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EAC offering a new late-start evening Pilates course this fall

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EAC offering a new late-start evening Pilates course this fall

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Due to very high demand, Eastern Arizona College has added a late-start, evening Pilates course for the Fall 2006 semester. The course, HPE101AP, section #5700: Pilates for Fun and Fitness, will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:55 p.m. beginning September 12, 2006, at the Safford Dance Academy (507 S. 5th Ave; Safford). However; registration for this one-credit course has been extended through September 19.

The instructor for the course, Stephanie Duffield, completed her Pilates training with the esteemed Romana’s Pilates of New York in 2000 and has been teaching ever since. She has also worked with Pilates instructor, Mari Winsor, on her popular Pilates workout videos. She recently moved to the Gila Valley from St. George, Utah.

Prior to their time at Dixie State College, Duffield owned her own Pilates studio in Seattle, Washington, where she taught the Romana style of Pilates, the most demanding of the Pilates programs. According to Romana’s web site, the popularity of Joseph Pilates’ teachings has grown in recent years, and many fitness professionals are now offering Pilates-inspired programs, or in some cases combining what they call Pilates with exercises from other training regimens. The true Pilates method is different because it refers to the system of exercises that were originally developed and taught by Joseph Pilates, whose unique training regimen has proven itself for more than 80 years as an effective and safe method of exercise.

Duffield says, “Pilates will noticeably change your body. It is a method of mind and body conditioning.”

To register for this or any other EAC class, visit Gila Hank Online at; call the Records and Registration Office at 428-8270; or come by in person to 615 N. Stadium Avenue in Thatcher during regular business hours.