Karen Clippinger

Karen Clippinger


Dance Science and Pilates Education


Professor Emerita

California State University, Long Beach


Masters of Exercise Science

University of Washington



BASI Faculty and international presenter



Dance Anatomy & Kinesiology; co-author Pilates Anatomy

Karen Clippinger has a masters degree in exercise science and her life-long work has focused on application of scientific principles to enhance movement technique and reduce injury risk. She is a Professor Emerita at California State University, Long Beach where she coordinated the Pilates Center and taught Functional Anatomy for the Dancer, Prevention and Care of Dance Injuries, Body Placement, Pilates and Scientific Principles Applied to Teaching Technique.

Prior to her academic appointment, Ms. Clippinger worked as a clinical kinesiologist for 20 years, including at Loma Linda University Medical Center and several sports medicine clinics in Seattle. She has also consulted for the U.S. Weightlifting Federation, U.S. Race Walking Team and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Ms. Clippinger has given over 400 presentations in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and various sites in the United States including at conferences for the American College of Sports Medicine, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Body Arts and Science International, Balanced Body Pilates, Pilates Method Alliance, and the Olympic Scientific Congress. She has taught workshops at numerous universities including the University of Calgary, Cornish Institute of the Arts, Duke University, and Stanford University.

Ms. Clippinger wrote an exercise column for Shape Magazine for four years, served as one of the founding co-editor-in-chiefs of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, wrote a textbook Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology and co-authored Pilates Anatomy, the latter which has been translated into 11 languages.



Pilates Teacher Training

Long Beach, CA

Annual summer intensive held at CSULB. Full details.

CEC Workshops

Workshops are held worldwide. Upcoming workshops and topic descriptions are available for reference.





CEC Workshops and Practical Classes are available via Pilates Anytime.

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CEC Workshops

Spine Anatomy & Core Basics

3 PMA CECs, Workshop  2801


Practical Classes

Mat Workout for Alignment Symmetry

Class 2793 

Reformer Workout for Dancers

Class 2792




Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology
Principles and exercises for improving technique and avoiding common injuries – 2nd Edition with web resources (2016)

This visually rich text is a valuable resource for learning key bones, joints, muscles and movement analysis. Common alignment and technique errors are also discussed in addition to strength exercises, flexibility exercises, and cues that can be used for their improvement. Although many of the examples are dance-specific, the applied nature of this text and its many illustrations make it an essential reference for Pilates, Yoga and Fitness instructors, as well as Dance educators and dedicated dancers.

The second edition retains its scientific perspective while offering greater accessibility to a wider audience. The streamlined approach makes the content more readily covered in a single undergraduate course, and the text comes with a suite of online ancillaries. 

Available through Human Kinetics and at Amazon.com


Pilates Anatomy (2011)

Pilates Anatomy, written by Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger, was released in 2011 and is available in 11 languages. The first three chapters of this book cover key principles of Pilates, body alignment essentials, and movement analysis fundamentals. The following chapters cover steps, technique cues and exercise notes for 46 mat exercises. The final chapter provides sample programs, utilizing the exercises covered in prior chapters. This Pilates book is unique in its inclusion of stunning color anatomical illustrations to visually demonstrate principles or reflect important muscles utilized in a given exercise.

Available through Human Kinetics and at Amazon.com