WHO WE ARE
SAM SHANKMAN PROUTY
Sam has been practicing the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® Method since the 1980s when she lived in Italy for 9 years as a dance instructor. She fell in love with the method in Florence and after moving back to the U.S., was certified in 2001. She has since trained and been certified in the Gyrokinesis Method, Gyrotonic Leg Extension Unit and Jumping Stretching Board.
Santa Fe, NM was Sam’s home from 1992 to 2005. She first received her Pilates training with Ray Kurshals and later was certified in 1998 by Michele Larsson, Core Dynamics Pilates where she was exposed to the Eve Gentry work. Sam continued to work with Michele until moving to Tucson in 2005. In 2006, she became a certified Pilates teacher with the Pilates Method Alliance.
After moving to Tucson, Sam worked at Canyon Ranch and the Jewish Community Center, teaching Pilates and the Gyrotonic Method and in 2006, opened up her own fully equipped studio.
Like many natural born dancers, Tegan started dancing at the age of 3. In high school, she began rigorously training in dance during which time, she worked as a Physical Therapy Aide, learning massage and other PT techniques while deepening her understanding of anatomy and physiology.
In New York, Tegan was a Pilates student and apprenticed with Roberta Kirschenbaum at Rolates Pilates and completed her certification in Tucson, AZ. She combines her knowledge of the body, hands-on techniques, and variations of the Pilates Method in every workout, specializing in injuries (having worked with athletes) and neurological and genetic conditions. In addition to her very creative style and sharp intuition, she is also a Passive Stretching practitioner.