Melanie Hortin received her Pilates certification from Romana’s Pilates in 2002. She was fortunate to have all of her training and seminars taught by Level 1 instructor, Juanita Lopez, and to be tested by Romana Kryzanowska herself, protege of Joseph Pilates, for her 600-hour exam. Currently, Melanie is on staff at Pilates Center of Chicago, Pilates Practice Inc, Lou Conte, Pilates Inc, Extensions Dance Center & Chicago Ballet Arts.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in dance from SUNY Buffalo and getting her Pilates certification, Melanie began a very fulfilling 12 year career with River North Dance Chicago. She has worked with many top choreographers in their field such as Adam Barruch, Rubeny Sabrina Veliz, Frank Chaves, Harrison McEldowny, Kevin Iega Jeff and Julia Rhodes. Additionally she also had the pleasure to perform choreography by Sidra Bell, Danny Ezralow, Robert Battle, Randy Duncan and Sherry Zunker. Throughout her time with the River North Dance Chicago company, Melanie had the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally including: Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, Columbia, and Russia.
Melanie has been developing and teaching a Theraband class over the past three years called APP. Whether it be class, rehearsal or performance, she saw that there was a need for dancers to learn about tools and exercises that could help keep them free from injury, while warming up and strengthening their body. This class is specifically structured to ‘Activate, Protect, & Prepare’ a dancer’s body against injury.