District Pilates

District Pilates is a boutique contemporary Pilates studio in Washington, D.C with locations in Shaw and Petworth. Both Reformer studios offer private, semi-private, and group classes using Peak Pilates Reformers and Chairs. Classes range from beginner to advanced and can be targeted and tailored to an individual client’s needs. Pilates is ideal for every body type, level of fitness, and age group. It’s an exercise program that develops core strength as it dynamically works to both stretch and activate muscles, restoring the body’s natural grace, power, and balance. District Pilates’ small classes guarantee you’ll receive plenty of guidance and support from our experienced instructors. Socks are required for each class and any socks will do – grip socks are not required by recommend. District Pilates has been voted Best Pilates Studio in Washington City Paper Magazine for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. 

For a listing and description of the classes we offer, please click here.

Featured Trainers

Cassandra Cunningham

Position:Pilates Reformer Instructor
Cassandra took her first reformer class at Vida in 2012 from a new instructor named Bailey and the rest is history. She had been doing yoga daily for years and kept injuring herself overdoing it. She started traveling for work and found 2-3 reformer classes per week kept her in the same shape- maybe stronger- than her previous routine. She was hooked. Before becoming a mother in March 2021, you would find Cassandra chatting her way through Bailey’s 6AM advanced reformer or chair class most weekdays. She loves District Pilates for the community as much as for the workouts. She’s currently working on getting back to a daily pilates routine. What her classes are like: Cassandra adds a lot of stretching and balance challenges to her classes. Growing up her father taught her that strength, endurance and flexibility together are the foundation of fitness. Cassandra would add balance to that formula - and she tries to reflect that in her class plans. You’ll get to push your limits with some heavier weights, curse your instructor under your breath while doing the full hundred, and explore ways to improve your balance and flexibility with props like the overball, balance pad, and yoga blocks.


  • "Bailey's workouts are geared not just for abs and core but also designed to give a strong upper body workout, saving you a trip to the gym!"

    Gary - Shaw

  • "I have been a student of Bailey's for over four years and it has been a life changing experience. Her classes have changed my entire approach to fitness and I have never felt healthier and more in shape. Bailey is a hands on teacher who makes you feel like you are the only student in the room. She helps you improve your practice but always remembers your limitations and injuries and creates a personalized experience for each student. I highly recommend both pilates reformer and Bailey as an instructor - her classes are challenging and fun at the same time!"

    Parita S. - U Street

  • “Reformer with Bailey is GREAT! Bailey is an extremely knowledgeable, inspiring, and challenging instructor. She keeps each workout fresh and is able to individualize for each person in the class. I have been taking reformer with Bailey for almost a year and appreciate that she monitors my progress and knows when to increase the tension of the reformer. Bailey’s classes are fun, provide a total body workout, and are a good complement to my cardio and spinning routine. I recommend reformer with Bailey for anyone looking to reach a higher level of fitness!”

    Danielle K., Chinatown

  • "Bailey is a wonderful Pilates instructor. I would particularly recommend Bailey if you’re just starting Pilates. She is warm and welcoming, and never makes you feel uncomfortable in class as you’re learning the different exercises. That being said, she always wants to make sure her classes are challenging and she is always incorporating new exercises and modifications to keep you on your toes."

    Kate K. Adams Morgan

  • "Bailey is why I do Pilates. She has instructed me since I was a beginner and constantly challenges me and my muscles! Her mix of core, strength, cardio and stretch ensures I get a full body workout. I am addicted."

    Maryam K. U Street

  • "Bailey's workouts don't feel like work. She pushes us all to exceed our limits and build core strength, flexibility and endurance. But she smartly knows that the best way to motivate us is to make sure we enjoy ourselves. Every class is focused, disciplined and exhausting - but also very fun. I'd do Pilates with Bailey every day, if I could."

    John M. - U Street

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