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Doug Bentz: Pilates and Dance

SThiel Pilates & MOVEment Center

(412) 482-4921


Monday – Friday: 9:30-6:00PM
Saturday: 9:30AM–5:00PM

Welcome to DougBentz.com


                                   Hello and welcome to my website!

My name is Doug Bentz....but friends and  clients call me ‘Swami Doug’.

I am a PMA-CPT certified Pilates teacher seeing clients at the SThiel Pilates & MOVEment Center in the East Liberty/Shadyside area of Pittsburgh, PA. PMA stands for the Pilates Method Alliance, the major certifying organization of Pilates teachers and studios in the world. 

After completing the 450 hour Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program at Harmony Pilates in Pittsburgh last year, I passed the Certified Pilates Teacher Exam and earned my Comprehensive Pilates Teacher certification. I  would like to thank my teachers at Harmony, and Moxie Mind & Body, for their guidance and mentorship during my years of study and preparation for this new ‘journey’ in my life.

I have recently retired as a Professor in the Dance Department at Point 

Park University, and I would like to thank Point Park University for awarding me the status of Professor Emeritus for my 40 years of service to the Dance Department and the University. I began teaching at Point Park back in 1976 while in my second season with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. 

And all in all, I have enjoyed a 50 year professional career in Dance. Whether it has been dancing professionally, teaching or making dances…dance has been my life ever since becoming a professional dancer in the summer of 1968. 

                                 Brief Background and Education:

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. I graduated from Penn Hills Sr. High School and then earned a BA in Dance from Butler University in Indianapolis, IND.

I received additional training as a scholarship dancer at the School of American Ballet and at the Luigi Jazz Dance Center in NYC, studied yoga at the Kripalu Yoga Institute in Massachusetts, and, as already mentioned, did my Pilates Teacher Training at Harmony Pilates in Pittsburgh.  


                                  A New Direction:Pilates!

And now, after 50 years in Dance, I am excited to be launching my new 2nd career as a PMA-CPT Certified Pilate Teacher....and even happier to be doing it at the SThiel Pilates & MOVEment Center in the East Liberty/Shadyside area of Pittsburgh. 

It is a lovely and inviting studio, run by owner Stephanie Tirdel, and has a full complement of elegant Pilates Stott apparatus. 

Pilates is absolutely amazing for your body and your mind! It is for everyone who wants to feel good again....not just young athletes and dancers.

Take it from me…an ex-dancer with a lot of dance related ‘issues’...it is not too late! Pilates has helped me "return to life"....as Joe Pilates would say! And it can do the same for you.

If you would like to feel rejuvenated... centered….and healthy again, please contact us at: 


                              SThiel Pilates & MOVEment Center

                                                316 S. Saint Clair St

                                              Pittsburgh, PA 15206


                                 412-482-4921 (press ‘2’ for Doug)


Or log onto: www.sthielpilates.com ....check us out, create an account and book some sessions.  Your body will thank  you! 

                                                  Blessings to all…

                                                     Swami Doug

Please check out the following page on my site: Professional Performance History.

This page contains a more detailed history of my professional dance credits. Thank you.