Senior Instructor and Instructor Trainer
STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor
STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor Trainer
ZEN•GA® Mat and Equipment Instructor Trainer
Total Barre™ Instructor
Born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Samia moved to New York City in 1995 after graduating from UNICAMP (University of Campinas) in Sao Paulo with a BA in Dance. While studying at UNICAMP, Mrs. Pellizzari was the recipient of the Grand Prize for Choreography at the Rio de Janeiro Dance Competition and received Second Honors at the Sao Paulo Dance Competition. She also received the First Place Prize as a solo dancer at the International Dance Competition of Bento Goncalves in Brazil.
In New York City, Samia trained at Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. She has performed with dance companies, industrials and musicals such as West Side Story and the European tour of Grease.
While rehabbing a knee injury, she fell in love with Pilates. She then decided to pursue it as a career and began teaching at the studio Pilates on Fifth in New York City, where she also received her full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method. She has instructed Pilates since 2002 in New York, New Jersey, Austria and Southern California before relocating to the Atlanta area in 2007.
With a firm belief that STOTT PILATES® is the premier Pilates method in the industry and in an effort to promote the method to other Pilates instructors, Samia became a STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer in 2008. She also holds certification as a Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise. Her vast experience with dance and a wide variety of clients has made her well-rounded instructor. She is a Senior STOTT PILATES® instructor at Inspire Health and instructs a wide variety of clientele; including athletes, pre and post natal clients, and post-rehabilitative clients. Samia is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.