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Pilates - Guest Speakers

Orange Coast College's Pilates department has rescheduled the 2021 series.  Please check back soon for future featured guests!

Fall 2019 Pilates Guest Speaker Series

Our 2019 series will offer five Lecture/Activity Workshops. It is open to the public for a fee of $20 per workshop or $85 for all five.

This series is free to currently enrolled OCC students, and OCC Pilates certificate alumni.

The series will be held in the Pilates Studio, Art Center 147 and 148, on Tuesdays from 11:10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Limited parking available in Lots D & C.  Metered parking available or day passes can be purchased at dispensers in Lot C.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Bursar's Office at (714) 432-5880 or at

Sept 10:   Dena Lombardo     "Getting the Most from your Pilates Internship"

Dena Lombardo.jpgDena graduated with honors from Orange Coast College's Pilates Instructor Certificate Program (as seen in Pilates Style Magazine, March/April 2014). She earned the Joanne Rawson Memorial Scholarship. She is also Certified by the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA®-CPT), Pilates for Osteoporosis, and Pilates for MS and Neurological Disorders. She opened a boutique studio in November 2015, and loves the challenge of working with both private clients and group classes. Dena's love of Pilates and her passion for fitness and good health is what drives her desire to help others gain strength, flexibility and good health through Pilates.  

Sept 24:   Sue Okuda     "Creating Cues for Improved Body Awareness"

IMG_0123.JPGSue brings a background of years of teaching in the Ando and Aston Physical Therapy Clinic and instructing OCC students in Yoga for Dancers and a variety of Pilates classes.  She holds degrees in music and law, is certified in the Franklin Method, Yoga Tune-Up and Gyrokinesis, and is currently studying the Sanskrit language, Reiki and energy medicine yoga.  Sue brings her wide range of knowledge and experience to the upcoming lecture.    Sue will explain and demonstrate the why and how of effective cue techniques.

Oct 8:   Leah Stewart     "Pre- and Postnatal Pilates"

leahheadshot.jpgLeah has released a two-disc DVD set, Pilates for New Mothers  and a pre-natal DVD, Pilates for Expecting MothersLeah is Senior Faculty and Lecturer for Body Arts and Science International and has traveled across four continents to teach teacher training courses as well as present workshops and conferences on the behalf of BASI Pilates®.  The owner and founder of LiveLife Pilates studio, Leah still finds time to be a guest instructor for Pilates Anytime  and contributes as a freelance writer to fitness and Pilates publications.

Oct 22:     Jana Jenson, RN, MSN         "Understanding Myofascial Release"

janajensen_headshot_3in.jpgJana brings 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, nurse educator, and administrator to her care for patients. Having worked in high-risk labor and delivery for nearly a decade, she brings an in-depth understanding of the pelvic floor and related concerns in women's health care. Her training as a myofascial release therapist enhances her extensive experience in providing highly skilled and effective patient care.  She is the owner of Women 2 Women Restorative Therapy.

Nov 12:   Barbara Nelson     "Pilates for Common Knee Problems"

Barbara.jpgWith years of teaching experience in physical therapy clinics, Barbara will give students and teachers insight into ways to screen for and deal with common knee problems.   A certified Stott Pilates instructor, Yamuna and MELT specialist, Barbara brings a highly integrated perspective to her classes.  Barbara spent 14 years working for Physical Therapists as a rehab and post-rehab exercise specialist.  She currently works at Full Potential Pilates in Orange, specializing in Therapeutic Pilates.  The class will work with foam rollers, balls and more, so wear comfortable clothes that you can move in easily.

For more information contact Amelie Hunter at