Kim Villanueva

Co-Founder, Senior Teacher & Faculty


“The a-ha moment came when I finally felt my lower abdominals working in this awkward upside down position.”


Kim Villanueva, co founder of Core Pilates NYC, was introduced to Pilates through dance and has been practicing the method since 1991. As a professional modern dancer Kim began her teaching career as a personal trainer instructing high profile clients including the Estee Lauder family. Kim brings a vast and varied background of movement and performance to the teaching, education and philosophy of Core Pilates NYC. Since the company’s inception she has been a featured ballroom dancer in many feature films and TV including Mona Lisa Smile, The Stepford Wives and the Oscar nominated Walt Disney Film Enchanted and most recently Boardwalk Empire.  Kim’s onscreen talents have also been captured in various print and commercial endeavors. Being committed to the idea that Pilates is not just for dancers she has made it her goal to offer the method as “user friendly” and share it’s benefits with the masses. Kim’s view on Pilates is that it is the foundation for everyday living and moving and should be considered a lifestyle not just exercise. Kim feels fortunate to be able to share her expertise and provide a warm environment for those to indulge in Pilates. Kim has taught Core Pilates NYC training programs both nationally and internationally from Los Angeles to New York, Rome to Hong Kong and New Zealand.  She holds teaching certifications with the PMA®-CPT, Anatomy in Clay®, Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries from Mt. Sinai Hospital and MELT®. Kim currently enjoys splitting her time as a self proclaimed foodie and running her busy, downtown studio with her Husband and French Bulldog Hugo by her side.


Certificates of Training: PMA-CPT certified, MELT Method, Power Pilates  Comprehensive, Core Pilates NYC Comprehensive (my own course!)

Other Certifications? Anatomy in Clay,  Certificate of Training FAMI (Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Degree: Bachelor in Fine and Performing Arts

Hometown? I’m a Jersey girl

Career before Pilates (entrepreneurship)?  Dancer, actress, model and bartender extraordinaire

Private Training \5 Per Session: To schedule a one-on-one Master Instructor private session with Kim, please email her directly at


Favorite thing to eat for breakfast?


I start the day with my “tonic” distilled water, apple cider vinegar, lemon and cayenne for a metabolism boost.  Eggs, quinoa with greens and a coffee to follow.

I don’t leave home without?

My iphone, gotta stay connected

If Joseph Pilates were alive today, what would you ask him?

I would ask him how he feels about the path Pilates has taken.

What qualities do you most admire in a teacher?

Confidence and the balance of knowing how to challenge a client while staying true to the Pilates system of exercises.

Top 3 places you’ve traveled?

Spain, Hong Kong and South Beach

What is your signature fashion style?

Carefree classic

Top 3 things on your “To Do Before I Die” list?

Own a home is Spain, write a book and finally have a party to celebrate my marriage (we tied the knot at the court house)

What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment?

My a-ha moment was while doing elephant.  At first I didn’t really know what to “feel” in this exercise but just kept repeating in my head what my teacher was telling me to do.  The a-ha moment came when I finally felt my lower abdominals working in this awkward upside down position.

Two words that describe your teaching style?

Focused and inspiring

Favorite blog?

Eat In My Kitchen.  Love her food and inspiring pictures!

How has Pilates changed your body?

I feel like my body is the strongest it’s ever been.  I’m more in touch with how to work my muscles in a well aligned and efficient way while doing any form of exercise.

I am an expert in…..?

…Multi tasking and getting the job done!

Where can we find you on any given Saturday night?

Spending a cozy night with my sweetie



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