The exercises created by Joseph H. Pilates use muscle control, breathing techniques, imagery and postural alignment to strengthen the entire body. There is an emphasis on range of motion, as well as intensive work on abdominal muscles. This beginning Pilates class provides an encouraging, informative environment for beginning students to work on the foundational exercises of the technique. For the dancer and non-dancer alike, these classes are an important part of overall health and wellness. Pilates emphasizes a mindful approach to movement, focusing on increased flexibility, strength, and use of breath. This class proves to be a great addition to any fitness program or as a supplement to a dance practice.