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's she like as a teacher? Megan smiles her way through class so that you *almost* forget how hard you’re working. Because all work and no play makes Pilates a dull class!
"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.
What's she like as a teacher? Sasha focuses on muscle balance, biomechanics, and awareness, working to realign and strengthen your body in each class.
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."
Benjamin Stuber has been involved with the Pilates community for seven years. After over seventeen years of fascinated study of numerous bodymind integration methods (The Six Viewpoints, Butoh, Suzuki Actor Training, Body Mind Centering™, Shamatha meditation), Pilates has become the central focus of his teaching.
What's he like as a teacher? Benjamin believes that good movement is inherently healing for the total self, and continues to pursue a contemporary understanding of the original teachings Pilates brought to the world. He holds a Pilates certification from The Art of Fitness in NYC, a BA in Theatre from Oberlin College, an MFA in Theatre – Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, and in 2015 graduated from the Kathy Grant Heritage Training® taught by Cara Reeser. Benjamin continues to study with various master teachers in New York and abroad to further enrich his understanding of Contrology.
Ben writes about all things Pilates at www.newcontrology.com.
Janessa developed a passion for Pilates in 2001 in New York while pursuing her career as a professional dancer. Pilates was the only system of movement that kept her lower back pain under control and she was able to rehabilitate from other dance-related injuries much faster while reeducating her body to move with sounder biomechanics.
In 2005, Janessa became a certified Pilates instructor through Steele Pilates and later fully re-certified through BASI Pilates International. Always eager for knowledge, Janessa has completed courses for Pre/Post-Natal Pilates, Back/Hip Pathologies, Pilates for Scoliosis, and Pilates for Special & Aging Populations.
Janessa has taught Pilates throughout the US and abroad, spending the past six years teaching at her studio in Stockholm, Sweden. Happily back in NYC she is still dancing and is now studying to become a birth doula.
What is she like as a teacher? As a dancer and avid traveler, loves bringing her playful and challenging style of teaching Pilates to HSP
Alissa started her Pilates training at age 15 at a ballet academy in New Jersey. Since then she has come to love the roll up, still fights with the neckpull, and has avoided many an injury during her 10+ year professional dance career. After completely a double major in Dance performance and Spanish language and literature at Skidmore College she got her classical certification from Romana’s Pilates in 2007. She brings her enthusiasm for movement, efficiency, and comedy to each and every session.
What is she like as a teacher? Alissa loves precision, efficiency, talking about your pelvis, her French Bulldog and comedy. She’s been doing Pilates longer than you’d expect (she’s older than she looks) and don’t worry if you don’t like her jokes, she’ll laugh at them anyway.
Like Joseph Pilates, Diana came to the Pilates method from injury and athletics. Years of training Kyokushin karate, working sedentary jobs and a family history of spinal stenosis had taken its toll. She felt such relief from taking Pilates lessons that she got certified through Core Pilates NYC's comprehensive program.
As Diana gained teaching experience at several studios throughout NYC, she deepened her knowledge of the body and its amazing capacity to rejuvenate, earning certifications in Gyrotonic levels 1 and 2, Gyrokinesis, and the complementary TRX Suspension System. Diana strives to help others achieve their goals, whether to relieve chronic pain or win the next marathon.
What's she like as a teacher? Diana is a mellow maestro of full-body functional fitness. Part “back whisperer” and part martial taskmaster, she will help you get connected and make the most of your class time.
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!"
Jamie Graham is a classical Pilates instructor and professional dancer based in New York City. She started Pilates at a young age at Virginia School of the Arts and has been doing Pilates ever since. She completed her teaching certification through Romanaʼs Pilates at True Pilates New York in 2007 under the tutelage of Marjorie Oron, Cynthia Shipley, and Sari Mejia-Santo. She has taught at Park East Pilates, True Pilates East and Equinox Fitness; she now teaches out of Form Pilates in Union Square and Henry Street Pilates.
When she’s not in the studio, you can find her dancing with Amy Larimer in the dance-theater-comedy-improv duo The Raving Jaynes, shaking a cancan skirt with Jenny Rocha and The Painted Ladies, rolling down with Barbara Mahler, or sweating it out with seniors through Dances for A Variable Population. Yes, she stays busy.
What's she like as a teacher? Jamie goes deep into the classical work, wringing the most out of each exercise to build strength, support, and freedom of movement.