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Jennifer Thornton

Studio Owner and Pilates Instructor


Jennifer has been teaching Pilates since 2009. She left a career in event planning and nonprofit arts management to focus on her own body's aches and pains, and to recover from a lifetime of dance training, competing, and performing professionally. She discovered that the systematic, rhythmic Pilates method gave her a sense of balance in her body and mind that she had never felt, and she was able to overcome debilitating pain. She completed certification through STOTT Pilates and began to guide, nurture, and evolve others' bodies and minds through this remarkable system of exercise.


Jennifer taught private lessons at Sirron Pilates Studio in Andersonville for 10 years. At Sirron Studio, Jennifer worked with a wide variety of clients, including older adults, athletes, pregnant and postpartum women, and even teenagers looking to improve their focus and posture. For six years she also taught group mat classes and private lessons at Andersonville Physical Therapy, where she learned valuable skills from the Physical Therapists as well as each post-rehab student that transitioned to Pilates. She has also taught at gyms, parks, dance studios, and recreation centers across Chicago. 

Jennifer's STOTT Pilates certification includes coursework in Injuries and Special Populations; she holds a Moksha Yoga certification, 200-hour level; a Bloom Yoga certification in Prenatal Yoga; a M.A. in Management, Columbia College Chicago; and a B.A. in Spanish and Dance, University of Tennessee. She brings her expressive personality and background in dance, gymnastics, and musical theater to her teaching style, and her attention to detail and obsession with language to her business style. When not teaching, she enjoys bicycling around the city, drinking fancy cocktails, traveling the country and the world, and volunteering in the Albany Park community with her husband Adam Sebastian.

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