Erin Owen is happy to be back home in Waynesville following 16 years in New York City as a professional Dancer and Pilates Instructor. She is a comprehensively certified Pilates Mat and Apparatus Instructor, certified Buff Bones® Instructor, and certified Level II GYROTONIC® instructor. As a lifelong dancer, athlete, and undergraduate Biology major, she has always had a fascination with anatomy and kinesthetic awareness... she was introduced to Pilates in 1996 and fell immediately in love. She was amazed at how much her dance technique improved with a regular Pilates practice. She began teaching Pilates in 2002, receiving her Mat and Apparatus certifications from the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City. She prioritizes healthy biomechanics, and aims to offer clients a well-rounded and challenging, yet thoughtful approach to Pilates, promoting self-care and injury prevention.
In addition to her primary training with Kelly Kane, Erin has completed continuing education courses with masters such as Marie José Blom, Irene Dowd, Rebekah Rotstein, Jennifer Gianni, Eric Franklin, and Matt McCulloch; including Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, the Mentor Program at Kinected Pilates Center, Tom Myers’ Structural Integration for Manual Therapists, Postural Analysis & Functional Joint Assessment, Pre-Natal, Postpartum, Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Common Spinal Pathologies, The Iliopsoas, Pelvic Floor Health, Pilates for Men, Local & Global Strength & Conditioning, Rehab & Post-Rehab for Knee Injuries, Hyper-mobility, Neck, Shoulder, & Wrist Health, Pilates for Golf & Racquet Sports, and Pilates for Runners. Her clients have ranged from professional dancers and athletes to elder folks with complicated spinal conditions.
Erin lives and works in the beautiful home her grandparents built in Waynesville with her husband Jonathan, a very sweet ginger cat, and several houseplants. Waynesville has always pulled on her heartstrings, and she is very happy to again be part of the community where she grew up! Her father, Dr. Bill Owen, Jr, is now retired, but is highly respected and treasured for his many years as a caring, excellent orthopedic surgeon here in Haywood County. Her grandfather, Dr. Boyd Owen, was a charismatic and beloved general practitioner in Waynesville for over 50 years. She hopes that, in her own small way, she follows somewhat in those family footsteps… helping folks in Haywood County continue to be healthier.
Kristine Angelacos has been interested in many forms of movement since she was a child. She became a Pilates practitioner in 2001 and then a Pilates instructor in 2012. She trained under Balance Body Master instructors Tom McCook & Wahida Sharman. She became a third generation Pilates instructor after certifying under Penelope Wyer Barrow, in Asheville, NC. Before moving to Asheville, she worked at The Pilates Studio of Carmel, California with owner Cathy Zisman. She regularly continues her Pilates education… taking workshops with Mari Winsor, MeJo Wiggin and Blossom Leilani Crawford, among other master instructors both live and online. One of her joys has been to participate at UNCA OLLI, (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) teaching seniors the principles of the Pilates method, helping them in their everyday movement activities, balance, alignment and strength.
Kristine asks each client how they feel when they arrive and what they would like to work on, while also evaluating their current state and progress. She feels each session should be suited for the individual… working one on one with each client, tailoring to their specific needs and goals is her primary focus. For Kristine, Pilates is a continuing journey, one that she enjoys sharing with others!
A native of South Carolina, Amy Dowling lived all over the US pursuing a dance career before returning to graduate school to earn an MFA in performance and choreography from Florida State University. It was here she was first introduced to Pilates by Tom Welsh who was pioneering a program in Dance Science where she immediately became intrigued by the way the method brought her into more awareness and intention. A life-long mover, this intersection of mind and body set her on a whole new path of exploration. In 1999, she and her husband Robert relocated to Asheville and in 2001 she accepted a position on the dance faculty at Western Carolina University where she continues to teach movement, choreography, anatomy, and dance history. During one of her commutes between Cullowhee and Asheville she encountered an interview on NPR with Jennifer Gianni, a Pilates teacher trainer and owner of Fusion Pilates Asheville. Amy immediately connected with her therapeutic approach to the work, as it spoke to her initial holistic introduction all those years ago in grad school. It would be another 5 years before she would finally be able to immerse herself in comprehensive training, and she began formally teaching the method in 2013.
Functional movement is her passion – helping clients connect how what they do in the studio can be brought into their everyday lives is a primary focus of her work. She currently lives in Weaverville with her husband, and teenaged boys Ian and Adam.
Alice Jane Eacho grew up playing on her mother’s reformer and has been a lifelong student and lover of Pilates. She was raised in South Florida and moved to New York to pursue theatre after receiving her BFA. She found that she had developed injuries and habits from her hypermobility and misalignment in dance and yoga, intense dance training in college, and physically demanding rehearsals and show schedules. She is so thankful for the Pilates method for helping her to heal and strengthen her body. Alice Jane relocated to Asheville 8 years ago and continued studying Pilates all throughout her pregnancy and postpartum. She credits this incredible work to her seamless home birth experience. She is the mother to a five year old daughter, is still acting and working in voice overs and commercials, and is a dancer with Trillium Dance Company based in Asheville.
Alice Jane believes that we all have the right to pain free healthy bodies so that we may fully embody our true purpose and enjoy the abundance of gifts life has to offer us. She is Balanced Body Comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor.
Growing up in North Carolina, Jessica Smith developed a deep appreciation for both movement and the natural world. When she wasn’t in dance class, Jessica could be found exploring a creek by the woods or riding a trail! Jessica’s pursuit of performative experience led her to earn a BFA in Dance Performance. She supported her intensive training with the Pilates method. Post-college, under the tutelage of Patty Geiger in Cary and apprenticeship with Amanda Smith in Greensboro, Jessica became a Comprehensively Certified Power Pilates Instructor in 2012.
Jessica then followed her love for adventure up to Boston, MA where she taught Pilates, performed and created grant-funded danceworks, served an integral part in the creation of a grassroots movement series, and did everything she could to keep from freezing each winter!!! Her experiences teaching at multiple studios in and around the greater Boston area instilled in Jessica a diverse approach to Pilates-one that she looks forward to expanding in WNC!
Jessica is thrilled to be back in her home state; she anticipates much learning and growth, as well as an abundance of outdoor play to accompany this time in her life! In her sessions, Jessica is enthusiastic about utilizing active imagination to help Pilates clients establish their mind-body connection. Focus on awareness-driven concentration, breath, and integrity of movement will leave your spirits high and posture tall. Movement heals!