Barre Sculpt

This class is taught by:

Chelsea Gilday

Senior Pilates, Barre, Cardio & Yoga Instructor
Chelsea Gilday was a dancer for most of her life. She practiced every form of dance, but her main focus was ballet. She studied at the Rock School for Dance Education and graduated with a certificate in Dance. She guested with the Pennsylvania Ballet throughout her time there and soon after joined the company. While there she performed a variety of repertoire from original contemporary works set on the company to the classics. With Pennsylvania Ballet she also performed outreach and education programs, bringing dance to the inner city schools of Philadelphia. Chelsea also worked with MANNA while with the company, performing an HIV benefit performance called Shut Up and Dance.
After leaving the ballet company to pursue other interests, she found Pilates and from her first reformer lesson, she wanted more! Chelsea finished her Pilates certification in New York at True Pilates NYC. She is classically trained with all equipment and mat work through Romana's Pilates, where she was able to take lessons with master teachers Sari Mejia Santo and Cynthia Lochard. Chelsea was even able to work with Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ protege student. Chelsea teaches Private Pilates Equipment Training, Group Pilates training, Barre Sculpt Classes, YP Fusion, and Power Yoga at Philly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates. In the summer of 2013, while filming the movie "Dead Man Down" in Philadelphia, Chelsea worked exclusively with starring actress Noomi Rapace, who even asked her co-star Dominic Cooper to join in on the lessons.
Yet nothing quite gave her the same spark as dancing until she stepped onto her yoga mat. In January 2015, she was accepted to study with Meghan Currie in Nicaragua for her 200 hour YTT and is certified with Yoga Alliance, along with finishing her certification with Steve Gold at Philly Power Yoga. Chelsea loves the creativity and freedom in the flow, making it feel like a dance with focus around the core and alignment. Chelsea is inspired by all forms of movement and infuses her pilates and dance background into her yoga flow. She encourages her students to never stop exploring, questioning, and pushing themselves beyond their own limitations.
She loves this practice because to her it is not exercise--it connects your mind to your body. Every path is so individualized and the more the physical practice unlocks the body, the more the mind opens. It helps you work through any obstacles and brings emotions to the surface that may be very confrontational. Chelsea is passionate about learning and continues to strive to be a better teacher daily. She feels there is no better feeling than being upside down. When she is on her hands balancing, she is completely in the present moment--a meditation for her. She feels her mat is her second home. When she is not practicing, she loves to travel, hike, be by the ocean, or get lost in the city.

Ella Cuda

Ella loves to fuse her knowledge of traditional dance technique, breath inspired movement and yoga to create an invigorating and smooth flow to each style of class she offers. Ella received her BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts in 2015; her love of moving and years in dance class inspired her to pursue her Barre teacher training certification with Kelly Love. On the contrary, she discovered yoga’s physical and mental healing capacity after sustaining an injury while dancing years ago; since her initial introduction to the practice her passion for yoga has flourished. Ella graduated from Beyond Asana RYS, completing 200 hours of Vinyasa study, as well as the 48- Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Intensive with Brittany Policastro and a Postpartum Teacher Training Certification with Lara Kohn Thompson. All forms of movement allow Ella to “let go” of limiting inhibitions; she strives to offer a class that allows others to also release into their potential and enjoy their physical practice in a safe and supportive environment. She believes in sustainable growth (on and off the mat) and strives for students to discover a unique, individual movement style that will continue to serve them far into their future. She feels drawn to working with a broad population, from those who have never stepped foot on a yoga mat or into a Barre class, to expecting mothers, families, and the experienced mind-body practitioner. Ella recently assisted for The Art of Yoga Project pilot program in west Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that uses art, yoga, and journaling for early intervention to help at-risk and sexually exploited girls prepare for a positive future. She is an Eat Breathe Thrive- Yoga for Eating Disorders certified Thrive Tribe facilitator. Ella leads the Prenatal Fitness Program and offers personal postpartum evaluations to clients, ensuring a smooth transition from birth back into a safe physical fitness practice. She organizes the Karma Yoga Classes at the studio, establishing partnerships with other businesses in the community to create events to benefit organizations in Philly and other areas. You can find Ella assisting with general studio management from ensuring emails are answered to posting photos to social media and keeping the studio running smoothly. She splits her time between her home in South Carolina and Philadelphia, equally missing each when away.  She is an avid tea enthusiast, nature lover and devoted sister.

Meredith Kresch

Meredith is a norther Jersey transplant who began dancing almost as soon as she started walking.  She spent of most her childhood studying ballet, jazz, musical theater, and hip-hop and playing  sports.  While in college she was a member the Straight Hip Hop Dance Crew.  During her college years, Meredith began performing with Tom Foolery Theater in north Jersey.  She was also their choreographer from 2009-2013.   In 2011 Meredith became Zumba certified and began teaching  classes.  When moving to Philadelphia, Meredith became involved with the Broadway Theater of Pitman as a performer and choreographer as well.
Meredith currently teacher Zumba at Thrive Pilates!  Zumba is a dance style cardio fitness class which pulls from Latin dances, like salsa, cumbia, and reggaeton, and hip-hop.  
Outside of dance, Meredith is an itinerant mainstream teacher of the deaf with Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. She works with students with hearing loss ages 3-21 throughout south Jersey and Philly.  Meredith has a B.S in communication disorders from the University of Massachusetts and an MA in Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Hunter College.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Nov 21 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Chelsea Gilday
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Tue Nov 21 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Ella Cuda
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Sat Nov 25 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Meredith Kresch
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Mon Nov 27 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Alex Cail
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Tue Nov 28 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Chelsea Gilday
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Tue Nov 28 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Ella Cuda
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Fri Dec 01 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Ella Cuda
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Mon Dec 04 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Erica Kay
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Tue Dec 05 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Chelsea Gilday
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Tue Dec 05 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Ella Cuda
    at Thrive Pilates
  • Fri Dec 08 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Ella Cuda
    at Thrive Pilates