Kate's dance and theater education began at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, where she studied Musical Theater with a concentration in Vocal Performance and Dance. She primarily focused on dance with Martha Graham Techniques and Russian Style Ballet, and started practicing Pilates as part of her dance training. She loved making it a part of her routine and grew to especially love the classical method. She completed a B.S. in Arts Administration with a concentration in Music and Theater at Wagner College. She has taught contemporary, ballet and jazz techniques in Portland, ME and Staten Island, NY. She moved to Colorado in 2016 and graduated from the Intermediate Teaching Training Program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. Kate believes a life centered around Pilates makes people happier, relieves tensions of the body, and works to repair imbalances created over the years. In addition to practicing the work personally, Kate wants to teach others how to allow the movement to serve their own personal goals. Pilates does more than strengthen muscle and maintain a healthier spine. It sews the body together, empowers the mind and develops the body so it can move in a healthier way. Kate's goal in session is to bridge the body, mind, and soul as originally intended by Joseph Pilates!
Lisa was born and raised in West Harrison, New York and has lived in Westchester her entire life. She worked as a certified public accountant after graduating from Mercy College with a BS in Accounting. After putting her career on hold while her three children were young, Lisa returned to the workforce and quickly realized happiness was not found at her “desk job.” Having a lifelong passion and commitment to physical fitness, Lisa was reintroduced to Pilates and immediately fell back in love with the method, especially how it challenged and changed her body and posture. Leading to a total career change, Lisa has completed Mat and Reformer certificates through Balanced Body and continues her 500 hour comprehensive training certification, including Chair, Barrel and Cadillac/Trapeze. She believes the integration of the Pilates principles along with the mind, body, spirit approach to movement is what sets Pilates apart from any other exercise discipline. Lisa’s love for Pilates, her positive energy and enthusiastic teaching style along with her dedication to personal practice and ongoing workshops are qualities that help her clients achieve results and keep them coming back for more. She is most inspired and motivated every day by her family, some really great friends and her amazing clients. Lisa believes we are always a “work in progress” and to aspire every day to be the best version of yourself.
Ann Marie Polchinski has 20 years' experience working in the health and wellness community. Her concentration lies in advanced pilates practice with two certifications. She obtained her first certification in pilates reformer at IM=X in 2003 and advanced pilates training through Physical Mind Institute in 2007. Ann Marie is experienced in pre and post rehabilitation techniques, pre-post natal and special populations. She has over 20 years' working for major health clubs in the New York area in both private and group training.
Jean discovered Pilates in 2003, shortly after the birth of her son as a means to gain back her pre-pregnancy body specifically as a means to strengthen her core and back muscles. After practicing for many years, in studios across New York City and Westchester, NY, Jean decided make the leap from her corporate life in Advertising and pursue her love of Pilates by becoming a Pilates Instructor. She has been teaching reformer, tower and mat classes since December, 2016. An avid animal lover (a close second to her love for Pilates), Jean spends her non-Pilates time working with various rescue shelters helping to rescue and foster homeless kittens and cats. Jean resides in Scarsdale, NY with her husband, three children, 4 cats and 3 dogs.
Shannon Berkeley discovered Pilates while studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder; an avid horseback rider, she sought out Pilates specifically to help strengthen the core and improve posture. She believes Pilates is the perfect cross-training exercise method for all amateur and serious athletes. Falling in love with the method, Shannon decided to become a comprehensive, authentic Pilates instructor and completed her 600-hour certification at Center For Movement. A Scarsdale native, she has been teaching at CFM since January 2016. Shannon spends her non-Pilates time actively pursuing a career in film and television, and is a successful print model for beauty and lifestyle brands.
Janice Lee Brennan RN, CPI, VBI comes to the Pilates community with extensive training and background in the classical method of Pilates. Jan was awarded a scholarship from the Pilates studio at the Atlanta Ballet and began studying the classical method with Romana Krysnowska and her daughter Sari in both the New York and Atlanta Certification Centers. Completing her 600 hour certification in NYC at the original Dragos gym with Romana in 2000, she then returned to the certification center in Georgia to train dancers from the Atlanta Ballet the Georgia Ballet and apprentices of the classical Pilates method, assisting with ongoing seminars for the next three years.Jan returned home to the Northeast in 2009 and reintroduced classical dance and ballet principles into her practice. Janice completed V Barre certification in 2012, and VBarre Boot camp certification in 2013. She launched her personally choreographed “Pilates at the Barre” classes in NY in 2013 and continues to focus on challenging her clients to reach their highest potential.
Kylene fell in love with Pilates 12 years ago. After taking her first 3 classes, she was hooked. Fascinated with how much her body and mind changed in such a short time, she decided to pursue a certification through Power Pilates. Kylene loves being able to share Pilates with others and help people feel as good as she does.
Hadley grew up on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina playing tennis, basketball and soccer year round. After high school she moved to Charlottesville to attend the University of Virginia and found herself with a gym membership for the first time. Completely bored by the elliptical and treadmill routine, and discouraged by the lack of results, her mom talked her into taking a Pilates class. Thirty minutes into her first session she was hooked! She loved the way Pilates changed and challenged her body, but also relaxed and focused her mind. Inspired and motivated by seeing the numerous benefits of Pilates firsthand, she became mat certified in 2009 and in 2010 she completed the 600 hour comprehensive training certification from Power Pilates in Atlanta, GA and has been teaching ever since. She loves helping her clients reach their fitness goals through Pilates.
Amanda Duckstein began practicing Pilates in college when she needed to add a new workout to her weekly regimen. She had been experiencing inexplicable back pain and from everything she had heard about Pilates, it seemed like the best option. She saw positive changes in the way her body both looked and felt almost immediately. After one month into her practice, she scheduled her first Teacher Training course. Amanda has certifications on the Mat and Apparatus through Power Pilates, Balanced Body, and Core Pilates NYC. She has now been teaching for 7 years, and has found the most rewarding part of her job is knowing how much better her clients feel. ``It makes my heart so happy when I hear my clients - who all have different bodies and physical capabilities - tell me how much stronger their entire body feels; how their improved flexibility and posture lets them enjoy their favorite sports and activities better.`` She is excited to have finally made the transition into teaching Pilates full time and to share her Pilates knowledge with the world!
Donna has been doing Pilates for 20 years! She recently relocated to New York after spending her entire life in Rhode Island, where she owned and operated her own studio for 14 years. Having somewhat of a type ``A`` personality she started practicing Pilates for health and well being. She left the corporate world in 2000 and began her love affair with Pilates. Donna trained in the Stott Method of Pilates in NY and is certified in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrel. Her greatest joys have come from working with clients from all aspects of life, young and old to learn the physical and emotional benefits of doing Pilates. She believes ``you can either walk through life or have life walk through you``. She is excited to begin her new journey in NY and growing old gracefully as she continues in her love for Pilates.
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