Meet Our Team

BARRE

  • ALLISON ZANG OWNER & INSTRUCTOR


    I started teaching very young, I grew up in family educators and I vowed at a young age I would never do that. Never say never. I love what I do, and I am so thankful for my clients and staff. I have taught everyone over the last 15 plus years the young the old, rock star athlete, prima ballerina, injured, chronically ill, the beginner and expert. I took a step back and realized it is all fun for me but what draws me in are those who feel they can’t. (the secret is out you can!)

    Here is a little bit about me:

    After more than 15 years of teaching movement, most of teaching Pilates, and with 1000s of hours of pilates training. My current focus has become those that feel they can’t exercise and can’t feel good. The people who feel their body is failing them and they should sit around feeling worse and worse each day.

    I not only teach clients in my studio in Mechanicsburg, but I also help the staff in all four studios with any clients that need some special TLC. Additionally I run our pilates teacher training program. I am the co-owner of the The Studio by AP and co-teach the barre teacher training program. These programs are producing quality instructors in good old central PA.

    My Resume:

    I have “been” in the industry since 2001. I began teaching mat pilates in college for fun money. What is better then working out and getting paid said 20 year old me! Then I ran a corporate gym in 2005. I have a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and two undergrad degrees from PITT. (I am learning junkie) #H2P

    I completed the comprehensive teacher training offered from Core Dynamics Pilates in Santa Fe, NM. This program was created in the Eve Gentry tradition. Eve is one of the Pilates elders who studied with Joe Pilates. I have taken specialty workshops for Pink Ribbon Pilates, Pilates for MS, the Center for Women’s Health and Fitness, Fusion Pre and Post Natal, Pilates for Neurological Disorders and Core Align Equipment. I am in a mentoring program call Skillful Teaching with Chantill Lopez right now.

    I can not forget I graduated from Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC. I am a gluten free foodie. I am also here for online health coaching for ladies across the lifespan!

    My Teaching Philosophy:

    Try it. You are more powerful than you realize. Your session is going to be fun and we might get some laughing in. Most of all we are going to get you moving any way we need to.

    My Rocks:

    I am supported by my amazing family, who I could do not this without. All the love goes out my husband Andy and daughter Alivia. I can not forget all the support from my mother who was my number one cheerleader all my life most importantly as I started this business. My dad, stepmom and best friend who now get the difficult task of being my sounding board and cheerleaders.

  • Amber Sherrock
    Amber Sherrock
  • Kathleen Bowman
    Kathleen Bowman
  • Lauren Chupka
    Lauren Chupka
  • Lauren Kutz Owner and Instructor


    Lauren Kutz started her Pilates career in 2014. A life long dancer, Lauren was looking for a form of exercise to practice on a regular basis upon graduating from college. Lauren took her first Pilates mat class in college as part of a Conditioning for the Dancer course and took her first equipment class at Absolute Pilates in the fall of 2013, which immediately had her hooked.

    Lauren earned her Bachelor’s in Marketing and Bachelor’s in Theatre with Dance concentration from West Chester University. Her strong background in dance helped her to develop Absolute Barre, the formal barre training program at Absolute Pilates, along with Allison Zang. She held the first barre training at the studio in the summer of 2015. Lauren loves to challenge her clients to reach their fullest potential. She specializes in training dancers, brides, and barre students.

  • Lauren Villani

    Intro:
    My mom always told me “you have a lot of energy, Lauren.” That statement is almost always code for, she’s crazy and can’t be contained! I was outgoing, adventurous, opinionated, always tumbling, always busy, and not afraid of anything, so I started competitive gymnastics pretty young. I stayed with it for a few years, took a few years off and then started dancing in high school. I fell in love. I danced through college just because it was so much fun. My main focus was International Business and French, so I never thought I’d do anything with my dance background, which is why I was only 3 credits shy of a minor in Dance. Funny how things change!

    About Me:
    After a few years of traveling and working, I settled in Southern Virginia working for a Fortune 500 Company. There, I met my husband, quit my job and started a family. I went from an independent woman with a solid career path to a wife and stay-at-home mom of 3 energetic boys. In this journey of motherhood, I have gained weight and lost weight 3 times, I have forgotten who I am and replaced it with who I’d like to be, but most importantly I am figuring out what it takes be strong and fit. I am around women every day who have lost themselves in their daily lives and I want to help motivate them to find the confident woman buried inside.

