Pilates is the culmination of Victoria Kelly’s lifelong passion for movement. Movement as dance with its intricate constructions and near-impossible demands; movement as an expression of physical energy; movement as change.
Knocking around in New York as an actor and dancer in the 1980s and 90s, Victoria was prone to injuries. Her rehab included chiropractic, a yoga practice, a strong spiritual commitment to finding balance, but she had a weak core. Chiropractors bemoaned that her body wouldn’t hold an adjustment. Mounting shows as a performer, writer and director incurred some damage.
“By the time I moved to California, my back hurt too much to walk through a museum. Never mind, do the dishes.” When Pilates made itself known there was no turning back. It dovetailed with her values, it set up a standard for balance, and it gave her that elusive missing piece – core strength. Hiking with the new dog, confronting the California outdoors, and learning new physical disciplines were now possible. Her own experience with the body transforming aspects of Pilates fired her interests in the therapeutic and musculoskeletal benefits. She became a teacher with a mission to instruct intelligent movement.
Ms. Kelly earned her Pilates certification at Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek. Teaching Pilates since 2005, she runs and works full-time at Core Cat Studio and part-time at Harbor Bay Club. Her program is very much in the mind-body tradition. Ms. Kelly and studio cat Farsofar live on-site in “almost east” Oakland.