Established in 2002, Core Pilates NYC ranks amongst New York City’s best and most recognized studio names for classical Pilates apparatus sessions, group classes, and certifications offered worldwide.

LEADERSHIP

Michelle Fama

Founder & Creative Director

Candid, Empowering, Unexpected, Insightful

Prefers Mat over Reformer any day but loves a good fusion (Reformer Barre please!) When she’s not diving into content and digital strategy for Core and consulting for start ups, she’s pounding the pavement of a vintage flea market (with her side kick pup Jack) looking for killer interior finds, baking cookies or meatballs, researching the Cali cannabis industry for her next project, and most likely has paint in her hair from another DIY in her Venice Beach bungalow. She’s also a super woman at binge watching, and gets to the desert or on a plane whenever she can.

Nadia Duncan

Studio Manager

Attentive, Meticulous and Passionate

She loves keeping it classical during a good Reformer sesh, but sometimes a little Tower is just what she needs - 30/30 is her jam! Outside of the studio, you can find her singing with her voice students or racing across 34th street to her next big theatre audition. She never leaves home without an umbrella; preparedness is a MUST. She loves to try new recipes, read the latest bestselling fiction, and snuggle with her cat, Lulu.

Jennifer Lancaster

Director of Education, CPNYC Faculty, Instructor

Technical, detailed, fun, creative and encouraging.

For that versatile and fun workout she looks nowhere else than our 30/30 class. When not on the Tower (her favorite apparatus) she is inspiring dance students with choreography and traveling with her guitar playing husband. She’s also looking to get her hands really dirty and take up gardening very soon!
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Rosemarie Albanese

Client Experience

Faculty

Jennifer Lancaster

Director of Education, CPNYC Faculty, Instructor

Technical, detailed, fun, creative and encouraging.

For that versatile and fun workout she looks nowhere else than our 30/30 class. When not on the Tower (her favorite apparatus) she is inspiring dance students with choreography and traveling with her guitar playing husband. She’s also looking to get her hands really dirty and take up gardening very soon!
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Marjorie Gross

Instructor, CPNYC Faculty

Spirited, Dynamic, Attentive, Supportive

She refers to the Chair workout (her fav) as an exercise in survival and never gets bored with the endless possibilities of the Tower. She LOVES dance and moving and watching people move and keeps her loved ones super close. A lake swim, dose of nature and letting her wander is her trifecta.
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Carrie Campbell

CPNYC Lead Teacher Trainer

Classical yet progressive, precise

With over 20 years of teaching and educating, there isn’t anything this seasoned pro can’t do! Our teacher of teachers leads workshops nationwide and when she’s not on the mat or teaching her fav Core Tower classes, she’s hiking or toting her kids (with Swell bottle and hand packed lunch in hand!) to the soccer field or dance studio
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Jenny Hoofnagle

Instructor, Pre/Postnatal Programming

Friendly and Open, Technical, Detailed

Jenny likes to get the booty burn from our Reformer Barre class. Did you know she’s also a Pre/Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist? Jenny’s fallen in love with training mamas to be and new mamas to stay safe and fit from the moment they find out they’re expecting until they meet their little one. She loves it so much, she’s decided to specialize in training this clientele. Ask Jenny to sing you a song. We had no idea she sings also!!
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Amanda Vandeventer

Instructor, Pro Class, CPNYC Mentor

Nurturing, Detail Oriented, Fun

She’s our powerhouse in the family. Ask her what she did today and it will involve at least 3 hours of physical fitness. Every. Single. Day she runs and does Pilates. No joke. Always and forever with the Pilates Chair and her fav class is the combo challenge the 20/20/20 delivers. Old movies, the Sunday crossword puzzle, baking and homemade pasta rule her weekends as does seeing her Italian family nearby. You won’t find a more passionate animal lover – she wanted to be a vet and open an animal shelter and save all the puppies and chinchillas of the world.
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Nikki Hung

Instructor, CPNYC Faculty

Lighthearted, Precise, Clear, Challenging

Variety is the spice – as they say. Nikki likes her workout spicy preferring the classes that give her all apparatus; 30/30 and our 20/20/20. If she had her way we would incorporate Hip Hop Dance cardio to our offerings! Eating baked goods (not baking them), black cats (especially her vampire kitty Lumpy), and strange museums are part of what makes her tick — Morbid Anatomy Museum anyone (she used to be a docent there).
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Jordan Mckinzie

Adjunct Faculty, Education Mentor
See her soar! She recently adds Core grad to her many credentials... professional dancer, performing artist, fitness trainer, barre instructor, NASM certified and more...and we are thrilled to have her back with the Core crew as she hosts anti-racism mentor calls as a part of our education curriculum.

Sarah Ruback

Adjunct Faculty, Anatomy in Clay

Ed.D., MFA, BFA, ACE, PMA-CPT, TCI, YMHFA, CPR, & MRS

But we know her as Sarah! She was an integral part of the creation and development of Core's teacher training program serving as it's Director for over 14 years. We are thrilled that she continues to inspire our students course after course with her leadership in Anatomy and CPR education.

The Team

Dan Weltner

Senior Instructor

Spontaneous, Dynamic, Humorous :))

Dan has a knack. A knack for making your core hurt not just from his favorite Core workout, the Reformer Barre, but from making you laugh. His teaching won’t rip you apart but will pull you together in the best way possible.

