Meet Our Instructors
Denise Searle • Founder, Owner/Operator
Pilates, Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis®
Denise was introduced to the Pilates Method in 1990 while in LA working in advertising. She struggled with a back injury from her years of doing gymnastics, cheerleading and teaching aerobics. After doing Pilates just a few times, she knew there was something very special about the work.
In 1995, Denise moved to Aspen and decided to pursue a career in the field she had always been most passionate about - fitness. In 1997 Denise graduated from The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado and opened the Art of Fitness, Aspen's longest running Pilates studio.
After teaching the Pilates Method for 7 years Denise wanted to expand her teaching with another form of movement work and became certified in Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis®. She feels very strongly that both these techniques compliment each other.
Denise feels grateful everyday to be doing something she loves and helping people feel better and look better.
As ski patroller for the Aspen Skiing Company, Annie began practicing yoga and Pilates in 2000 to restore balance to her physical body. She was so captured by the Pilates method, she retired from patrolling in 2002 to become a full time instructor. Over the past 15 years, Annie has continued to study and practice both yoga and Pilates. As a teacher she focuses on not only alignment of the physical body, but also the alignment of the breath to create a true mind/body experience.
Janet started doing Pilates while working as a Personal Trainer because she wanted to keep doing all the activities she loves for a long time to come! As Janet began to see changes in her body, such as improved posture, flexibility, balance and a stronger core, she decided to become a Pilates Instructor to share the benefits with others. Janet graduated from The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado in 2003 and The Masters Program in 2008. Her interest lies in helping clients to obtain their optimal health, physical performance and more balanced body thru movement. Janet's intention is to live a full, balanced and pain free life, taking charge of her own health and helping as many people as possible achieve the same!
Pilates, Gyrotonic ®, Gyrokinesis ®
Jacqueline Duba has been teaching therapeutic movement in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2001. Inspired by the disciplined athleticism and lifestyle that is a way of life in this special mountain town, Jacqueline has made Aspen her home since 1989. Through the disciplines of Gyrotonic ®, Pilates, and Yoga, Jacqueline can tailor a program to fit your needs. Jacqueline was certified on the Pilates Equipment by Master teacher trainer Michael Wright in Washington DC in 2000.
Jacqueline is certified on the Gyrotonic® Pulley Tower, as well as on the Jumping-sliding Board.
Gyrotonic ® & Gyrokinesis ®
Seia Rassenti, has spent the last decade dancing as a member of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. On the road to becoming a professional dancer, she spent many years studying different styles of dance and modalities of care for her body and mind. At 17, she discovered the restorative powers Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis. The circle movements felt very healing. In looking towards the future, she decided to become certified in these methods in order to better help others feel good in their own bodies.
Adrianna is one of a select few Specialized Master Teachers, both in Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis®, in the world. As well as being a Specialized Equipment Master Trainer, she developed a new application for dancers in Gyrotonic® with Mr. Horvath and Specialized Master Trainer Miriam Barbosa which she frequently conducts internationally. An accomplished professional dancer and Choreographer in New York City for 15 years, she has worked with dancers from New York City Ballet, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, MOMIX Dance Company and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet just to name a few. She has worked extensively with the founder of Gyrotonic®, Juliu Horvath, and travels the world leading teacher trainings.