About the Instructors

Connor Dawson, Polestar Pilates Practitioner and Certified Pilates Method Alliance Instructor

Having grown up with Pilates since I was five years old, I recalled early memories of playing on the equipment while mom was doing her own Pilates workout.  Throughout the years, I have heard  and witnessed testimonies of people’s lives changed because of Pilates.  How pain was eliminated and range of motion was restored.  I knew it was a matter of time before I was old enough to follow my mom’s footstep.  Helping people reach their optimum level of physical wellness has become my goal at a very young age.
Since the age of 5, I was trained in Shotokan karate, a Japanese form of martial art.  I was grateful for the opportunity to teach Shotokan both to youth and adults students at both Lincoln Budo-Kan and   the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
My Pilates training through Polestar Education, my college background in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science and my years of teaching Shotokan will allow me to design a well balanced workout program, but also incorporating nutrition to give clients a complete picture of wellness. 


I am a believer that practicing Pilates under a trained Pilates instructor can help you gain long, lean and balanced muscles.  A body that is balanced will be less likely to become injured.  My goal is to guide the Pilates enthusiasts to learn to incorporate breathing, alignment of the body and execute the movement safely and properly.  My training and education will enable me to tailor the program to his/her specific need and towards a life of wellness through a healthy diet and exercise plan.


Monica Dawson, Polestar Pilates Practitioner

Pilates Method in Lincoln is the first Pilates Studio in Nebraska. Monica Dawson brought Pilates to Lincoln, Nebraska in October of 2000. Monica is a Certified Polestar Pilates Practitioner, an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, and an active member of the Pilates Method Alliance.

Alan & Monica Dawson 2014

Monica has trained a number of Pilates practitioners who currently own and operate Pilates studios in the Lincoln/Omaha, Nebraska areas.  She has also worked with athletes in the areas of professional football, gymnastics, swimming and equine sports. Monica brings recognition of the benefits of Pilates not only to dancers, athletes, rehabilitative patients, but also to any individual in pursuit of a healthy balanced lifestyle.

Her detailed instruction increases awareness and emphasizes safety in Pilates. Instruction is adapted to each student’s skill level from beginner to advance. Her personal practice inspires the application of simple techniques to improve daily life and overall well-being. Students leave her class feeling energized and relaxed, ready to take on anything that comes their way.

As an avid triathlete, Monica brings to the Studio a unique knowledge of how Pilates can benefit the endurance athlete. Monica continues to expand her abilities and interest in the discipline.

Monica is married to her husband, Alan of 28 years.  They have a twenty four year old son, Connor, and daughter-in-law, Catherine Dawson.  Connor is also a Certified  Polestar Pilates Practitioner and a Certified Pilates Method Instructor.   They are very active and enjoy many outdoor activities.

Wendy Samson, Balanced Body Practitioner

Wendy is an active mother of five children who started her fitness journey after having children. She has continued her fitness journey to receive training in yoga, barre, cycling and pilates.

Wendy completed a Balanced Body Reformer and Mat certification and has been teaching pilates for 3 years. Wendy said, “I love pilates because it is a beautiful marriage of building strength and increasing flexibility to create a well balanced body.” She continues to expand her knowledge with additional certifications and conferences.

In 2015, Wendy completed her 200 hour Yoga certification at Lotus House of Yoga in Lincoln, while also completing 95 hours of Children’s Yoga Teacher Training, at Lotus House of Yoga in Omaha. In late 2015, she completed her Barre certification with Barre Intensity and Fly Fitness going on to become a Master Instructor of Barre. In 2016, she completed Schwinn Cycle Training.

Wendy has a passion for fitness and a strong desire to help others be the best and strongest version of themselves in both mind and body. She has worked with Lincoln Parks and Rec leading fitness for kids including Feet First Running Club, Community Health Endowment teaching pilates and yoga. Wendy also taught modified chair yoga at Easterday Rec Center for special needs individuals. Her experience with barre, yoga, cycling and pilates makes her a very well rounded instructor.