Trainers

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Romi Rivera

Owner/Master Trainer

Classically trained in Cechetti/Vaganova style ballet, Master Trainer Romi Rivera is a certified Pilates instructor with a love for movement and a talent for stretching the body. Her training has been featured in L.A. Weekly as well as celebrity interviews. As owner of Ballet Bodies, Romi has been teaching ballet and stretch classes as well as private Pilates for over 14 years.

Ashley Lee

Expert Trainer

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Ashley is a professional dancer turned fitness expert. Her 20 years of classical ballet training combined with her love for fitness has led her to a career that infuses both. As a group and personal trainer, her classes are high energy and focus on form, execution and progression. Ashley is an ambassador for Puma and in 2017 helped create the Puma x NYC Ballet workout that perfectly integrates ballet technique with HIIT. She is a passionate trainer and a true believer that a strong body can also be long and graceful.

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Jenny Sherry

Expert Trainer

Jenny Sherry is a classically trained ballet dancer living in Los Angeles with an extensive background in dance. Originally from Kansas, she grew up training and performing with the Kansas City Ballet. Her summers were spent training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Washington Ballet, and Chautauqua Ballet. She attended high school away on scholarship and graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts as a ballet major. After high school, Jenny earned her BS from Indiana University where she trained professionally as a ballet dancer on scholarship in the Jacobs School of Music and danced many principal roles with Indiana University Ballet Theatre. Professionally, she has performed with Colorado Ballet, State Street Ballet, and most recently, performed principal roles with the City Ballet of Los Angeles, American Contemporary Ballet, and Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre. She is thrilled to be a part of the Ballet Bodies team!

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Reiko Makino

Expert Trainer

Reiko was born and raised in Japan and moved to California in 2009. Since childhood, she has enjoyed music and moving to it. Fueled by this love, she began studying piano, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tango, contortion, and Pilates. Soon she began teaching jazz and hip hop classes and performing professionally all over Japan, Korea, and China. Her work as a fitness instructor has been featured in the culture and entertainment publication “LALALA” in 2012 and 2015.

Reiko’s latest love is for Pilates. Certified through BASI and the Pilates Sports Center, she has worked with BASI Pilates studios in Costa Mesa. In 2017 she worked with Fabletics for their VIP exclusive studio series fitness videos.

Reiko believes in the ability of Pilates to make you better at everything you do. She looks forward to the opportunity to share her knowledge with clients and give them noticeable results.

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Jean Schroeder

Expert Trainer

Jean started her professional dance career at age 16 in Boise Idaho with the Idaho Dance Theater. After graduating from high school, Jean attended the University of Arizona on a Medici ballet scholarship where she received her BFA in Dance with a minor in Communications. Jean has been in LA for 4 years now and has worked on The Greatest Showman Live! Promo, MAC Cosmetics campaign and tour, several musicals, music videos, and live shows. Jean strives to make every day bright and loves living in the LA sunshine! Check out her blog/website at jeanschroeder.com and on instagram @jeanschroeder.

Jean is beyond excited to be a part of the Ballet Bodies family!

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Bridie Connors-Schwartz

Expert Trainer

Bridie is a certified Pilates instructor and ballet dancer. Originally from New Zealand, Bridie moved to New York for ballet at age 16, was accepted into Ajkun Ballet Theatre as a Junior Artist on scholarship, toured Italy with the company, and was later employed as a Senior Company Artist and on-site Summer Intensive Pilates instructor. Bridie has been a recreational ballet teacher - teaching children, teens and adults in NY and NZ, and has experienced freelance guest performing with other NY and Washington DC ballet companies including Albany Berkshire Ballet, Nomad Contemporary Ballet and NY Theatre Ballet.

Bridie was introduced to Pilates while training as a ballet student and decided to study the method and become Pilates Mat certified through Polestar Pilates in New Zealand in 2012. She has experience teaching group mat classes in gyms and in physical therapy offices. Bridie gained her comprehensive Classical Pilates certification with Center For Movement in NYC and taught traditional Pilates for 4 years before moving to Los Angeles with her musician husband in November 2017. Bridie is very excited to be working at Ballet Bodies and to be combining her passions under one roof!

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Cynthia Georgiadis

Expert Trainer

Cynthia’s first love of her life was dancing. Her young adulthood was filled with everything that involved striking a pose!

After she was in an accident that caused an extreme herniation in her cervical spine, she spent an abundance of time trying different approaches to help ease the pain. It wasn’t until she discovered Pilates and went back to her roots of dancing that she finally found her personal cure and way to avoid surgery at a young age. After practicing Pilates for years, she decided to become certified so she could spread the love and help others!

Her empathy towards people suffering from injuries makes her an aware and compassionate instructor who helps lead her clients to find an overall strength in their cores - where all movement should come from.

She’s passionate about what she does and always makes sure her clients are enjoying themselves while perfecting their own practice. She believes if you make Pilates a practice that you’re loyal to and do consistently, your body and mind will thank you now and for many years to come!

Stephanie Hall

Expert Trainer

Stephanie Hall, originally from Atlanta, is a ballet dancer who trained with the Atlanta Ballet.  She attended Point Park University on scholarship and started her professional career with the Nashville Ballet. She joined the Atlanta Ballet and performed many roles, her favorite being the evil queen in Snow White.  Stephanie is currently dancing with multiple companies in Los Angeles. She has a true passion for health and fitness and loves to teach. In her side time she enjoys hiking, running, practicing yoga, and traveling the world.  She is very excited to join the Ballet Bodies family!

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