Owner and Master Instructor
Shari Allen is a grateful teacher and owner of Mindful Pilates.
Her certifications include the National Pilates Certification Program, Physical Mind Institute, Kathy Corey Pilates, State of Florida Professional Educators Certificate, and she is a Healthy Foot Practitioner through the Restorative Exercise Institute. In addition, she holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Radford University, attended North Carolina School of the Arts, Richmond Ballet School, and Boston Ballet School. She is currently obtaining an M.S. in Art Education at Florida State University.
Shari thrives on continuing education. She has studied Pilates, dance, and yoga extensively throughout her movement career. She believes in continuing to learn herself so that she can be a better teacher to her clients. She has taken many Pilates workshops and classes with mentors like Brent Anderson, Jillian Hessel, Cecile Lemoine Bankston, Ron Fletcher, Michael King, and Kathy Corey.
As a dance instructor since her teenage years, Shari has taught inspiring, creative classes to her students for over 30 years. Dance instruction experience includes Harvard-Radcliffe, Jeanette Neil Dance Studio, the University of West Florida, and The Florida Dance Association. She is currently assistant director of Northwest Florida Ballet.
Her professional performing career has been with Mill Mountain Theater, Boston Dance Company, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and Impulse Dance Company, Lightwire Theater, and Northwest Florida Ballet. In addition, her dance students have gone on to prestigious companies and programs such as Julliard, American Ballet Theatre, Martha Graham, Cincinnatti Ballet, Ballet West, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Shari's 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.