Studio Owner and Licensed Instructor
GYROTONIC® Specialized Master Trainer (Levels 1 & 2)
GYROKINESIS® Specialized Master Trainer
GYROTONIC® Specialized Equipment Master Trainer
NCPT - Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher
Conditioning for Dancers Pilates Specialist
Classical Ballet instructor / Faculty, Charlotte Ballet Academy
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ballet Performance and Pedagogy
ABT® National Teacher Training Curriculum Graduate
Alissa Waller received her early dance training from world-renowned classical ballet master teacher, Rose Marie Floyd in Royal Oak, MI. As a young ballet dancer, she received several scholarships and awards and was chosen out of a nation-wide search to model for the 1990 Dance Magazine poster ‘Arabesques and Attitudes’. Known as a dancer with strong technique, clean line, and a good eye for detail Alissa naturally gravitated to teaching.
Besides her Cecchetti roots, Alissa furthered her training with the Cleveland Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet, the New School of the Arts in Amsterdam, Cecchetti Summer School in England and at the Joffrey Ballet School. In 1997, she graduated with a BFA in Dance/Ballet Performance while on full scholarship at the University of Arizona. Alissa has performed with the Detroit Contemporary Civic Ballet, Chicago Ballet, and Elements Contemporary Ballet. She is a Fellow Member of the Cecchetti Council of America and passed her Advanced Professional Teachers examination in the Cecchetti Method with honors.
Alissa is also an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Curriculum from Pre-Primary through Level 7. Alissa is currently on faculty at the Charlotte Ballet Academy where she teaches Ballet & Pointe technique for the Intermediate division and Conditioning for the Pre-professional Division. The students she has trained over the past 23 years have gone on to have professional careers in dance with some of the best ballet companies in the world - American Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and the Miami City Ballet to name just a few.
"Alissa provides a supportive learning environment
in which you can make mistakes and learn from
them. She builds upon your knowledge base of
Gyrotonic, whether you are a novice or advanced
practitioner." J.P., Client of CMAS
"Teaching might be the greatest of the arts, since the medium is the human mind and spirit." John Steinbeck
It was her dance career that fostered her love for mind-body fitness. Alissa began her formal Pilates education in the Ron Fletcher Method in 1995 and completed her first comprehensive Pilates certification with STOTT PILATES® in 1999. Her second comprehensive Pilates certification was through McEntire Pilates in 2005. Besides this formal education, Alissa has been fortunate enough to study the classical Pilates repertoire, and to attend many Pilates’ conferences and seminars to become exposed to a variety of teachers and styles. Those who have influenced her most have been Juanita Lopez, Jillian Hessel, Mary Bowen, Kathy Grant, the late Julian Littleford, Karen Clippenger, Barbara Muller, Brent Anderson, Irene Dowd and Sheri Betz. Most recently, Alissa has fine-tuned her teaching practice by completing Pilates for Dancers Specialization through BASI Pilates, Dance Conditioning Training with Perfect Form Physiotherapy, and continued study with West Side Dance Physical Therapy in Conditioning for the Dance population. Alissa has over 20 years of practical experience teaching Pilates in the professional studio setting. She is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) and has completed advanced training in the application of Pilates to post-rehab clients, and special populations.
Alissa was introduced to the Gyrotonic method of exercise in 1998. From her very first session, she was amazed with how organic and natural the movement felt in her body. Since her first introduction to the system, Alissa has studied extensively with the creator, Juliu Horvath (in New York, Denver, San Francisco, Miami, Austria, Italy, and Germany) and with many other seasoned Master Trainers worldwide. In 2008, she was chosen by Mr. Horvath to demonstrate the Level 2 Gyrotonic material at the 2008 Gyrotonic Educational Convention in Rome, Italy. In 2003, she was certified by Mr. Horvath as a Master Trainer of his GYROTONIC® method. In 2006, Mr. Horvath certified Alissa as a Master Trainer of his GYROKINESIS® method. She has furthered her Gyrotonic education with advanced training in Gyrotonic Level 2 (advanced) Programs 1 and 2, Gyrokinesis Level 2 (advanced) Programs 1 and 2, Therapeutic Applications of Gyrotonic for the Pelvis, Spine, Upper Body and Shoulders, Scoliosis Program, Dancer Specific Program Levels 1 and 2, Psoas Program, Equestrian Program, Gyrokinesis Breathing Programs and on all of the Specialized pieces of equipment: Archway/Ladder, Jump Stretch Board, Leg Extension Unit, and GYROTONER®. Alissa is a Licensed Specialized GYROTONIC/GYROKINESIS Master Trainer and conducts teacher training in all aspects and levels of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.
Studio Founder & Lifelong Mover
In 2003, Alissa founded Chicago Northshore GYROTONIC®, a licensed studio, which served the greater Chicago area with comprehensive teacher training in the Gyrotonic Method and Pilates Teacher Certification. Alissa directed the studio until 2011 when she relocated to North Carolina. In 2014, she founded her current studio GYROTONIC® Myers Park/Charlotte Movement Arts. Besides owning her own studios, Alissa has professionally consulted for several other businesses and movement facilities including founding the Pilates and Gyrotonic studio for the Health Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Chicago. In addition, Alissa has taught classes and workshops for festivals, seminars, and universities. Her teaching practice encompasses post-rehab, general fitness, advanced levels, teacher mentoring, and special populations such as: pre/post-partum, professional and adolescent dancers, equestrians and athletes.
Alissa strives to live as an embodiment of the work she teaches. A lifelong student, she re-educates herself often and stays up to date with the most current advances in movement science. Alissa has deepened her teaching practice with extensive study of dance technique, dance science, anatomy, physiology, bio-mechanics, kinesiology, Thai bodywork, energy healing, yoga, meditation, breathing practices, and the work of Philip Beach, Robert Schlep, Gil Hedley and Tom Myers. She currently resides in Charlotte where she loves to go hiking in the mountains or just relax at home with her wonderful husband and their two (very spoiled) cats.
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