Zoë Hagler was introduced to Pilates in 1987 by Romana Kryzanowka, disciple of Joseph Pilates. A dancer with Sand Francisco Ballet and the Chicago City Ballet, she was recovering from an ankle sprain when she started her sessions with Romana. After a summer of weekly, sometimes daily sessions, Zoe returned to ballet class with more strength, flexibility, and better balance. She was inspired to study the method intensively, becoming a teacher herself and then a teacher of teachers, working for Romana’s certification at the time, the Pilate Studio of New York.
Over the years, Zoë has shared her knowledge of Pilates with countless clients, apprentices, and instructors across the country. In March of 2020 she pivoted to teaching virtually, including private sessions, group classes, and continuing education workshops. In may of 2021 Zoë’s studio reopened for in-person sessions while continuing a robust online presence. She is dedicated to preserving and sharing the classical Pilates method and is committed to maintaining a staff of highly qualified, certified instructors.
Zoë received her bachelor’s degree from Occidental College where she studied exercise science and education. She has served as a guest teacher at the University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, Glendale Community College, Evergreen Physical Therapy, and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She is a featured teacher on Pilatesology where her classes on the Reformer, Mat and numerous teaching tips can be viewed.