Mirea Sharifi, MFA, Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) received her BFA from the University of Arizona School of Dance. She was Assistant Director and Choreographer for the internationally acclaimed group Up with People, after touring with the group as a Dance Captain and Production Manager. She returned to the University of Arizona, working on its Capital Campaign Kickoff and earning her MFA in Dance in 2001. She served on the dance faculty at Ballet Arts until 2010 and has served on the Advisory Board of the University of Arizona School of Dance since 2015.
Mirea began her Pilates journey in 1999 with the Fletcher Program in Tucson, Arizona under the tutelage of Kyria Sabin Waugaman, Deborah Mendoza and Ron Fletcher. Intrigued by the various Pilates lineages, she subsequently studied with Pilates Master Teachers Michele Larsson (Eve Gentry), and John White (Romana Kryzanowska). Mirea is a Polestar Pilates Graduate and serves as a Mentor and Educator for students going through the Polestar Pilates program. Mirea founded and directed BodyQuest Pilates in Tucson, AZ from 2002-2016.
Upon relocating to Los Angeles, California, Mirea established LA Pilates Lab in 2017. She served as a Senior Pilates Instructor at Equinox and Plumb Line Pilates and Physical Therapy in Santa Monica, California. During her tenure at Equinox, Mirea was a Pilates Teacher Trainer for Equinox Pilates Institute and was recognized as one of the Top Pilates Instructors worldwide in 2018. Mirea currently has her private Pilates practice in Mar Vista and Santa Monica, California.
Mirea has been invested in service to the greater community throughout her career. Her varied efforts range from promoting public health, to directing a 3000 people strong flash mob at the Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival, to serving on the 2016 PMA Exam Item Writing Group. Among these, she is most proud of a Pilates program that she developed for blind and low-vision students at the Arizona State School for the Blind.
In 2017, Mirea was invited to direct, choreograph and perform for the opening of Il Canto della Terra, Andrea Bocelli- Theatro Del Silenzio in Lajatico, Italy.