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.
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):
Internship also includes these benefits:
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).