Karen Clippinger Education




Dance Science and Pilates Education - Karen’s Background


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 her course topics included anatomy, injury prevention, body placement and Pilates for dancers.

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 internationally and at various sites in the United States including at conferences for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Body Arts and Science International (BASI), Balanced Body Pilates, Pilates Method Alliance, and numerous universities.

Ms. Clippinger 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.



Pilates Teacher Training

Long Beach, CA

Annual summer intensive held at CSULB. Full details.

Pilates 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.

If you are new to Pilates Anytime, you can start your 15 day free trial now.


CEC Workshops

Spine Anatomy & Core Basics (3 PMA CECs)

Shoulder Biomechanics (3 PMA CECs)


Practical Classes

Mat Workout for Alignment Symmetry

Reformer Workout for Dancers

Mat for Dancers

Core Stability Mat




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. The applied nature and many illustrations of this text make it an essential reference for Pilates instructors, as well as Dance educators and dancers.
Available through Human Kinetics and at Amazon.com


Pilates Anatomy (2011)

Pilates Anatomy, written by Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger, has been translated into more than 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 with stunning anatomical illustrations. The final chapter provides sample programs.

Available through Human Kinetics and at Amazon.com