our instructors

  • courtney acomb
    courtney acomb
  • kate desmond
    kate desmond
  • greg grube
    greg grube
  • yera kim
    yera kim
  • bethany perry
    bethany perry
  • shana slutsky
    shana slutsky
  • salome solano
    salome solano
  • alexandra vest
    alexandra vest
courtney acomb

Courtney Acomb

Courtney is originally from Rochester, NY where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from The College at Brockport. She then moved to Ithaca, NY to become licensed in massage therapy through The Finger Lakes School of Massage. In 2009, she moved to NYC in pursuit of dance and making art. Her passion for movement and the body is what brought her to discover Pilates. Courtney completed her comprehensive Pilates certification at Real Pilates NYC. She is very excited to continue learning and growing within the Pilates field. Courtney is very encouraging, and hopes to help her clients connect to their bodies on a deeper level and to push them to find their full potential.

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kate desmond

kate desmond

After a 17-year career in advertising, Katie decided that it was time to focus on something more meaningful to her, and with a direct impact on other people’s lives. She left her job to pursue Pilates—a system that she attributes to ridding her lower back pain, helping her recover from a broken foot, and improving her golf swing.

Katie was introduced to Pilates in 2011 while searching for a fitness routine more engaging than just “going to the gym”. As a former gymnast, she was immediately sold on Pilates because of its inherent combination of strength training, flexibility and balance control. As a Type A personality and former project manager, she was attracted to its clean, orderly system and focus on isolated movements. Katie is fascinated by the patterns in the human body and how the everyday wear and tear of work, stress and daily living can be impactful. She loves observing her clients benefit from the immediate positive effects of a challenging workout, and how the system of Pilates creates change beyond the studio door.

Katie is certified by the United States Pilates Association™, a licensee of the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program, the first and oldest Pilates professional training program in the world. She currently trains under Brett Howard, Director of Education of the USPA and second generation teacher certified by Joseph Pilates’ protégé Romana Kryzanowska. She also trains with Tetsuo Yoshida—3rd generation teacher, and Teacher Trainer for the USPA. Katie holds a BS in Marketing from Fordham University and resides in Jersey City with her husband.

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greg grube

Greg Grube

Greg began teaching in 2008. He learned the classical Pilates method through a unique, individualized apprenticeship with Collette Stewart following the completion of a degree in dance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His interest in anatomy, biomechanics, functional movement, and somatic restoration led to additional certifications with Eric Franklin (Level I and Level II) and a yearlong professional dance program under the direction of Steve Paxton–a leading figure in the contemporary dance world. All totaled, he has completed over 1000-hours of relevant training and he continues to study regularly with a varitey of teachers in New York including Irene Dowd (Biomechanics of the Spine/Trunk, Biomechanics of the Lower/Upper Limbs and PNF Patterns). His training style aims to find what really works for the body at hand. This generally means: following the breath, focusing on form and working strongly through all phases of the movement in order to find the right balance of stability and mobility.

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yera kim

Yera Kim

Yera Kim is originally from South Korea and spent seven years as a speed skater prior to her first Pilates experience in New York City. Through Pilates, she developed strength which she never had before and a passion for learning movement and its effects: increased strength, stability, flexibility, and control.

As a result, she changed her career to become a certified Pilates instructor through Balanced Body. She has worked with scoliosis, kyphosis, osteoarthritis, post-surgical rehab, and pre/postnatal clients. She has helped clients with chronic pain and post-surgery return to their normal daily routines.

As a certified golf & tennis conditioning specialist, Yera can help you hit the ball consistently farther and straighter, with reduced risk of injury and back pain. In her sessions, Yera focuses on alignment, core strength, and maximizing physical capabilities with her knowledge of contemporary and traditional Pilates. She believes what Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

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bethany perry

Bethany Perry

Bethany Perry was introduced to the Pilates method while attending SUNY Brockport College. Shortly after receiving her degree in Dance, she moved to New York City to pursue further training in both Pilates and dance. She obtained her certificate from Power Pilates after completion of their comprehensive program in October 2004. She has been teaching full time at The Center Studio® since October 2005. Bethany is always looking to expand her knowledge of the method and, therefore, continues to fine-tune her skills as both a student, studying under master instructor, Bob Liekens, and as a trainer, frequently participating in continuing education workshops. She is also a certified instructor of the MELT Method, a self treatment technique that lessens pain and restrictions in the body by hydrating connective tissue. This certification has further broadened her knowledge of the body and sharpened her eye in assessing strengths and weaknesses. Bethany’s focused and motivational style of instructing guides her clients through precise, but flowing, workouts that have yielded remarkable changes in her clients’ bodies. She loves nothing more than when a client experiences in his/her body some of the benefits that she has experienced as a result of doing Pilates: greater flexibility, increased overall body strength, looser joint articulations from better alignment, and a heightened sense of body awareness.

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shana slutsky

Shana Slutsky

Shana began practicing Pilates while training for her first marathon in 2011. She instantly loved the way she felt after each session and quickly began to see positive changes in her body and minutes shaved off her race times. She credits Pilates for keeping her strong and injury free and fully believes it’s a must for athletes and non athletes alike.

After eight years of working for news makers such as Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper and Lester Holt, Shana got certified to teach classical Pilates though Real Pilates in Tribeca. She loves helping clients get the most out of their sessions by reconnecting with their bodies and challenges them to find their edge.

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salome solano

Salome Solano

Salome’s first experience with Pilates began in 1992 while pursuing an MFA in dance at Temple University. She loved how her body changed as well as how it enhanced her dance training. In 1995 Salome moved to New York City and eight years later she began the Pilates certification program through The Pilates Studio. Shortly after completing her apprenticeship in 2004, she spent three and a half months in Bermuda teaching at Bermuda Bodyworks. Salome has studied functional anatomy with renowned educator Irene Dowd and completed numerous workshops through the Pilates Center of Boulder. Salome is constantly learning from her three master level Pilates instructors. She loves what Pilates has done for her body and her favorite thing about teaching is experiencing the excitement of her clients when they notice their bodies changing.

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alexandra vest

Alexandra Vest

Alex discovered her love of movement at a very young age, training in Modern, Jazz, and Ballet. She continued dancing while earning a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University in Hospitality Management. She became certified in Zumba and now has over seven years of teaching experience. Alex has always considered herself to be a “people person” and wanted to continue working in fitness, but a more personal environment. Pairing her passion of teaching with her desire to positively impact a person’s life through movement made becoming a Pilates instructor a natural fit. She completed her 600 hr apprenticeship at Core Pilates NYC where she fell in love with the Pilates method and its ability to safely improve core stability, postural alignment, and balance. She truly believes that the strength and mobility of the core muscles are the foundation for all types of movement. Alex brings her cheerful and upbeat personality to her teaching and strives to empower clients to live happier, healthier lifestyles. Alex is thrilled to start this new chapter at The Center Studio and looks forward to working with all of you!

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Hallee Altman

Our Founder – Hallee Altman

Hallee as been teaching Pilates for over 15 years. She is also an Advanced MELT Instructor and co-Creator of the MELT for Pilates Curriculum.

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