The Studio


We have been honored to serve the community of Charlotte, NC with our home in the beautiful South Park area for over twenty one years.

Our mission is to provide excellent service in all our offerings and business practices and to provide a safe environment that affirms self worth, general wellness, and health and fitness.

We focus on promoting functional movement and a whole-body workout through the Authentic Classical Pilates Method of Contrology and the Core Barre System of Smart Movement®.  

Our attention is to private, semi private and small group Pilates equipment sessions.

We are proud to offer Pilates Instruction on traditional Gratz apparatus.  Gratz Pilates apparatus is used in studios all over the world and teachers and students know the Gratz difference and consider the apparatus an indispensable part of their practice.

Come visit our boutique-style studio and experience a friendly, safe and caring environment with exceptional instruction and customer service.

Please feel free to reach out to Allison, our office administrator, who will be happy to take you on a studio tour, answer any questions you may have about our facility, and schedule your first session.

Contact us for a studio tour anytime between the hours of 10am and 3pm or by appointment @704-442-8600 or email:


Our Team


Cassandra Kralik

CertIfied Pilates Instructor

Cassandra has been working in the fitness industry for over twenty years, with a primary focus on Pilates training.


Before joining ABsolute Pilates, she was a fitness director and studio owner. 


She is a Level 5 Romana's Pilates Instructor, studying with some of the most gifted teachers in the world. 


Cassandra will inspire you to reach your fitness goals through her love of classical Pilates. She truly believes a dedicated Pilates practice will challenge and change both your body and your mind!

Stacie Halasz

Certified Pilates Instructor

Stacie Halasz is a native of Charlotte, NC and has always been passionate about health and wellness.  She has worked in the health food industry for over 20 years as a nutritional coach and buyer for health food stores.

She wanted to further her career by focusing on the fitness side and got Certified to teach Yoga with a specialty in teaching yoga to children with special needs.

Yoga helped her find the mind body connection but it was not until she came across Pilates that she saw the benefits of this brilliant methodology and knew immediately that she wanted to share this passion with others.

Stacie started practicing at ABsolute Pilates and became Certified through Peak Classical Pilates with additional training through Romanas Pilates.

Stacie brings her genuine passion to help create a strong mind and body body connection to people of any age or skill level.  She holds firm to the quote from Joseph Pilates that 'you are only as old as your spine is flexible.'

Diana Sibley

Certified Pilates Instructor

Diana has spent her career in the health services industry with a focus on serving her clients. Several years ago, Diana was reintroduced to Pilates; specifically the classical method. She noticed the profound changes in her own body with her practice and that of her clients that she decided to enhance her training and education in the classical method.   In a short time, Pilates has become a lifestyle for Diana and a rewarding alternative to her corporate career. 


She loves helping her clients meet their wellness goals through Pilates with care and determination.  She knows how Pilates can improve your mind, body and spirit and looks forward to continuing to share this with her clients.

Diana is a Level 5 Romana’s Pilates instructor who has trained with some of the most accomplished teachers in the world.

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Leta Matte

Certified Pilates Instructor

Leta discovered Pilates in 2005 in Atlanta, GA at a Romana's Pilates training center.

She has been hooked ever since!

While living in Belgium she continued to train In Pilates as well as acting as an assistant boot camp coach for a respected fitness trainer.

Upon moving to Charlotte Leta continued her training at ABsolute Pilates, where she was inspired to dive even deeper into her Pilates practice.

Leta became a Comprehensive Certified Pilates Teacher through Power Pilates in order to serve others by sharing her passion for the Pilates methodology and the wonderful  physical and mental health benefits it delivers. 




Monica Hoektra

Studio Owner, Pilates &

GYROTONIC® Certified

Monica Hoekstra is the owner of ABsolute Pilates in Charlotte, NC, founded in 2001, and the creator and founder of Core Barre.


Monica is passionate about teaching and enjoys coaching clients and students to achieve their optimal fitness goals.  She credits much of her teaching style to her early classical ballet training, where she was taught the importance of a solid foundation & structured syllabus that is relevant to all disciplines of good movement.

Her teaching style is both encouraging and motivating with an emphasis on precision, control and biomechanics.


Monica Hoekstra is a Certifed Romana's Pilates® Instructor under the direction of Sari Mejia Santo. She is also certified by the New York Pilates Studio® Certification Program, under the direction of Sean Gallagher.  Ms. Hoekstra also holds a full comprehensive certification by Balanced Body®, and formerly Stott Pilates® for which she was an Instructor Trainer for ten years. 


Monica is also fully trained by Aaron Mattes in advanced level AIS:  Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening, and is proud to offer the methodology within the Core Barre Systems of Smart Movement®.


In addition, Ms. Hoekstra is a Certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor.  She credits this methodology for inspiring her movement knowledge and adding diversity to her teaching.  Lastly she is also Certified by the NCPT® (National Certified PilatesTeacher) and ACE® (American Council on Exercise) and a provider of continuing education.

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Beth Bennardo

Certified Pilates Instructor


Beth started practicing in 2005 while working as a Manager of Sales Training at a Pharmaceutical company in NYC.  She was hooked on Pilates after her very first session.

After 15 in the corporate world, and a few years into starting her family, she decided to leave her career to spend more time with her son and pursue a comprehensive certification with Power Pilates.

She has never looked back!

Beth appreciates how powerful Pilates has been for her own health and loves sharing her passion with her clients.  She finds it very rewarding to see people get stronger, happier and healthier in their bodies and in their minds when they commit to a consistent Pilates practice.

Beth feels fortunate to be able to practice and teach something she truly loves!

Rebekka Schulze

Certified Pilates Instructor

“Life Loves Balance” – Rebekka is dedicated to helping people become healthy and strong through the teachings of Joseph Pilates.

Rebekka Schulze was born and raised in Germany.  At the age of 10, she was introduced to horses, starting with vaulting and then became a horse rider shortly after. Soon she discovered her interest in the Biomechanics of the human body and found her love for teaching.

For many years, she was leading the Education department of the horse riding club in her hometown. With registering for Physical Therapy school, she followed her second love: Helping others to achieve health. After completing Physical Therapy school in Germany, she graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia, finishing with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy).

 Her teaching style is characterized by precision, structure and a passionate understanding of the human body. Due to her outstanding knowledge and experience she became a Pilates Teacher Trainer as well and has educated many instructors to this point. She is leading Pilates related workshops and is tutoring soon-to-be teachers during their teacher training.

Her Pilates journey took her to another high point, when she was accepted into “The Work” a Pilates Master’s program led by first generation teacher Jay Grimes in Los Angeles. Having finished this vigorous program, has further deepened her passion for the Classical Pilates method, that Joseph Pilates created almost 100 years ago.