Barbie Dukes, BA, ISP
Certified STOTT Pilates Rehab Specialty
Dance Teacher Certified at NBS and RWB


A professional Rehab Pilates therapist and Dance Pilates teacher, Barbie has trained extensively in the Biomechanics of Movement, Dance and Rehab Pilates. She is certified through the International STOTT Pilates Centre and in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City with internationally renowned neuro-muscular expert Irene Dowd. In addition she has teaching certificates from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Canada’s National Ballet School. Her teaching style focuses on specific conditioning functions that allow for maximum progress, increasing the efficiency of training, while minimizing compensations and risk of injuries.


Barbie integrates Dance, Pilates and Rehab Pilates training traditions with the advances in science, kinesiology & neuro-muscular awareness. She demonstrates strong teaching skills and comprehensive problem-solving abilities while incorporating practical methods of applying body mechanic principles, in specific and meaningful ways.  Her direct, hands-on approach kinesthetically takes clients/students inside their body to experientially feel the musculo-skeletal system. This allows for clients/students to have a new experience of their bodies that is empowering and energizing.


Rehab Pilates

  • Osteoporosis Management, C.E.C., STOTT Pilates
  • Scoliosis Management, C.E.C., STOTT Pilates
  • Therapeutic Foundations & Applications: Lumbo-Pelvic Stability,
  • C.E.C., STOTT Pilates
  • Shoulder Girdle: Stability & Function, C.E.C., STOTT Pilates
  • Knee: Stability & Function, CEC., STOTT Pilates
  • STOTT Pilates Reformer
  • STOTT Pilates Mat
  • Pilates on the Green: Golf Conditioning Level 1 & 2, C.E.C. STOTT Pilates
  • Golf Conditioning on the Reformer, C.E.C. STOTT Pilates

Dance and Dance Pilates

  • The Art & Science of Dance, Canada’s National Ballet School
  • Body Mechanics Intensive, Contemporary Summer Arts Institute,  Simon Fraser University
  • The Art of Teaching, Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Horizons: Irene Dowd, Toronto Dance Theater
  • The Impact of Dance Injuries, Dancer Transition Resource Centre & Artists’ Health Centre Foundation
  • Balancing the Hip, Irene Dowd, Toronto Dance Theater
  • Movement Observation, Irene Dowd’s Studio, New York City
  • Correcting Wandering Kneecaps, Irene Dowd, Canada’s National Ballet  School
  • Turnout: From Mystery to Reality, Irene Dowd, Canada’s National Ballet School
  • Dynamic Torso Strength, Irene Dowd, Canada’s National Ballet School
  • Hyperextension of the Knee, Irene Dowd, Canada’s National Ballet School
  • Dance Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University


Pilates as fitness has become a common way to exercise. What is less common is the knowledge that it is renowned in the scientific community as an excellent form of rehabilitation after an injury or surgery.

Felyce Zomparelli of Fitness Corner writes: “Pilates is considered therapeutic because it releases contracted muscles, tendons and fascia. It mobilizes joints, increasing flexibility while improving coordination, balance and building muscle strength. It can improve circulation and promote relaxation simultaneously. ” 

According to Orthopedist Dr. Jonathan Cluett, these principles are some of the same used in the rehabilitation of many common injuries and orthopedic conditions including osteoporosis and scoliosis. The therapeutic application of Pilates is increasingly focused on clinical prevention and rehabilitation of a variety of conditions and problems including injuries or surgeries to the foot, ankle, knee, shoulder and neck. Most back conditions, including sciatica and sacroiliac pain, can also be relieved with regular Pilates training.

What Is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. It was developed in the rehabilitation setting, for people who were confined to hospital beds. Its approach focuses on several principles:

  • Core Stabilization
  • Concentration
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Breathe/Flow
  • Neutral Alignment

How Can Rehab Pilates Help an Injury?
In the Sports Injury Bulletin, Dr. Cluett writes that Pilates uses many of the same principles to help recuperate after an injury or surgery, focusing on control of movement, so as to prevent further injury. It is low-impact, can be modified to various conditions and does not induce inflammation or overuse syndromes. Increases in strength and improvements in flexibility are additional benefits.

There are two goals when dealing with injuries. The first is to maintain the client’s pre-injury fitness level. This will help prevent a second injury when they return to regular activities. While working the whole body to keep it in shape, we progressively rebuild strength and mobility in the injured areas.

How Can Rehab Pilates Help Prevent Injury?
Conditioning through Rehab Pilates as a means of “cross training” strengthens the core muscles, teaching the body to be more efficient through balanced movement. Pilates improves flexibility to help prevent injury. Those with better core strength have better dynamic control of their movements, and are less likely to sustain injuries. Known as “neuromuscular control,” this has been used to prevent injuries of all kinds, says orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Cluett.

In order to further prevent injury, clients must ensure Pilate’s instructors are certified from a reputable training facility and that their equipment is of Professional grade and standards.