Meet the team at Willow Studio
Bambi Watt, studio owner
Certified Pilates Instructor & Teacher Trainer, Certified Xtend Barre & Stick Instructor, TRX Certified
Certified Pilates and Xtend instructor Bambi Watt is the owner of Willow Pilates Studio, Nashville’s premier Pilates studio for 17 years running. After the birth of her first child in 1995, Watt hired a personal trainer to help her get back in shape. By 1996 she had become an ACE and AFAA certified personal trainer herself. In 1997, she started Pilates and studied with Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska. In 2010, After witnessing Xtend Barre's amazing workout and its immediate results, Bambi became a certified Xtend instructor and introduced Xtend to Willow Pilates Studio.
amy bergesen, phd
Certfied Pilates Instructor
The non-impact environment of Pilates and its personalized care of injuries reshaped as well as healed Amy’s body, and in 2001 she was certified by the Pilates Studio of New York under Romana Kryzanowska. To enhance the benefits of Pilates, Amy uses Muscle Activation Techniques TM, a system that corrects muscular imbalances. She is the co-creator of the FaceTonics facial strengthening regimen and co-editor of the anthology Voices of Classical Pilates.
Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Xtend Barre & Stick Instructor
Dede, a Physical Education major and former student-athlete (gymnastics & horseback riding), discovered that Pilates was the perfect complement to her riding, each practice strengthening the other. Dede completed her first Pilates certification with the Physical Mind Institute of Chicago in 1999. She completed her second Pilates certification in 2000 at the Pilates Studios of Atlanta and New York under Romana and Sari. Dede continued her Pilates education with the study of Gyrotonic, and when Xtend Barre came to Willow, Dede became a certified instructor.
Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Xtend Barre & Stick Instructor
Paige Bainbridge, a native of Nashville, has a life-long interest in dance, choreography, music and songwriting. Paige discovered Pilates after the birth of her first child in 1998. She immediately became “addicted” to Pilates to help her get back in shape after childbirth, especially because it seemed to integrate and compliment many dance principles. Paige became certified in Pilates through the Pilates Studio of Atlanta in 2001. Paige has clients of all ages, from 16 to 80. And, with her Xtend classes, Paige can incorporate her dance, Pilates, music, and fitness backgrounds into a workout that accommodates all ages and sizes.
Certified Pilates, Gyrotonic, and Xtend Barre Instructor
Sylvia Gamonet, a former professional ballet dancer, holds a BFA in dance from the School of the Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A member of the Nashville Ballet Faculty for 8 years, she holds a fitness trainer certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. Sylvia received her Pilates training from master teacher Romana Kryzanowska in the traditional method in 1995. She also is the only certified Gyrotonic Teacher in Nashville, TN. Ms Gamonet became a Power Pilates Teacher Trainer in 2006. Sylvia became a certified instructor in Xtend Barre and loved it so much that she has also become a certified Xtend teacher trainer.
Certified Pilates Instructor and Certified Xtend Barre & Stick Instructor
Susie made her way south from Michigan in 1997. Being a fitness instructor; aerobics, step, sculpting, and yoga, she discovered Pilates along the way. Susie was hooked on Pilates when she realized that it could create long lean muscles, promote healing from old injuries and shape her body. She was Power Pilates certified in 2005 under Sylvia Gamonet. For Susie, the greatest thing about Pilates is seeing results in her clients who have had injuries transform themselves into healthy individuals. And now, with Xtend Barre, her clients can add a full body workout that helps them continue to achieve that long, lean, strong body.
Certified Power Pilates Instructor, Certified Xtend Barre Stick Instructor, Certified in Stretch Therapy (F.I.T. Stretch), Certified Zumba Instructor, TRX Certified
Kelly Rogers has been teaching Pilates in the middle Tennessee area since 2006. Power Pilates Certified, Kelly has experience working with all sorts of fitness levels and injuries. Kelly is also a talented singer, dancer, and actress with a minor in dance from Belmont University and collegiate training in classical, musical theatre, and commercial vocal performance. Kelly also teaches Xtend Barre, TRX, Zumba, Cardio Dance, and Personal Fitness sessions where she uses her in-depth Pilates training to help clients improve their performance and gain results.
Heather Holloway mccash
Certified Power Pilates Instructor, TRX Certified, Certified Xtend Barre & Stick Instructor
Born and raised in Nashville, Heather started dancing at the age of three and began Pilates at 14 with Sylvia Gamonet, Tennessee's first Pilates Instructor. She trained with the School of Nashville Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Franklin School of Preforming Arts, DC Dance Factory, and Ann Reinking's Broadway Theater Project. After spending a decade in New York, she returned to Nashville and her movement roots. She was introduced to Xtend in 2010 and loved the opportunity to include the fundamentals of ballet and Pilates within a total body workout. She is a certified Pilates instructor through Power Pilates, certified in Xtend Barre, and is also a Health Coach for marilu.com.
