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Birmingham, AL - based FORMA & Aero Joe Pilates will partner to present the inaugural Pure Movement Summit July 25-27, 2019.

FORMA provides a place for independent instructors and entrepreneurs to hold classes, as well as a place for people to hone their skills and collaborate with others who share a passion for the arts. As a Classical Pilates studio and respected continuing education centre for Pilates teachers to advance their skills, Aero Joe Pilates’ partnership with FORMA synergistically fell into place to launch this first annual summit, with missions well aligned and facilities naturally equipped to welcome movement educators from all backgrounds. Event organizers Alison Page, Emily Tincher (Aero Joe Pilates) and Whitney Renfroe (FORMA) have a vision that extends beyond the weekend—they foresee Birmingham becoming a city known for its wellness and movement initiatives. Aero Joe Pilates and FORMA are thrilled to join forces to launch the summit, which is expected to attract both local and national attendees.


We desire to be a movement education oasis in the heart of the Southeast U.S. Technical advances have led to more availability of online resources to fulfill CEC requirements for movement educators’ certification renewals, yet many can agree the benefit of in-person education can not truly be out matched. We embody proof here in Alabama that excellent movement educators really are everywhere, and seek to bring to the forefront of our broader community conscience that access to excellent in-person continuing education should be too.

Beyond fostering greater access to educational opportunities for many, our story is also about creating opportunities for movement educators’ self care to renew joy. The joy comes in renewing our own movement practices as well as in deepening our understanding of movement education. A main goals will be for movement educators to leave us brighter, clearer in intention, more confident and more present to care for all whom they teach.


Open to movement educators of all backgrounds as well as serious students of Pilates, yoga and dance, the goal of the Pure Movement Summit is to provide master-level offerings with a spirit of inclusivity.  All movement backgrounds will be welcome. Attendees will choose from two customizable tracks for scheduling: the Pilates Focus Track and the Dance Focus Track.  Each track will offer opportunities to attend educational workshops as well as multi-modality movement classes.

While targeted towards advanced dancers, the Dance Focus track will allow participants to customize their schedules based on level and interest. Dance teachers plus pre-professional, professional and retired dancers are all welcome to attend the Dance Focus Track. This track will feature instructors Katherine Hooper of BoSoma Dance Company (Boston) and Tricia Bianco of the Alabama Ballet (Birmingham). The summit’s tracks will share limited offerings, allowing Pilates Track participants the option to branch out to experience a dance class.

The Pilates Focus Track, to include a Pilates Method Alliance approved course offering CEC’s, will cater primarily to Pilates teachers, yet be open to all movement educators and advanced students. Content leans towards Pilates for Dancers and Dance Medicine, yet includes a dynamic array of offerings with wide appeal. Headliner Jenna Zaffino will bring her national podcast Pilates Unfiltered to Birmingham for a live broadcast hosted at FORMA the evening of Friday, July 26th.  Movement educators attending will have opportunities for networking while broadening the scope of both their movement vocabularies and teaching strategies.

No matter which track you choose, we invite you to branch out to try something new and enliven your practice! Curate your track’s offerings to match your interests, and enjoy a unique balance of learning and movement.

Choose Your Track

  • Pilates Focus Track

  • Dance Focus Track

Options to Customize Your Your Track

  • Pilates Advanced Study Workshops - CEC’s

  • Pilates Classes

  • Yoga Classes

  • Dance Master Classes

  • Fun Intro Level Dance Classes

The Pure Movement Summit Mission is Two-Fold:

  • To unite expert movement educators for advanced learning and networking opportunities in the Southeast U.S.

  • To increase awareness of the benefits of Pilates for dancers for career advancement and versatility.

Pure Movement Summit Vision:

The summit fills a need by providing Southeast U.S. movement educators with more convenient, economical access to in-person advanced study with industry leaders, fostering more equitable access to career sustaining opportunities.

While offerings lean towards Pilates, Dance Medicine and Pilates for Dancers, all movement educators are invited to attend. The summit seeks to provide master-level educational opportunities to unite teachers of multiple movement modalities with a spirit of inclusivity. All movement backgrounds are welcome from Classical to Contemporary, Traditional to Modern.


- Romana Kryzanowska as told by Mari Winsor | Pilates Unfiltered Podcast


Photo: Melissa Dooley Photography