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Instructor Trainer bios

The Merrithew 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.

Pam VanGilder

Pam VanGilder

Pilates Center of Ballet Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Pink Ribbon Certified; John Barnes Level 1 MFR Course; Dance Education


Pam has worked in the field of dance and movement education for most of her life. She has designed and created dance education trainings and curriculums for classroom teachers and teaching artists locally and nationally. As a member of the National Dance Education Organization, she was on the committee for writing the National Education Dance Standards for Early Childhood, and worked with the Kennedy Center VSA program to align the dance education standards for students with disabilities with the Common Core Standards.

For 12 years, Pam was also Director of the Dance Program for Madonna Learning Center, a school for children and young adults with disabilities. In 2016, she was awarded ‘Dance Teacher of the Year’ by Dance Teacher Magazine for her work with students with disabilities. Her daughter Sarah, a young adult with Down Syndrome, is her driving inspiration for creating and developing arts programs for individuals with disabilities.

Pam began teaching STOTT PILATES® in 2000 and is a fully Certified Instructor for Matwork, Reformer, Stability Chair, Cadillac and Barrels, as well as Injuries and Special Populations. She is passionate about helping others acquire and maintain fit and functional movement through Pilates so they may continue to enjoy a full and active life. As an Instructor Trainer in Matwork & Reformer, she enjoys imparting her years of experience with new teachers. She is also certified in the Pink Ribbon Program and has taken the John Barnes Level 1 MFR Course.

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