energetic, fun, experimental, welcoming, dynamic, laid-back

Dana

How did you get into Pilates?

I was a huge runner in high school and college. Different coaches told me I should supplement running with a different workout, so I tried yoga and mat Pilates. But when I did reformer Pilates for the first time, I instantly fell in love with it. When I moved to New York, I was taking a ton of Pilates classes. A studio owner approached me asking if I would be interested in Pilates certification, and I’ve been teaching since.

Why is Pilates your passion?

I love seeing other people’s bodies transform and how my own body has transformed. It’s a system that works, and it is effective. You can do it at any age. A great quote is “my job is to make really good old people”. Pilates can grow with you, so it’s a continuing process. I have people that come to me in their 70s, and with the way their bodies move, you’d never guess they’re that age.

Why did you become an instructor?

At first, it wasn’t my plan at all. Pilates kind of found me. Since I’ve started teaching, I’ve been a motivator for students and an everyday person they can relate to. I’m not the most flexible person or a trained dancer. You can just move and come as you are! It’s all about motivating and developing relationships with people. A lot of people started as students, and they’re my friends now.

What makes your class unique?

I like to switch things up. Many students tell me how surprised they are that I never teach the same class. Switching up routines and adding variations to common exercises is important to me, and every single class will always be high energy. I’m quirky in classes, and I’m not afraid to make a joke and be silly. People would say, “Holy hell that was hard, but she was fun”.

Why do you love teaching at NYP?

In my past positions, there wasn’t a lot of community building, like not a lot of interactions with other instructors or staff. It’s nice to have things like teacher jams! I’m also obsessed with the studios and physical spaces – the energy is so calming, it feels so nice.

How long have you been an instructor?

Since April 2017.

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