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Trainer of the Year 2012Trainer of the year 2013Trainer of the year 2014

Don Kirby originally from Abilene has moved back from Dallas.

He was nominated as trainer of the year 3 years in a row as owner of Downtown Dallas Pilates

The Mission of Pilates on Elmwood:

To aid clients in a personalized balance of strength, stamina and flexibility designed specifically for them. 

  • To make my students more comfortable in their bodies no matter what season of their lives.
  • To create an atmosphere that helps us let go of our egos and judgments that hopefully follows us outside of the studio walls.
  • To create a pathway that helps us have control of our minds and bodies.

Because I believe we have a great power within each one of us can overcome obstacles the physical body cannot understand.

This is what my teachers have taught and are still teaching me and I am humbled and honored to do the same. 

Don has over 20 years of experience in teaching Mind Body Connection.


Before Starting his career, Don was a Varsity Swimmer, Gymnast and Diver at Abilene High


Starting in 1986 under the direction of Marj Baucum [a former dancer of Ballet Russe]. Although Don's lineage of work comes from Eve Gentry,

He credits Marj  Bacaum as his teachers of the highest regard . This is where Don had his introduction with mind body connection.

Upon moving to Dallas in the early 1990’s, Don continued with his passion for ballet and other forms of disciplined dance by performing with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet,

Dallas Black Dance Theater, and Krassovska School of Dance [Nathalie Krassovska, former Ballet Russe Principal Dancer].

He also taught Ball Room Dance and competed for the Mid-Cities Dance Center.

While continuing his practice of Classical and Contemporary forms of Pilates in the later 90’s, Don began his study of Yoga.

His study of Yoga included the Hatha, Iyengar, Bikram, and Ashtanga disciplines.

Don’s other areas of interest in fitness include Martial Arts, Spin, Boot Camp Training, and Weight Training.

Don has extensive training and certifications from AFFA, IDEA, Mad Dogg, and Polestar.

Don completed all 5 levels to completion at the prestigious school of CoreDymamics   in Santa fe New Mexico.

  More than 500 hours at under the direction of Michelle Larson.

[The Pilates lineage of Eve Gentry] Eve Gentry’s approach and philosophy.

“There is no bad movement only movement badly done” ~ Eve Gentry

Don also volunteered with Immunocise as well as the Special Olympics.

He was the coordinator of Immunocise from 2000-04.

[Immunocise was a Health and Wellness program developed in the mid 1980’s to help persons with HIV, AIDS and Cancer.]

Other Mentors of Don Kirby Include 

David Swenson

Elizabeth Larkam 

Rebecca Leone

Shama Kern

Alan Herdman

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