Instructors & Teachers | Full Circle Studio
East Vancouver’s Full Circle Studio has instructors extensively trained in several modalities of movement arts, including dance, pilates, yoga, and gyrokinesis.
Are you interested in becoming a Pilates instructor or looking for Pilates teacher training? Full Circle Studio is one of Vancouver’s only registered STOTT PILATES® Instructor Training facility.
Darcy McMurray | Studio Owner
Studio Owner, Certified Pilates Instructor, STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer
Darcy has been dancing since the age of 4. Through several injuries she was drawn to study Pilates as a form of rehabilitation in 2000. This not only brought her to a place where she was pain free but her Pilates practice allows her to still work as a professional dancer today.
After completing her training at STOTT PILATES® head office in Toronto, she was asked to join their team as an Instructor Trainer. Darcy travelled internationally conducting courses, workshops and examinations. She was also instrumental in designing the course material and support materials the students use in the current training to date.
Darcy has continued her studies of anatomy through workshops with Mark Finch in Tensegrity, with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in Body Mind Centering as well as Somatic Movement Therapy with Martha Eddy. She brings a hands on approach to her work and specializes in shifting holding patterns and working with clients dealing with both acute and chronic pain.
In 2008 Darcy moved back home and opened her own Pilates studio; Vancouver’s only STOTT PILATES® Training facility. She prides herself on having the highest quality instructors in the city. She is often called upon by other studio and physiotherapy offices to provide instructor recommendations.
‘It was important for me to create a space where we not only had the capacity to learn to heal ourselves, but also to create a vessel where we are encouraged to expand our perceptions of why and how we move in this world. Come empower yourself!’
Alison Ward | Pilates Instructor
BFA Honours Theatre, Musical Theatre Diploma, Certified Pilates Instructor
Alison Ward has been practicing Pilates since 2000 and teaching as a certified instructor since 2006. She originally trained with STOTT PILATES® comprehensive program in Toronto and later through The Pilates Process at Riverdale Pilates in Toronto (a method specializing in post-rehabilitative work) where she worked beside Instructor Trainers for over two years. There she expanded her knowledge of Pilates, taking therapeutic courses and working with varied clients whose practices ranged from post-rehab through to advanced. Alison has 27 years of various dance experience and is a fully qualified Highland Dance Instructor. Her background in dance and movement compliments her teaching style and gives her a deeper understanding of the body.
Susan Kania | Pilates Instructor
From a young age, Susan Kania has been intrigued and fascinated with the human body. Her love of movement led her to pursue a career in contemporary dance, offering a greater knowledge of how the body moves and functions. Through her work and training in dance she was first introduced to Pilates in 2004 and was immediately attracted to the detail and mindfulness of the work. She received her instructor training at Full Circle Studio from Darcy and Cherie and is now a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. She enjoys working with people and using my knowledge to help them explore the amazing capabilities of their own body both in the studio as well as utilizing the work in their everyday lives.
Celeste Lyon | Pilates Instructor
Drawing from a background in professional Contemporary Dance, Celeste Lyon has been teaching for over sixteen years. Her deep kinesthetic knowledge provides a safe, dynamic and empowering approach to teaching. In 2009, after a personal quest to find greater peace in body and mind, she turned to yoga, completing her Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India. Pilates training soon followed in 2010 with the PhysicalMind Institute of Canada, to manage various injuries and she was hooked, and has been teaching both every since her training six years ago. She is consistently amazed with the deep strength, integration and rehabilitative aspects Pilates offers people of all ages and diverse physicalities. She loves using Pilates bio-mechanical principals and exercises to empower her students and clients with tools to deepen their body awareness, re-pattern their daily movements, and to create less stress and tension in the body and their minds. Her goal is the same when working with anyone; to leave them feeling lighter, yet stronger, empowered and ultimately, more deeply connected the best teachers of all, our own bodies.
