Dance | Pilates
Maristela has enjoyed a vibrant career as a performer, teacher, choreographer and freelancer. Her journey in movement and dance began at a young age in central New Mexico with ballet, tap and jazz under the direction of Elva Mico and later Cecilia Jaramillo. Further training and diverse educational opportunities led Maristela to Los Angeles, Miami, Denmark, Las Cruces, NM, and Albuquerque, where she immersed herself in other styles such as modern dance, flamenco and contemporary dance. She received a BA in Dance from the University of New Mexico. In 2008 Maristela moved to Southern California and began working as a live performer/dancer for the world-famous Disneyland Resort, working with directors and choreographers such as Tracy Halas, Josh Horner, Denny Newell, Randy Wojcik, John Addis, David Underwood and Carla Carlile. Soon after, during a brief stint in the world of Physical Therapy, she was inspired to add Pilates to her movement expertise. In 2015 she completed the Comprehensive Pilates Teaching Certificate with Dance Specialization at Body Arts & Science International (BASI), under the instruction and guidance of distinguished expert, Karen Clippinger.
Maristela is privileged to have studied, trained and taken classes with many wonderful artists, teachers, mentors and choreographers, including Bill Evans, Jennifer Predock-Linnell, Eva Encinias-Sandoval, Leslie Neal, Mariana Alvarez-Brake, Diego Salterini, Debra Knapp, Lucilene deGeus, Frank Gilpin, Marianne Santos-Newhall, Denise Leitner, and Sarah Parra, among so many others.
A devoted teacher and instructor, Maristela has taught students of every age and background for various studios, boutiques, gyms and schools in New Mexico and California. She is enthusiastic about sharing the joy and benefits of dance and Pilates for movers in all walks of life. Maristela resides in Washington State with her husband and their three daughters, who are constantly inspiring her to pass on her love of movement and performing arts to the next generation.