I am Melissa Connolly and the owner  of Move ME Pilates & Barre founded in March, 2019.  Move ME Pilates Studio is a boutique Pilates and Barre studio in Portland, Maine. We are located in North Deering on Washington Ave between Canco Rd and Ocean Ave in a bright and light filled studio. Move ME offers Pilates and Barre classes and private lessons.


My Pilates training began as a dancer in in Boston and I received my very first Pilates certification in 1999 in New York. 

Soon after I went on to spend 11 years in Southern California  immersed in a very progressive and innovative health and wellness community.  While living on the West Coast, I really immersed myself into Pilates and dance and received amazing opportunities in my career such as becoming a teacher trainer for Balanced Body Pilates, working alongside Julian Littleford and running his teacher training program, and become an instructor on the most popular Pilates online classes Pilates Anytime. 


​Before starting Move ME I owned The Pilates Barre in Massachusetts and at the same time worked at the biggest Balanced Body training center, Boston Body. I also began leading Pilates and Barre workshops through Pilates On Tour.

​Since moving to Maine in the spring of 2018, I really ONLY had the vision of inspiring my new community through the magical movement of Pilates and Barre.  I sought out a space that had plenty of parking, large windows and a sign so people would find ME!   Move ME Pilates opened March of 2019!


I strive to provide well balanced classes, positive energy,  attention to form and alignment, musicality in barre class and deep kinesthetic sense to motivate clients of all ages, abilities and limitations, and mentor up-and-coming Pilates instructors.

PMA Certified Pilates 

PhysicalMind Pilates Certification

Julian Littleford Pilates Certification

Balanced Body Master Instructor Trainer Certification

Pre/Post-Natal Pilates Specialist™ Certification

ACE Fitness Personal Trainer

Yoga Fit certified levels 1-4

Pilates Anytime Instructor

Children's yoga, Senior yoga and Pre and Post-Natal yoga certificates

Master instructor workshop presenter