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Instructor Trainer bios

The STOTT PILATES® Faculty, or members of our esteemed team of Instructor Trainers, is made up of highly qualified and internationally sought-after educators who are known for their dedication, professionalism and attention to detail. All of our faculty members hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training. A diverse group, they come from various backgrounds including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic therapy, dance and group and personal fitness training to name a few. Every member of the team strives to uphold the highest standards of training that have been developed worldwide.

Connie Ierullo

Connie Ierullo

The Pilates Body
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrel, ISP, Total Barre™

Additional credentials and designations
BA Hons

Bio

Connie Ierullo earned her full STOTT PILATES® Certification in 1997 and went on the following year to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES under the guidance of Moira Merrithew.  She was first introduced to the STOTT PILATES method in her movement studies at York University and holds an Honours BA in Dance.  She is the proud Co-Owner of The Pilates Body Studio, a Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Mississauga, ON, along with her husband Bruno.  Connie’s passion for teaching movement as an avenue to improved health is demonstrated by her dedication to each individual client and certification student.

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Danica Larson

The Sweatshop
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer

Bio

Danica became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2003, motivated by her desire to share the mental and physical consciousness and balance she found in Pilates. In 2008 she moved on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES. She currently teaches at the SweatShop in St. Paul, Minnesota where she enjoys helping students and clients alike to improve their strength, posture and body awareness.

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Daniela González Ares

Complete Body Movement, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, ISP, Total Barre™, ZEN•GA™ Matwork

Bio

Daniela González Ares is a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre™ and ZENGA™ and is owner of Complete Body Movement in Ireland a Merrithew Licensed Training Center. Residing in Dublin since 1994, Daniela (called Dani by friends and family), was born to Spanish parents in the Netherlands and is a fluent speaker in various languages. She has always been interested in sport, particularly in swimming, karate, gymnastics and horse riding. Unfortunately Daniela suffered a horse-riding accident in her early twenties, which indirectly led her back to the gym, and a move to Ireland led her to STOTT PILATES. Daniela owns a personal training and Pilates Studio called AJNA in Dublin, is a certified gyrotonic instructor, certified yoga instructor, massage therapist and pink ribbon instructor. In 2012 Daniela received the award for Outstanding Personal Achievement by Merrithew.

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Danyelle Millar

The Pilates Body
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels; CORE™

Bio

Former dancer and competitive swimmer, Danyelle was first introduced to Pilates by The Pilates Body Director, Connie Ierullo in 2000, where she has been a member of the teaching staff since 2002. Danyelle is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™, specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE™. She instructs the Matwork, Reformer, and Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels courses. Continuing to further her education, she is currently completing an Honours BSc in Life Sciences at the University of Toronto and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) accreditation as a Personal Trainer. Danyelle is driven to help clients achieve their goals and has worked with clients of all ages and abilities, but she finds it most fulfilling when teaching clients with specific needs or injuries. After the birth of her first child Danyelle and a difficult recovery, she has shifted her energy to teach Prenatal & Postnatal Pilates & Fitness. She helps to promote the benefits of exercise during pregnancy and enjoyment moms can experience while exercising with their babies. 

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Darcy McMurray

Full Circle Studio
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

IT qualifications
Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels

Bio

Darcy is an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® and owner of Full Circle Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Her extensive dance background lead her to Toronto, in 2001, to study the STOTT PILATES method, and in 2003 she was asked to join the company as an Instructor Trainer.  Darcy has travelled internationally for Merrithew, training instructors, conducting workshops and exams.  She has also helped create DVD’s, manuals, course support material and workshops for the organization.  In 2008, Darcy opened her own studio, Full Circle Studio, where she teaches private and small classes, as well as trains Pilates instructors.  Darcy’s fascination with the intricacies of the human body motivates her to continually attend workshops and study anatomy to deepen her understanding of what moves us.   

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