On the Clock: Ellie Duncan | SummitDaily.com

On the Clock: Ellie Duncan


Frisco resident Ellie Duncan doesn’t sit behind a desk when she’s at work – she spends much of her time on the floor.Duncan is a Pilates instructor at Oasis 9600 on Airport Road in Breckenridge, which has been open since November. Pilates is a technique that includes a series of controlled movements that focus on improving the body’s flexibility and strength. Duncan is currently receiving further Pilates training at The Pilates Center in Boulder.In the winter, Duncan can be found on the slopes at Copper Mountain as a ski instructor.What do you like best about your job?

“I like the idea that I’m changing the way someone looks and their body and how it moves. I think it’s really important for people to learn how to move and exercise. It’s also a nice place to work, because the community is so active.”How did you become involved in Pilates?”I used to figure skate, and my coaches wanted me to increase my flexibility and strength without making my muscles big.”I met Jackie Stoffel here who runs the Pilates (at Oasis 9600), and she inspired me to get into the program.”

If you could have any other job, what would it be?”I would either want to be a doctor, or I would want to do outdoor education for kids who are less fortunate. I would also like to start a program to bring inner city kids to Copper to ski and here to do Pilates.”What do you find most challenging about your job?”Pilates can sometimes be hard for people who aren’t used to the movements and control. I would really like to be able to teach Pilates to lots of people, but unfortunately Pilates isn’t as popular as one would want.”

What brought you to Summit County?”After I graduated from school, I wanted some medical experience, because I wanted to go to medical school. I wanted to be a patroller at Copper Mountain, but I didn’t get the job. I did get a job as a ski instructor though.”What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?”I’m an orange belt in Ju-Jutsu. I got it when I was a freshman in college. I was the only girl who did it.”

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