Founder & Instructor
Leslie was introduced to Pilates as a ballet dancer. After retiring from the Joffrey Ballet and restoring her own body back to health, she began to teach others how to move for health and pain-free living.
With almost 2 decades of experience in the health and fitness industry, she's helped many New Yorkers ready themselves for their peak seasons, their packed travel schedule, competitions, and the marathon of childbirth. And, just as importantly, she taught many how to alleviate the effects of too much sitting in meetings, too much time in high heels, and too many intense "no pain, no gain" type of workouts. She also helped to gently guide clients who suffer from pain conditions to get back to healthy levels of daily movement.
To meet varying needs, Leslie uses methods from Pilates, Muscle Activation Techniques, and Restorative Exercise to restore the body to its optimal function. She remains heavily influenced by her studies with Bio-mechanists Katy Bowman and Jules Mitchell, Anatomists Irene Dowd and Tom Myers, and Master Instructors Lesley Powell and Benjamin Deganhardt, and actively follows the latest research in physiology, especially in the areas of pain, inflammation, and stress.
Sharon Milanese is a teaching and performing artist who is passionate about movement as a therapy. She has an experienced eye and intuitive approach to the body. Whether it is to work on a nuanced detail of alignment, rehabilitate an injury, or facilitate the mind-body connection, a unique session is crafted.
Sharon holds a BFA in Dance Performance and is a Pilates instructor certified through Stott Pilates. Her teaching integrates principals of Pilates, bio-mechanics, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, myofascial manipulation, and breath-work. As a life long learner, her work continues to be informed by Shelley Studenberg, Christine Wright, Tom Myers' Anatomy Trains, and Stecco Fascial Manipulation.
Sharon is a dancer and the rehearsal director for the Lucinda Childs Dance Company. She also teaches professional ballet classes worldwide and works with injured dancers to improve poor mechanics and faulty alignment that lead to chronic pain.
Jenny Gillan-Powell fell in love with Pilates while receiving her BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University, and began teaching in 2011 after receiving her certification from TheLab in NYC.
Jenny's energetic and positive teaching method provides an environment of growth, progress, and encouragement. She strives to challenge her clients while safely monitoring correct form and alignment. Her goal is to have her clients leave their session always feeling better than when they arrived! She loves working with the novice mover all the way to professional athletes.
Outside of the Pilates world, Jenny is a professional dancer with Carolyn Dorfman Dance where she teaches and performs in the NYC area as well as internationally. As a two time NYC tri-athlete, she loves swimming and spinning, and is still working on her relationship with running (it's complicated).