Have a sweet tooth? Dan’s baked goods (cookies, cakes, and irresistible lemon bars) are to die for from his baking business. Oh and he’s a published author!
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Deb Troche

Senior Instructor

Motivational dominatrix with some smartypants thrown in for laughs.

She loves knowing that her clients are cursing her out the day after a Jumpboard class (her fav to teach) and when not riding her bike or Peloton around the city she’s listening to Soca music, adoring her insta-famous dog @herschel_the_doxador and acting. Yes you will see her in things!
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Kelli Cruz

Senior Instructor

Form focused, conscientious, challenging and always encouraging.

20/20/20 class is the best of all Pilates has to offer and she loves this class just as much as she adores the Tower. She’s the traveler in our group always up for some new adventure anywhere in the world. Her curious spirit also dips into hot Vinyasa classes and if you spot her outside of the studio be sure to yell loudly…her earphones are plugged into some great podcast or a Netflix binge.
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Nikki Hung

Instructor, CPNYC Faculty

Lighthearted, Precise, Clear, Challenging

Variety is the spice – as they say. Nikki likes her workout spicy preferring the classes that give her all apparatus; 30/30 and our 20/20/20. If she had her way we would incorporate Hip Hop Dance cardio to our offerings! Eating baked goods (not baking them), black cats (especially her vampire kitty Lumpy), and strange museums are part of what makes her tick — Morbid Anatomy Museum anyone (she used to be a docent there).
Book a class with Nikki

Jennifer Lancaster

Director of Education, CPNYC Faculty, Instructor

Technical, detailed, fun, creative and encouraging.

For that versatile and fun workout she looks nowhere else than our 30/30 class. When not on the Tower (her favorite apparatus) she is inspiring dance students with choreography and traveling with her guitar playing husband. She’s also looking to get her hands really dirty and take up gardening very soon!
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Kaitlyn Schuetze

Instructor

Curious, Creative, Engaging

Who can relate? She loves mashed potatoes and trash TV. If she’s not brunching or loving Classic Mat, she’s dancing with family and friends. She’s a whiz at the Monday crossword puzzle and she’s our most festive friend here at Core as she loves holiday decorations.
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Kelly Spitko

Instructor

Fresh, Driven, and Evolving

This girl lives for travel (a studio in Bali one day?) and her pup Porter, the Min Pin. Her appetite for books is only rivaled by her love of baked goods. If you don’t see her in her fav 20/20/20 class here at Core keep an eye out for her on your TV with varied acting appearances!
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Sky Spallone

Instructor

Nurturing, Informative with an attention to detail

This guitar playing, cake decorating, yogi, baby delivering (she's a Doula) and Evolutionary Astrologer has been a force at the Core studio for over a decade. If you have the privilege of experiencing her energy on and off the Reformer then you know that an hour with Sky is something uniquely special.

Bianca Soto

Instructor

Encouraging, Nurturing, Fun

Our native New Yorker has her grandma to thank for discovering Pilates. At Core, her belief that Pilates is for everybody and EVERY BODY has seen her rise in the ranks as a client fav! Catch her Tower class to really feel her power and if you don't bump into her on the street walking her dog you might find her on a beach or at home doing what she loves - cooking, baking and watching movies!

Ji Lee

Instructor

Enthusiastic, Motivating, and Challenging

There is so much we love about Ji - but the fact that she never leaves home without wearing glitter eyeliner ranks tops! She's not all sparkles... when she's not delivering one of her, as client's say, "challenging" classes she's either in her fav 30/30 class here at Core, cuddling her fur baby, or in the air... she's an aerial artist!

Juliana Beckel

Instructor

Thoughtful, Creative, Detailed

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Daniel Gaouette

Instructor

Precise, Challenging, Fun

He’s come back home! When he’s not wandering the urban jungle or hitting on the city’s public tennis courts he’s showing off perfect form in his fav CPNYC class, Chair Balance + Strength, or running (not walking) toward the Reformer with his clients (his fav equipment). Give this boy dessert and Netflix anytime.
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Lindsey Leonard

Instructor

Energetic, Engaged, Fun

She loves her some Reformer but in a close tie is Tower for her all time favs to teach and to take! Her sweetness is rivaled only by her "killer creative classes," as one client noted. When not teaching at the studio you can find her knitting, taking long walks in the park and watching live performances of any kind!
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Malini Sharma

Instructor

Precise, Encouraging, Fun

Her love of running and rebuilding core strength again for it after having 2 children was what led her to Pilates and becoming a teacher. She loves getting her hands on newbies and endurance athletes alike and the simplicity yet complex nature of the chair blows her mind and she uses it whenever she can! Like most of the Core crew, you can find her on any given Sunday on her spot on the couch, with a glass (or 2) of red wine, watching Schitt’s Creek reruns.
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Digital Team

Eun-Young Kim

Pre/Postnatal Specialty Instructor

Nurturing, Informative with an attention to detail

It all started 12+ years ago with the birth of my first kid! Crossing paths with my postnatal Pilates instructor and seeing what Pilates can do for my own body after birth (and before the subsequent 2 kids!) was a game changer. Working with this population continues to hold a dear place in my teaching – I have laughed and cried with many clients throughout their motherhood journey!
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Juliana Beckel

Instructor

Thoughtful, Creative, Detailed

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Alexandra Abrams

Instructor

Motivating, Charismatic, Bubbly and Attentive

If you can combine fresh guac, a basket full of kittens within one fab Tower class you would have just a few of her favorite things! When she’s not indulging in dance she’s with her new hubby on the tennis court.
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