Carrie Kenneally is the owner and instructor of
Circ Pilates Studio, newly opened and located in the
Sentinel building in Oklahoma City's Midtown area.
Carrie has been teaching Pilates for twenty-two years,
and is certified with Romana’s Pilates®. Carrie has been a
Level Romana's Pilates Teacher Trainer since 2012.
After a fulfilling career as a professional dancer, Carrie Kenneally turned to the Pilates instructor training program created by Romana Kryzanowska. For over seven years, Carrie had the unique opportunity to study and teach under Joseph and Clara Pilates protégé and Romana’s Pilates® founder, Romana Kryzanowska, her daughter Sari Mejia Santo and her granddaughter Daria Pace. Carrie was fortunate to have trained on the equipment that Joseph Pilates built himself, and some of her first clients were originally trained by Joseph Pilates and his wife, Clara.
Throughout her training and to this day, Carrie brings to her studio and integrates into her work the knowledge of many wonderful teachers who also trained directly under Romana.
Carrie Kenneally’s dance training began in her home state of Minnesota at the Minnesota Dance Theatre Performing Arts Program. She has taught and performed with professional ballet and Broadway companies across the United States and Europe.
Her first practice with Pilates began
while studying in Chicago at the advice of her ballet director.
After sustaining a dance injury
while performing in New York City,
Carrie began regular Pilates sessions for recovery.
The Pilates work was not only essential to her rehabilitation,
it strengthened her dancing for the
rest of her career as a performer.
This respect for and her enjoyment of the Pilates method
inspired her to become a certified Pilates instructor.
From 2009-2015, Carrie also taught Pilates
as an adjunct faculty member of the
Dance Department at the Juilliard School.
In 2014, Carrie received her
Certificate in Dance Rehabilitation Training
from Westside Dance Physical Therapy in New York City.
Before moving to Oklahoma City, Carrie's studio was located in
New York City's Columbus Circle area, near Times Square.
Carrie was a member of the 2022 Summer Intensive Faculty for the Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School,
and is a Pilates instructor for their 2022-2023 year-round program.
Dance Training: Minnesota Dance Theatre Performing Arts Program, Cleveland Ballet School, Houston Ballet School Summer Program,
Pacific Northwest Ballet School.
Dance Experience: Carrie performed with Chicago City Ballet Company (director Maria Tallchief, assistant director Paul Mejia), Pennsylvania/Milwaukee Ballet Company (director Robert Weiss, assistant director Richard Tanner), Ballet Chicago Company (director Dan Duell), Pennsylvania Ballet Company (director Christopher D’Amboise).
Musical Theatre: Cats (three companies: Broadway National Tour, European Tour, Hamburg Production) and A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden (director Mike Ockrent, choreographer Susan Stroman).
(Dance photo: Carrie Kenneally)