Alyssa Lee Wilmot
M.F.A. in dance choreography and performance, Mills College, Calif.
B.A. in philosophy, dance, political science, The College of Wooster, Ohio
Alyssa Lee Wilmot is a choreographer, dancer, performance artist, writer and educator who draws upon a diverse range of dance, Pilates and fitness vocabularies, techniques and art. Wilmot uses her life experiences to enhance and inspire the lives of people through various forms of movement. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Wilmot has been dancing since she started her dance education at the age of three. Wilmot has been trained in New York, Ohio and California and has studied various forms of movement, including dance forms such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop/break dancing, lyrical, pointe, liturgical, belly dance, modern (Taylor, Mark Morris, Graham, Limon/Humphrey, Fenley), contemporary and African dance. She has also studied other forms such as Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, Muay Thai, basketball, cheerleading, fitness training, cardio dance and more.
After graduating from college, Wilmot headed west to California to further her dreams of dancing. In California, after receiving her Masters in Fine Arts in dance performance and choreography from Mills College, Wilmot became certified in Pilates after having been introduced to it in New York in 1998 at a summer dance program. Wilmot loved the way Pilates helped correct her posture and alignment and made her feel grounded and stronger in all of her movement activities, from carrying groceries to taking dance class.
Wilmot received her Pilates certifications and training in San Francisco from 2004 to 2009, focusing on an Eve Gentry style and therapy-based program using a Balanced Body curriculum. In California, Wilmot completed over 600 Pilates training hours and is certified in mat, ladder barrel, chair, reformer and Cadillac. In 2012, Wilmot became certified with the Pilates Method Alliance. Wilmot's very talented Pilates mentors and teachers in San Francisco have studied with well-known Pilates individuals such as Elizabeth Larkham (Polestar), are instructors with Balanced Body University and Stott® Pilates, and own and operate successful Pilates studios and programs in various locations on the West Coast.
Wilmot has over 20 years experience teaching dance and fitness to a variety of ages and levels. Wilmot has taught in Ohio and California at gyms, Pilates studios, dance studios, colleges, universities, wellness centers, artist residencies and workshops, and has also served as a personal health coach for individuals. Wilmot has been a faculty member at numerous colleges and universities teaching a wide variety of courses in the physical education and dance departments in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been a visiting artist in the dance department of Mills College and most recently was visiting professor of dance at The College of Wooster. Wilmot currently teaches dance at Cuyahoga Community College.
As a professional dancer and choreographer, in 2002 Wilmot established her performance and dance company, group A, a new media dance and performance group committed to placing dance in close contact with other art forms. The company performs nationally and internationally. Additionally, Wilmot has danced professionally with a variety of professional modern dance companies based in San Francisco, and since 2002, Wilmot has danced with the New-York-City-based dance company Molissa Fenley and Company. She has also served as Molissa Fenley's assistant for the past six years.
Wilmot encourages individuals to find fitness and dance that is fun and fulfilling to enhance and improve their lives. Wilmot started her Pilates, dance, barre and yoga studio, The Movement Factory, in 2013 as a place for people 18 and over to enhance, explore, and/or rekindle a love for movement and the benefits of movement while taking accessible classes. The Movement Factory was voted the best studio in Cleveland by the Cleveland Hot List in 2014 and 2015. Wilmot brings her experiences in specialized training, performance, choreography and teaching to enrich the lives of all her students.