The Pilates Center

Instructor Bios

Ellen Troy Mulcahy has danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Twyla Tharp Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and on Broadway in Jerome Robbins' Broadway. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in performance studies from Empire State College, N.Y., and she completed her Pilates certification through the Authentic Pilates certification program in New York City. She is a member of the Muhlenberg College dance faculty and has been teaching Pilates since 2001.

Heather Fox is a dance teacher, choreographer, performer, and certified fitness instructor. She has taught a variety of fitness classes in Philadelphia and New York, advocating body awareness and a fun approach to fitness. Heather is currently working for the assistant director of the Muhlenberg Fund, after a national tour performing with Enchantment Theatre Company. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in media & communication and dance from Muhlenberg College and is working toward her Master of Science in arts administration through Drexel University.

Katie McNamara is a dance teacher, choreographer, performer and PMA certified Pilates teacher. She has taught Pilates since 1999, most recently for a physical therapist.  Katie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and anthropology from Connecticut College and is working towards her MFA in dance from The University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Katie has performed and shown her work in many East Coast cities and abroad. She has held adjunct teaching positions at Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, and presently Muhlenberg College.

Class Descriptions

Beginner Group Mat (10 student max)
Geared toward students with no prior Pilates experience and/or who are new to core strengthening work. The class introduces students to Pilates core principles, proper technique in fundamental exercises, and stretching.

Beginner/Intermediate Mat (8 students max)
While serving as an introduction to the Pilates mat work this class can also challenge and provide ongoing practice for the intermediate student. Using the fundamentals of the mat work, the class integrates principles of physical connectivity and mobility to further deepen the core education.

Intermediate Group Mat (8 student max)
Geared toward students with prior experience in Pilates principles and exercises, or a history of fitness or dance related activity. The class incorporates more rigorous stretching and intermediate-level exercises at a flowing pace. Modifications are applied to accomodate lower and upper ranges of intermediate level.

Beginner Reformer (4 students max)
Geared toward students with no prior Pilates experience and/or those new to the reformer. This class will provide a groundwork of exercises and fundamental techniques on this versatile piece of equipment. The reformer provides an accessible means to build core awareness, strength and flexibility.

Intermediate Group Reformer (4 student max)
Progresses from intermediate to advanced reformer exercises. Prerequisite: previous Pilates experience.

Stretch And Tone (10 students max)
Using the principles of yoga and Pilates, this class will concentrate on building strength and increasing flexibility. This class’s full body approach will challenge your muscles while improving posture, increasing range of motion, and preventing injuries.

Private and Semi-Private Training
Personally designed Pilates sessions for individual or semi-individual training. Uses a wider range of pilates equipment including the Cadillac, stability chair, and barrel. Design a program that fits your personal physical needs and preferences. Work one-on-one with a trainer, or invite some friends and cut the cost! To schedule a private or semi-private training, e-mail Jess at bien@muhlenberg.edu.