    My Resume:
    I spent years training my body in gymnastics and dance. College was also where I was first introduced to yoga. For 15 years, I have been practicing on and off and in that time, I have been introduced to many types of fitness…particularly Pilates (which I began practicing on a regular basis for the past several years) and Barre. I also love HIIT, cycling and other types of group fitness. I have participated in numerous 5Ks and Fun Runs, a Sprint Triathlon and Spartan Race. I decided it was finally time to stop just taking classes and to get certified to teach. When I became a wife and parent, it became important to me to be healthy by walking the walk. I started reading and researching diet, health and fitness and in 2014, got my certification to teach group fitness through American Fitness Association of America (AFAA). I have been teaching group strength classes since and have only recently been trained to teach Barre. I will be training to teach Pilates in the near future as well. I have decided that teaching is a career I want to pursue which motivates me to be better…for myself and my family.

    My Teaching Philosophy:
    “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.” I have lived by these words from the first time I saw them when I was in high school. I have always embraced change and jumped in with 2 feet. You will never know what you’re capable of until you have given it what you’ve got. Work hard to prove to yourself you can do it and your light will shine for others. Being healthy doesn’t mean being skinny…it’s about balance in order to live the life you desire.

    My Rocks:
    I am supported by my wonderful family–my husband, Robert and my 3 busy boys, Will, Alex and Luke. I love them more than anything. And of course, the one who has been with me from the beginning is my mother. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without her support, her love and her example of a strong woman.

  • Lindsay Crandall

    Intro:
    I never really saw myself as a teacher, but here we are! While completing my student teaching hours, I realized that I love teaching Barre classes. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with new playlists and challenging workouts to teach and can often be found listening to the same song a hundred times while plie-ing around my dining room trying to perfect it. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to teach and share something that I enjoy so much with our clients.

    Here’s a Little Bit about Me:
    I originally planned on completing yoga teacher training, but couldn’t find one that worked with my schedule. I was also hesitant, as I wasn’t sure it was a good fit. The scheduling issue turned out to be lucky for me because barre and becoming a barre teacher is definitely a much better fit for my personality. I have been taking barre classes at various locations for about two years and started at Absolute Pilates in September 2015. It quickly became the only studio I attended.
    Prior to barre, I practiced both yoga and aerial yoga for several years. I spent a while attempting to become a runner (it only partially worked) and a half a year after that focusing on weight lifting. I mostly just love being active and will try anything once.

    My Resume:
    I participated in sports throughout high school and started teaching in college; however, I was teaching horseback riding lessons to children and adults of all ages. I became a certified English and Western Horseback Riding Instructor and taught both group and private lessons. I also helped organize and teach a disabled riders program, working with Easter Seals in Central PA.
    My formal education is completely unrelated. I completed my Master’s degree in Homeland Security, Bioterrorism, and Disaster at Penn State and am currently employed as an Intelligence Analyst with the Pennsylvania State Police where I focus primarily on International Terrorism. I love my job and I’m so grateful to have it, but it’s a high stress environment. Being so involved in The Studio gives me a wonderful outlet to relieve some of that stress and tension.

    My Rocks:
    My family and friends have been amazingly supportive. My mom and friends allowed themselves to be my guinea pigs and tried out new lesson plans, told me what worked and what didn’t, and attended Community Classes while I was student teaching. Also my boyfriend, who kept our house running and my dog alive while I spent all of my time at Absolute Pilates trying to complete all of my personal practice and student teaching hours.

  • Lydia Sacavage

    I was never the girl who loved to exercise. I didn’t like to work up a sweat, and while I always wanted to run 5ks and do cool races, I just didn’t have any interest. My mom’s Maid of Honor was a local dance instructor when I was young, so there was really no discussion on the matter. I was going to dance. I loved ballet. I loved the grace and the beauty of the dancers. As I got a little older, though, my social life was more important, so I stopped dancing. Secretly, I missed it.

