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A recognized expert in the Pilates exercise technique in Houston before its recent rise in popularity, Bryan Peters has been instructing dancers and fitness students of all levels since 1981. He majored in Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans and danced with the Delta Festival Ballet of New Orleans from 1976 through 1981. Accepted as a student of the Houston Ballet Academy in 1981, he apprenticed in the Academy's in-house Pilates facility, the Body Conditioning Studio. He managed the Body Control Studios of London from 1982 through 1983, returning to manage the Houston Ballet's Body Conditioning Studio from 1984 through 1987. He served as exercise supervisor at the former Houston Pritkin Longevity center (1987 through 1990) where he developed the Pritkin Restaurant Certification which trained local chefs in Pritikin nutritional guidelines.

Bryan is certified in the Pilates Method by the Physical Mind Institute, certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, and worked for 10 years as a licensed massage therapist. In 2000, Bryan J. Peters & Associates, Inc., returned to direct and staff the Houston Ballet Pilates program as part of its physical therapy department. Bryan has taught a course in Pilates fundamentals at Rice University and has been an instructor in stretch dynamics, aerobics, body sculpting, spinning, and Reebok core board at Body Rock of Houston and Jan Glenn's Workout. He has taught master classes at a number of Houston area corporate fitness centers and has appeared numerous times on local television, demonstrating fitness, massage, and lifestyle concepts.

In June 2002, he made a presentation at the national conference of the American Physical Therapy Association in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the application of Pilates principles to special physical therapy populations. He was a featured speaker discussing the role of the Pilates exercise technique and posture in fitness at the Speaking of Woman's health conferences hosted by Houston PBS television in September, 2002 and 2003. He has served as a member of the dance panel of the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County.



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