Instructors

Meet our Talented Team!

We are very proud to say that our instructors hail from a variety of rigorous Teacher Training programs and disciplines.  

BUT! They have a couple of things in common:  PASSION for what they do and COMPASSION for the clients they teach.  

Pilates on Fifth's instructors are committed to helping you reach your health and fitness goals.
 

THE INSTRUCTORS OF PILATES ON FIFTH

   

AKIKO MAKINO

 

CAITLIN POTOSNAK

Caitlin Potosnak started doing Pilates on an in home Pilates reformer with an interchangeable foot bar and jump board. Realizing her love for this little machine she started working with a real Pilates instructor, which led her into Pilates Academy International. Caitlin is now certified on all Pilates apparati, SilkSuspension™, Cardiolates®, Barres and Belles, and continuing her studies on the CoreAlign®. Caitlin is a certified willPower & grace® fitness instructor and a National Academy of Sports Medicine-Certified Personal Trainer. Caitlin holds a BFA in dance with a minor in Exercise Science from Radford University. She has returned to Radford for the past three years to choreograph and teach classes at the Governor School for the Arts and Humanities program. She has also danced in different companies along the way including danahbella danceworks, West Virginia Dance Company, and Dance Cat-Alyst. She is still performing around the city in different projects, teaching Pilates, and teaching dance classes. She loves being a part of the very talented team at Pilates on Fifth.

CYNTHIA SAMPSON

Cynthia discovered her passion for health and fitness as a cross country runner. Through her research and personal experience as an injured athlete, she became fascinated with the art of healing. Cynthia is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the City College of New York, a certificate from TRX in suspension training, and a certificate in Sports Industry Essentials from Columbia University. As an instructor, Cynthia leads boot camp, toning, and conditioning classes throughout New York City for people of all ages. She is thrilled to teach Rock Solid classes at Pilates on Fifth and welcomes individuals of all fitness levels to join!

DANELLE MORGAN

Danelle Morgan, a Highland Park, New Jersey native, has appeared in the 50th anniversary European tour of West Side Story (Laurence Olivier “Best Musical Revival” Nominee-Sadler’s Wells), The King & I (Ogunquit Playhouse), and has performed as a Rockette for over 13 years in the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes. Credits include the New York Spring Spectacular (choreographed by Tony Award winner, Warren Carlyle) and the New York Spectacular (choreographed by Emmy Award winner, Mia Michaels). She has been the spokesperson for the company, the face of various print and commercial advertising campaigns, performed for President Obama as well as Oprah Winfrey, and has been features in the New York Times Sunday Routine.

Danelle is an Honors graduate and Liberace Scholarship recipient of the Ailey School/ Fordham University B.F.A. in Dance program (2007). She’s has worked with Buglisi Dance Theatre, 360 Degree Dance Company, has performed at the Fire Island Dance Festival as well as Solstice in Times Square (Dancers Responding to AIDS). Other choreographers include Darrell Grand Moultrie (Princess Grace Award winner), Nathan Trice, Nacho Duato, Desmond Richardson, and Yuriko Kikuchi. Additionally, Danelle is a proud recipient of the 2017 NAACP NJ State Conference Performing Arts Award for achievements in the arts.

When it comes to teaching, whether it is master dance classes or fitness—Danelle has a passion for it. In addition to her Pilates certifications, Danelle is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She believes Pilates creates and excellent path to the body’s longevity. Danelle is eager to pass on the great lessons she has learned as a dancer and artist in effort to help others find strength and confidence in reaching their personal goals.

DEBBIE STEUART

Debbie began as a Yoga instructor in 1999 and quickly became interested in Pilates.  Her certifications include Physical Mind, Balance Body, IM=x and Yogafit.  In 2011 she became a Master Pilates trainer through the Pilates Master Mentor Program and Lolita San Miguel.

ELLEN FLUHR

Ellen describes her career as a Certified Pilates Instuctor as her "3rd life"! In her "1st life", Ellen was a professional dancer in Broadway shows such as "No Strings", "Li'l Abner" and the "Pal Joey" revival with Bob Fosse. Ellen also performed for the Dupont show at the '64-'65 World's Fair, varied summer stock theatres, TV and industrial shows. A true "Broadway Baby", she then went on to the Garment Center and opened her own showroom on the Great White Way in her "2nd Life". After many successful years selling to the best names in department stores, the recession forced the closing of the showroom-- but that didn't keep her down! During her 25 successful years running the showroom, she had become Pilates devotee and thus used this oppertunity to pursue certification. So in her 3rd, exhilerating new life, she teaches to her peers at Pilates on Fifth and also teaches for 92nd Street Y's Senior Program and -- soon -- the Stein Senior Center when it moves to its new location.