Alison Denham | Pilates Instructor
Alison Denham is a Pilates Instructor and a Contemporary Dance Artist. She has been applying Pilates to her restorative movement practice for over 15 years. Her love of movement extends into her teaching and she is passionate about guiding and empowering clients to find functional movement and dynamic alignment. She has trained in STOTT PILATES® and is a graduate of the Pilates Center Teacher Training Program.
Stephanie Butler | Pilates Instructor
Stephanie’s contemporary dance training at Les Ateliers de Danse Moderne de Montreal first exposed her to Pilates. Through her personal Pilates practice she realized the profound benefits of the work as her own body transitioned out of chronic pain. From there, Pilates became an integral part of her personal well being. As a teacher, Stephanie seeks to be a guide in helping her clients find a new awareness of the body through alignment, and a deepened understanding of their own physicality both in and out of the studio. Stephanie is continually looking for new inspiration as an instructor. She enjoys a rich practice of her own in Pilates, dance, yoga, and workshops in various movement modalities to further her along in her journey as an instructor.
Stephanie is fully trained in all apparatus, including Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrel work.
Chris Wright | Pilates Instructor
Honours BA in Kinesiology
Chris brings a strong background in Human Anatomy and Sports Injury to his teaching with a Kinesiology degree from the University of Western Ontario. Post degree, Chris went on to study Contemporary Dance at Simon Fraser University. He has performed professionally for various Vancouver based dance companies, as well as places in the US and abroad.
Chris also played elite level soccer, red-shirting for Canada’s U17 youth soccer team and later became an open level Squash player touring extensively throughout BC.
Chris has studied Pilates for the last 3 years, and recently began his training to become an instructor. Chris loves how Pilates both compliments and integrates his lifelong pursuit in sports and continues to be inspired by its comprehensive remedial benefits.
Gail Lotenberg | Pilates Instructor
A certified STOTT PILATES® instructor since 2013, Gail shares with students her deep knowledge about the body from over two decades as a professional dancer and choreographer. She has always been a keen observer of the body’s functional anatomy and has spent years investigating somatic practice through Pilates, Yoga, Laban Movement Analysis and amateur sports. As a Pilates instructor, Gail has found an ideal platform for engaging with students at a profound level, about their bodies and the passion to move with precision, efficiency and strength.
Heather Laura Gray | Pilates Instructor
Heather’s love for pilates began over 5 years ago after tearing her hamstring and ligaments in her foot through professional dance performance. After not having much success with regular recovery avenues, she sought out pilates to help deal with the root cause of her postural imbalances. Luckily because of others In her dance community she learners from teachers in training’s with Physicalmind and STOTT PILATES® systems. She has taken her training courses for Matt, Reformer, Barrels, Chair, Cadillac at Full Circle Studio. She has taught dance for over 15 years and continues to choreograph professionally in Theatre, TV & Film. Heather is so excited be a part of Full Circle’s fabulous team and looks forward to connecting and guiding others to a happy and healthy body.
Verena Pelletier | Pilates Instructor
Verena is trained through Physical Mind Institute in Vancouver as a certified Mat and Prenatal Mat Pilates instructor, as well as a certified apparatus apprentice teacher. Additionally, she completed the basic and intermediate classical Pilates seminar workshop through Whistler Pilates.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Verena has always loved being active in this playground we call our backyard. After a serious car accident led her to rehabilitation Pilates, Verena fell in love with the practice and decided to change her career direction so that she could share with others what had helped her so much. A firm believer in body positivity, Verena emphasizes health for all fitness levels and believes that strong healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Her classes focus on individual growth and core strengthening, and you’re guaranteed a laugh or two.
When she’s not in the studio, she enjoys open water swimming, cycling, running, and being surrounded by animals.
Kathryn Carlberg | Pilates Instructor
Kathryn is a professional dancer and dance instructor who has been dancing since the age of 5. Kathryn fell in love with Pilates 6 years ago, when she noticed it was an incredible way to keep her body conditioned, healthy and injury-free while going to university, teaching dance, and training as a contemporary dancer. Kathryn’s goal as a Pilates instructor is to help others reconnect to their bodies as they find more range and ease of movement to carry them throughout their every day lives.