    In August 2014, I was having brunch at Sophia’s at Walden with my mom when Absolute Pilates caught my eye across the street. I picked up a brochure and booked my first class online. I was hooked. I would come at least once a week to a reformer class, but I always found myself curious about barre classes. The moves were familiar to me, and struck a sentimental chord.

    About Me

    After graduating from Penn State (Go Lions!), I spent a few years working and decided to go back to school for my Master’s of Social Work from Temple University. I wanted to save the world. I moved to the Harrisburg area, and fell into my current job. I have been working here for over 5 years, and finally figured out my passion: to learn, be challenged, and teach others to be their best self.

    My Resume

    While I can’t say I have years of formal dance experience, I do have the passion of teaching others and working to be my best self. I am a certified trainer at my consulting firm, and love to teach! I have been doing Pilates for over 2 years, and engaged in barre for about a year and a half. I became certified to instruct barre classes in September 2016.

    My Teaching Philosophy

    “If you don’t fail often, you’re not trying hard enough.” These words have kept me coming back to Pilates and barre. I may not be able to perfect a move on the first try, but guess what? I am going to keep trying, and keep pushing myself! I work hard, I fail hard, and I keep going.

    My Rocks

    My parents, Bob and Frannie. Throughout my life, I always questioned myself and my capabilities. They have been my cheerleaders from the very beginning and their support never faltered. I would not be where I am in this life of mine without their guidance, love, gentle nudging and support.

  • Ryan Pines
    Ryan Pines

    I started teaching very young, I grew up in family educators and realized in tenth grade that I wanted to be a teacher as well. My grandfather was a teacher for forty-four years and my mother has been a teacher for close to twenty years herself, it’s in my blood to teach.

    Here is a little bit about me:

     I am a public high school teacher in Harrisburg and have been teaching for about ten years now. I currently teach world history to eleventh graders and absolutely love it, there is nothing quite like the thrill of watching the “lightbulb” go off for a student when they finally understand a concept they had previously in which they had been struggling. 

    I became interested in Pilates through the help of my wife, Lauren. After asking quite a few times, I finally gave in and took a few classes and have been hooked ever since and have been taking Pilates for over two years now

    My journey with fitness started around the same time as my first Pilates class. I had put on a considerable amount of weight, around seventy pounds, and was struggling to find ways to take and keep it off. Even after just a few class, I could feel a difference in my body. I was losing weight, had better posture and was feeling more confident. With this new found confidence, I wish to spread my love of Pilates with as many people as possible. 

    My Resume:

    I am currently a world history teacher in Harrisburg and have been teaching for close to ten years now. I went to Lock Haven University for my undergraduate degree and have been attending Penn State for my first master’s degree. I will be starting another master’s program at West Chester University in the fall. 

    I have been taking Pilates classes for over two years now. I am currently in the process of completing the Absolute Pilates Teacher Training program. In addition to teaching Pilates, I am also certified to teach Barre classes and can be found teaching Barre at The Studio by Absolute Pilates in Mechanicsburg, Pa. 

    My Teaching Philosophy:

    Anyone can do anything; it just takes the right support to make it happen!

    My Rocks:

    I am supported by some amazing people, without whom I would not be able to accomplish everything in life I wish to accomplish. The first of which is my wife Lauren, who is my rock through everything! I also have to include the rest of my family who have stood by me through thick and thin!

  • Sierra Webb


    Here’s a Little Bit about Me:
    I was a cheerleader for about 15 years and also did gymnastics in that time. I tried a lot different exercise programs until I found the one I like best. Pilates has made me love exercise again, after losing the love for a few years.

    My Resume:
    I am a certified Absolute Barre instructor and Babies at the Barre instructor. I plan on becoming a certified PIYO instructor in the near future.

    My Teaching Philosophy:
    Take a leap and try it! You don’t know if you like it until you try it. I love to laugh and have a great time while offering my clients a great workout. Also, if my clients shed a layer in my class, than I have done my job!

    My Rocks:
    My biggest rock is my husband, Mitch. We work together all day at my full time job, and he supports my teaching (he will even have dinner ready for me when I get home!) My family is so supportive of any dreams that I am currently chasing.