Carol Le Maitre
Pilates Training: I started learning about Pilates from Michele Larson, during a mixed dance/pilates class in the early 80s. I suffered a back injury while dancing and in 1985 went to St Francis Hospital, the first hospital to offer Pilates within their dance medicine division. Pilates healed my back injury and I was able to resume dancing professionally. That experience inspired me to become a Pilates teacher, a journey I began under the direction of Jennifer Stacey. I finished my formal training with Ellie Herman in 1999. I completed The Masters Program at The Pilates Center of Boulder in 2012. I am an advanced MELT Instructor and have studied the Janda Method of Neuro Muscular Re-Education.
Favorite Quote: “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Samuel Goldwyn
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Gorging on TV shows like Broad City, Louis, Transparent and sooo embarrassing…Call the Midwife.
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: I would be a doctor. I am a bit of a medical junkie; I love reading the mystery disease column in the NYT. Or, maybe a musician, I love playing music with my family.
Pilates Training: Carol LeMaitre and Sharon Gallagher, Comprehensive Pilates Training, SF 2008-2011
Sue Hitzmann, MELT Hand and Foot Certification, NYC Oct 2014
Favorite Quote: “A year form now you may wish you had started today.”
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Drinking wine with delicious appetizers
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: I’d be a yoga instructor. I may get certified one day.
Pilates Training: Comprehensive Pilates Training with Pilates Education Lab under the direction of Sharon Gallagher and Carol LeMaitre since 2010 and began teaching in 2013.
Favorite Quote: “Ain’t nothin to it, but to do it”
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Apple pie. Joke! It’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: I would probably be a chef.
Pilates Training: Quilet was a professional dancer for 17 years and former member of ODC dance company, Parsons Dance, and TRIP Dance Theatre among others. She experienced the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates while recovering from a dance injury. This inspired her to dive right in and become a Pilates instructor. She studied the Classical Pilates Method with Pilates Education Lab under Carol LeMaitre and Sharon Gallagher. To complement her enthusiasm for healthy movement, she is also a Certified Franklin Method Level I Educator. She incorporates the Franklin Method’s focus on dynamic imagery to create awareness, embody functional movement, and therefore facilitate change from the inside out.
Favorite Quote: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Einstein
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgences: Dancing, traveling, and making pastries!
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: I’d probably be a pastry chef.
Pilates Training: Carol LeMaitre and Sharon Gallagher 2006, Ellie Herman 2007, and LABAN Conservatoire of Dance & Movement, London 2003.
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes you just gotta roll with it.” My grandmother, Ginnie (Age 91).
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Sipping scotch on the rocks at a dive bar, while playing a mean game of pool with my honey. Old R&B playing on the juke box.
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Instructor: On stage singin’ the Blues.
Pilates Training: Polestar Pilates Cologne, Germany & EHS Pilates, San Francisco
Favorite Quote: “Dance, dance, or we are all lost!” (Martha Graham)
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: My visual art practice.
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Teacher: I’d be dancing
Pilates Training: I first did Pilates as part of our cross training for my high school crew team. We didn’t have yoga mats so we made do with swatches of rug! (We did a lot of teasers.) I was temporarily side lined from sports due to illness in college. That’s when I found Sanchez Street Studios and greatly benefited from the healing powers of Pilates. I completed the teacher training program at Sanchez Street Studios with Master Teachers Carol LeMaitre and Sharon Gallagher in 2010. I have been teaching Pilates ever since in addition to being a personal trainer, coach and physical therapist assistant.
Favorite Quote: “I’m healthy, wealthy and wise” -daily mantra (Martha Graham)
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: An escape to nature. I love to go backpacking, take my kayak out on the ocean, or simply take a book to the beach.
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Teacher: A monkey. Haha I’m kind of kidding although this is a frequent nickname… I might also be a medical anthropologist.
Pilates Training: I learned everything I know from watching the amazing teachers at Sanchez St. while distracting their clients with my massive cuteness.
Favorite Quote: “Dinnertime!” Carol LeMaitre
Favorite Non Pilates Indulgence: Eating everything that I can get my paws on.
What Would You Be If You Weren’t A Pilates Watchdog: I’d be an indulgent retired person’s dog who feasted on caviar and slept on the bed.