Instructors

Maria Leone

Pilates Master Instructor and Owner of Bodyline Pilates in Beverly Hills, Maria Leone

Maria Leone, owner of Bodyline Pilates and Master instructor for Balanced Body, is the driving force behind Bodyline. She has been teaching Pilates since 1989 and training teachers for well over a decade. 

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Jessica Wallraff

Jessica Wallraff, Balanced Body Pilates Instructor

Jessica Wallraff comes to Pilates by way of an international ballet career. During her eleven year dance career, Jessie was a featured performer in the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium, The Hamburg Ballet in Germany, and Le Ballet Theatre Francais de Nancy, where she danced with ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev. Upon returning to the States, Jessie partnered with Maria Leone to run Bodyline Pilates, helping build the business and its clientele, but chose to step back from management to devote her full energies to teaching pilates and being a mom. 
A certified Balanced Body Pilates master instructor with over two decades of teaching experience, Jessie is known for her infectious energy and attention to the individual student, tailoring each workout to the particular individual’s body and needs. Between her teaching sessions you will still see Jessie on a Reformer going through her own Pilates workout, because Jess knows that the best Pilates teacher is a skilled Pilates practitioner.

Donna Otten

Donna Otten,  Balanced Body Pilates Instructor

Donna Otten started her career as a portrait photographer, graduating with a degree in Photography, working and mentoring with some of the worlds most accomplished photographers. In 2001 Donna was involved in a debilitating car accident that left her with multiple complex injuries.  She started Pilates for rehabilitating purposes, gaining an immediate appreciation for the healing and strength building effects of practicing Pilates. 

 In 2010 after working as a professional photographer for over 10 years, Donna took a hiatus from photography to focus on gaining a deeper understanding of the Pilates practice that helped build and strengthen her mind/body connection. In 2012 she decided to embrace Pilates by becoming a certified instructor. She studied under Maria Leone, certified through the Physical Mind Institute in 2013 and Balanced Body in 2018.

 Donna is a Naturally gifted teacher. Her background in Photography really translates into teaching Pilates. Viewing clients through a lens has sharpened her eye and made her quick to spot faulty form or incorrect posture. She is very upbeat and has a fun energy. This combination makes her workouts enjoyable as much as they are challenging

Hannah Feldner-Shaw

Hannah Feldner-Shaw, Balanced Body Pilates Instructor

Hannah Feldner-Shaw comes from a professional dance background. She has toured the world and danced in film and television. She started teaching In 2011. First she taught Barre classes but soon added Pilates to her repertoire. Hannah is certified by Balanced Body and was trained in Pilates by Maria Leone.

Petia Botcheva

Petia Botcheva, Balanced Body Pilates Instructor

Petia Botcheva opened Body Temple Studio, one of the first Pilates studios in China. She has studied Traditional Oriental Medicine and various holistic body methods such as Shiatsu, Reiki, Tai Qi, and medical Qigong.

Stephanie Spanski-Mor

Stephanie Spanski, Balanced Body Pilates Instructor

Stephanie Spanski-Mor has spent the last 13 years working as a professional dancer and teacher. Notable performances include the Grammys and Dancing With the Stars. Stephanie is certified by Balanced Body and was trained in Pilates by Maria Leone.

Marcie Jurbina

Marcie Jurbina, Balanced Body Pilates Instructor

Marcie Jurbina is certified by Balanced Body, trained by Maria Leone. Marcie is also a certified GYROTONIC Instructor, with additional certifications in therapeutic applications.

Nicky Cassinera

Nicky Cassinera studio manager and Balanced Body Pilates Instructor

Nicky Cassinera is a Miami transplant who after years of working in Los Angeles as a graphic designer, decided to change career and pursue her passion in Pilates. She brings her high energy to all of her sessions.

Meghan Crowe

Meghan Crowe, Balanced Body Pilates Instructor

Meghan graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York where she majored in Dance. She performed as a Modern dancer in New York and San Francisco for ten years until she relocated to Los Angeles where she taught barre and ballet until she fell in love with pilates. Meghan is certified by Balanced Body and trained by Maria Leone.

Valerie Idiart

Valerie Idiart, Pilates Instructor

Amalia Holl

Amalia Holl, Pilates Instructor

Amalia (pronounced like the movie Amelie with an "uh" on the end) was trained under the master herself, Maria Leone, and certified by Balanced Body. If she had a spirit animal, it would be a rescue dog - one that only had three legs, or one eye, or a bit of a weird thing going on with her ear (you know, when it doesn't quite stand up but doesn't quite lay flat either). Her hands and various limbs, along with her heartbeat, all lend to her natural and uncanny ability to be a human being. A DC native, her desire to sprinkle old bay on everything is strong, as is her itch to bring up Marion Barry in every social setting. Her strengths include crying when she feels feelings, not thinking before she speaks, growing red hair out of her head, and reaching the top shelf. Perpetual optimism and resilience are her attributes she's most proud of, along with her ability to rap along to Twista. At the end of the day, she just wants to leave people feeling the same way Shel Silverstein made her feel as a kid. Feel free to IMDb her, and then IMDb her again, she would really like to get her STARmeter up.  

Megan Hopkins

Megan Hopkins, Pilates Instructor

Megan fell in love with Pilates while relying on it to keep her body and mind healthy and happy throughout her professional dance and modeling career. She finally decided to go through teacher training with Maria at Bodyline in 2018 and couldn’t be happier with her decision. She loves sharing her love of movement and helping her clients feel great.

Meredith Alexander

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A rock climber and former gymnast, Meredith loves the athleticism and grace of Pilates, which she incorporates into all her classes. Meredith has a Comprehensive Teaching Certificate from Balanced Body, and was trained at Bodyline Pilates. 

Emma Bates

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Emma Bates has a background in the Alexander and Feldenkrais method and Linklater breath work. Emmas workouts highly emphasize form and control.

Cindera Che

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Cindera began teaching Pilates in 1987 in her down time from being a professional dancer. She specialized in working with mature adults and emphasizes her teaching on physical alignment, functional training and alleviation of faulty movement patterns. Cindera is also  certified in Redcord suspension training and NeuroKintic Therapy.