Teacher Training Program


Founded in 2005, Village Pilates Studio Teacher Training Program is among the most comprehensive and intensive programs of its kind in the world. It is designed with the most rigorous standards, requiring 750 hours of study and covering the complete classical repertoire of exercises on all apparatus. The hours of study are completed through the internship experience, the lecture series, and the anatomy and skills symposiums, which are detailed below in the highlighted categories.

A certificate is awarded to those who complete required hours, including reading assignments and self-guided study, as well as pass written, performance and teaching exams. The program must be completed within 18 months of enrollment.


(690 hours)

The Internship is the heart of the Program. It allows the student time to apply their growing knowledge of the Method and to develop their communication skills while being supervised. The Internship is an opportunity for hands-on work, practice teaching and observations. Here, the student will experience their own body progressing through personal workouts and instructed lessons as well as learning how to share this journey with others. A journal of internship hours will be kept and a three-month case study defended.

Details of Internship requirements (690 hours):

  • 200 Pilates lessons, including a healthy combination of group classes and privates (10 private lessons come with program tuition, more may have to be purchased if need be with 10% trainee/staff discount)
  • 100 personal workouts, practicing independently
  • 150 observation hours, including group lessons and private lessons
  • 100 teaching hours, both practice and professional
  • 140 miscellaneous hours (to allow customization of program; these hours can be extracurricular workshops, extra observations, teachings, personal workouts and/or lessons)

Internship also includes these benefits:

  • 10 private lessons at VPS
  • Unlimited group classes for one year. The last six months of the program, you get unlimited group classes when space is available (no advanced reservations)
  • Use of studio for personal workouts
  • Use of studio for practice teaching (train friends and family for free)
  • One complete Lecture and Symposium Series. Other (unrequired) studio workshops must be paid for (with 10% trainee/staff discount)
  • Access to video/book library
  • 10% trainee/staff discount while in the program and if employed by VPS after graduation

Lecture Series, Anatomy and Skills Symposiums

(60 hours)

The Lecture Series consists of six, 6-hour workshops (Sundays 12-6PM, request 2016 schedule for dates) which cover all apparatus (the Reformer, Low Chair, Cadillac, Barrels, Auxiliary Equipment and Mat) and all levels of difficulty. Students learn the technique and skills of each exercise, modifications and progressions, and verbal and hands on cuing. These weekend workshops make up 36 hours of the Program.

Anatomy and Skills Symposiums are mini anatomy and movement lessons, covering the material in the required readings and its application to movement. This is also an opportunity to voice concerns, ask questions and discuss specific exercises and concepts. Symposiums are held every other month on Sundays from 12-2PM for 2 hours and make up 24 hours of Program (2 hours in attendance and approximately 2 hours towards readings).


The Program welcomes the focused, organized and impassioned student, developing all the skills necessary to be a safe, effective and inspiring practitioner and instructor. To enroll, prospective students must have at least 25 Pilates classes at VPS, be able to commit to the parameters of the program and be able to complete the program in 18 months (approximately 10 hours per week).

Program Completion Requirements

  • Completion of 690 Internship hours and 60 Lecture and Symposium hours
  • Passing all exams:
    Written exams covering exercises, history, philosophy, and anatomy
    Practical teaching exams on Mat, Reformer, Low Chair, Pole System, Cadillac and Barrels
    Final Performance exam on Advanced Reformer
  • Completion of reading list
  • Completion of case study and written report
  • Completion of personal Pilates journal/binder, logging observation and independent notes and other applicant information
  • Program costs $6000. Tuition is paid for in six $1,000 installments.
  • Entire Program must be completed within 18 months of your start date, so must be able to commit approximately 10 hours per week