Certified Power Pilates Instructor
Kate, a former professional dancer with Nashville Ballet, hails from Pennsylvania where she was raised by musicians. She first began to incorporate Pilates into her dance practice in 1999 as she joined the Nashville Ballet after earning her BA in Dance at Point Park University. She became a certified Power Pilates Mat instructor in 2011 and completed the Power Pilates Comprehensive Program in 2012 at Willow. In addition to teaching Pilates, Kate is currently on the Dance faculties at Middle Tennessee State University and Franklin School of Performing Arts, where she teaches Ballet, Pointe, and repertory.
Certified Power Pilates Instructor, Certified Xtend Barre Stick Instructor
Having fallen in love with dance at a very young age, Lisa has always felt at her best when moving. Pilates was a natural step to a deeper understanding of pain-free, efficient movement for all of life's challenges. She started her Pilates study in 1996, earned the mat certification in 2007, and passed the full system standards with Power Pilates in September of 2012. As well as enjoying every minute working with her Pilates clients, Lisa continues to keep her ties with the dance world as the Artistic Director of Epiphany Dance*Partners.
Certified Power Pilates Instructor, TRX Certified
Originating from the UK, Jo has a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Following came an extensive professional dance career both in London and worldwide, where she was introduced the many benefits of Pilates. Her love of anatomy and movement led her to become a Certified Sports Massage Therapist and a Certified Fitness Instructor. After moving to the US, she became a Licensed Massage Therapist furthering her knowledge in Myofascial Release, John Barnes Method, which she practices here in Nashville. In 2012, Joanne completed over 600 hours of training to became a Certified Power Pilates Instructor.
Certified Pilates Instructor
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Miriam starting dancing and acting as a child and her love for dance made her pursue it as a career. She graduated from Centro de Danca Rio and was part of their Jazz Dance Company. In Brazil she worked as a dancer on a variety of TV Shows. While studying Communications, she decided to audition for Feld Entertainment, as an opportunity to do what she loved while immersing herself in a different culture and work on improving her English language skills. After working for Feld her and husband moved to Nashville, where she started teaching Ballroom Dancing. All the years of dancing and traveling started to take a tool on her body, that is when she turn to Pilates in 2008 to help strength her body. In 2010 she received her first certification with Peak Pilates and completed her final level from Peak Pilates 2015. As a wife and mother of 2 little girls, she knows what means to maintain her energy level up with a strong mind and body connection. She is eager to share the benefits of Pilates with all of you.
Certified Xtend Barre Instructor, Certified Classical Pilates Education Instructor
Chemist and science nerd by day, Xtender by night! Samantha found Xtend Barre a few years ago to mix up her workout routine and has never looked back. A dancer in her youth, she was drawn to the combination of graceful ballet and muscle-toning Pilates moves. Amazed by the results she's seen, she took on the extra mind-body challenge of becoming an Xtend instructor herself. Samantha brings her passion for the workout into her classes to deliver a fab, fit and booty-burning fun class to all of her beautiful barre belles!
Certified Xtend Barre Instructor, TRX Certified
In 2011, Mindy discovered Xtend Barre and was instantly hooked! From the age of six she danced: ballet, modern, jazz and tap. Later she enjoyed weight training, boxing and group fitness classes. She was a little over 50 when she tried Xtend, and she knew she’d found the perfect combination of dance and fitness to help her stay lean and toned at this stage of her life. Mindy’s passion about her empty nest career shines in her classes!
Certified Power Pilates Instructor
Codi Noga first became involved in Pilates while looking for an effective way to strengthen and tone. She quickly saw results in the way she looked and felt, and she was hooked! Codi is a classically trained and certified Power Pilates Instructor who is excited for the opportunity to teach both classes and Pilates private and semi-private sessions at Willow.
Certified Xtend Barre Instructor
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Paula started dancing at age four. Throughout her dance training she gained extensive knowledge in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Flamenco, Afro dancing, and Street Jazz Heels. After a career as a professional dancer, Paula earned a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education in 2009 in Brazil. While attending university, she became Certified in Pilates, which later led her to fall in love with the full body workout that is Xtend Barre. With her knowledge of what works best for varying clients, she created the Brazilian Burn workout, a combination of fitness, dance, and her culture where clients can experience the Brazilian rhythms, get fit, and have a good time. Paula recently took her fitness to a new level, winning the NPC Music City Muscle 2015, NPC Indiana Muscle 2016, and the NPC Tennessee State Bodybuilder Championship.
Certified Classical Pilates Education Instructor
Molly, a lifelong equestrian and professional instructor and trainer, has always been interested in the body, physical fitness, and health. Molly turned to Pilates when she was struggling to find straightness in her riding position, and she quickly traded in her traditional riding lessons for Pilates lessons. The balance, strength, and alignment she gained changed how she rode and how she felt on a daily basis. In order to deepen her knowledge of the Pilates method and the body, she started her certification in 2016 through Romana’s Pilates while in IL, and finishing in Nashville through Classical Pilates Education at Willow in 2017. She now incorporates Pilates into her riding instruction and enjoys helping other riders find their seat and balance through the Pilates work.