Barbra Bean Abell, PMA®-CPT, trained in dance in her native South Africa. After immigrating to the USA, Barbra studied at both UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine, where Diane Diefenderfer introduced her to Pilates. Barbra completed her teacher training at Studio du Corps, where she has taught and served as studio manager for 20 years. She studied extensively with Ron Fletcher at his biannual workshops at Studio du Corps. Ron awarded her a qualified level teacher certificate in 2000. Barbra taught at the 2015 Fletcher conference in Tucson, Arizona, and the same year was a top 10 finalist in the Next Pilates Anytime Instructor competition. Barbra currently teaches Pilates to upper level students of the conditioning program at Maple Conservatory of Dance, in Orange County, CA.