How did you get into Pilates?
When I was dancing professionally as a Rockette, I was starting to get some aches and pains. I’ve always heard of Pilates, but never did it until after my first year dancing in that profession. I started private and group sessions, and I took a course to understand the details of Pilates the next year. Since then, I’ve never stopped training.
Why is Pilates your passion?
I love that Pilates requires so much body awareness while developing a mind-body connection. Finding that connection was really fascinating. I realized that I’ve never felt that strong in my life: as a dancer, I don’t develop strength easily, and I had to work hard for it. Pilates makes any other activity easier. I think that variety is the spice of life! I love being active, so it helps me with hiking, snowboarding, etc. You can negotiate the physics of whatever you’re doing because of body awareness.
Why did you become an instructor?
I’ve always loved teaching. I actually wanted to be a teacher in college. Pilates seemed like a natural fit, and I taught dance growing up. Once I took my first teaching course, I realized how much I loved it. I understand the challenges that people can have in Pilates, because it wasn’t easy for me.
What makes your class unique?
I always try to make Pilates more playful by coming up with a creative spin or trying something new. For structuring my classes, sometimes one thing inspires me, like a prop, and I’ll plan the whole class around it. I try all of my class moves by myself because I try to predict pitfalls to see how the students will feel about it.
Why do you love teaching at NYP?
I love teaching at NYP because it’s always about who you work with. I’m always inspired by the other teachers, and that’s hard to come by. It’s continual inspiration.
How long have you been an instructor?