Being a professional dancer, fitness enthusiast, and advocate for the American Heart Association, I am passionate about helping people live a healthy lifestyle. I have taught fitness and dance for 15 years, hold a BFA in Dance and a minor in Family Studies and Human Development, which brings heart and soul to my students. I have led classes in six different countries, and experienced working with special populations, disabilities, and injuries. I enjoy adventure and am always looking for new challenges. I'm available for private and group lessons. I will challenge you and nurture you to push yourself, while maintaining proper body alignment, and providing a fun, positive atmosphere.

I came into my freshman year of college, recovering from an injury. My college professor suggested I take Pilates to rehab and balance my body.  At the University of Arizona, I studied mat, spine corrector, and reformer for 4 years under master teachers, including Ron Fletcher.  I took the Ron Fletcher teacher-training course, and then continued my Pilates journey when I moved to NYC, under Linda Farrell, with LindaFIT Pilates, where I obtained my mat certification.  I continued to train with Pilates Proworks and got certified in BarrePro and am currently teaching at various gyms and private homes around NYC.

"The M.E.L.T. Method® (MELT) is a self-treatment technique that helps prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. MELT simulates the hands-on techniques that manual therapist Sue Hitzmann uses to eliminate stress, pain, and dysfunction in her private clients. This unique Hands-off Bodywork™ approach is the first treatment that simulates the techniques – and the results – of manual therapy."
I started taking MELT classes at the YMCA, when I was experiencing circulation problems and started to see results immediately.  I am now a firm believer in this technique and personally practice it daily and incorporate the techniques in my group and private lessons. 

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