WHO WE ARE
SAM SHANKMAN PROUTY
Sam has been practicing the GYROTONIC® Expansion System since the 1980s when she lived in Italy for 9 years as a dance instructor. She fell in love with the method in Florence and after moving back to the U.S., was certified in 2001. She has since trained and been certified in the Gyrokinesis Method, Gyrotonic Leg Extension Unit and Jumping Stretching Board.
Santa Fe, NM was Sam’s home from 1992 to 2005. She first received her Pilates training with Ray Kurshals and later was certified in 1998 by Michele Larsson, Core Dynamics Pilates where she was exposed to the Eve Gentry work. Sam continued to work with Michele until moving to Tucson in 2005. In 2006, she became a certified Pilates teacher with the Pilates Method Alliance.
After moving to Tucson, Sam worked at Canyon Ranch and the Jewish Community Center, teaching Pilates and the Gyrotonic Method and in 2006, opened up her own fully equipped studio.
Mark is a native Tucsonan who has over twenty years experience as a health and fitness professional. In 1997, he began teaching movement as a Certified Personal Trainer and began to practice Yoga. In 2001, he attended the Dynamic Yoga Teacher Training with Godfrey Devereaux.
Mark completed the 700-hour Fletcher Pilates Certified Pilates Teacher Program in 2008. A forever student, he has actively sought out different methods and perspectives to enrich his overall Pilates and fitness experience. Current credentials include: NASM certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt.
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