OUR PILATES INSTUCTORS
Lighthearted but challenging. Tamara has been dancing since the age of 3, she has always had a love of health and fitness and has been involved with Pilates from a young age. She completed her training at Elixr, School of Pilates in Australia, and has been teaching reformer classes ever since whilst training as a dancer in New York City. Her classes are fast paced and high energy with a strong focus on abdominals.
Ryan has been teaching Pilates for sixteen years. He has obtained full certification from the following leading and internationally recognized certifying organizations- Stott Pilates, Power Pilates, PhysicalMind Institute, and the Pilates Method Alliance.
Ryan is also a graduate of the Pink Ribbon Program allowing him to become a Cancer Exercise Specialist. He has certifications also in Spinning (Schwinn) and TRX ("Rate Your Burn" placed him in the top 10 best TRX instructors NYC 2012).
His joy in teaching comes from seeing his clients discover their movement potential. It's a priviledge and honor when clients trust him with their time, money, and physical beings. Humbled to teach this ingenious method that transforms both lives and bodies, his no-frills - yet concise- teaching style is what unleashes your inner Balanchine.
Ardella has been practicing Pilates and Yoga for the past 7 years, in addition to her formal dance education. She received her classical Pilates Certification under Simona Cipriani through the lineage of Romana Kryzanowska while pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts in SUNY Purchase College of the Arts. Upon moving into the city, Ardella grew more and more fascinated about the body and the diverse body types that exist today. She grew to notice that the habits of the modern day individual have changed overtime and the foundation of any form of conditioning begins with habit. In addition to being a certified comprehensive Pilates instructor, Ardella has also been certified as a NASM certified personal trainer (CPT), a Power Plate trainer (CPPT) and in the TRX suspension training method, with the hope of reaching out to the diverse range of individuals today. Ardella is committed to impart the joy and freedom of movement to people from all walks of life.
Catherine is a professional wellness and movement educator, former dancer and former multi-sport athlete. She graduated with a Masters in Public Health from New York University in 2013 and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her intention has always been to create a safe space for people to share and improve their human experience, and teaching movement has been a rewarding way to serve that intention.
Her love of movement began at age 4 in North Carolina, where she's originally from. She holds certifications in Yoga, Pilates, Energy Therapy, Bodywork and Mindfulness Meditation, and she blends several elements of her expertise into classes that encourage students to explore what it means to <i>be</i> in their bodies. Her passion for teaching comes from her passion for practice, and she continues to find inspiration by working with all bodies, of all kinds.
After years of being a Pilates client and benefiting as a professional dancer Blair decided to pursue his certification from Romana’s Pilates. His dance training began in upstate New York and continued in NYC. As a professional dancer, he performed in companies such as Chicago City Ballet, Ruth Page Chicago Ballet and Garden State Ballet.
He has been teaching Pilates in the tri-state area for over seven years. His knowledge as a dancer has given him the ability to focus on correct body placement of his clients. His belief is that anyone can benefit greatly from Pilates and his goal is for all clients to have an energetic, productive session.
Alaina is a native New Yorker and has always had a fascination with human anatomy and physiology. She is certified in comprehensive Pilates by Body Arts and Science International. Alaina was drawn to Pilates out of pure curiosity of the method and needless to say she fell in love immediately. The gains of increased body awareness, flexibility, confidence and the reduction of low back pain has been a motivator to make Pilates a way of life and wanting to share that way of life with others.
Her philosophy, enjoy the journey because few teasers are graceful the first time! In a session with her you may tune into muscles that are being ignored… and love it.
Katie Montoya was introduced to Pilates through mat classes during her early dance training in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It wasn’t until she moved to New York City while pursuing dance that she first tried the Pilates studio equipment while recovering from an injury. Montoya then studied and became a certified instructor at Rolates Pilates under Roberta Kirschenbaum. She also studied kinesthetic anatomy with Irene Dowd of Julliard’s dance faculty. Montoya attended the University of California, Irvine where she received B.A.’s in dance and drama in 2011. She is currently in her fourth season with both Sarah Berges Dance and Treehouse Shakers, an NYC based theater company for young audiences.
Micayla Wynn is a PMA®-CPT and dance artist based in New York City. Micayla graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and a concentration minor in Entrepreneurship from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of The Arts. She has studied abroad through Hebrew University’s program Dance Jerusalem, where she extensively trained in somatic practices and movement while studying the culture of Israeli dance. Most recently, Micayla has studied and taught Pilates abroad through teacher training under Polestar Asia. She spent several weeks teaching in Hong Kong, and later assisted with comprehensive examinations in Tokyo, Japan under the direction of Dawnna Wayburne.
Christine Perone is a dancer from Los Angeles. She received her Pilates certification in 2005 from Center Studio Physical Therapy Pilates in Burbank, CA. Christine’s introduction to Pilates started in 2000 when she injured her back while performing a dance stunt. After surgery she rehabilitated her back and dance career with Pilates. The respect and gratitude she gained from the Pilates Method led her to go from believer to teacher. Her specific combination of understanding the human body from an athletic dancer’s perspective, plus her own personal experience with injury and recovery are what make her the unique teacher she is today.