EMILY ANDERSON

Emily was first introduced to Pilates at her dance studio growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ever since then, she has loved Pilates and seen it as an incredible way to cross train for almost any sport or activity, as well as prevent and rehabilitate injuries. Emily holds B.A.s in Dance and Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She moved to NYC to pursue Musical Theater, and since then, she has performed on national tours and regionally around the country. Emily received her Pilates certification from the Pilates Academy International. She loves helping clients achieve their personal goals and creates a fun, focused, and communicative environment in her sessions and classes. 

JAMIE JANKAUSKAS

Jamie has been a part of the Pilates on Fifth team for over ten years. Originally from Florida, Jamie moved to NYC and obtained her BA in business administration from Marymount Manhattan College. She also studied ballet at the New York School of Classical Dance. Her love of the arts and fitness brought her to Pilates on Fifth where she became certified in all aparatus though the Pilates Academy International. Jamie practiced Pilates before, during and after her pregnancy and enjoys helping all types of clients reach their fitness goals.

JESSICA GALLO

Jessica Gallo has been teaching Pilates for twelve years. She is a professional dancer, teacher and coreographer. She majored in dance at the University of Colorado and in addition to Pilates she is trained in ballet, modern dance, classical Spanish dance, classical Indian dance, Afican and Middle Eastern dance as well as the anatomy and kineseology. She also has a BFA degreee in fashion design from Parsons school of design. Jessica is currently working on her own production called "Cabaret Exotique" and has appreared with the Dalia Carella Dance Collective. She was a soloist with Lori Belilove and Co, the resident performance company of the Isadora Duncan Foundation and taught on the faculty od IDF. Jessica has made several film and television apperances including the Issac Mizrahi show and "Chanela" a documentary on the Flamenco filmed in Spain. She is also a featured dancer in the DVD "the Art of Bellydance". In addition to Pilates, Jessica is trained in CoreAlign and teaches the NYCB Ballet Workout, "Bellymoves" and "Integrated Movement".

JULIET BEACH

Juliet Beach is so excited to be working with the wonderful people of Pilates on 5th. She is excited to utilize her fitness and dance background, as well as her passion for teaching and empowering people through exercise. She began her fitness career at New York Sports Club at the age of 21, and it wasn’t long before Juliet’s compassionate and empowering approach, combined with her knowledge of the human body made her highly sought after as both a coach and a group instructor. Juliet specializes in strength-training and HIIT, and holds a personal training certification from the International Sports Sciences Association. Currently, she is working towards her Master Fitness Trainer certification from the National Federation of Professional Trainers.

KATE THOMPSON  

Kate Thompson is certified through the Pilates Academy International in all mat and apparatus levels, Cardiolates, ActivCore FEX, SilkSuspension™, pre/postnatal Pilates, and is a recognized member of the Pilates Method Alliance.  She happily joined the team of Certifying Instructors in 2011 and loves bestowing her anatomical knowledge and passion for movement to incoming students.  Kate holds a B.A. in dance and psychology from Muhlenberg College and an M.F.A. in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She is currently on faculty at Barnard College. As an avid fitness lover, her teaching is inspired by all movement and her workouts are positive, focused, graceful, and athletic.

 

KATIE BRANNOCK

KELLY MARTENEY

Kelly hails from Los Angeles where she grew up rigorously studying all styles of dance.  She went on to receive her BFA in Musical Theatre from College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM and studied abroad in London through Ithaca College London Center.  It was in Santa Fe where her mentor first introduced her to Pilates.  After her move to NYC, she danced in theaters around the country and the study of Pilates was always there to help her during her grueling performance schedules. Kelly received her Pilates teacher training and certifications with the Pilates Academy International.  She tries to make clients feel comfortable, yet challenged, and of course always enjoy themselves while exploring the system of Pilates!  Her classes are always a "judgement free" zone where everyone can work towards their own goals in a fun, hard working environment!

LAURA ALTMAN

Laura Altman is a Pilates Method Alliance-CPT, dedicated to continuous learning. She received her Mat and apparatus Pilates certification through Pilates Sports Center at the Reebok Sports Club, NY. Additionally she is Core Align Faculty for Balance Body. She continues to attend workshops giving her even more pilates tools, ways to connect, to use with her clients. Laura breaks down movement into terms that anyone can understand. Encouraging clients to find their mind body connection; her goal is to design sessions that are both challenging and enjoyable.

LENNY REISNER

Lenny has been teaching Pilates since 2009. He came to the method in 2004 order to alleviate back pain, and found that the benefits were far more than just core strength, flexibility and tone. The increased energy, and overall feel of wellness in his life from Pilates inspired him to become a teacher.  In his classes you will receive the utmost of attention, be challenged and find encouragement and support to help you attain your goals whether it be to find balance, strength, or among others train for dance or improve your golf game. After sessions with Lenny you will feel stronger, energized, stand taller, and hopefully learning something about yourself and how you move. 

