Certified Pilates Instructor
Brittney Coughlin first discovered Pilates when she was recovering from a foot injury received in dance. For her, it was a method of rehabilitation that was unlike any other she had worked with in her movement career. Brittney graduated with a degree in dance performance and choreography from Hope College, in which she received the Distinguished Artist Award 4 years in a row.
Professionally, she has danced with the Aerial Dance Company, Mikautadze Dance Theater, Dance Kontemporary, and the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Touring Company. In addition, she has travelled the country judging for dance and show choir competitions, and theater productions.
Currently, she is a continuing lecturer at PFW in dance and a Fort Wayne Dance Collective outreach instructor Fort Wayne Community Schools.
As you can imagine, Brittney excels and enjoys working most with the dance population. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, Violet.
What do you feel is the most unique quality of Pilates as a mindful movement?
The combination of stretching, strengthening, and stabilizing all in one. I love watching clients grow in awareness, and seeing them leave empowered and truly changed inside and out.
Currently, what is your favorite Pilates exercise, on any apparatus?
One of my favorite moves is the mermaid on the chair as it really allows the hip flexor to open up, and I feel the most opening up of my side bodies when reaching for the pedal.
What tickles you most about teaching Pilates?
Seeing that moment of “oh my goodness I get what you’re saying and I feel it“ is absolutely amazing.