Diarra Cummings decided to study and teach the Pilates method following a career as a concert dancer with the Dance Theater of Harlem and Garth Fagan Dance. After earning a B.A. from Columbia University, Diarra completed her Pilates teacher training through The Fitness Guru Teaching Lab Pilates Apparatus Certification. Diarra’s contemporary approach to Pilates emphasizes precise and conscious movement with attention to correct alignment and addressing anatomical imbalances. Additionally, Diarra has been certified under Pamela Warshay to teach Complete Clubs and is thrilled to share this unique system with her clients. Diarra also teaches ballet for Brooklyn College’s Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts and the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. Diarra strongly believes in the transformative power the mind has over the body and roots her teaching in the belief that physical health and awareness are essential to reaching one’s optimum potential.
Pamela Warshay began teaching in 1994 and founded Sage Fitness® in 1998. Originally dedicating her studio to quality Pilates and Gyrotonic movement education programs, Complete Clubs is now an integral part of her work.
Pamela’s teaching style is that of diversity and practicality. Her teaching sensibility appeals to clients looking to bridge the gap between rehabilitative and mind-body movement as well as taking the work into a sport specific focus. She enjoys working with seniors, professional dancers, swimmers and golfers.
Pamela’s major influences in her teaching include Deborah Lessen, Irene Dowd, Cori Doetzer and Hilary Cartwright plus her colleagues in the dance, Pilates and Gyrotonic communities who continue to be inspirations.
A former dancer and native New Yorker, she graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Dance, attended the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of the Performing Arts. As a young dancer she attended the Martha Graham School and the Joffrey Ballet School. She is originally certified under Romana Krysanowska through the Pilates Studio and currently is PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certified. Additionally, she is a certified Gyrotonic Instructor (Level 1, Pulley Tower) since 2003.
Anneke Hansen, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, draws on her background as a professional dancer and choreographer and former competitive figure skater to create unique training programs that allow her clients to experience a more pleasurable and dynamic range of movements and activities in all aspects of their lives. Specialties include muscle balancing/scoliosis, flexibility training, injury prevention and recovery, and core training. An ACE certified personal trainer, she has taught people of all backgrounds in varied contexts nationally and internationally, from professional dancers to those who are new to movement training of any kind. She has also taught experiential anatomy at the college level and to professional movement practitioners. Anneke has studied extensively with and serves as assistant to Irene Dowd, neuromuscular trainer and anatomist. In addition to her teaching, Anneke choreographs for and performs with her company Anneke Hansen Dance in NYC, nationally, and internationally. Anneke’s lifelong commitment to ongoing movement exploration has lead her to study various forms of dance, martial arts, yoga, skating, and Pilates.
Julie Peterson has had a passion for movement since childhood and, upon earning her BFA in Dance from the University of Nebraska, moved to New York City and enjoyed a professional performing career in modern dance and musical theatre. Without giving away her age, she readily admits to having decades of experience teaching dance and fitness, and has been teaching Pilates since 2000 in New York City and Connecticut. Julie received her Pilates training and certification at the Stott Pilates International Training Center in Toronto and continues to study and refresh her teaching skills with masters of movement. Loving and riding horses her entire life, Julie is currently a competitive equestrian and has witnessed first-hand how the athletic grace attained through Pilates can benefit all bodies in all disciplines. She avoids teaching “cookie cutter” workouts and maintains the integrity of the work of Joseph Pilates while creating sessions focused on each client’s individual strengths and weaknesses.