About Playhouse Pilates


Playhouse Pilates is a Mind-Body Studio in South Pasadena, California offering Body Smart & Performing Art programs based in Pilates concepts and principles since 2007.

Our studio specializes in Private and Semi-Private sessions in a friendly and welcoming setting for all ages, genders and fitness levels! We offer state of the art programs and equipment for whole body wellness and better living. Come see if Playhouse Pilates is right for you!

For over 25 years Charlyn Huss d’Anconia, MA, PMA®-CPT, DHS, has been teaching movement and Pilates. Her own struggles with scoliosis inspired her to begin a Pilates practice and discover its life changing effects. Charlyn opened Playhouse Pilates in 2007 on the belief that she could help people of all ages, stages and genders transform their health and lifestyle through the practice of Pilates.

As the community of members grows, the need for more than just a great exercise program grows, as well. Like us as teachers, our clients crave the kind of knowledge that could help them achieve whole body wellness and complete fitness; beyond contemporary fitness standards. To this end, we offer nutrition and digestive health services because assimilating what is consumed is almost more important than what is ingestedbeyond kale & calories after all, right? So, what is the level of health you desire?

We have focused Pilates challenges, as well as an array of products and services to provide our community with life-long solutions to their questions about exercise, body contouring, nutrient assimilation and wellness.

Come join our community. Schedule an online, phone/facetime or in-person consultation with one of our team members or, just stop in and try a class! Find out if Playhouse Pilates is right for you.


 Our mission is to help people live strong, vibrant and pain-free lives through optimal alignment and movement.

Optimal alignment of the spine and pelvis and strengthening, what we call ‘the powerhouse’, through learning and practicing Pilates concepts and principles (including centering, breath, concentration, control, precision and flow) can restore balance throughout the body and mind and make all activities more efficient and pleasurable. All of our programs are approached through the prism of Pilates.

‘Body Smarts’ simply refers to those classes and programs that are focused specifically on physical and mental conditioning, understanding, healing and wellness. Such as our Pilates, Yamuna Body & Face, and Body Conturing Programs.

‘Performing Arts’  refers to those programs that use specific techniques – subtle and often rigorous physical training – to help you learn how to exercise your imagination, understand and care for your body as an instrument, achieve vocal and physical confidence, gain poise and process anxiety.  This training can bring you closer to your Peak Performance potential through our workshops and classes in Performance (acting, music and dance), Creative Wellness, and Performing Arts Pilates™ .

Oxidative Stress contributes to signs of Decline in the Body and Mind that are often categorized as signs of Aging.  We believe that there is a difference between Aging and Declining, one we cannot control and the other we can significantly and positively impact!


Do I have to have Pilates experience in order to participate in classes and sessions?

Our Studio is open to all levels of Pilates experience. We specialize in Private and Semi-Private instruction and can work with beginners through advanced clients and students.

What to wear?

Wear comfortable clothes that are not too tight or too loose. Socks are strongly recommended as we have hardwood floors. Our building is a historic landmark but we do have central air and heat.

What are the cancellation policies?

Private, Duo Sessions and any privately scheduled classes require 24-hour cancellation notice. Fewer than 24-hour cancellations are subject to the full session price.

Classes require 12-hour cancellation notice. Classes require a minimum of 3 participants. If there are fewer than 3, it is at the discretion of the teacher to cancel the class. If you are signed-up for the class you will be notified of any change or cancellation.

Workshops require 48-hour cancellation notice. If a workshop will be cancelled we will generally let you know not later than 48 hours, as well.

Online Class Enrollment closes 12 hours before the scheduled class time. After the 12 hour window has closed you may call, text or email us to try to reserve, however, if there is no confirmation response from the Studio there is no confirmed reservation. Walk-in participation is discouraged - we don’t want you to be disappointed!

Can Private and Duo sessions be scheduled online?

At this time, no. Only classes and workshops can be booked online or through our customized APP. Private and Duos can be purchased online but must be booked through direct and confirmed contact with someone at the Studio.

What is required to become a Pilates Teacher?

Pilates Teachers come from all walks-of-life and backgrounds, shapes and sizes. Since Pilates is for every body, there is no set body type for a Pilates teacher. Many who pursue a career teaching Pilates often come from being clients who simply crave more information and depth of practice. Our Pilates Mastery program is founded this observation and understanding and therefore there a two ways to participate in our program. Phase One offers sessions and workshops that offer a level of intensive study and practice with some focus on the teaching of Pilates. Phase Two continues this deepening of Pilates practice to a more advanced level and includes the emphasis on teaching Pilates a, preparing for a professional career and joining an international Pilates community.

If you have a question, please feel free to call or email us at the links at the top of this page.


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