Westwood Pilates Instructors
co-owner and senior teacher
A dancer since the age of five, Daniela’s passion for movement started at an early age. After performing professionally for more than two decades, Daniela began her teaching career as a dance teacher and personal trainer before being introduced to the Pilates method. Her background in dance initially attracted her to the method, but eventually, Daniela fell in love with Classical Pilates and found it to be the only form of movement and exercise that completely changed her body and made her stronger than she had ever been.
Daniela graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and wrote her final research on the impact of the Pilates method on a person’s posture along the years of practice, using longtime instructors as subjects of her research. After completing her certification program through Power Pilates in 2006, Daniela worked for many years with her mentor, guiding apprentices through intensive Pilates trainings. In 2015, Daniela graduated from the highly selective Pilates Master’s Program, “The Work,” at Vintage Pilates under the direction of first generation Teacher Jay Grimes.
Daniela is known for her outgoing, challenging, and detail-oriented style of teaching. She has extensive experience teaching to clients of all levels and movement backgrounds, including athletes and the older adult population. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for the method and is the co-founder and co-owner of Westwood Pilates.
co-owner and senior teacher
Pamela practices and teaches Classical Pilates, Joseph Pilates’ original exercises with his intentions, and brings with it her own personal teaching style to create classes focused on her clients needs. She trained with Power Pilates and completed a Comprehensive Certification in 2007 to teach all levels, healthy and injured clients, on all apparatus. In 2017 she graduated from the Pilates Master's program "The Work" at Vintage Pilates under the direction of Jay Grimes (1st Generation teacher taught by Joe Pilates himself).
She was born and raised in South Africa by two musicians who encouraged her to follow her heart. She began her dance training at a young age, fell in love with it and became a professional Modern Dancer. She graduated in 1999 from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in England and has lived, performed, choreographed and taught dance on 4 different continents. The strain on her body from demanding rehearsals led her to Pilates to “put her back together again”. She trained in and taught many fitness techniques over the years but found Pilates to provide the foundation necessary for any physical endeavor you wish to achieve or simply to live a healthy life.
So she devoted her focus to this discipline. Her warm and nurturing nature along with her lifelong search to understand the body and how it moves, keep her clients coming back for years! Pamela ran her own Pilates Mat and Dance Program in the South Bay area. However, when she met Daniela Escobar who shared her same values and passions, opening up a fully equipped Pilates studio with her in West LA was a natural progression to a successful partnership.
Alison is passionate about the benefits of Pilates at any life stage. A former professional writer, Alison discovered that Pilates was an excellent antidote to the neck and shoulder issues that come from working at a desk. In 2013, she made the jump to a less sedentary career, becoming a certified instructor through Jill Cassady’s Pilates Technique, Inc. She has been happily teaching Pilates ever since. In 2015 she attained her Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certification. When she’s not teaching or practicing Pilates she enjoys paddle-boarding, taking yoga classes and riding a bike-share bicycle around Santa Monica. Alison is a graduate of Brown University.
Janet is a classically trained Pilates teacher who has been practicing the method for more than ten years. In 2018, she completed the Teacher Training Program at Vital Balance Pilates directed by second generation teacher Samantha Walley. She has studied extensively under Jay Grimes, first generation teacher, as well as Karen Frischmann, Sandy Shimoda, and Trish Garland, all second generation teachers who remain dedicated to the original teachings of Joseph Pilates. She continues to deepen her understanding of the method through workshops and regular practice.
Although initially curious about Pilates after reading how one could achieve long, lean muscles by this practice, it was the revitalized, rejuvenated feeling she had after her first lesson that planted the passion. She appreciates both the rigorous movement of the method, as well as the benefits of increased strength, flexibility, stability, and body awareness.
Mr. Pilates had a true desire to help his students “Return to Life” through his method, and Janet hopes to help keep that mission alive!
Yuuki's movement training started at a young age, when her father founded a stage combat studio in 2001. Yuuki soon crossed paths with co-owner Pamela Debiase, from whom she took dance classes, and performed in youth community dance shows for several years. Fate reunited them back together in 2015, when Yuuki was hired onto the team as a Studio Assistant, while also working professionally as a movement artist. Yuuki began practicing Pilates at the studio and immediately fell in love with the health and wellness world. After experiencing several injuries in her dance career, Yuuki found Pilates to be the most corrective form of exercise that has continued to help her in her healing. She is now honored to be working under the mentorship of her teachers Pamela Debiase and Daniela Escobar at Westwood Pilates, where she hopes to inspire others just as much as they have inspired her.
Yuuki has also trained extensively in yoga, having studied with Saraswathi Jois in India and completing certifications under Liz Arch, Tamal Dodge, and Kyra Haglund. She loves to write in her spare time and has been featured in Mindbodygreen and Funky Feminist.
Ken is dedicated to teaching Pilates as he has learned it from Jay Grimes, who has learned it from Joseph Pilates at his studio on 8th avenue in N.Y.C. Those are his Pilates roots.
Dena Joy Drotar was originally attracted to Pilates for its tremendous ability to heal bodies. She has the rare gift of recognizing physical imbalances and she works with clients who are recovering from injury, as well as those who find their bodies changing with age, students who want to get stronger and in better shape and teachers wanting to learn Classical Pilates or just up their game
Dena Joy is has been a teacher of teachers for the past 10 years. She enjoys merging her knowledge of classical Pilates with her student's knowledge as Pilates practitioners and teachers. Her goal is for her students to deepen their relationship with Pilates and with their own bodies so that they can then take their knowledge to THEIR students with JOY and Confidence!
Dena teaches teachers and has been for the past 10 years. She has a passion teaching private lessons and workshops worldwide to Pilates instructors, guiding them to deepen their personal practice and to discover and have confidence in their unique strengths and talents as teachers.
