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Inspiring Conversations with Melody Boza of Mel’s Pilates Shop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melody Boza.

Hi Melody, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My love for movement began while taking dance classes as a child here in Tampa (my hometown!). I deepened my study of dance at Blake High School and later got my BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After college, I moved to NYC, where I worked administratively in the education department of American Ballet Theatre in between contracts as a dancer on cruise ships. My career on ships took me all over the world including Australia/NZ, Europe, Asia, Pacific islands, the Middle East, and of course- the Caribbean. After my dance career, I got certified to teach various exercise modalities such as group fitness, yoga, Thai yoga massage, Pilates, barre, and Functional Range Conditioning. After a few years teaching in gyms and boutique studios, I decided to open my own space and work full time as a private Pilates teacher.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The dance world can be very competitive and cutthroat, so starting my career in that industry set me up well for being able to take risks and face disappointments (living in NYC itself can feel like a struggle!). I found the learning journey of getting all of my fitness certifications super fun and rewarding, and the process of setting up my private Pilates studio was a lot of work (kind of scary) but extremely fulfilling. When you take a creative path in life and build your own unique business model, there are a lot of challenges because there is no “how-to manual” to guide you along the way, but luckily I have a supportive family and network of friends and mentors who have always been there for me.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
The most special thing about teaching Pilates 1-on-1 is the personal relationships I’ve built with my clients. Mel’s Pilates Shop is not just a place for exercise and mobility training (it’s also that) but it’s a place where people can truly take care of themselves, relieve stress, laugh, cry, and make friends. By investing in their physical health, I’ve also seen my clients improve their mood and mental health, leaving their appointments feeling better about themselves as a whole package- it’s a beautiful thing!

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Doing work that is aligned with my highest values and deepest interests while connecting to others on an intimate level.

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Caitlyn Mae Boza

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