My name is Celeste Hope and I am a Pilates expert trainer and natural foods chef. My personal wellness journey started when I was a kid. Despite being born with aortic insufficiency and having suffered other traumas to my lungs, I always had a love for exercise, muscles, athletic performance, classical music, and healthy eating. I was a professional dancer into my 20s (performing with the Clive Thompson Dancers and Staten Island Civic Theater). I studied and competed in Tae Kwon Do, play the clarinet, trained and became a trainer at the gym, and learned to have a love/hate relationship with running. I've worked in investment banking, studied with 1st generation Pilates teachers - Mary Bowen, Kathy Grant, Ron Fletcher, and Lolita San Miguel - traveled and taught Pilates nationally and internationally, served on the board of directors for the Pilates Method Alliance, co-developed and co-authored Pilates for Children and Adolescents, and co-developed The Lift Program (for pelvic floor health).
Celeste specializes in “perceptive movement analysis.” With her unique ability to analyze how her clients move (or don’t move) through visual and tactile measures, she's been successful in changing posture and body shape, post-rehabilitative recovery, and overall wellbeing and health improvements. It can’t be denied that the improvements come from the genius method of Joseph Pilates' body Contrology. Celeste has been teaching since 1999 and calls her work the Integrated Classical Pilates Method (ICPM). The work is defined by the classical vocabulary with additional emphasis from contemporary methodologies.
Celeste teaches both nationally and internationally and is available for mentoring, workshops, and intensive trainings with all allied professionals and movement educators.