The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is a totally new exercise system, using Gyrokinesis exercises as the basis to exercise the musculature while mobilizing and articulating the joints.

The uniqueness of the system is that it simultaneously stretches and strengthens your body with minimal effort, while increasing range of motion and developing coordination.

The Gyrotonic Expansion System was conceived by Juliu Horvath using key principles of gymnastics, swimming, ballet, and yoga through which major muscle groups are worked in an integrated manner. The system is supported by equipment designed around the human body to allow total freedom in movement, without restriction of speed or versatility, thereby enhancing coordination, strength and flexibility.

Unlike most conventional exercise equipment where linear or isolated movements are performed, the Gyrotonic Expansion System emphasizes multiple joint articulations without compression. Currently, the Gyrotonic Expansion System is used worldwide by dancers, athletes, and in rehabilitation facilities, as well as by people from all walks of life, age and health condition.
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Gyrotonic® Ventura


People from all walks of life, including accomplished singers, athletes, dancers, college students, baby boomers, senior citizens, and people with disabilities enjoy the strength and freedom of movement that Gyrotonic offers.  Gyrotonic exercise sequences are composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breath. carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility.  With Gyrotonic exercises, each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression.

Your Ventura Gyrotonic team will adapt this method to fit anyone’s ability.  Private sessions and small group classes are available.  Please reach out to us to find out how you can get started today.

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Specialized Equipment

The body is designed to work as one harmonious system, to follow arcing and spiraling paths of motion, and to transition from one movement to the next smoothly, and efficiently.  Gyrotonic method creator, Juliu Horvath , designed a specialized line of equipment around these natural movement patterns of the human body.

Because Gyrotonic equipment is highly adjustable, it can be customized to fit each person’s unique physique, and ability, adapting for things such as height, arm and leg length and physical ability.


The Gyrokinesis Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method, which coordinates movement, breath and mental focus.  Exercises are done without equipment and is a great addition for anyone who would like to increase their range of motion and decrease tension in their bodies through stretch and strengthening movements. Classes are available every Thursday evening at 6 pm and Saturday morning at 9 am.

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Gyrotonic® & Gyrokinesis® Schedule

Group Classes


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm GYROTONIC Pulley Tower


5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Intro to GYROTONIC Pulley Tower

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm GYROTONIC Pulley Tower

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm GYROTONIC Pulley Tower


8:00 am – 9:00 am GYROTONIC Pulley Tower

9:00 am – 10:00 am GYROTONIC Pulley Tower

10:00 am – 11:00 am GYROKINESIS

Advanced Classes:

Advanced Tower Class with Master Trainer, Jill Denison one Saturday a month.Upcoming 2019 class dates are:  3/23, 4/20, 5/25.  Email us at or call us at (805) 648-4191 to register. These tend to sell out – so sign-up right away.
*Gyrotonic Pre Training for teacher candidates TBA.


Single session $80. pkg. of 5-$375. 2x week pkg. of 10- $700.
Group classes $30. pkg of 4-$100
GYROKINESIS $15. pkg of 5-$60
Reserve a space in a current group class, or book a Private or Semi-private session, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, contact us directly at or text us at (805) 648-4191. Specialized classes can be made available for dancers enrolled in any dance studio program available upon request.

Our Team

Pamela Pilkenton

Pamela Pilkenton

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Cathy Butter

Cathy Butter

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Pamela Pilkenton

Pamela Pilkenton

I entered the Pilates world in 2001 as my life matured away from the intensity of professional dance. Formally, I did not have an interest in Pilates principles, but the legendary teaching of Romana Kryzanowska appealed to me. Her syllabus of the classic work aligned with my professional training from both the Robert Joffrey and Alvin Ailey dance schools, was the foundation for Gyrotonic Ventura. As a young dancer I attended the New York School of Performing Arts, immersing myself into culture rich curriculums. My adventures in Flamenco, Jazz and the Theater Arts led me into years of performing on Broadway and Off Broadway projects. When I discovered the Gyrotonic movement and the enormously fascinating scope of Gyrokinesis, I was also swept away to begin a new chapter in my life. I began the Gyrotonic Certification program in 2005 under master trainer Lisa Marie Goodwin Rice. Moving forward, I received my Level 2 Gyrotonic Certification under Jill Dension and trained with founder Julil Horvath for specialized equipment use and breathing workshops. Discovering Gyrokinesis has been a profound experience and a wonderful way to share and teach. My students are finding their potential in flexibility, strength, grace and fluidity. Gyrotonic is transforming their physical wellness, spirit, mind and heart.

Cathy Butter

Cathy Butter

While training for both my Bachelors and Masters from UCLA’s Dance program, I began applying dance movement systems with exercise science, and graduated with the determination to teach an integrated system to both dancer and the fitness enthusiast. 

I met Pamela Pilkenton in 1993 when I began to teaching studio and dancing in her company, Plexus Dance Theatre.  In 1998, I became Adjunct Dance Professor at Ventura College.  I taught Modern, Jazz, Performance and Choreography.  I directed over 18 multi-media dance performances and choreographed musicals for the Theater Department.  My student-base was multi-leveled so I interjected strength building and awareness techniques like Alexander Technique and Pilates to promote confidence and strength.  I started classes in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® from Pamela in 2010 – it was in this first session that I knew my life of exercise science and dance had become one. My own movement patterns became more efficient and my teaching more cohesive.

In 2012 I took the foundation course with Master Trainer Lisa Marie Goodwin Rice received a GYROTONIC® Level 1 Certification and have been teaching system since. I received certification to teach GYROTONIC® Level 2, Program 2 from Master Trainer Jill Dennison in 2014 and will be certified by the end of 2015 in GYROKINESIS® and Jumping Stretch Board.

For me, the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® offers the perfect combination of natural movement, core strengthening, internal balancing and self-expression. It continues to show amazing results in my students.  I invite you to join me in savoring the GYROTONIC® experience and create a stronger, more flexible, healthier you.

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