Tessa Grom

Tessa GromThis article was originally published on Core Arts’ Facebook Page

“I chose to get certified through Core Arts because of the quality of the program. There are very few Classical Pilates certification programs in Orange County.”


Tell us about yourself Tell us about yourself

My name is Tessa, I grew up here in Orange County, graduating from Orange County High School of the Arts. As a young girl, I dance competitively which eventually led me to pursue dance as a career. My professional dance career took off at 18, sending me all over the world. I worked for Carnival Cruise Line and was fortunate to travel to exotic locations while working with dancers from around the world. After Carnival, my career took me to Las Vegas where I performed in legendary shows such as “Jubilee” and “Legends in Concert.”

I have now come back to my roots and have focused on teaching. I’ve been teaching dance, fitness and now Pilates. I love the opportunity to work with young dancers and share my experiences in the professional dance world with them.

Things you may not know about me: I’m an adrenaline junkie! I’ve been skydiving twice, scuba diving and even swam with sharks and stingrays. I’m a certified Seaman and can drive a lifeboat. I once had to dance between two REAL tigers.

When did you first encounter Pilates?

I was first introduced to Pilates while dancing for Sharmila at Dance Precisions. She had just come back from New York and was incorporating Pilates mat into our warm-ups. About a year or so later, I took a few privates from Sharmila in Pasadena while she was managing the Pilates studio at Equinox.

What inspired you to become a Pilates instructor?

I’ve enjoyed teaching dance, fitness, and barre for some years. Giving someone a challenging workout is only a portion of being an excellent instructor; I love to make people laugh and to have a genuine connection with clients. While working the front desk at Core Arts, I was able to see first hand the astounding work Sharmila and her team of instructors were doing at the studio. We share the same views of going above and beyond just teaching. I knew my next step was to get certified and expand my teaching credentials.

What has surprised you about being a Pilates apprentice?

I’m always surprised how each session you teach is different from the last. You have to be present and thinking about the client in front of you. How is their body feeling? We’re always taking in verbal and non-verbal cues to give the most useful exercise application to our clients.

What is your favorite Pilates exercise?

I have so many. If I had to pick one, I’d say Short Spine. It feels great every time. I love rolling through the spine. All the sitting and standing and hunching we do all day, it’s great to take a minute and lengthen everything out!

What do you plan on doing once you become a certified instructor?

I plan on building my schedule and clientele at Core Arts. I love working here, and the clients I’ve met and worked with so far are such amazing individuals.

Why did you choose to get certified with Core Arts Pilates?

I chose to get certified through Core Arts because of the quality of the program. There are very few Classical Pilates certification programs in Orange County. Plus, we get to work in an intimate setting and work with Sharmila who trained directly under Romana Kryzanowska. Getting your teacher certification through Core Arts Pilates inherently makes you a third generation Pilates instructor – not many other programs can claim that.

I also love the BodyStrategies program and the opportunity to work intensely with dancers. It allows me to build on all my knowledge as a dancer, towards a new career.

Finally, I chose Core Arts because of Sharmila. I’ve known Sharmila since I was 14 years old. Having her as a mentor has been the most rewarding part of the program. She is so generous and loves sharing her knowledge with her apprentices. The training we receive through the program is exceptional. When you are an apprentice at Core Arts, you become family.