Pilates is the culmination of Victoria Kelly’s lifelong passion for movement. As an eleven-year old in Ohio, Kelly picked up a yoga manual and taught herself asanas. Yoga led her to modern, jazz and ballet classes with a spunky British expat who danced on “This Is Tom Jones” in the early 70s.
In the late 1980s, Kelly’s dance journey took her to New York City where she studied with protege and former husband of the late Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins. A Zen practitioner, Hawkins believed in dance as ritual and performance as a spiritual conversation between the body and the universe. Kelly also studied theater at the Gene Frankel Theatre and developed a deep love for theatrical expressionism and performance art, touring and performing internationally.
Kelly’s personal experience with the body-transforming aspects of Pilates fired her interests in therapeutic and musculoskeletal approaches to movement and recovery. She entered rigorous study, and found a renewed passion for listening to the inherent wisdom of the body. Kelly entered the Teacher Training Program at Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek under the tutelage of Nora St. John and Naomi Lieserson (now Balanced Body University). In 2005 she became a teacher. Her approach is steeped in the mind-body tradition. She opened Core Cat in 2006. Kelly continues her journey in balance, diving deep into the discipline of movement mechanics. Currently she is a Polestar Pilates Teacher-in-Training at ProBalance in Alameda, under the tutelage of Ada Wells. Polestar is a world-renowned system that brings the knowledge of physical therapy and energy science to Pilates.