Susan Authement Dunnam is the Owner/ Director of Destin Pilates and Aerial and Destin Girls Retreats. Susan opened in the summer of 2009 in a friend's home with only one reformer and one client. Susan quickly expanded as her client base grew and now has many regular or 2nd home clients . Susan has been a pioneer in the area being the first studio owner to bring in new fitness trends including Aerial Hammock, Aerial Silks, Balanced Body Barre , Hoopnatica and Kangoo Jump Classes.
Susan, originally from Louisiana ,moved to Memphis in the 1970's and grew up a part a very active "tennis family" and has always loved physical fitness. She started practicing Yoga in 1984 and fell in love with Pilates in 1995 after injuring her back in a snowboarding accident while living in Aspen, Colorado. After doing Yoga for 20 years with minimal back relief she fell in love with Pilates after just one private session on the Reformer. Susan is continually updating and advancing her education through Pilates workshops and conferences and is looking to bring the newest cutting edge fitness to the area. Susan is fully committed to spreading the message of "The Pilates Method" as a lifestyle. If you are able to move you are able to do Pilates!
Always a dedicated professional , Susan is passionate about inspiring and motivating people to achieve and exceed their fitness goals. Though her unique style of teaching and dynamic positive energy, Susan delivers a workout that produces dramatic results and major transformation in her clients bodies.
Susan currently holds Pilates certifications with The PhysicalMind Institute, Balanced Body University ,Power Pilates and Ellie Herman Studios (700 hour comprehensive). Ellie Herman has studios in both New York and California, wrote Pilates For Dummies and created the Springboard which is marketed exclusively with Balanced Body. Susan also completed an intensive teacher training with Aircat Aerial ( Boulder Circus Arts Institute) in 2010 and the Aerial Silks and Aerial Hammock Level 1 Training with Lesley Vaughn of Cirque Du Soleil . Destin Pilates and Aerial has been responsible for growing new studios not just locally but in all areas of the US. Susan also brought the Anatomy in Clay 3D Workshop and Balanced Body Barre Certification to the area. She is currently involved in apostolic classes at Christian International and an active member of Destiny Worship Center.
Please contact me at 850-460-2828