The Pilates Center’s Training Weekend
featuring Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins



CORE is thrilled to welcome Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins back to Atlanta for a weekend of intensive instructor education, May 16-18, 2019. As TPC’s Director of Education, Kelli brings a deep, rich understanding of classical Pilates – including the archival work – to her teaching.  

Our three-day event offers intensive, client-focused teacher education to hone your skills for teaching healthy, safe spinal extension and intentional progressions on the Wunda Chair as well as ample opportunities for exploring these themes in your own practice and teaching.

“Kelli's teaching is direct and clear, allowing you to get maximum benefits from subtle changes in the body.  Her depth of understanding of the original intent of the equipment and exercises will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of pelvic alignment and upper body power.” 

 - Karol Schmidt, Owner, Blue Sage Pilates, Florida


  • How to help your clients (and yourself) build upper body and upper back strength needed for safe, successful spinal extension

  • Specific progressions and class formats for challenging, fun, intention-driven Wunda Chair classes

  • How to use your voice, hands, words and energy to help your clients approach backbending in the classical Pilates system

  • Techniques for enhancing your personal practice on the Wunda Chair

  • Powerful, rarely seen archival exercises for the Wall Unit


Kelli will teach two in-depth workshops during her Atlanta visit. Both workshops are open to clients (intermediate level and above), trainees and Pilates instructors. Each workshop carries PMA credit. 

The Upper Body & Back: Critical Components of Successful Extension - May 17, 2:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Upper body strength is a crucial component for healthy spinal extension. This workshop focuses on Pilates exercises that build strength to support extension. Since many Pilates practitioners are women, accessing the upper body and back can be a challenge. We will look at ways to address these issues, explore common missing links in our upper bodies, focus on increasing upper body strength and find more successful extension. 

Low Chair Progressions - May 18, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Learn how to create exceptional Low Chair classes that will stimulate your teaching, as well as inspire, energize and progress your clients. In this workshop we will approach Pilates Low Chair work in the context of dynamic movement and how to truly access the spring. The “optional” low chair exercises are frequently utilized individually, but we will learn to link them together in sequences that create support throughout the structure, develop a foundational connection through the end points, and facilitate spinal resiliency.

Kelli's Wunda Chair workshop is one of the most practical, easy-to-apply continuing education course I've taken in my 18 years teaching Pilates. You'll walk out of the workshop with a clear plan you can implement your next day in the studio."  - Jessica Gowen, Owner/Director, CORE Buckhead



Movement Skills and Teaching Skills classes are unique components of TPC’s approach to instructor education. In Teaching Skills classes, trainees and instructors alike the opportunity to explore how to use their hands, words, voice and energy to empower clients in their Pilates practice. In Movement Skills classes, trainees and instructors have the luxury of exploring and deepening their own personal practice.  

“I always learn so much from Kelli and look forward to lessons with her. She has a brilliant way of cueing clearly and simply, helping me to better integrate and connect in my body. Exercises that were once a source of frustration she has  helped me to understand and I now enjoy. She remains present with each and every client...always encouraging and leaving one feeling successful. Kelli never fails to help me through the most advanced exercises so it was natural and easy. She’s amazing!” - Jennifer Crane, Crane Pilates, Camden, ME


Whether you are a veteran teacher or a passionate client, Kelli’s classes are not-to-be-missed opportunities for learning and fun. 

  • Advanced Mat Class - Friday, May 17, 1:30 pm - Get invigorated and warm for our spinal extension workshop with a fast-paced adventure with the advanced classical Pilates repertoire. 

  • Archival Tower Class - Saturday, May 18, 9:00 AM - Explore rarely seen exercises and variations on your favorites, all taken from archival video of Joe’s teaching.

  • Semi Private with Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins - Thursday, May 16, 3:00 PM or Friday, May 17, 12:00PM

"Kelli knows what she wants and she will coax it out of you. Sometimes she commands. Sometimes she challenges. Sometimes she whispers slyly in your ear while your body quakes and your mind searches for new pathways. No matter what the technique, each time she will be right there, present, and with you 100%." - Meredith Coffin, Springboard Pilates, Portland, ME

Semi Privates are not included in either package. Semi Privates are $45 each. Semi private sessions are filling up - register soon to make sure you have a spot!


Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins has been teaching Pilates since 2005. She became interested in classical Pilates in 2001 and found The Pilates Center of Boulder to begin her Pilates tutelage. As a child, Kelli was a competitive swimmer and participated in the Jr. Olympics. She has been exposed to fitness all of her life, as her mother has been deeply involved with fitness. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kelli began as a client but by 2004 decided that she would enter into The Pilates Center’s Advanced Teacher Training Program. Upon graduation in 2005 she was hired as a teacher for The Pilates Center. In 2008, Kelli become the Teacher Training Coordinator for TPC and continued to grow the education programs at The Pilates Center. Currently Kelli is the Director of Education and handles all of The Pilates Center’s and works remotely from Austin, Texas. 

Since graduating from TPC, Kelli has mentored closely with Amy Taylor Segel and Rachel Taylor Segel. While teaching at The Pilates Center, she had the privilege of teaching Amy and Rachel weekly. Kelli is PMA Certified and a PMA Provider, as well as a Master’s Program Presenter and Licensed Teacher Trainer for TPC. She has traveled around the world teaching Master’s Program Workshops for TPC and has taught at Pilates Anytime. Kelli has earned a noteworthy reputation for her “killer” chair classes and expertise in working with the upper body. She has worked with all levels and different ages of clients. Because she began her Pilates teaching career at TPC, where she taught for 9 years, she has been working with students of Pilates since 2004. 


CORE Buckhead is a host site for TPC’s esteemed comprehensive teacher training programs and one of Atlanta’s longest-operating Pilates studios. We are located in heart of Atlanta’s financial district, within walking distance of hotels, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, restaurants and shopping. Our studio is easily accessible from the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport via MARTA, our subway system, as well as Uber/Lyft. We are immediately next door to the Staybridge Suites Hotel on Pharr Road. You can view CORE’s privacy policy here.