When another dancer introduced Darien Gold to the Pilates method in 1992, Darien felt an immediate connection to the work and soon after, began studying with Romana Kryzanowska, astar disciple of Joseph Pilates. As a professional dancer and dance teacher, the Pilates technique was a natural for Darien. She spent the next few years incorporating Pilates into her dance classes while completing her classical Pilates program then certifying in 1997. Drawing on her prior gymnastics training, Darien combined her disciplines and began teaching in her Hollywood, CA apartment. As her practice grew, mostly by word of mouth, she moved into a larger space and invested in a Cadillac, additional reformers, chairs and barrels. Three years later, another move — this time to West Hollywood above the famous TOI Thai restaurant on Sunset Blvd., and named this larger commercial space, Studio Darien. Darien would go on to produce two award-winning Apps and four DVDs and helped to prepare newer teachers for a career in the Pilates field. After fourteen years of running and operating Studio Darien, Darien’s “inner compass” told her it was time to expand further and to the dismay of her Los Angeles clientele, moved north to Sonoma County in 2013 and opened this time, a home studio. The peaceful countryside encourages students to experience what Joe Pilates meant when he referred to his work as, “The complete coordination of body, mind and spirit. Because of Covid, Darien shifted her in-person classes and workshops to an online class format and has students in the UK, Europe, Asia, US and even the Isle of Man where Joe Pilates was interned during WW1. The Pandemic has not only given Darien the unique ability to reach students worldwide, but her Podcast, ALL THINGS PILATES, continues to attract listeners with her insightful interviews of people in the Pilates community.
An invitation in 2018, took Darien across the pond to England where she taught classical Pilates to both classical and contemporary Pilates instructors. The following year, she worked with the officers and fire fighters of the Santa Rosa Police and Fire Departments and her class quickly gained popularity because of the improvements in core strength and mobility the attendees were experiencing.
In the March/April 2020 issue of Pilates Style magazine, Darien is featured in the Masters of the Method, Powerhouse section, in a 3-page article called, “Voice of Pilates,” written by Anne Marie O’Connor. Darien’s forty-year journey from the gymnastics mat to the Pilates mat is explored and the magazine is available online and in print.