Laura Porter Blackburn, Owner

Laura Porter Blackburn was born and raised in Louisville KY. She matriculated at Brown University in Providence, RI and later received a Master's of Arts and Humanities in Dance and Theatre from SUNY Buffalo, focusing on Contact Improvisation (a form of postmodern dance in which points of physical contact between two dancers and the earth provide the starting point for exploration through movement improvisation) and mixed-media live art installations. After 4 years of studying Pilates in Buffalo, NY and with Deborah Lessen in NYC, and a year of kinesthetic anatomy with Irene Dowd, Laura moved to Boulder, CO to enter the Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center. She earned her certificate of completion from TPC’s Teacher Training Program in 2000.

She then relocated to Paris, France, where she co-opened Centre Pilates de Paris in 2001. There she also met her husband Gionatan Surrenti who also practices, performs and teaches Contact Improvisation. In September 2003, they moved to Orvieto, Italy, where Laura continued her own movement practice of CI and Pilates, developing concepts behind “Movement Education toward True Health” and opening her own small studio, called Core Fluency Pilates. During this time in Orvieto, Laura and her husband also home-birthed their two children, Maya and Mattia Surrenti.

In early 2009, Laura and her family moved home to Louisville. Laura continued to evolve “Core Fluency Pilates: Movement Education toward True Health” to include newer concepts—‘alive as we are meant,’ ‘stewardship of the body and stewardship of the planet,’ ‘replace ambition with curiosity,’ ‘tension masks sensation,’ ‘the small dance we do with the equipment.’ This work continues to inspire her to awaken the full potential to THRIVE in the human body, and in the surrounding community.

In July 2011, Laura opened Core Fluency Pilates in the Clifton Neighborhood, realizing a dream to create a teaching center for the Classical Pilates work in Louisville. Shortly thereafter, she became a Pilates Method Alliance certified teacher, completed TPC’s Master’s program, and in 2013 became a TPC Host Advisor/Host Studio to help mentor trainees through the myriad TPC training programs. Laura is CPR certified and can teach Pilates Italian, French and English.


Kim Root

Kim Root is a dance artist and movement educator based in Louisville, KY. She became involved with Pilates when recovering from a back injury. She soon was hooked, and shortly thereafter began a teacher training program through The Pilates Studio in Seattle which was guided and assessed by Romana Kryzanowska. She completed her training in 1996 and has had the opportunity to teach (and learn) at many different studios around the country. Kim enjoys bringing the breadth of her movement experiences and knowledge into her teaching.


Ashley Thursby

Ashley Thursby Kern received her training through Lotus Pilates in Bloomington, IN during her time at Indiana University. She completed her comprehensive Pilates Teacher Certification Program with training based on the original methods of Joseph H. Pilates. Ashley began Pilates at the age of 9 as a supplement to her focus in dance. Once she felt the effects of what Pilates had to offer, she knew that she wanted to learn more so that she could share the benefits of Pilates with others through teaching. Currently an Artist with the Louisville Ballet, Ashley’s passion is to work with moving bodies through Core Fluency’s new ‘Mend the Gap’ program. This specialized program for dancers will allow moving artists of all disciplines to improve imbalances within their bodies in their efforts to become a stronger dancer.



Lauren Bruker

Lauren has been a leader in the fitness scene for over a decade teaching in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin. This Louisville native is thrilled to finally return home and be a part of the Louisville Pilates and movement community.

As a former dancer and BFA graduate Lauren has always been drawn to movement. After college she quickly received her NASM personal training and 200 hour Yoga Alliance certifications and began training clients privately. In 2009 she was one of SoulCycle’s - NYC’s premiere indoor cycling studio - first instructors. She helped open SoulCycle studios all over the country and expanded the company’s teacher training program from 2009-2017.

During her career as an indoor cycling instructor she experienced a lower back injury that helped introduce her to Pilates. She became instantly hooked. Lauren loved the one on one attention, the small group classes, and how pilates helped alleviate fatigue and imbalance her body had been experiencing for years.

She joined a 600 hour classical Pilates certification and apprenticeship with Amanda Vernor of Somaspace while living in Austin Texas.



Larissa Guy

Larissa is receiving her instructor certification through TPC. She offers teacher-in-training lessons and classes at a reduced rate.


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New CFP Teacher

See yourself at CFP! We accept applications on a rolling basis. 

Now hiring a PMA-certified instructor from a 600+ hour Classical Pilates training program to teach privates and group classes afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays.  We are looking for a responsible, independent teacher, with a passion for Pilates, who feels compelled by our mission and vision, and is excited to be part of the Core Fluency Pilates Team.  Please send cover letter and resume to laura@corefluencypilates.com, and be sure to ask about joining our free instructor workouts on Tuesday and Friday mornings!