Introducing our wonderful instructors. Each one brings something unique to their class. Read below to find out where they were trained and what special skills they have learned along their Pilates journey...
Hanh Tran (Prenatal, Postnatal, Cancer Exercise Specialist, Group Classes, One-on-One Instruction)
Thuc-Hanh Tran (Hanh) received her Pilates Comprehensive Mat and Equipment certiﬁcation from the Kane School of Core Integration, her certifications in Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates, Momilates®, and Stroller Moves® from Bella Bellies®; and is a licensed instructor of Pilates for Buff Bones®, a bone-strengthening program for those with osteoporosis or those seeking to prevent it. Hanh continually seeks to deepen her understanding of different topics, attending classes, workshops and seminars on bone health, diastasis recti, working with seniors, sacro-illiac joint dysfunction, shoulders, knees, neck, back… with prominent teachers like Kelly Kane, Matt McCullough, Debbi Goodman, MPT, Lolita San Miguel, Julie Tupler, RN, Rebekah Rotstein, Balanced Body Pilates on Tour among others. Her best learning, however, has come from experiences with clients vastly different from one another in body and mind who she’s been blessed to work with over the years.
Hanh also has been a professional dancer (The King and I on Broadway, the Martha Graham Dance Company..), actor, choreographer, dance teacher (most extensively at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts), refugee camp worker, health education assistant, and is mother to two amazing kids.
“I look forward to working with you towards fuller movement possibilities, optimum health, and greater enjoyment and appreciation of your body.”
Shauna Jenkisson (Prenatal, Postnatal, Group Classes, One-on-One Instruction)
Shauna started learning Pilates in 1995. She discovered it helped enormously in refining her dance technique. Shauna received her first Pilates certification in 2001 from Physical Mind Institute where she studied with master trainers Lesley Powell, CMA, and Doris Pastpelleur-Hall.
She received an additional certification in 2006 from IM=X Pilates where, as a master trainer, she certified students in NYC and Arizona in the IM=X Pilates method.
Shauna earned her holistic health certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2001. Shauna’s lively teaching approach inspires people to achieve their fitness goals and enjoy a higher level of grace and confidence.
Dorela Cheban (Prenatal, Postnatal, Group Classes)
Dorela was born and raised in the USSR, but in her late teens relocated to the US in order to pursue her dreams. She has always strived to live an active and healthy lifestyle through different types of fitness training programs including spinning and boxing; but it was after deciding to try Pilates that Dorela really found her niche. Now having practiced for over ten years, Pilates has given her killer core strength, a strong sense of body awareness, and the flexibility she has always desired. Pilates also remains a positive outlet from her stressful and sometimes demanding career in the finance industry.
Dorela received her Pilates Mat and full Apparatus certification from the prestigious Kane School of Core Integration, training under founder Kelly Kane. She is excited to share her love of Pilates and is dedicated to helping her clients move their bodies in an optimal way for maximum results. Dorela’s knowledge and passion shows in her class repertoire. She uses different props to challenge and keep her clients interested but also makes sure to personalize and guide students through workouts that meet their specific needs. She teaches that body awareness, breath, discipline and control are all key cornerstones to having successful and enjoyable sessions. At the end of the day, her goal is to educate people on how to improve their lives through Pilates, while helping to inspire students of all levels reach their true potential.