily experienced first hand the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates and came back to dancing stronger and better than ever. Emily received her comprehensive training through Power Pilates in New York City. She also holds BA in Dance and is a certified yoga instructor. Emily believes that mindful movement is the basis for building a strong, healthy body is continually expanding her knowledge base and expertise. Years of teaching experience helps her to customize safe and challenging workouts for each client, helping them reach their wellness goals. A Colorado native, Emily is excited to be back in Boulder where she enjoys time with her family and playing in the mountains.
Misty’s passion for Pilates began back in high school while on a competitive cheerleading squad, and then later, on a college dance team. Using Pilates for injury prevention and athletic performance was merely the budding phase of her love for the Pilates method. She received her comprehensive certification through Stott Pilates in 2008, completed an advanced training course in 2009, as well as a therapeutic Pilates training focusing on injuries and special populations. Misty loves helping people connect deeply in their bodies through movement, with a focus on giving clients a solid foundation first...then adding layers of technique until they feel confident and strong in their bodies. Whether you’re pregnant, a new mama, struggling with chronic pain or injury, or just looking for more alignment and strength, she will work together with you to get your body as balanced and strong as it can be. Misty credits Pilates with transforming her personal Yoga practice, and believes in teaching Pilates as a powerful tool to fine tune imbalances and keep YOU doing the things you love! She recently moved with her two children to Boulder, and is beyond excited bring her joy in teaching and love of Pilates to as many people as possible.
LESLIE SNYDER-NEW TEAM MEMBER!
We are so excited to have added Leslie to our BP team! She is an incredibly skilled teacher, not to mention fun, warm, and is a perfect fit for our studio community.
“I am Beyond excited to be joining the vibrant community at Bolder Pilates, and am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and joy of movement with each of you”!
Leslie has been a passionate student of Pilates since 2004. She is a proud graduate of the BASI Comprehensive Teacher Training Course (2011) and BASI Mentor Program (2016). She then participated in a year-long “Passing the Torch” mentorship with Wendy Leblanc-Arbuckle, renowned Teacher of teachers, and creator of 3Core Connections Perspective School of Pilates. Throughout her career, she has voraciously gathered technical information through workshops and continuing education with the most prominent educators in the industry. Through her studies and experience, Leslie’s approach to teaching Pilates has evolved into exploring movement from a bio-intelligent perspective, using it as framework for self-healing. This perspective is found in many somatic practices and can help guide students towards feeling empowered and deeply connected to their bodies. Leslie is also a Certified Rolfer ®. Be sure to ask her about how Rolfing can complement your Pilates practice and help you move through areas of your body that feel “stuck” or chronically “tight.”