Arthur Dunbar - Bio
Arthur Dunbar is a dedicated fitness professional with more than 20 years of bringing health and life goals to reality. For each of his clients, Mr. Dunbar crafts comprehensive wellness strategies that achieve the clients’ individual goals and needs. From seniors with physical challenges to elite athletes, performers, and models, Arthur Dunbar inspires his clients and produces health and fitness results that last.
In addition to being a certified personal trainer, Arthur is an accomplished and licensed Pilates instructor. His innovative approach and exceptional results, have landed him in several major publications including: The Beacon, AARP, The Wichita Eagle, and The Salina Journal newspaper. Perhaps even more important than his stellar qualifications, is his ability to drive, inspire, and connect with his clients. There’s no certification or license that covers engaging personalities, but if there were, Arthur would probably be teaching it!
By incorporating Pilates with weight training and cardio, Arthur enjoys unique success helping his clients to achieve flexibility, athleticism, core strength, and an ideal healthy body weight. In addition to his training activities, he is currently the owner of DC Pilates, LLC located in Washington, DC and a group instructor for DC government aging department.
Before becoming a full-time fitness coach and entrepreneur, Arthur was a competitive dancer at the highest levels for more than a dozen years. His infectious energy and expertise continue to lift clients of every level to reach their goals and live better lives.
Courtney Puidk - Bio
Karla Brooks - Bio
Karla Brooks is a native Washingtonian. She graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts where she majored in classical ballet. She danced professionally for over a decade with various ballet companies throughout the states. Karla was introduced to the Pilates discipline during her dance career. She has over 20 years of personal Pilates practice and teaching experience. Karla was a member of the teaching faculty at Body Arts and Science International(BASI), an internationally recognized certifying organization. She remains a featured model in many of BASI’s study guides and manuals. Karla’s fitness background includes certifications from the American Council on Exercise(Health Coach)AFAA(Group Exercise Instructor) Healthy Mom’s Fitness(Perinatal Specialist) and BASI(Comprehensive Pilates).
Seungah Choi - Bio
Seungah “Sung” Choi’s passion for dance and physical movement encouraged her to study at the University of Calgary, Canada where she gained her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2009. Her first introduction to Pilates was during her University yearswhere she was strongly intrigued by the philosophy of Pilates and her interest in the whole body system grew. She completed her Pilates Instructor Training programs through PHI Pilates ofPittsburgh, PA in 2015. She is a certified PMA Pilates Teacher who has taught classes ranging in size from private to large groups in South Korea the last few years at schools, studios and hospitals.
She has lived in four different countries which has given her a better understanding of people from different cultures, backgrounds and learning styles. She uses this knowledge to build connections with and to tailor her teaching style to each individual client. When teaching, she is motivated to help her clients become healthier and happier while finding the balance within themselves. Outside the classroom, she enjoys running, oil painting, and exploring new places. She also loves animals especially her dog, Liz.
Duncan Trudeau - Bio
Duncan Trudeau began his Pilates journey 10 years ago as just a summer job. Living a relatively inactive lifestyle up until that point, Pilates allowed him to reconnect with his body and what it was capable of and he quickly fell in love with working out. After going through hundreds of hours of training and gaining his PMA certification two years later he has practiced throughout DC, working with a wide array of clients and class types. Since then he has sought out many other forms of exercise including TRX, yoga, free weights, martial arts, and even Pro Wrestling!
Mariam Sufi - Bio
Mariam Sufi is a certified Barre, Yoga, Dance, and Pilates instructor from Southern California with over 15 years of teaching experience. In 2002, as a student at the University of California, Irvine, she created and introduced a belly dance fitness class at only 19 years old. The popularity and impact of this format not only opened the doors for her to explore her passion for dance and fitness, but it gave her the opportunity to make dance accessible to everyone. Over the course of her 15 plus year journey in fitness, Mariam has obtained certifications in various formats including Barre, Mat Pilates, RYT-200, Yoga Barre, and Yoga Sculpt. Mariam believes that with a strong core, you are capable of anything, and she incorporates this in each of her classes, using new and innovative ways to ignite the pelvic floor and strengthen the lower abdominal muscles.
She recently moved to the D.C. area from Los Angeles, where she was the Yoga Director for one of the biggest yoga studios, Hot 8 Yoga, and is excited to join the DCPilates family!
Julie Paskowski - Bio
Julie Paskowski is a classically trained ballet dancer who discovered her love for Pilates during her ballet career. Julie grew up in Pennsylvania where she trained at numerous ballet schools – including the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet – and integrated Pilates as a rigorous form of cross training. After retiring from professional ballet due to an injury, Julie attended the Pennsylvania State University where she earned a degree in kinesiology with a concentration in movement science. Inspired by personal experience, she conducted research at Penn State investigating the mechanism, treatment, and recovery of injuries in pre-professional and professional ballet dancers.
Julie has a passion for teaching and has taught ballet classes for eight years at numerous institutions to students of all ages. This year she obtained her Pilates teacher certification through Equinox Fitness and is thrilled to start teaching Pilates as well. Julie is passionate about anatomy, physiology, correct alignment, correct technique, and health and fitness. She can’t wait to get into the studio and share her knowledge and love for Pilates with her students.