Master Trainer, Owner & Director of Kinespirit Studios
Movement is joy. Movement is life. My passion is to help people find their joy in movement, my greatest joy is witnessing people live as their fullest selves.
Chantal has been a lover of movement all her life. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada's capital, she then moved to Vancouver, BC to attend Simon Fraser University for Dance. She came to New York by way of scholarship to the Cunningham Studio and a Grant to study at the Limon Institute. During her dance career she worked with numerous choreographers and dance companies, including Serge Bennathan, EDAM (Experimental Dance and Music), Karen Jamieson Dance Company, Joe Ink (Joe Laughlin), Smack Dance (Susan McKenzie), The Holy Body Tattoo, and Elizabeth Streb's Extreme Action Dance Company. A consistent practice of Pilates (since 1987) and GYROTONIC® exercise (since 1990) remained a constant thread throughout, and led to a subsequent career sharing these amazing modalities.
Chantal created her own Gyrotonic and Pilates Personal Training company, Chantalko LLC, in 2003 before the inauguration of Kinespirit Studios in 2006. Chantal is a Specialized Master Trainer for GYROTONIC® Level 1 and Level 2, GYROKINESIS® Level 1 and Level 2, as well as all of the GYROTONIC® Specialized Equipment: Jump-Stretch Board, GYROTONER®, Leg Extension Unit and Archway (Level 1 and 2).
Chantal is also qualified to teach the latest specialized musical offerings from Juliu Horvath (the inventor of the GYROTONIC® Methodology): GYROKINESIS® Lotus Blossom 1 & 2, Happy Moves, Breathing Intensive and Gyrotonic Level 1 as a Musical Journey. She has further training in specialized modules: Applications for Dancers Level 1 and 2, Therapeutic Applications of the Pelvic Girdle, Shoulder Girdle and Scoliosis, Pre and Post Natal and Breast Cancer Survivor protocols. Chantal is one of only a few worldwide qualified to conduct the Final Certification Course in the GYROKINESIS® Level 1 process. (formerly referred to as Authorized Master Trainer.)