Lenny has specific training work with osteoporosis, rotational sports and scoliosis. Additionally, Lenny is an apprentice in Shari Berkowitz's Vertical Workshop. Though not a classicist completely, Lenny also finds tremendous value in practicing and moving through the classical system of Pilates.  But fear not, contemporary exercises are still peppered into his repertoire.

Lenny is fully comprehensively through Balanced Body University, Certified PMA, and a Balanced Body faculty for CoreAlign.

 

LILLIAN WALTON MASTERS

 

 

MAKIKO SATO

Originally from Japan, Makiko started dancing when she was 5 years old and participated in the Asia Pacific Ballet Competition and the All Japan Ballet Competition when she was a teenager. After graduating form high school, Makiko entered the acting school of the Shiki Theatrical company- the biggest and most renowned musical theater company in Japan. In 1997, she graduated and subsequently won featured performing roles in musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Hans Christian Anderson, and the Japenese original musical Lee Kou Ran. Makiko moved to the United States in 2000 and joined Michael Mao Dance in NYC in 2001 with which she performed "Firecracker"- the Chinese version of "The Nutcracker" - in China. Makiko first obtained her full certification from the Stott Pilates in 2004 and is now a Certifying Instructor for the Pilates Academy International and the head of Pilates on Fifth's Japanese program.

MARLO DU BOULAY

Marlo du Boulay is new to the “Pilates on Fifth Team”, but brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is a native New Yorker and has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years. While Marlo has worked with many clients with different issues, he specializes in functional movement, working with clients over 40 with posture and weight issues. Believe it or not his oldest client is 106 years old. She works outs three times a week and has credited him with helping her to maintain her quality of life.

Helping people to become fit, to improve their quality of life at any age is what has driven him to constantly explore different areas of fitness.His client experience ranges from working with Broadway stars, such as Tovah Feldshuh to renowned interior designer James Huniford to designing and running a bootcamp for Middle School kids. Marlo firmly believes that one of the keys to happiness, is to feel good in your body.

His “Vibration Plate” will give you a challenging total body workout, that will compliment your Pilates workout. Marlo currently holds a Personal Training Certificate with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

 

MARY BURNS

An instructor of movement for over thirty years in colleges & professional dance studios in NYC, Texas & Chicago, including Peridance, Broadway Dance Center, DNA, Ballet Chicago, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, & Lou Conte/Hubbard Street Dance, her BA/MAs are from Columbia University in Dance (with an Economics minor thrown in for her business side!), and her PhD is in Dance Education from NYU’s School of Education. A BASI full apparatus Pilates for Dancers Specialist, & PMA certified, she is also Core-Align certified, and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Certified in multiple dance techniques, including Zena Rommett Floor-barre technique, Simonson dance technique, and Evans/Bartenieff technique, Mary’s career is dual-fold; assisting all humans to decrease one’s rate of injury; and to further increase teacher knowledge in anatomy, kinesiology & movement analysis, for safer teaching from the start! Mary loves to utilize humor and innovative means of imagery to clarify anatomically correct movement initiation, so all may enjoy a chuckle or two every other exhale together! Mary finds it a joy to be part of the very talented team at Pilates on Fifth!

MAYO KINOSHITA

Mayo Kinoshita is originally from Hyogo,Japan. She has been studying dance since the age of three. In 2007 Mayo was one of the top seven finalists on So you think you can dance by FOX JAPAN.

In 2009, Mayo moved to the US and started working as a professional dancer and choreographer. Her unique and inspired choreography led her to be named Dance Captain and Choreographer for the Bar-top Bandits and Mjxpressions international touring production. In 2011 she appeared in a Fiat car commercial with JLo. Mayo has been teaching Street Jazz and Hip Hop dance to beginners through professional dancers for over 10 years.

Her strong dance body is made by Pilates. Besides dance training, Mayo studied intense Pilates workout for over five years and was certified by Pilates Academy International in 2013.Certified on all Pilates equipment, Mayo always strives to integrate new fitness challenges into her workouts while maintaining classic Pilates philosophy.

 

MEYTAL NAVARRO

Meytal is a certified Pilates Instructor through the Pilates Academy International in Mat and All Aparatus, the Pink Ribbon Program, Pre and Post Natal Program, ActivCoreFEX (now Suspension Pilates) and CoreAlign. In her private and goup sessions, Meytal focuses on bringing awareness to the body and its movement, while achieving core strength, flexibility, proper alignment, and beautiful posture. Her understanding of the body is something she loves to share with her students. She works with athletes, performers, youths and adults, and those who are recovering from injuries and sees Pilates as a tool to help achieving wellness and fluidity. Further to her teaching, Meytal is also a professional actress and dancer. She worked at the Kol-Demama Dance company in Tel-Aviv, and studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting Conserveratory in NYC, and has been performing in various plays and films in NYC, where she continues pursuing a career as a performer.

