Pilates Instructors

Christine Perone began her introduction to Pilates began 15 years ago when she injured herself so severely, during a performance, she required back surgery with her doctors telling her she would never dance again.

Christine refused to accept this diagnosis and plunged head first into rehabilitation through Pilates. As a result she was dancing professionally again after only one year. The respect and gratitude she gained from Pilates led her to go from believer to teacher.

Certified in 2005 in Los Angeles in classical Pilates from a Romana based teacher, Christine enjoys helping clients by teaching Pilates in Manhattan with a heavy emphasis on physical therapy while sharing her valuable knowledge gained in her own personal recovery.
Christine is excited to be teaching at the original Pilates studio where it all began!

Erin Ginn began practicing Pilates fourteen years ago when cross-training for dance. Erin is certified by Power Pilates in Mat Instruction & member of the Pilates Method Alliance, and has continued her education with Embody Pilates under Roberta Kirschenbaum. Ms. Ginn is a professional ballet dancer and has a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Communication and Culture form Indiana University.
Thomas Bagwell is a PMA certified Pilates instructor who has trained with Phoebe Higgins, Roberta Kirschenbaum, Cary Regan, and Brooke Siler. He has also taken workshops from Jay Grimes and Alycea Ungaro. Thomas is a classical pianist on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera and the Washington National Opera as well as the faculty of the Mannes College of Music
Misha Wisse was born in Amsterdam, Holland and grew up in NYC. As a child he danced with the School of American Ballet performing in many New York City Ballet productions. He danced professionally with San Francisco Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. He has also guest performed with Miami City Ballet. During his career he was an avid practitioner of the Pilates method and spent his free time learning how to strengthen his body and perfect his craft. A back injury cut his ballet career short, but Misha is now happy to be in the position to help others learn how to empower themselves through the Pilates method. Misha, is also pursuing a career as an actor and frequently performs in theaters around the city.
Maria Michaels began her Pilates journey to heal from dance injuries while attending the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where she had the honor and privilege to study Pilates with Kathy Grant. After receiving her MFA in Dance/Choreography, she continued to study with Kathy while performing as a modern dancer in NYC. After teacher training with Cori Doetzer she went on to teach at Corfitness Pilates and at several other top studios in NYC and CT. Marya has also been studying Embodied Pilates with Lesley Powell for nearly ten years.

She loves creating fun and challenging workouts to suit each individual client's needs, helping them find their true movement potential. Marya has studied many other mind-body techniques which enrich her Pilates teaching including Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Franklin Method, Irene Dowd's teaching, Gyrotonics, Body Mind Centering and more. She is a certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and Gyrokinesis method trainer.

As a performer she's appeared with the Metropolitan Opera as a principal dancer in the opera Thais, and was a principal dancer in the movie Sex and the City II.