Beth Elkins Wales
The Pilates loft owner and principal teacher, Beth Elkins Wales, is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Ms. Elkins holds a B.A. in Dance Performance and Mind Body Techniques from Empire State College and co-directs nimbus dance with her husband, architect Brad Wales. In 2010 Beth trademarked her method of Mat Pilates as Elkins Method Pilates.
In 2010-2012, Ms. Elkins was on faculty of Canisius College and taught Mat Pilates to many athletes through their Dance Department. She currently works with the Inferno 18u Softball Team, under the leadership of Coach Aiken. In 2017 and 2018, Beth was honored to teach at an international Pilates conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico; she will again teach there in 2019.
Elkins has been teaching Pilates since 2001. She mentored in Buffalo with Patricia Farkas-Sprague at Body One Studios. A graduate of Core Dynamics Pilates in Sante Fe, New Mexico, Beth studied with former Core Dynamics’ Director Michele Larsson and current CD owner Kevin Bowen. She has attended seminars with Pilates elders Cathy Stanford-Grant, Ron Fletcher and Lolita San Miguel, as well as master teachers Brent Anderson, Eric Franklin, Rachel Taylor Alpers, Debora Kolwey, Suzanne Gutterson, and Julian Littleford, among others.
Her specialized movement experience began in high school at the Center of Ballet & Dance Arts in Syracuse, New York and continued at the schools of Boston Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and at the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY. She danced professionally for the Milwaukee Ballet, BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio & Toronto’s Xing Ballet. In Buffalo she performed with Neglia Ballet Artists, Pick of the Crop Dance, Janet Reed & Dancers, and Buffalo City Ballet.
Beth was on the faculty of Chautauqua Institution’s Dance Department; she has taught at American Academy of Ballet, Buffalo Inner City Ballet, Neglia Conservatory of Ballet, and for Pick of the Crop’s Seedling Company. Beth directed the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet from 1996-2000.
The Pilates loft is a Core Dynamics Teacher Training studio and hosts regular workshops and teacher training courses with master teacher and Core Dynamics owner Kevin Bowen.