Gina Papalia - Owner & Master Teacher lives in New York City with her husband and 2 pre teens. Gina was introduced to Pilates in college while she was dancing. She fell in love with Pilates and started her training there in January of 1995. Gina moved to New York City and continued her dance training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and danced most of her career with the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
While pursuing her career as a professional dancer, Gina studied Pilates under two icons of today's world of Pilates, Romana Kryzanowska and Bob Liekens, earning her certification from the Pilates Studio of New York in 1996. Gina continues her training by doing sessions bi-weekly with Cary Regan and Phoebe Higgins in Nyc and attending workshops with other teachers to broaden her knowledge of the Pilates Method. Gina opened Grasshopper Pilates Nyc in 2000.
Gina embraces each client individually and unconditionally, balancing a serious approach with a fun, friendly attitude. Gina's intention is to stay true to Classical Pilates Method and to teach the process logically to her clients so they understand what they are doing and can apply it to anything in their daily life. She challenges each client, working on their weaknesses and imbalances and acknowledging their strengths and accomplishments.
Gina is particularly knowledgeable about the anatomy and the musculature of the human body. She knows precisely how the body works, how to teach to use it most efficiently and how to make Pilates a pleasurable learning experience that's simple, thorough and effective. Gina teaches on Pilatesology and has has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, in several issues of Pilates Style Magazine, the New York Times, Point, Self and Vogue.
Gina's next adventure will be teacher training for The Pilaets Standard in the United States. The first training will start Spring 2020.
With a love and passion for movement and teaching, Angilique has over 15 years of dance and fitness experience. Before receiving her B.A. in Communications from Temple University, she obtained certifications in aerobics, personal training, and yoga. Once she discovered the Pilates method, she found it to be the most effective and beneficial form of training for the young, the elderly, and people with physical limitations. After enduring a back injury from dancing, she used the Pilates method as a form of rehabilitation. She earned her Pilates mat and apparatus certifications through Power Pilates and the Physical Mind Institute.
Originally from Maryland/ Washington DC, Ms. Campbell moved to New York to study dance at the Ailey School. While continuing to study dance and perform she teaches private clients, duets, semi private sessions, and classes for various organizations throughout the city and through her own company, Pilates Angel. She has taught at different places including Washington Sports Clubs, Gold's Gym, Equinox, Core Focus Physical Therapy, Alvin Ailey, DLFit studio, and has also volunteered to teach for New York City Parks and Recreation, PS6, and Shape Up NYC