PILATES TEACHER TRAINING
Become a Certified Pilates Instructor and pass along your passion to others!
Saugatuck Studios is the proud home of a the first branch of Kane School – a comprehensive Pilates certification well-known for its intensive study of anatomy, biomechanics, injuries and palpation skills. Already Pilates certified? We offer a comprehensive bridge program.
core muscle anatomy
Get to know the map of the body. Pre-requisite for equipment certification and Comprehensive Pilates Mat training.
The Kane School Comprehensive Pilates Mat Training is a 65-hour advanced Pilates mat certification program that is singular in its attention to assessment, biomechanics and application of musculoskeletal anatomy to the human form.
Pilates Mat Certification
The primary objective of Kane School Comprehensive Mat Certifications is to empower instructors by providing them with the skills to facilitate their clients’ achievement of specific strength and flexibility goals, while maximizing dynamic alignment and movement potential. The Mechanics of Respiration, working in Neutral Pelvis and Posterior Pelvic Tilt, Core and Scapular Stability, Cervical Nod and Curl, and the Core Principles are covered in detail on the first weekend of the course. The Comprehensive Pilates Mat Training explores classical Pilates mat repertory, detailing the application of the Core Principles to each exercise.
Entrance requirements: Either a passing grade on the anatomy entrance exam or completion of the Core Muscle Anatomy Course.
Requirements for completion: Attendance of all the lecture hours. 35 apprenticeship hours including: Supervised Teaching , Self Practice, assistant Teaching, community Classes • Passing grade on written exam.
$250 Student Mat Class Card for 10 classes. Due first day of course.
apparatus certification: basic training phase I & II
Kane School certifications teach the traditional basic, intermediate, and advanced exercise series on the Reformer, Cadillac, High Barrel and Wunda Chair, while integrating the Kane School Core Principles. Students learn the pioneering Kane touch instruction and exploration of manual perception skills through exercises and practical techniques, biomechanics, special populations, and advanced teaching techniques.
- Beginner Choreography / Exercises
- Intermediate Choreography / Exercises
- Advanced Choreography / Exercises
- Special Populations
- Advanced Teaching Techniques
$1100 for Kane School Discount Student Apparatus Card: 20 apparatus classes. Due first day of course
Requirements for completion: Attendance of all the lecture hours. Student Teaching:80 Hours, Observation:65 hours, Self Practice:85 hours, Assistant Teaching: 30 hours, Apprentice Teaching: 45 hours, Completion of 20 semi-private at Saugatuck Studios. Passing grade on written exams choreography and comprehensive. Students are expected to work independently to complete all independent study hours.
The Kane School training at Saugatauk Studios in Westport, CT was wonderful – the sophistication and excellence of big city Pilates philosophy in a small, boutique studio sitting right on the Saugatauk River. Hands on and informal environment provided lots of opportunity for in-depth discussions. Fran is a true “Teacher’s Teacher” -very knowledgeable and can deliver both the technical and practical aspects of the Kane School with ease.
- Peggy Lyons
Fran has such a deep knowledge and enthusiasm of anatomy and a passion for the art of mechanics. she generously goes above and beyond to be sure you have the correct information and understanding of an exercise. Fran challenges you to think beyond what the manual reads. She is inspirational.
- Kelly Brewer
I was nervous when I started teacher training at Saugatuck Studios. The cost & time investment were high and I had no past experience in the fitness world. Would it be worth it and could I really teach others? Turns out, I had nothing to fear. The courses delivered information in a way that made sense and each session built upon the learning of the last. The structure of the class allowed plenty of time to discuss and ask questions as well as practice along the way. Most importantly, Fran was always there to provide support, advice and challenge me to be my best. Her deep knowledge and kind manner made training a pleasure and I’m grateful to have her as a coach, mentor and cheerleader in my Pilates career!
- Karyn Hall
If you’re curious and passionate about the body, then the Kane School Pilates certification is for you. I love the program’s attention to detail, and their holistic and open-minded approach to the body. Fran Hoyte’s knowledge and expertise is a real asset to the Kane certification process. Her kindness and personal touch make our get-togethers not only informative, but fun.
- Cindy Castro
“The Kane School Teacher Training program is an academic approach to the study of the Pilates Method. The curriculum focuses on developing teachers who are equipped to work with healthy individuals as well as individuals with underlying compensations and orthopedic injuries in a safe and effective way. Through the intensive study of musculo-skeletal anatomy, biomechanics, injuries, movement pathologies and development of manual assessment skills, Kane School graduates have developed a reputation as some of the most qualified and sought after Pilates professionals in the field.
“The Kane School educational community supports teachers in training through exposure to the latest clinical injury information, monthly programming lectures and hands-on tutoring with experienced teacher trainers. The final step of teacher training, a guided apprenticeship, provides an effective bridge to becoming a confident teacher. Our mission in the Kane school educational community is for every student to realize her individual path towards becoming visionary teachers, compassionate guides, inspiring coaches, and informed movement educators through rigorous study of an evolved approach to the Pilates Method. It is our mission to educate and empower Pilates professionals to help clients bridge the gap between injury & health.”
–Kelly Kane, founder of the Kane School
- What we expect from you: to work hard, study the material as we go along, complete homework assignments, be ethical and a support to each other.
- What you can expect from us: is a partner in your learning & supportive learning community.
step 1: core muscle anatomy OR test out of this step
- Pre-requisite for equipment certification and Comprehensive Pilates Mat training. Embodied hands-on learning.
- “I have taken anatomy classes before, but NOW I really understand it in my body.” – Leslie
step 2: comprehensive mat
- Core Muscle Anatomy or anatomy entrance exam required; pre-requisite to Basic Training.
basic training Phase I & Phase II
- Anatomy and Comprehensive Mat are required
- basic training phase I & II Fridays/Saturdays for a total of 7 weekend modules.
- Phase I is “boot camp” where we expect you work on the “choreography” or exercises.
- Phase II is touch, biomechanics, special populations, advanced teaching techniques. These modules as part of their curriculum and the touch module is the original Kane body of work.
- You will also learn the expected ethics and basic business of Pilates, and the science & art of teaching.
- Voice, Speech, Presentation Skills – This is a specific add-on, just here at Saugatuck Studios.
Phase I: Intermediate Choreography
Phase I: Advanced Choreography
Phase II: Touch
Phase II: Biomechanics
Phase II: Special Pops
Phase II: Adv. Teaching Techniques including voice, speech, business of being a teacher, pulling it all together
- Lecture hours are all completed at Saugatuck Studios are are taught by Fran Hoyte.
- Independent hours are done at your own pace. Generally student-teachers finish their apprenticeship in one year.