Kristen Brasher, Pilates Instructor (PMA®-CPT)Kristen is excited to be in NYC and teaching at Sage Fitness®. She loves helping others achieve their fitness goals through the Pilates method and is passionate about continuing to educate herself so that she can help her clients move better. She received her teacher training from Melissa Wolfe-Rosebro at Sage Fitness® and became Pilates Method Alliance certified in 2012. She continues to train with Deborah Lessen and attends several workshops each year with other Pilates and movement leaders such as Irene Dowd and Cara Reeser. Her individual and duet sessions focus on the specific needs and requests of her clients to further their practice. Her goal for her clients is to get what they need for their body, and leave feeling great!
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. Her first dance class was at the Shorefront-Y in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Thank you Ms. Brown for your inspiration back in the 70’s!
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.
Jennifer Benesch is a certified Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor. She has been teaching for more than a decade an brings to her teaching a lifetime of movement experience. Originally receiving a certificate of dance from Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, a dance plagued with injury Jennifer sought out ways to better understand her body and to be freed of chronic pain.
Jennifer uses the exercises of Pilates and Gyrotonic to educate her students how to move daily with old posture and awareness. Drawing parallels to the exercises and daily movements.
With years of experience working with people of all levels and ages she has found a way to create the best plan of action for each person individually.
Believing these workouts can be tailor made to each person as each body is as unique as their personality.
Melissa Wolfe Rosebro came to New York in 1997 to dance professionally, and after experiencing first hand the benefits of Pilates, knew she wanted to deepen her understanding and spread the knowledge. Concurrent with her ongoing local and international dance and choreography career, she apprenticed with Julie Sorrentino at Broadway Pilates for one year and then taught there for three years before receiving full certification from the Physical Mind Institute in 2001. After teaching over the next couple years for various Manhattan Pilates studios and studying with Irene Dowd, Ron Fletcher, Michelle Larson, and Deborah Lessen, Melissa completed Deborah Lessen’s advanced teacher program at the Greene Street Studio in 2004. Melissa has taught ages ranging from 10 to 98 and has focused training in scoliosis and joint replacement protocol as well as dance-related issues and injury. She continues to dance and choreograph modern, jazz and contemporary works and is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. During workouts, Melissa keeps her clients moving while explaining Pilates principles and offering corrections about technique and reminders about breathing. The workouts are deep and intense, but her attitude is always lighthearted. The intention is always to make the tough work of changing your body shape and posture not only productive but fun.
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.