Teacher Feature: Kim Mills
A recent graduate of THE WORK, Kim is the newest addition to our teaching staff. Kim moves easily between two worlds: she is a devoted practitioner and student of Pilates and movement (she is an accomplished dancer who ran her own dance company); and she is dedicated to her day job in corporate finance. Brimming with energy and kindness, Kim has a keen eye — and has taken on many of our evening VP Group classes.
Find out more about Kim’s passions, and what inspires her about Pilates, below!
WHY DID YOU BECOME A TEACHER?
I began teaching Pilates because I’ve always been interested in maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle, and Pilates was an immediate fit. Ever since my first Pilates lesson in New York City, I haven’t been able to stop studying and talking about it. The fact that it makes people feel so good and allows them to keep their bodies healthy for other activities has been motivation for me to continue educating myself to become as good a teacher as I can be. Even with a corporate finance job, I’ve been able to bring Pilates into that world by offering mat classes in the office during lunch and educating co-workers about its benefits. I enjoy answering their questions and watching them incorporate the movement into their daily lives.
WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER PASSIONS AND HOW DO THEY DOVETAIL WITH PILATES?
My first passion and greatest love has always been dance. I started dancing when I was 3 years old and continued for almost 30 years. Movement, in general, is something that I’ve always gravitated towards, so when I was first exposed to Pilates in 2003, I knew it was something that I would be doing for a long time. And once I realized how much Pilates was able to heal my body after years of imbalanced movement from dance, I fell in love with it even more. Aside from dance, I can often be found traveling wherever and whenever I can. My favorite place is Italy. I can speak the language and would love to attempt to teach a Pilates lesson in Italian some day! I’m extremely active and love to practice yoga, hike, bike, and run, and Pilates has made me stronger for all of these activities. I’ve also been venturing into cooking lately, but that’s still a work in process.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORK OF ART?
Dance is absolutely my favorite work of art. Having spent many years of my life working to achieve control and expression through movement, I have such a high appreciation for that art form. Watching an Alvin Ailey performance is always such a treat!
WHY ARE YOU AT VINTAGE?
I came to Vintage to gain a deeper understanding of the classical method after meeting Jay Grimes, Sandy Shimoda, and Karen Frischman at an Arizona conference. I completed Jay’s program THE WORK at the end of 2014 (a life changing experience!) and was invited soon after to be on staff at Vintage. I couldn’t have imagined that outcome when I first walked into the studio back in 2013, but it’s been so wonderful working alongside and learning from all the amazing teachers and students there. I feel incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity!