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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
Owner/Instructor

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 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. 

 

Katrina Vishnupad


Katrina Vishnupad has been trained in ballet and Martha Graham technique for 25 years. She also danced with numerous dance companies in New York City. She has danced with Joffrey Ballet and worked with Alvin Ailey Dance Company numerous times at Jacobs Pillow. She has worked with children with HIV/AIDS using dance and Pilates in Washington Heights for 6 years. Katrina received her certification from Kane School of Pilates in New York City.  She graduated from Hunter College where she was a psychology major and dance minor.  Katrina also has a masters in social work specializing in international communities in poverty.  Her continued love for teaching and helping others learn how their bodies work keeps her in the studio teaching more!  Kat joined the staff at The Pilates Movement in Fall of 2006.
 

Kailey Johnson

Kailey

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.  


 

Greg Sher

Greg Sher began his career in fitness as a personal trainer in 2009. After two years of spending his days in the weight room, and hearing the clanking of barbells on a daily basis, Greg discovered the peaceful settings that Pilates studios had to offer. Doing a Pilates class at first, was like stepping into a parallel universe for Greg. Control, breath, and flow, were foreign concepts to a guy who was constantly surrounded by the “go big or go home” mentality that most gym floors are flooded with. But after his first class, Greg was hooked.


Greg was officially Pilates certified by Core Pilates in the summer of 2012. Si
nce then Greg has been keeping busy teaching Pilates at different studios and gyms all over NYC, and continues to incorporate Pilates in his personal training programs. Greg was beyond psyched to join the staff of Pilates Movement in February of 2014.