Ann McMillan MS NCPT
President and Founder, Instructor Trainer, PMA Certified
“In my professional opinion, Ann McMillan is at the absolute top of the field in integrated Pilates and related fitness training” says three times Olympic Gold Medalist Ice Dancer Tessa Virtue. Ann has been working for many years with high-level athletes such as Tessa Virtue, Olympic Gold Medalist Mogul Skier Jennifer Heil, Olympic Gold Medalist Figure Skaters Jaime Salé and David Pelletier, Bronze Olympic Medalist Diver Jennifer Abel, World Junior Ice Dance Champion Marjorie Lajoie, USA Ice Dance Champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates, USA Ice Dance Bronze Medalists Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, UK Ice Dance Champion Lilah Fear, Spanish Ice Dance Champion Olivia Smart, the Canadian Artistic Swimming Team, The Canadian Gymnastics Team, and acrobatic coaches from Cirque du Soleil. This 2ndgeneration Master Trainer is happy to share her knowledge, her lecture circuit takes her regularly across the United States, Europe and Asia.
A true pioneer, Ann McMillan was the first instructor to bring Pilates to the province of Québec when she opened the Centre Pilates de Montréal in 1992. She discovered Pilates while pursuing a dance career in New York City in the ’80s, and went on to complete her Master’s thesis in Exercise Science at Université de Montréal where she continues to lecture today. Her graduate work was the first to establish a scientific link between Pilates and improved dynamic posture in ballet dancers.
She started practicing Pilates in NY in 1986 where she completed her first teacher training program with Romana Kryzanowska in the early ’90s and also had the privilege to take sessions with Kathy Grant. Elizabeth Larkam has been a great source of inspiration since 1993. After completing her master’s thesis in 1996, she trained instructors for Polestar in eastern Canada. Responding to the demand for a complete French language Pilates teacher training program, Ann officially launched her own training program, Ann McMillan Pilates, in 2003.