Founders & Staff

About Us

We are movement specialists dedicated to improving your health and well-being

Amy Pena | Director

Amy, co-founder of SPYRL Chicago, is a former professional dancer who studied with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company in New York. She discovered the Gyrotonic Expansion System® after a career ending injury and has been teaching Gyrotonic® classes since 2005. She has studied the Gyrotonic Expansion System® extensively and has been certified in the Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® methods by Juiliu Horvath, the creator of the Gyrotonic Expansion System®. Amy also has special certifications for working with dancers, elite athletes, and golfers.

Amy has taught in Brazil, and works with all age groups and abilities, helping to transform people’s bodies. Amy has a Master’s Degree in Linguistics and enjoys learning new languages.

Amy’s certifications and course list:

  • Certification / Class
  • GYROTONIC® Apprentice
  • GYROTONIC ® Trainer
  • GYROTONIC® Level 1 Foundation Course
  • GYROTONIC® Level 1 Final Certificate Course
  • GYROTONIC® Jumping-Stretching Board Course
  • GYROTONIC® Level 2 Pre-Training Course (legacy)
  • GYROTONER® Course
  • GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer Update Course
  • GYROTONIC® Applications for Golf Level 1
  • GYROTONIC® Applications for High Level Athletes
  • GYROTONIC® Level 1 Update Course
  • GYROTONIC® Psoas Principles
  • GYROTONIC® Applications for the Pelvic Girdle
  • GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer Update Course
  • GYROTONIC® Leg Extension Unit Course
  • GYROTONIC® Applications for Golf Level 1
  • GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer Update Course
  • GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Pre-Training Course
  • GYROTOKINESIS® Level 1 Foundation Course
  • GYROTOKINESIS® Level 1 Final Certificate Course
  • GYROKINESIS® Breathing Course Intensive
  • GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Update Course
  • GYROKINESIS® Essentials-Part 1

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Sharon Burack | Movement Specialist

Sharon Burack, co-founder of SPYRL™ Chicago, is excited to bring her wellness philosophy of alternative medicine to the public with the opening of the first SPYRL studio in Downtown Highland Park, the North Shore’s newest studio exclusively teaching the Gyrotonic Expansion System®.

After first hearing about the Gyrotonic® method from two close friends, Sharon decided to try it out and knew instantly that this form of exercise is what the world needs to increase the quality of life and mobility, especially within the aging population.

She found the circular motions of Gyrotonic® movement enhanced her flexibility, her regular physical activity, and helped her feel more grounded and connected. “I believe the movements one does effect the way people think and when we do movements that are spiral in nature it makes one more adaptable. I found that Gyrotonic® sessions puts me in a mindful state and I felt even more creative after doing this, almost on a Gyro-high.”

The Gyrotonic Method® ties together Sharon’s wellness philosophy and awareness of self-being. Now in her 60s, and after overcoming many health challenges including being a cancer survivor, suffering from arthritis and recovering from a hip injury, it’s even more important than ever for her to be in the best shape possible. The Gyrotonic Expansion System® allows her to enjoy other regular exercise activities even more. A black belt martial artist, she now has more range of motion, better balance, harder kicks and can do a lot more in kung fu.

As a senior living professional, Sharon is passionate about the benefits of Gyrotonic® exercises and sees first-hand how strength and mobility is a huge factor in injury prevention and fall prevention. An occupational therapist by training and owner of Freedom Home Care, one of the leading and most respected home care agencies in the Chicagoland area, Sharon started to put the wheels in motion to bring the Gyrotonic Method® to the Chicagoland area in hopes of helping anyone from senior citizens to professional athletes maximize their health and wellness potential.

Sharon and Amy plan to open more SPRYL studios over the next few years and will continue to spread awareness of the Gyrotonic Expansion System® throughout the Chicagoland area.

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Caitlin Foster | Instructor

Caitlin recently joined SPYRL as the newest member to the team. As an avid dancer with strong interests in health and wellness, Caitlin discovered the GYROTONIC Expansion System ® in high school while she was a student at The Chicago Academy for the Arts. It greatly enhanced her dance performance. “I found the GYROTONIC Expansion System ® technique greatly expanded my range of movement, increased my flexibility and improved my dancing skills and dance career immensely,” says Caitlin, SPYRL Chicago’s newest instructor.

Caitlin is from Chicago, Illinois, where she began her studies as a dancer attending The Chicago Academy for the Arts, a private arts high school located in downtown Chicago. She continued as a dance performance major at Northern Illinois University, where after graduation she was accepted into the scholarship/training program with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She later went on to attend Pratt Institute in New York City to pursue a Master’s Degree in Dance Movement Therapy.

“I am excited to begin teaching at SPYRL and expand my knowledge of the movement system!” says Caitlin. “I look forward to having the opportunity to introduce the GYROTONIC expansion system ® to other people, and help others improve their skills as well.”

Caitlin is excited to work with anyone interested in increasing their mobility and improving their sport performance. She has seen how much of an impact the GYROTONIC expansion system ® has had on her skills and wants to share that knowledge to make a significant difference in the lives of others.

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