For Irene, a life-long ballet dancer, her first encounter with Pilates left her intrigued. When she met her teacher, Jill Cassady, in 2000 to begin her teacher training, she realized what a tremendous role Pilates played in her discipline—that of developing her core strength. “My biggest personal success was finally gaining abdominal strength,” she enthuses. “My whole life prior to Pilates, I could never dosit-ups or anything that required the use of my abs! It has helped me tremendously with my overall strength in ballet.”
As a ballet dancer, Irene has a deep understanding of technique and precision—the very things she loves about Classical Pilates. She loves how the focus on technique transforms the body. “That’s when you really see and feel a change.” Irene wants her students not only to do the exercises, but to understand why they’re doing them. She prides herself on being present with her students during a session to ensure each student gets the most out of the Classical system and every exercise. Irene prides herself on helping students gain strength and become free from pain. “My goals are to really make my clients understand what they are doing, and to really break a sweat,” she tells us. Irene has continued her own education studying under Jay Grimes and Karen Frischmann of Vintage Pilates and Niedra Gabriel.