The owner/director of PILATES STATEN ISLAND, Celeste Zopich, is a former dancer classically trained in ballet and Martha Graham technique. She studied and performed with the Clive Thompson Dance Company, and also studied under the direction of Ms. Ellen Tharp of the Staten Island Ballet. It was her dance background that inspired her love for Pilates. Celeste initially studied the STOTT™ method of Pilates and received her certificate of comprehensive training (all apparatus and mat). From that introduction she realized her personal desire to discover the origins and learn the method as designed by its creator, Mr. J.H. Pilates. Celeste enhanced her training through study either privately and/or in small workshop settings with Pilates 1st generation teachers; Mary Bowen, Lolita San Miguel, Kathy Grant, and Ron Fletcher. In 2005 she sat for her national credentialing examination and became one of the first nationally certified PMA-CPTs.
As a member of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), Celeste runs her studio and teacher training program according the guidelines set forth by the national, non-profit organization. All of her instructors are comprehensively trained and required to sit for the PMA national credentialing examination. Celeste had the great pleasure of serving on the Item Writing committee for the PMA, writing questions for the national examination in 2007. Celeste served on the PMA Board of Directors for 6 years from 2009 – 2014, serving her first year as Secretary and following years as Vice President. She has recently co-founded a new non-profit organization with Brett Howard – the Pilates Youth Organization, Inspiring Youth for Life.
Celeste has been featured in various local news publications and has appeared on her local cable TV network in “Health Break”, during the acclaimed “Profiles” program hosted by Mickey Burns.
Celeste was the first natianally PMA – Certified Pilates Teacher ™ on Staten Island, and her studio boasts instructors who are also nationally certified PMA-CPT’s ™.
Roseanne began dancing at the age of 7. At 16 she graduated from the High School of Performing Arts and began dancing in Modern Dance Companies in the New York area. She performed at New York’s Nite Clubs – Chateau Madrid and Club Iris. Her dream came true when she was hired to perform in her favorite play West Side Story. She then went on to dance roles in Pippin and the Man of LaMancha. Her role as Daffy Duck in Bugs Bunny Goes to Space, earned her Equity card. Roseanne’s love of dance led her to her love of Pilates. For Roe, Pilates is the foundation for the body in dance and life. Roseanne is in the final stage of completing her Comprehensive Teacher Training here at Pilates Staten Island!!!!
NOTE: All instructors have participated in continuing education workshops with Pilates 1st Generation Teachers.
Kailey received her diploma for comprehensive Pilates teacher training from Pilates Core Integration in Arizona in 2008. She was nationally certified through the PMA and attends continuing education workshops each year to deepen her knowledge of the Pilates method. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona and has danced professionally in Arizona, California, and New York. She is massage certified from The School of Healing Arts, San Diego and has extensive experience teaching Pilates to special populations. Kailey has taught Pilates for the past five years in Manhattan on the Upper East Side and is excited to also be back at Pilates Staten Island.