Pamela began teaching in 1994 and founded Sage Fitness® in 1998. She was certified in the Pilates Technique (all equipment and mat) under Romana Krysanowska in 1993 and is PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certified. Her biggest influences in defining her approach were her Pilates studies with Deborah Lessen and anatomy studies with Irene Dowd. She developed Complete Clubs, a contemporary and full body workout using classic Indian Club Swinging. She now presents her Complete Clubs course work, teaching Pilates instructors how to incorporate Indian Club Swinging into their teaching repertoire. Additionally, she specializes in working with clients with scoliosis. Her scoliosis protocols use Pilates, Schroth Therapy principles, Indian Club Swinging, and functional conditioning. Additionally, she has studied Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis techniques under Cori Doetzer and Hilary Cartwright.
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 her formative training was at the Martha Graham School and the Joffrey Ballet School.
Indian Club Swinging
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)
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. She is also certified to teach Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT). Diarra has taught 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.
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.
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.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Austin Selden is certified in mat Pilates and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. He came into Pilates and touch based therapies through dance; having toured internationally with Shen Wei Dance Arts for six years and continues to create his own work in collaboration with other dance artists. As a Pilates instructor, Austin steps away from routine choreographies and addresses each client specifically— looking at one’s goals, body structure, injuries and/or chronic discomfort. As a massage therapist he believes each client requires their own unique session utilizing different techniques. While working with swedish massage, pouring deep into connective tissue or using trigger points to work out targeted muscles, he finds the subtlety of hands on listening, easeful rocking and slight adjustments to be greatly healing and powerful. Austin offers private/group Pilates classes and private massage sessions. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance; is certified in Mat Pilates through the Kane School in NYC; graduated from the Finger Lake School of Massage in Ithaca, NY; and has taken Body-Mind Centering® courses in the USA, Canada and Italy.
Jennifer Benesch is a certified Pilates, Gyrotonic and Yoga 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, Gyrotonic and Yoga 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.