Summer 2003:

Summer 2016:

Cecelia Kay Neff, owner and founder of Enlighten Studio was classically trained in SF Bay Area at the Contra Costa Ballet School. She attended University of California Irvine. From 1992 to 2003 she had 5 children. She has been actively teaching students of all ages, since 1991, practicing instruction through positivity.

1990 Prokofiev Pas de Deux  

Cecelia Kay Neff, ballet performance

Directed and Choreographed by ABT’s Zola Dishong, Owner & Director with Richard Cammack of The Contra Costa Ballet School


In 2003, looking more like a busy mom of five than a ballerina Cecelia also suffered from severe back pain including whiplash, cervical injuries, herniated discs, L4/L5 lower lumbar damage and sciatica. Returning to fitness in 2007  she trained herself with personal passion and knowledge of Ballet and Pilates.
In one year she lost 40 pounds and has remained healthy and fit to this day. She no longer suffers from back pains and began to teach at many of our local health clubs, fitness and dance studios as a featured guest instructor.
Not wishing to keep this unique and powerfully effective method to herself, she began helping others, seeing rapid results for people of all ages that consistently trained with her. From Generations Health Club to Crunch Fitness, many clients who had previous limitations were astounded and thankful to heal so rapidly as they recovered and reach their goals within a year. This became confirming evidence that Enlighten works for every body.
From 2007 to 2016 the staff of the following Placer County health clubs, schools, and studios invited Cecelia to teach. As of Feb 2017 Cecelia is now the owner & director of Enlighten Fitness and Dance Studio in Newcastle, CA.
Auburn Community Television (Enlighten Pilates TV show continues airing twice daily)
Bear River High School Dance Department
Roseville Health and Wellness Center
Generations Health Club
Horizon Charter School
Crunch Fitness
Auburn Racquet and Fitness Club
Conservatory of Dance
Technically Ballet School
In addition to contributing to the community with passion, Cecelia has had many performances throughout southern and northern California, from Orange County to Walnut Creek (for the opening of the Dean Lesher Center for the Arts) Contra Costa Ballet, Placer Theatre Ballet, The University of California Irvine and with Sacramento’s Salsero, Mike Del Campo.
In uniquely comfortable style,  Cecelia’s mind-body training called “Enlighten on the Mat” (as inspired by combination of the timeless principles of ballet, pilates, and yoga) successfully transforms individuals of every age.  Both beginner to advanced students feel immediate refreshment, with rapid results, including: renewed posture, strengthened firm core, fat loss, visible tone muscle, improved sleep, increased productivity, along with greater inspiration and energy.
Enlighten offers a full schedule of dance and fitness classes available for every age and gender.

Remember who you are.

~Cecelia Kay Neff