Dena was a founding teacher at Vintage Pilates where she worked alongside Jay Grimes Sandy Shimoda, and Karen Frischman. Also, she has assisted Jay’s workshops since 2010. In addition, Dena is a graduate of Jay Grimes’ Graduate Program THE WORK™and was also a member ofJay Grimes’ highly-selective follow-up program TEACHING THE WORK™.
Dena Joy means business……and mixes in a whole lotta fun!
Keion Moradi Means embodies inspiration, levelheadedness, knowledge—and perhaps even a bit of levity—to share the Pilates method with others. She discovered Pilates in 2004, as a long-distance runner looking to prevent injury and in 2010 started training to become a teacher.
She is a graduate of THE WORK™, a rigorous and highly exclusive continuing education program for seasoned Pilates teachers, led by program director and first generation teacher Jay Grimes, and Sandy Shimoda, owner of world-renown Vintage Pilates. In 2017, Keion also joined the illustrious teaching staff at Vintage Pilates and continues her own practice and teacher education under the guidance of both Jay and Sandy.
Keion’s appreciation for Pilates as intelligent corrective exercise continues to intensify in line with her ever-growing understanding of the method, the body and movement. To this day, she remains agile, injury-free and capable of running circles alongside her two young children. She believes Pilates can benefit anyone and works to empower a wide range of students, from athletes to those who simply wish to move through life without pain, beginners and advanced practitioners. She also loves helping other Pilates teachers deepen their own understanding of the work.
Keion completed her original teacher certification through Sheppard Method Pilates in Los Angeles. She is also a member of the Authentic Pilates Union and holds the PMA-CPT® designation from the Pilates Method Alliance.
Bobbi Green has had a lifelong interest in health and fitness. She was introduced to Pilates in college and was immediately fascinated with a new way of exercising that challenged her both mentally and physically. A few years later after moving to Los Angeles, she decided she wanted to pursue her passion for Pilates and make a career change from the music industry.
Bobbi holds a certification in Power Pilates and has been teaching Pilates for over 11 years in Los Angeles. She has spent 8 of those years teaching Pilates in a physical therapy setting. In this environment, she works with clients with many types of injuries and customizes their workouts according to their abilities and personal athletic goals. Bobbi also enjoys and has extensive experience working with seniors and is well versed in classical Pilates. Bobbi's goal is to help people of all ages and levels of physical fitness achieve better posture and elongated muscles, gain more energy, experience pain relief, improve flexibility and overall health.
Asayo discovered Pilates when she decided to return to classical ballet upon graduating from University. Realizing that her body needed extra training to meet the demands of dancing, she started taking Pilates, and immediately fell in love. Together with a better understanding of her own body and overall strengthening, she realized she was able to use her body more effectively than she ever had in all the years of dancing as a child and teenager.
Excited about this new discovery of movement and body awareness, she studied with Marie-Jose Blom at Long Beach Dance Conditioning and became a certified Pilates Instructor. She enjoys sharing her love of movement with clients of all ages and fitness levels, including those with physical limitations and injuries. Asayo continues to further her education in both contemporary and classical Pilates to meet the demands of a variety of clients.
Allison (Ali) Bragard has studied yoga, massage and Pilates over the past twenty-five years and she is passionate about how we can truly transform our bodies and our lives through these disciplines. In 2001 she took her first Pilates class and was instantly convinced that “this is what the body is meant to do to stay strong, lean and healthy.” Since then she studied classical Pilates intensely and completed, in 2004, her Comprehensive Pilates Training through Power Pilates in Los Angeles.
She has been teaching for the past eleven years in studios in California, Australia and France, teaching people of all shapes and sizes, ages and backgrounds. From teenagers to 91 year olds, she has seen how Pilates can truly make a difference. She recently returned from Paris and is thrilled to be at Westwood Pilates, where she approaches her classes with a love for Pilates, a sense of humor, and a desire to help each person find their center, enabling them to live a healthier and happier life.
Kiki D Amanno
Kiki D Amanno discovered Pilates while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA and working as a professional dancer. After a back injury and experiencing profound benefits from her Pilates practice, she received her Pilates training through Long Beach Dance Conditioning and the Romana’s True Pilates Program. She is a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher.
Along with her Pilates training, she began studying yoga with Yoga Works founders, Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller. Since, she has completed 500 hours of Yoga Works Teacher Training with Lisa Walford and Maty Ezraty and continues to teach and practice yoga regularly. She is also a certified GYROTONIC® trainer. Kiki works with a diverse group of clientele including professional athletes, actors, dancers, and clients recovering from surgeries or suffering from chronic pain. She is known for her keen eye and incorporating her breadth of knowledge in different disciplines to create custom tailored workouts that are both challenging and empowering for the individual.
Chanda came to pilates in a rather unconventional way: law school. After twelve years of late night grinding as a litigator, she felt conflicted with her true self. During this time, pilates became her beacon of light. The thick drudge of business litigation dripped away with every drop of sweat as she stretched and lifted herself to a smile. She went part-time as a lawyer, swerving off the legal track and into the pilates studio for instructor certification. Then she made a life changing decision at 36, quitting law altogether, and committing herself to a new career and lifestyle that continues to spur her creativity, energy and positive health.
Chanda is inspired by her students' willingness to work their bodies and spirits towards a better place. Chanda believes that pilates is about returning to our natural state, forgetting our mind's machinations and improving symmetry, focus, flexibility, strength and confidence. After an hour in the studio, we exit into the world a bit taller, sweatier and more alive. Chanda is a classically trained instructor, certified on all apparatus by the Equinox Pilates Institute and is PMA Certified. Chanda is also a student of mind-body, meditation and yoga, an amateur trapeze and lyra artist, a skier and a vegan.
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