Megan Krauszer was first introduced to Pilates in high school as a part of her dance training. After receiving her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, she moved to NYC and began dancing professionally. Pilates kept Megan moving and performing through various dance-related injuries; she decided to share these benefits with others, and began teaching Pilates in 2008. Megan completed her classical certification through Power Pilates, under Susan Moran and Bob Liekens, and continues to train in continuing education workshops and with Peter Roël, Jan Phillips, and others.
Megan is also a TRX qualified trainer, completing a TRX Group Suspension Training Course in 2014. She continues to dance professionally and draws on her lifelong movement experience to enrich her classes and sessions.
"What I love about Megan's practice is the way she incorporates movement and balance into the exercises. Her classes explore the relationship between precision, strength, and movement. "
"She's so sweet, you can't possibly hate her for how hard she makes you work! Megan pushes you to your limits and beyond, but always with a smile."
Sasha Welsh is a dancer and choreographer who began her study of Pilates in 1994 to help improve her technique and heal from injury. She has been teaching Pilates since 2004 and has vast experience working with clients with special conditions, including pregnant and post-natal clients, and those suffering from a variety of spinal and orthopedic problems.
Sasha specializes in injury prevention, alignment, and conditioning for dancers. She is currently on the faculty of the dance program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has also been a student of, and assistant/demonstrator for, anatomist Irene Dowd for many years.
Besides HSP she has also taught Pilates at DeSales University, The University of the Arts, and Swarthmore College; to the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria; and at some of the best Pilates studios in New York including Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates and Bridge Pilates.
She is a proud mother of two and is a long-term Brooklyn resident.
"Sasha's teaching style makes me feel like my body is a musical instrument and she is the conductor. She fine tunes each of us differently and pays such close attention to our performance. She is always trying new, challenging, exercises that are simple yet very effective. "
"The best at fine-tuning. With Sasha, the focus is on form. She can pick up on anything and make the tiniest adjustments that change everything."
Amy Korb discovered Pilates through her experience with pain. With injuries to her knees, shoulders, hips and spine, traditional exercise and the rigors of daily life became intolerable. Pilates provided the solution, returning strength and stability through which she could maintain health and movement and continue her career as a performer and an artist. She received her classical certification through the Equinox Institute, training with Ben Degenhardt and Carry Macy and continues to learn at studios around the city with an expressed interest in rehabilitation.
"Love taking classes with Amy! She's attentive, motivating, and knows how to challenge you while keeping it fun. I always leave her class pouring sweat and feeling super strong."
"Amy's classes are also original, intense and painful! She teaches at night so getting the after work crowd moving at the end of a long day takes commitment and ingenuity and kind of an attitude. Helps that she channels her tough chic on a Harley often."
Exercise has always been how Germain Phanord reduces stress in his own life . When not working with clients, he is usually biking long distances, running half marathons, training for triathlons or simply playing basketball with friends.
He started his career as a personal trainer at New York Sports Club, before moving on to La Palestra, an elite fitness facility on the Upper West Side. It was there he developed his interest in using fitness to correct physical imbalances, working with trainers, physical therapists, and chiropractors .
Germain is certified in NASM with a specialty in Corrective Exercise, and is TRX Certified. He is also currently enrolled at the Swedish Institute, pursuing studies with a specialty in corrective posture.
"TRX is just a butt-kicking class everyone should try. Many of the postures are based on Pilates alignment so that will give you a head start. It's challenging and fun and a great way to get in shape! Everyone needs to break a sweat like this once and awhile! It feels great!!! Germain is very inspiring and makes this work out a blast!"
"Germain is a rock star. I have taken lots of TRX classes with him and every time it strikes me that he can deal with people at different ability levels in the same class. He can break the ones who keep wanting more (that's me) even while he makes a new-comer feel supported and comfortable. Doesn't hurt that he looks fab doing it as well!"
Rebecca was born in Brooklyn, NY. She received her Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification from the Equinox Pilates Institute under Carrie Macy, Gretchen Lopez, and Benjamin Degenhardt. She is a professional dancer and received her early training at the Joffrey Ballet School. She attended programs with American Ballet Theatre, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Toscana Dance Hub. She graduated Skidmore College in 2011 Magna cum Laude with Periclean Honors and the Margaret Paulding award for excellence in dance. She holds an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she was awarded a Graduate Assistantship. She currently dances for XAOC Contemporary Ballet, Artisan Dance Company, Brooklyn Contemporary Ballet Collective, and Jamal Jackson Dance Company. Additionally, she holds certifications in TRX Suspension Training, and is a RedCross Certified Lifeguard.
“What I love about Rebecca's classes is her diversity. Not one of her classes is the same as the last and that keeps it interesting. Her attention to detail with technique means I'm getting the most out of her workouts. And finally, she has the most pleasant, positive demeanor and she's TOUGH!”
“Rebecca's teaching is a dynamic, satisfying balance between physically challenging and mentally calming. I love when she uses language like ‘empty your lungs’ or ‘extend your heart to the ceiling.’”
Ashley Richard received her 600-hour certification from Core Pilates NYC. Ashley came to Pilates after being a dancer for over 20 years. As her passion for movement started to shift, she began to realize that some of her muscles were overworked, some underworked, and wanted to make her body stronger and able to withstand the test of time. She made the transition to become a teacher, and loves to help others through movement. Ashley received a BFA and BA from The Ohio State University, and has worked as a marketer, producer and dancer for various arts organizations in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats.
"I can always count on Ashley to work me out really hard. No matter how tired I am before I get there, I always find that I am pushing myself without really knowing it because she is the perfect combination of intensity and sneaky sweet!
"I have practiced Pilates for many years--all over the country, and at what seems like nearly every studio in the city. Ashley at Henry Street Pilates is one of the greatest instructors I've had the privilege to work with. I am stronger and more flexible--and all the while more challenged for her instruction."