In a soaring space illuminated with natural light, the clients of Pilates & Arts ~ Echo Park train on a top-quality line of Pilates apparatus in a soothing and welcoming environment that one client described as a “Zen living room.” But what makes Pilates & Arts Echo Park truly one-of-a-kind in the fitness world is the fact that it’s not just a Pilates studio. It’s an art gallery, and a center where the arts of all kinds – movement, visual, musical and literary arts – co-exist and inform each other. It’s an ideal establishment in an arts-centric neighborhood like Echo Park.
In October 2011, Tannis Kobrinsky, a well-known Los Angeles mind-body movement pro and Echo Park resident since 1998, opened the doors to Pilates & Arts ~ Echo Park. Kobrinsky, who’d considered having her own studio for years, took the plunge when a storefront opened at Peter Shire’s Echo Park Pottery studio. She transformed the 800 square foot raw space, turning it into a warm, welcoming and unpretentious studio with high ceilings, skylights, exposed rafters, ceiling fans, and décor you’d find at an elegant safari resort.
Only six months after the Pilates & Arts launch, the adjacent 800-square-foot space was for rent. Kobrinsky decided to take the risk and snatched it up. She built “The Branch”; a dance studio with a sprung floor, full wall of mirrors, ballet barres and powerful sound system. The Branch offerings span the movement spectrum with some harder to find classes among the lineup: Tai-chi, Gyrokinesis, Samba/Salsa, Pilates mat, Cardio Boxing, Safe Contortion training, Jazz and several ballet classes. Top-notch teachers, several internationally known, came on board to teach. Word that Echo Park now had a bona fide dance studio got out to choreographers. Currently both Axiom and Arya Movement Project choreograph and rehearse their works in progress in The Branch.
After hours of music and spoken word salons, with local favorites alternative spoken word and music duo Garretson & Gorodetsky and friends, and “The Hipster Replacements” hosted by Harvey Shield, occur regularly. Every 3 months, new group art exhibits go up and change the ambiance of the studio. The current exhibit “Pachamama” features almost exclusively Eastside artists: J Michael Walker, Robert Quijada, Rita Williams, Silvana Ward. And now, for novice to pro artists, there are instructor led figure-drawing classes twice a month. Plans are in the works for an ongoing writing workshop, led by noted memoirist Rita Williams, who has taught for USC and Media Bistro.
This summer in addition to the regular schedule enjoy:
- Monthly 90 minute Pilates workshops with optional discounted private follow-up session.
- FREE monthly dance history lecture/screening, moderated by AdultballetLA.
- The Art of Fine Wine Tasting with sommelier Wendy Storch.
- June 19th the “Hipster Replacements” music and comedy show.
- Late August art opening, celebrating the 1984 L.A. Olympics 3oth anniversary “L.A. Art Stars” notable L.A. artists exhibiting.
Pilates & Arts ~ Echo Park invites the community to come by and enjoy this eclectic arts-oriented establishment
1844 Echo Park Avenue
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