Master Instructor Trainer, 2001 Romana's Pilates®
Author Pilates for the Dressage Rider
Janice's life long work as an expert movement specialist is undeniable: a professional modern dancer and teacher since 1976; a student of Pilates with Romana Kryzanowska since 1989; a certified Pilates instructor since 1993; a dressage rider since 1995; and a Master Instructor Trainer for Romana's Pilates® since 2001. Janice has trained dancers and Pilates practitioners to the equivalent of FEI. Her dancers have gone on to dance with world-class companies and many of her Pilates students have become expert teachers.
Janice is considered a second generation Pilates instructor, and Pilates teachers come from all over the world to seek continued training from her. Janice regularly teaches at the International Romana's Pilates® Conventions, trains Pilates instructors at her studio in Champaign, Illinois, and now is a popular clinician, helping dressage riders find harmony and partnership with their horse through her work.
As a dressage rider, Janice competed her mare, India, up to 2nd level before
her suspensory ligaments failed. Before that, she and India won the Gold Medal
at 1st level at the Show Me State Games in Missouri in 1998. Since then, Janice
has backed and trained India’s first foal, Rubaiyat, out of the Rubenstein lines of the German Oldenburg Verband. She and "Ruby" rode and earned
a score of 68.6% in the FEI 4 year old test in 2006. After a three year hiatus in dressage training due to Ruby's growing issues, Janice is training Ruby with her method and trains in dressage with Jochen Hippenstiel, David Blake and Sarah Martin.
Janice has forged a relationship with Linda and Pat Parelli and serves as Linda's Pilates instructor. Linda feels that Janice's work begins where her "Fluidity" ends and is essential for the development of the natural dressage rider. Janice has been asked to become a regular contributor to the Parelli’s Savvy Times, a quarterly magazine.
Janice also collaborates with Sarah Martin, a USDF Gold Medalist and Certified Instructor to 4th Level. In their Pilates for Dressage®/Dressage clinics, Sarah and Janice work together to help riders and horses find improvement through the body awareness gained from Pilates. Sarah and Janice are currently producing a new DVD series that will take the rider through the levels with dressage instruction from Sarah and targeted Pilates exercises that helps the rider perform the movements.
Since the publishing of her book and DVD Pilates for the Dressage Rider (Half Halt Press) Janice has been teaching Pilates for Dressage® clinics throughout the country. Inquires for her clinics have come from all over the world and it suggests there is the need to begin to scrutinize the training of the rider, a concept to which Janice is dedicated. Her new DVD Pilates for Dressage®–The Foundation for the Rider, will be available in September.