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Johanna Hwang
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Johanna was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to Germany with her family at the age of five. When her sports teacher discovered her talent for dancing, she was quickly persuaded to take up ballet. As her passion for dance grew, she decided to move to Munich and train as a professional dancer at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung, Ballet-Academy Munich. After graduation Johanna got an engagement at the Ballet of the German State Opera Unter den Linden, today's Staatsballett Berlin. She danced for many years with Vladimir Malakhov as director, until she devoted herself to modern and contemporary dance and joined the Aterballetto in Italy. There she danced for several years under the direction of Mauro Bigonzetti and Cristina Bozzolini. International tours followed, and Johanna has performed on many of the world's famous stages.  

Already during her dance career she discovered Pilates, especially the STOTT PILATES® method, which convinced her so much that she trained as a Pilates instructor at Pilates Italia and later at the Pilates Holistic Center Hamburg. Johanna is certified in the STOTT PILATES® method for all equipments at all levels: MATWORK, REFORMER, CADILLAC, STABILITY CHAIR, BARRELS and teaches with great passion. Her many years of experience as a Pilates instructor as well as guest teacher in international dance companies enable her to share her special and valuable knowledge with her clients and to respond specifically to their needs. Johanna participates in regular workshops in order to continue her education. She teaches in German, English and Italian.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Dorothee Khanna
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Dorothee graduated from universities in Germany and the UK with a degree in International Marketing and Tourism Management.

 

While having worked full time in the corporate world  she understands how important it is to maintain a healthy work-life-balance.  She has had a passion for Pilates since she took her first class in 2009. This encouraged her to pursue Pilates further and become a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor – a goal she achieved in early 2013. She enjoys working with clients of different fitness levels, focusing on providing effective, fun and dynamic workouts and helping them to improve posture, flexibility and muscle tone. Her ambition for achieving day to day success in life is reflected through her Pilates practice as she believes the key elements vital for overall health and wellbeing  provided by Pilates are consistency, control and conditioning. 

 

After having lived abroad for more than 10years, Dorothee moved back to Germany in 2018.  While teaching Pilates mat, equipment, pre and postnatal group, semi- privates and private classes in Berlin and Potsdam, Dorothee continues to attend various STOTT PILATES® workshops and training courses to enhance her knowledge. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Viviana Marrone
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Viviana Marrone is a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. After her career as soloist (State Ballet Berlin; Opera House Leipzig; National Ballet of Marseille; State Theatre Munich), a double master degree in Cultural Theories and Italian Philologies, Viviana worked several years in the cultural sector in the role of Project Lead and Management Assistant. Then she felt the need to return to her bodywork roots and regain that feeling of being in harmony with her own body.x

Viviana conveys an approach to Pilates which is both absolutely precise and relaxing at the same time. In order for her clients to experience the best possible benefits from their Pilates class, Viviana puts particular emphasis on proper alignment before starting the exercises and during the whole session. Overall, she observes great attention to mindful movement.

„The meditative component of a pilates class manifests itself right in the moment when you get deeply in touch with your own body and breath for 60 minutes, with absolute concentration and dedication – the result is a powerful body deeply connected with a relaxed mind. Being in harmony with your own body, for me that’s the essence of a holistic life.“

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Savina Casarin
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Savina is a freelance professional dancer based in Berlin.

She has been trained in Ballet and Contemporary Dance since her early age in Italy and she completed her graduation at Laban in UK. Her dance practice take place from many sources, from dance techniques, to music, choreology, architecture, martial arts, dramaturgy, and videos. She has collaborated with artists from different backgrounds, performing in different settings from museums to music venues and streets.

Savina has started the Pilates practice during her studies in London where she joined the STOTT PILATES® teacher training. She continued the formation in Germany and is now certified for all equipment and levels with the STOTT PILATES® method.

As a professional dancer, she believes in the importance of the movement as a beneficial tool for everyday life. “Many years ago I had a serious injury on my knee and I didn’t have a proper rehabilitation. As professional dancers we need to take care of our bodies, and with Pilates I could help my body deeply and keep going safely with my dance career”.

She is convinced that the Pilates workout combines therapeutic mental and physical awareness for a gentle and effective result.

Her approach to teaching is focused on individual needs, aiming to support people with their daily physical problems, prevention and treatment of injuries, from elderly people to professionals. 


 

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Sonia Camps was born in Barcelona. Since 2013 she belongs to STOTT PILATES®, a modern Pilates concept. In 2017 she got the STOTT PILATES® full certification.

In Barcelona she worked for 6 years at Dona 10 Pilates and Yoga Studio and in many community colleges. Today she lives in Berlin, where she works for Deborah Degano at Berliner Pilates Studio and for Isabelle Pollet at The Pilates Movement Berlin Studio; now she belongs to Johanna Hwang’s team at The Pilates Place Berlin.

Her first contact to Pilates was as a client in order to treat some injuries.

Sonia started to do Belly Dance in the year 2004 in Berlin. Later, she learnt Belly Dance in Barcelona at Shankara Belly Dance School with Cristina Arribas. Today she belongs to Alma Gawazy Belly Dance Company and offers in Berlin Belly Dance courses at Berliner Pilates Studio by Humbolthain Park.