Urban Body as good as it gets when it comes to a Pilates outlet. As a ballroom dancer, Shannon was able to educate me on the various types of workouts, what muscles are activated, and how it can translate into my personal dancing. All of the staff are extremely friendly and despite never taking Pilates before, they were able to make me get the most out of the classes. The location is great with lots of windows to absorb the sun, with plenty of residential parking close by. Interior is nice and intimate which is great for the type of classes they offer and the amount of attention you get, whether it is a private one-on-one or a small group class of 5. If you are looking for a Pilates studio, get in shape or just learn more about your body, Urban Body is the place to be!
Sarah Eriksen came to Urban Body San Jose after a decade-long journey as a dancer with the former Ballet San Jose, where she enjoyed a professional dance career. Favorite roles with the company include: Stomper Girl in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Demi Soloist in George Balanchine's Serenade and Theme and Variations.
Mrs. Eriksen received her ballet training from Santa Cruz Ballet Theater and Ballet San Jose School. She is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) certified instructor and teaches ballet at The New Ballet School in downtown San Jose and guest teaches at respected academies throughout the Bay Area.
Having used the GYROTONIC® method herself since 2011 with trainer Catharine Grow, Mrs. Eriksen earned her GYROTONIC® certification in 2014 so she could share her knowledge with dancers and non-dancers alike. Mrs. Eriksen, a proud San Jose native, teaches The GYROTINIC® Method to inspire greater knowledge of the body at Urban Body San Jose. She is also certified to teach GYROTONIC® as a Musical Journey, which is the musical portion of the GYROTONIC® Expansion System. She and her husband live in Santa Clara Valley’s south county region and enjoy spending quality time with their growing family.
Christine fell in love with the GYROTONIC Expansion System® after being introduced
to it while studying as a dance major at Florida State University’s School of Dance.
From practicing Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods as a supplement to dance
training, she noticed improved strength and increased fluidity in movement from the
many three dimensional movements and breathing patterns. It quickly became a
fundamental tool for injury prevention and rehabilitation that supported her dance
training. Her experience in dance includes performances in classical, contemporary
ballet, and modern repertoire with The Tallahassee Ballet, World Ballet Inc., Alonzo
King’s LINES Ballet School, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive.
After receiving an MSc in Dance Science, Christine continues to concentrate her
expertise on teaching movement using the Gyrotonic method and dance science
research. She has presented research at the International Association of Dance
Medicine & Science (IADMS) Conference and continues to investigate ways to
understand and enhance methods for dance injury prevention and performance
enhancement. While teaching the Gyrotonic method she customizes programs to best
fit clients’ needs and includes assessments to track progress. She specializes with
artist athletes on strength and conditioning methods as well as rehabilitation. At the
heart of her teaching, Christine focuses on using different techniques to help clients
discover their greatest movement potential and become empowered by it.