As a professional dancer, Vanessa Bossardt performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Fort Worth Dallas Ballet and ultimately Ballet Arizona - until a painful bone chip in her ankle required surgery. "It caused nerve damage, forcing me to hang up my ballet shoes. But it sparked my interest in physical therapy, Pilates and rehabilitative exercise." Bossardt started brainstorming during her recovery. Once her ankle had healed enough that she could teach ballet, she decided to pursue certification in Stott Pilates with support from Career Transition for Dancers and earned her certification for the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrel. She also took numerous courses in anatomy, injury and special populations and has a variety of experience working with those suffering from injuries and in need of rehabilitation. Vanessa has been teaching Pilates for 16 yrs.and has developed her own method, "Balates", the Ballet infused Pilates Method, combining both of her greatest passions, Dance and Pilates. She feels fortunate to keep her passion for ballet alive while pursuing other passions at the same time and helping others reach their fitness goals.