Monica Hoekstra

Charlotte, NC 28210-3598

Monica Hoekstra is the creator and founder of CORE BARRE-Smart Movement® and the Systems of Smart Movement®. Core Barre is a result of Ms Hoekstra’s professional dance and pilates background. She was taught early in the importance of the art of movement with her classical ballet training in the Vaganova Ballet style. The principle of this style is based on the expression of elegance that leads to technical precision and artistic impression. Monica wished to replicate this principle with Core Barre by means of creating a system of movement that is rewarding and fulfilling for both the teacher and the student.

Ms. Hoekstra's teaching experience spans over twenty years. She is a Master Trainer for Pilates Academy International (PAI) and also fully certified by Balanced Body® , and Stott Pilates® for which she was an Instructor Trainer for ten years. Ms. Hoekstra is also certified by the PMA® (PIlates Method Alliance) and by ACE® (American Council on Exercise), and is a provider of education for PMA® , ACE® and AFAA® . She has also studied classically with some of the leading Men of Pilates; Jay Grimes, Chris Robinson and Murat Berkin. In addition, she has had the pleasure to have been trained by Aaron Mattes in AIS (Active Isolated Stretching) and is proud to teach his education as workshops to pilates professionals. Monica is also a Certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Trainer and a GYROTONIC® Level 1 Pre-Trainer. She credits this methodology for inspiring her to grow her creativity and add diversity to her teaching.

Ms. Hoekstra has trained student instructors nationwide as well as in Brazil and in Eastern Europe. She is an author contributing on a regular basis to various publications and has written several fitness articles that describe how movement continues to evolve in the professional fitness industry.

Monica is passionate about teaching and enjoys coaching clients and students to achieve their optimal fitness goals. She credits much of her teaching experience to Bela Kovarski, John Landovsky and Pavel Rotaru, Rotaru International Ballet, who taught the importance of teaching a strong solid foundation not only in ballet, but also in fitness and movement. Her teaching style is encouraging and motivating with an emphasis on technique as well as biomechanics. Her recent studies with Dr. Phillip Beach have inspired her with a new way of assessing and understanding whole body patterns of human movement.

Ms. Hoekstra was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and speaks Hungarian. She had the pleasure of dancing and performing with the Kodaly Dance Ensemble of Canada. She now resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 22 years and 2 adult children who are currently attending colleges in North Carolina. Monica is the also the owner of ABsolute Pilates, established in 2001, a teacher training center for Pilates Academy International and the Systems of Smart Movement®.

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About Me

Degrees

  • Teaching credential
  • AS

Certifications / Trainings

PMA - PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
Verified
Merrithew™ - Instructor Trainer ISP
Verified
Merrithew™ - Instructor Trainer CCB
Verified
Merrithew™ - Instructor Trainer Matwork and Reformer
Verified
Merrithew™ - Full Certification
Verified
TRX - TRX Suspension Training Course
Verified
balanced-body - Balanced Body® Comprehensive Pilates Instructor
Verified
GYROTONIC® - Licensed GYROTONIC Trainer
Expired
Expires: Aug 13, 2017
ACE - Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Not Verified
GYROTONIC® - Licensed GYROTONIC® Trainer
Not Verified
GYROKINESIS® - Licensed GYROKINESIS® Trainer
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

National Safety Council
Expires: Nov 13, 2016
National Safety Council

AED Certified

National Safety Council
Expires: Nov 13, 2016
National Safety Council

Monica's Locations

CORE BARRE™

6817 Fairview Rd.,
Suite C
Charlotte, NC 28210

CORE BARRE™

6817 Fairview Rd.,
Suite C
Charlotte, NC 28210

ABsolute Pilates

6817 Fairview Rd.,
Suite D
Charlotte, NC 28210

Additional Information

Rate

$70.00 / hr, group equipment classes offered at $40 per session, group CORE BARRE, CORE BALLET BARRE and CORE Stretching Classes at $18

Payment Methods

Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks

Years Experience

16-20

Awards & Accomplishments

  • CORE BARRE & The Systems of Smart Movement® Founder & Creator
  • GYROTONIC® Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • ACE® Certiifed Group Fitness Instructor
  • ACE® Educational Provider
  • STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer (2001-2011)
  • GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • PMA® Certified Instructor
  • PMA® Educational Provider
  • GYROTONIC® Level 1 Pre-Trainer
  • GYROTONIC® Level 2 Certified Trainer
  • GYROTONIC® Level 1 Pre-Trainer
  • GYROTONIC® Level 2 Certified Trainer
  • AFAA® Educational Provider
  • STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor

Languages Spoken

English

Gender

Female

1 Rating

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Karin Singleton on Mar 29, 2015

    I have just completed Monica's Core Barre training, and I was very impressed by her professionalism and the content of her course. The handout material was comprehensive, and her delivery style makes me confident that I can teach a safe barre class geared towards the general public. I liked her openness to the experiences of other instructors. Her approach to barre exercises, while applicable to a group setting, are in the category of corrective exercise because it focuses on the smart strengthening of the stabilizers of the hip spine and shoulder girdle.

    I highly recommend her and the courses she provides.