Megan Krauszer was first introduced to Pilates in high school as a part of her dance training. After receiving her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, she moved to NYC and began dancing professionally. Pilates kept Megan moving and performing through various dance-related injuries; she decided to share these benefits with others, and began teaching Pilates in 2008. Megan completed her classical certification through Power Pilates, under Susan Moran and Bob Liekens, and continues to train in continuing education workshops and with Peter Roël, Jan Phillips, and others.
Megan is also a TRX qualified trainer, completing a TRX Group Suspension Training Course in 2014. She continues to dance professionally and draws on her lifelong movement experience to enrich her classes and sessions.
What's she like as a teacher? Megan smiles her way through class so that you *almost* forget how hard you’re working. Because all work and no play makes Pilates a dull class!
"What I love about Megan's practice is the way she incorporates movement and balance into the exercises. Her classes explore the relationship between precision, strength, and movement. "
"She's so sweet, you can't possibly hate her for how hard she makes you work! Megan pushes you to your limits and beyond, but always with a smile."
Sasha Welsh is a dancer and choreographer who began her study of Pilates in 1994 to help improve her technique and heal from injury. She has been teaching Pilates since 2004 and has vast experience working with clients with special conditions, including pregnant and post-natal clients, and those suffering from a variety of spinal and orthopedic problems.
Sasha specializes in injury prevention, alignment, and conditioning for dancers. She is currently on the faculty of the dance program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has also been a student of, and assistant/demonstrator for, anatomist Irene Dowd for many years.
Besides HSP she has also taught Pilates at DeSales University, The University of the Arts, and Swarthmore College; to the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria; and at some of the best Pilates studios in New York including Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates and Bridge Pilates.
What's she like as a teacher? Sasha focuses on muscle balance, biomechanics, and awareness, working to realign and strengthen your body in each class.
She is a proud mother of two and is a long-term Brooklyn resident.
"Sasha's teaching style makes me feel like my body is a musical instrument and she is the conductor. She fine tunes each of us differently and pays such close attention to our performance. She is always trying new, challenging, exercises that are simple yet very effective. "
"The best at fine-tuning. With Sasha, the focus is on form. She can pick up on anything and make the tiniest adjustments that change everything."
Janessa developed a passion for Pilates in 2001 in New York while pursuing her career as a professional dancer. Pilates was the only system of movement that kept her lower back pain under control and she was able to rehabilitate from other dance-related injuries much faster while reeducating her body to move with sounder biomechanics.
In 2005, Janessa became a certified Pilates instructor through Steele Pilates and later fully re-certified through BASI Pilates International. Always eager for knowledge, Janessa has completed courses for Pre/Post-Natal Pilates, Back/Hip Pathologies, Pilates for Scoliosis, and Pilates for Special & Aging Populations.
Janessa has taught Pilates throughout the US and abroad, spending the past six years teaching at her studio in Stockholm, Sweden. Happily back in NYC she is still dancing and is now studying to become a birth doula.
What is she like as a teacher? As a dancer and avid traveler, Janessa loves bringing her playful and challenging style of teaching Pilates to HSF.
Jamie Graham is a classical Pilates instructor and professional dancer based in New York City. She started Pilates at a young age at Virginia School of the Arts and has been doing Pilates ever since. She completed her teaching certification through Romanaʼs Pilates at True Pilates New York in 2007 under the tutelage of Marjorie Oron, Cynthia Shipley, and Sari Mejia-Santo. She has taught at Park East Pilates, True Pilates East and Equinox Fitness; she now teaches out of Form Pilates in Union Square and Henry Street Pilates.
When she’s not in the studio, you can find her dancing with Amy Larimer in the dance-theater-comedy-improv duo The Raving Jaynes, shaking a cancan skirt with Jenny Rocha and The Painted Ladies, rolling down with Barbara Mahler, or sweating it out with seniors through Dances for A Variable Population. Yes, she stays busy.
What's she like as a teacher? Jamie goes deep into the classical work, wringing the most out of each exercise to build strength, support, and freedom of movement.