 

ROSHI PELASEYED

Roshi is a certified personal trainer, Pilates, Barre and Yoga Instructor. As a certified group fitness instructor, she has taught a variety of class formats, from boot camp and spinning to TRX and BOSU.Roshi has completed 200-hour yoga training and holds certifications from AFAA, AAAI-ISMA and SCW.

STELLA ALMBLADE

Does your back hurt? With two broken vertebrae- Stella understands.  Stella Almblade was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. During her senior year at the University of Arizona, Stella broke two spinal vertebrae (L-4 & L-5) while studying dance. The physical therapy prescribed used Pilates methods. Realizing the benefits of Pilates in her rehabilitation, daily life, and dancing, Stella decided to become certified. After certifying and graduating with a B.A. in Spanish Linguistics and a B.F.A. in Dance, she moved to Spain.  During her time in Europe, Stella gave Dance and Pilates master classes in Ireland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, England, and Spain. Returning to the States, and still using Pilates as part of her physical therapy and total wellness regimen. Stella is excited to now be dancing professionally with companies such as Ad Deum Dance Company, Footprints Dance Company and studying at the Alvin Ailey Studios in New York City. She considers being able to move and dance a blessing in her life. Stella desires to assist others in their fitness goals whether it be injury recovery or simply to be more active and healthy. Continuing in her Pilates education and practice, she is now also certified in all the classical Pilates apparatus, such as the Chair, Cadillac, Spine Corrector, Reformer, and Mat. Stella intends to be certified through the Pilates Method Alliance in the December 6th, 2013. Stella enjoys teaching both group and private classes. 

She looks forward to meeting you!

 

 

SVETLANA KHORUZHINA

Svetlana is a professional dancer originally from Moscow, Russia where she grew up and started her dance career as a competitive ballroom dancer at the age of 7. At the age 20 Svetlana received a full year scholarship from Institut de Formation Professionnelle Rick Odums (Centre International de Danse Jazz) in Paris, France and left her hometown to chase her dreams. Then Svetlana moved to New York City to further her dance training in the Steps on Broadway Conservatory Program. She has since performed in the US and Canada while touring and performing at the regional theatres' productions.

Svetlana is also a choreographer – her work was presented at several venues in NYC (Jazz Choreography Project, Steps Repertory Ensemble Showcase, Choreographer’s Canvas, Dumbo Dance Festival). In her hometown Svetlana is known as a jazz dance instructor - while visiting she is teaching jazz dance master classes, supporting the dance community of Moscow. While in New York City, Svetlana is teaching Pilates classes in groups and privately. Drawing from her experience as a professional dancer, she works toward creating long and lean muscles, balance, and mindfulness. Svetlana’s teaching style stresses length, grace, and alignment—all working together to achieve a perfectly toned body and balanced mind. 

TAYLOR GORDON

Taylor Gordon is a NYC-based Pilates instructor and dancer with over a decade of international performing experience. She has taught at Pilates on Fifth since 2012 after earning her apparatus certification through Pilates Academy International. She is now a PAI Certifying Instructor as well as a Group Fitness Instructor and Functional Training Specialist certified through the American Council on Exercise. She has worked with all levels, ages, and abilities of Pilates students including clients with numerous injuries, and she has a series of Pilates videos available on Amazon. Taylor has performed at Lincoln Center with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, 4 seasons of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Off-Broadway and national tour of Angelina Ballerina The Musical, internationally with TUI Cruises and Spirit Productions, and many more dance companies. Taylor received a BA in Communication Arts and a Master’s Degree in Publishing by age 20. She has interned at The New Yorker and written for publications including Pointe and MGM Las Vegas Hotel “M” Magazine. www.taylorgordononline.com

 

TERESA FROELICH BESTER

Teresa Froelich Bester holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed with the Darrah Carr Dance Ensemble at DanceNow Downtown, Dancers Responding to AIDS and Jacob’s Pillow. She has also studied swing dance extensively and was a member of the Broadway musical “Swing!” on both its national tour and subsequent run at the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities in Redondo Beach, CA. She has also appeared with the Wylliams/Henry Dance Theater in Kansas City, MO and in works by Max Stone and Jana Hicks at Dance New Amsterdam.

Teresa earned her Pilates certification through Pilates Academy International at Pilates on Fifth. She has taught classes at Astoria Fine Arts Dance and has acquired several private clients as well. She has also taught various forms of dance, including ballet and Horton-based technique. As a Pilates instructor, she strives to serve each client as an individual to help them reach their own fitness goals, and she is very excited to be a part of the Pilates on Fifth faculty!