Body In Motion is a fully equipped Pilates studio in Santa Cruz County, offering group mat classes and private sessions on all of the apparatus designed by Joseph Pilates. We are staffed with highly skilled, fully certified, professional instructors, dedicated to giving you the highest level of service.
Dominique Lesperance, owner of Body In Motion, was certified as a Pilates Instructor in 1997 by the Physicalmind Institute of New York. After eleven years of teaching Pilates, she went back to study with her mentor, Master Teacher Rael Isacowitz, founder of Body Arts and Science International (BASI™) and earned her BASI™ Comprehensive Teaching Certification. A member of the Pilates Method Alliance, she is also a certified Gyrotonic® teacher by Julio Horvath (creator of Gyrotonic®).
Beginning her career in the fitness industry in 1992 as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer, Dominique’s diverse background gives her a multidisciplinary approach helping her clients achieve their maximum physical potential. Her intuitiveness, passion and enthusiasm for her work is apparent. She considers herself a lifelong student and has had the pleasure of studying with numerous first and second generation master teachers such as Ron Fletcher, Lolita San Miguel, Kathy Grant, Mary Bowen, Michelle Larsen, Elizabeth Larkham and many more.
Dominique’s mission is to provide the clients of Body In Motion® with the most advanced, effective forms of body conditioning in a supportive, peaceful environment.
Taryn Buell is a graduate of San Francisco State University where she earned her Bachelors Degree of Arts in Anthropology. She grew up in an athletic environment as a competitive dancer, swimmer and water polo player. During her four years at Santa Cruz High School she swam on the varsity swim team and during her senior year decided to play on the varsity boy’s water polo team. Taryn swam for the SFSU gators and also became very involved in Shao Lin a form of martial arts.Soon after graduating from college she found herself looking for another means of staying fit and healthy. When introduced to Pilates she discovered an entirely new way of challenging herself both physically and mentally. This led Taryn into becoming a certified Pilates Trainer through Body Arts and Science International (BASI).
Taryn enjoys bringing a positive environment to all her clients. She takes into account each individual’s posture, fitness level, age and goals to create a fun and challenging workout. She is an active wife and mother of two and is extremely happy to be a part of the Body in Motion Family.
Maria Gibeault is a certified Pilates instructor through Body Arts and Science International (BASI). She loves the fact that Pilates is not only a workout but also a way of life. As a mother of young child she knows how important it is to take care of one’s body especially when taking care of others. She is inspired to help people be truly good to themselves.
Throughout her life Maria has been interested in the amazing ability our bodies have to heal and change for the better with the right guidance and education. Her goal is to help people live their lives feeling healthy, strong and balanced.
Sierrah Dietz was born in Santa Cruz and grew up in Nevada City, CA. She began dancing at the age of three and graduated in 2010 with a BA in dance from San Francisco State University. Currently Sierrah is dancing with Santa Cruz based company FLEX.She was introduced to Pilates in college as a dancer-friendly form of body conditioning and fell in love with it. She is currently working towards becoming BASI certified to teach Pilates. When Sierrah found Xtend Barre it was the perfect marriage of her two favorite fitness activities (dance and Pilates).
Sierrah is excited to be teaching at Body in Motion and looks forward to developing relationships with all her Xtend and Pilates clients.