Originally from Alberta, Carolyn Woods found her roots in dance at Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton. Moving to Toronto in 1987 she danced with many leading choreographers, including Bill James, Carol Anderson, Peggy Baker, Jean-Pierre Perrault, Yvonne Coutts, Marie-Josee Chartier, Peter Chin, and most notably with Serge Bennathan and Dancemakers.
In 2004 she travelled back and forth between Vancouver and Toronto to receive her certification as a Teacher of the Pilates Method through Dianne Miller. This was the beginning of her passion to help people find balance in their bodies through conscious alignment. For nine years she taught Pilates at the Mitrea Pilates Centre of Toronto where she also learned progressive fascial stretching techniques called ELDOA and Myofascial stretching developed by renowned French Osteopath Dr. Guy Voyer DO.
In all her years as a dancer Carolyn has never found anything to be as effective as these techniques to stretch, strengthen and improve the alignment of the physical body. In 2011 she joined the Vancouver Pilates Centre where she is now teaching these ground breaking techniques to great success.
Carolyn is also a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Level One Franklin Method Instructor.
Carolyn’s focus for this class is to introduce the ELDOA and Myofascial stretching techniques through a series of unique postures, giving the dancers tools to help create more balance in the body. Over time these postures can help equalize and normalize the tensions in the fascial chains thus creating less tension in the overall structure. These postures are meant to compliment and prepare the dancer for a more successful workout.