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 first 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 extensive continuing education courses with masters such as Marie José Blom, Irene Dowd, Rebekah Rotstein, Jennifer Gianni, and Eric Franklin; 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.
Waynesville Pilates is growing! We are very pleased to present…
Kristine Angelacos - Kristine 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 worked at The Pilates Studio of Carmel, California with owner Cathy Zisman. After moving to Asheville, Kristine bridged over to the classical method under Penelope Wyer Barrow, second generation Pilates instructor. She has continued her education taking workshops with Mari Winsor, MeJo Wiggin and Blossom Leilani Crawford. For Kristine, Pilates is a continuing journey, one that she enjoys sharing with others.
Amy Dowling - A native of South Carolina, Amy 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. 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 - Alice Jane 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.