Owner and Master Instructor
Shari Allen is the owner of Mindful Pilates and is assistant director for Northwest Florida Ballet. She has been a part of the arts and cultural development in Northwest Florida with the creation of the public school for the arts, NFB Academie, and community company programs.
Her certifications include Pilates Method Alliance(National Pilates Certification Program) Physical Mind Institute, Kathy Corey Pilates, a professional educators certificate in the state of Florida, and she is a "Healthy Foot Practitioner" through the Restorative Exercise Institute. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Radford University and studied at Virginia Intermont College, North Carolina School of the Arts and Boston Ballet School. Some of her most cherished mentors include Dagmar Kessler, Adrienne Hawkins, Bernadette Clements Sims, Dorothy Daniels Lister, Hilary Cartwright, Kathy Corey, Jillian Hessel and Cecile Bankston.
A dance instructor since her teenage years, Sharon has taught inspiring, creative classes to her students for over 30 years. Dance departments include Harvard-Radcliffe, Jeanette Neil Dance Studio, the University of West Florida, and The Florida Dance Association.
Her professional performance career was with Mill Mountain Theater, Boston Dance Company, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and Impulse Dance Company, Lightwire Theater and Northwest Florida Ballet. Her students have gone on to prestigious companies and programs such as Julliard, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Ballet West, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Her love for teaching people of all ages brings a mindful approach to her professional work in nurturing her clients to attaining their personal goals for the health of the entire being.