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Our Bios

The Pilates Movement offers high quality training in the authentic Pilates Method.  Only those who have completed an extensive certification program, consisting of over 600 hours of apprenticeship, will be accepted to teach at this studio.  Like snowflakes, no two people’s bodies are the same.  That’s why it is necessary to go through a very thorough training which teaches the entire system of over 500 exercises, modifications, variations, injury prevention, how to handle current injuries or physical limitations, safety on the equipment, and most importantly how to adjust to different people.  Each of our instructors must keep up with their training by attending Continuing Education courses, conferences, and taking sessions from master teachers.

Jennifer Ruggiero

Jennifer’s love for movement started at the early age of seven. A native of Westchester County, she has been studying ballet and modern dance for over twenty-two years. Jennifer was first introduced to Pilates in 1995, while earning a BFA in Dance Performance at SUNY Purchase. Recovering from a stress fracture in her foot, she took Pilates sessions in place of her technique classes. After noticing the amazing result of her rehabilitation, she pursued teacher training upon graduation in 1998. She completed the intense 600 hours of training under Romana Kryzanowska, a Master teacher trained by Joseph Pilates, and completed her training in April of 2000.

Jennifer’s teaching experience began at SUNY Purchase with the Purchase Dance Corp. As a performing member, Jennifer was also the rehearsal director for the children in the annual production of “The Nutcracker” for The Purchase Dance Corp. In addition to teaching Pilates, Jennifer has been a rehearsal director and dancer for The Dance Theatre in Westchester and a company member of DePersis and Dancers. For five years, Jennifer was a full time Principal Instructor and for two of those years, Program Director for re:AB® Pilates. She has also taught Pilates at Peridance, Drago’s Gym, The Pilates Studio, Equinox, New York Health and Racquet, and Casa Day Spa.

She has continued her Pilates education with Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Santo, Brooke Siler, Bob Liekens, Michael Fritzke, Ton Voogt, Cynthia Lochard, and Cary Regan, as well as attending conferences for teachers. Her love of movement and teaching others has inspired her to open The Pilates Movement. Pilates has changed her dancing, changed her body, and most importantly, the quality of her life. 

Jennifer opened The Pilates Movement in January 2006. 

In 2014 Jennifer completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at ISHTA Yoga under the direction of Alan Finger.   


Kailey Johnson


Kailey Johnson was introduced to Pilates at the age of fifteen when her dance instructor informed her she was engaging the wrong muscles to initiate movement. After benefiting from the Pilates method and reprogramming her body to move more efficiently, she went on to earn a BFA in dance from the University of Arizona and dance professionally in numerous companies. She has toured internationally, performed with world renowned aerial dance company OTO Dance, performed in New York City, and produced her own modern dance concerts in New York before she returned to Arizona to study to become a Pilates instructor.

Teaching at Pilates Staten Island for the past two and a half years has given Kailey direct access to Celeste Zopich, Vice President of the board of the Pilates Method Alliance.  Kailey has grown as a teacher under Mrs. Zophich’s expertise and continues to travel to Staten Island weekly for continuing education.  

Kailey is nationally certified through the PMA and received her diploma for comprehensive training from Pilates Core Integration. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona; is Massage Certified from The School of Healing Arts, San Diego; and has extensive experience teaching Pilates to special populations.  


Katie Wilson

A graduate of Skidmore College with degrees in Dance and English, Katie began studying Pilates in 2011 at the urging of her ballet teacher. The work completely transformed her body and her dancing. Once an over-cooked spaghetti noodle, Katie found herself becoming a little more al dente – stronger in her core and toned all over. Hooked, Katie decided to become a teacher and share this invaluable method. A certified Romana’s Pilates Instructor, she completed most of her training in Saratoga Springs at Reform: A True Pilates Studio with frequent trips to True Pilates New York. Katie is beyond thrilled to have joined the Pilates Movement team in September 2014!

Jesolyn Lucas

Jesolyn first discovered Classical Pilates in 1995 with Master Teacher

Dorothee VandeWalle. From her first lesson, Jesolyn was drawn to the

precision, clarity of movement and lyric of the work. Her training has

continued and deepened under the watchful eyes of many Classical

Pilates "legends", including Dorothee VandeWalle, Kelly Kane, Jerome

Weinberg, Janice Dulak, Moses Urbano, Cynthia Shipley, and Sari Mejia



She is committed to the work and to sharpening her understanding of

the Classical Pilates method with trainers around the country. Jesolyn

also recently completed an MA in Counseling for Mental Health and

Wellness at NYU to enhance her awareness and knowledge of the

mind-body connection and to compliment her dedication to her clientfocused

teaching style.


Her detailed, hands-on approach to the work honors the tradition of

the original, authentic Pilates repertoire. Jesolyn is devoted to teaching

with integrity and to sharing her years of experience and love of this

incredible method with her clients.  She joined The Pilates Movement staff in October 2014.


Tara Harrison


Tara began studying Pilates and GYROTONIC® in 2004 after a dance injury (a labral tear) as part of her rehabilitation.  She has been teaching Pilates in New York City since completing the training program in 2008 at Center For Movement. Quenching her thirst to expand her knowledge of the body and the benefits of efficient movement, Tara then got certified in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® in 2010.  Completing the circle of health is a lifestyle philosophy which lead Tara enroll at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In addition to teaching Pilates & GYROTONIC® Tara is a certified health coach.   She joined the staff at The Pilates Movement in November 2014.