About Center For Movement
The mission of Center For Movement is to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for no-nonsense training in classical Pilates and Gyrotonic for students of all ages, abilities and levels of fitness.
Elle and Donna are pioneers in bringing Pilates to the public. Their flagship studio in Scarsdale was one of the first in Westchester to offer classical Pilates, and quickly developed a reputation for its welcoming atmosphere, excellent instructors, results-oriented program, and commitment to the principles of classical Pilates. Soon, two more studios were born, this time on Manhattan’s Upper East Side – a bustling studio on 2nd Avenue and an intimate space on Lexington Avenue. “And we’ve grown alongside our clients,” says Elle, whose love of the Gyrotonic method helped expand the studio to include training in Gyrotonic in 2001.
In 2003, CFM launched the Pilates Teacher Training Program. Recognized for excellence by the leading Pilates authorities, the Pilates Teacher Training Program is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished in the industry. Over the last decade, CFM’s Pilates Teacher Training Program has certified more than 100 program participants, and is proud of its role in training new generations of teachers to take the classical Pilates tradition forward.
Elle Jardim, owner and Pilates instructor
Elle launched her career as a full-fledged Pilates instructor in 1996, becoming certified by the Pilates Studio of New York. Her mentor in that training program was the renowned Romana Kryzanowska, a disciple of Joseph Pilates and legendary master instructor. Elle trained, too, with other Pilates icons as well, among them Bob Liekens, Sari Meja Santo, Lolita San Miguel, Alan Herdman, and Ron Fletcher. In 2002 Elle earned certification in both the Gyrotonic Method and Gyrokinesis from their founder, Julio Horvath. Elle has devoted a good part of her life to studying the body and its movement. She has taught in various settings – businesses, schools, exercise studios, health clubs – in the U.S. and abroad.
She brings to her teaching a wealth of knowledge that encompasses Pilates, Gyrotonic, yoga, dance, and traditional forms of exercise. A longtime devotee of yoga, she became in 1997 a Reiki practitioner – overtones of that regimen being evident in her holistic approach to hands-on teaching. She began, early on, establishing a reputation as an exercise instructor, and she was a pacesetter in introducing the Pilates Method to students in Westchester County. She won notice in Westchester Magazine as one of the “best of” Pilates instructors in that region, and was mentioned, too, in such other media outlets as New York Magazine, Pilates Style, the Journal News, AM New York, and Parent T.V.
Donna Singer, co-founder and Pilates instructor
As a young businesswoman at a global consumer products company, Donna Singer quickly climbed the corporate ladder. She graduated university degree in business management, but fitness had long been a centerpiece of her life. When Donna left the corporate world to enroll in the renowned Pilates certification program led by Romana Kryzanowska, she turned this passion into a full-time career.
After earning her Pilates certification in 1998, Donna, and her cousin Elle, went into business together. They established the first Center For Movement studio that year in Scarsdale, and Donna has been growing alongside the business ever since.
Donna applied her unique background in both fitness and management to ensure the highest standard of quality at Center For Movement. As both an in-demand teacher and co-founder, she is committed to ensuring the best student experience both within and outside the classroom. She has contributed to numerous articles and publications promoting the benefits of Pilates. Donna spreads her passion for healthy lifestyles through her teaching, outreach, and contribution to Center For Movement’s Pilates Teacher Training Program.
Outside of the studio, Donna enjoys yoga, exploring New York City, and spending time with family and friends.
Meet Our Instructors
Nicole was born, raised, and educated in the Philippines, where she had a long professional career in dance. In 1993, she came to New York and continued to dance professionally with companies such as Connecticut Ballet, Ballet New York, Tampa Ballet and Ballet Memphis, where she was principal dancer. Prior to taking her Pilates certification, Nicole trained under Sonia Orevillo who meticulously instilled her vast knowledge of the art of Pilates. In 2010, Nicole received her certification through the authentic studio, True Pilates. *CFM instructor since 2011
Anna first experienced Pilates in 1998 while on vacation at Canyon Ranch in Tucson. Upon returning to New York, she began taking private sessions at Tribeca Bodyworks (now known as Real Pilates) owned by Alycea Ungaro. She connected with the methodology so much that she applied for and was accepted into the Teacher Certification Program at the Pilates Center of New York located at Drago’s Gymnasium (now known as True Pilates or Romana’s Pilates). Leaving the corporate world of advertising behind, Anna completed the certification program in the fall of 2001 and has taught for Center for Movement since 2002.In 2007, Anna began exploring with movement in the Gyrotonic Expansion System and in 2009, completed her certification in that methodology as well adding to her versatility as a movement instructor.Outside the studio, Anna can be found taking a ballet class, a Gyrotonic Tower class, tap dancing or reading a murder mystery. *CFM Instructor since 2002.
In 2000, she became a certified instructor in both Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis®. She studied with Gyrotonic® system founder, Juliu Horvath, master trainers Sebastain- Plettenberg, Juergen Bamberger, Debora Rose and Hilary Cartwright. In the following years she studied with Pino Carbone, founder of the Body Code System® and attended several workshops on the use of Art Form Equipment (Elvis, Pegasus and Master Stretch).
She is a certified for Gyrotonic Level 1-2, Gyrokinesis Level 1-2 and Gyrotonic Specialized Equipment including Jump/Stretch Board, Ladder, Archway, Gyrotoner and the Leg Extension Unit. She has successfully completed several Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Workshops in Golf Conditioning, Dynamic Trunk Stabilization, Breathing Techniques and specialized course for the application of Psoas Principles.
By applying the teachings of the Gyrotonic Expansion System she has increased her clients’ strength and flexibility in body, mind and spirit. She has trained her clients on how to open their energy pathways to reach optimal physical and and mental condition integrating physical exercise, meditation and breathing patterns. She has been working with a wide array of clients including professional dancers, non dancers with various of backgrounds, professional and non-professional athletes, always focusing on each client individual needs and goals.
Originally from New Zealand, Bridie moved to New York to pursue a professional dance career. She was introduced to Pilates while training as a ballet student. Enthused by the benefits of Pilates, she later further studied the method, becoming a certified instructor through Polestar Pilates New Zealand in 2012. In New Zealand, Bridie taught Pilates mat classes in gyms and private Pilates to pre-professional dance students. Bridie gained her full apparatus certification in 2016 in the classical Pilates Method with Center For Movement, and has been teaching for over a year at CFM. When Bridie is not in the Pilates studio, she rehearses or performs as a professional dancer, and is a company artist of Ajkun Ballet Theatre since 2007.
Shannon discovered Pilates while studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder; an avid horseback rider, she sought out Pilates specifically to help strengthen the core and improve posture. She believes Pilates is the perfect cross-training exercise method for all amateur and serious athletes. Falling in love with the method, Shannon decided to become a comprehensive, authentic Pilates instructor and completed her 600-hour certification at Center For Movement. A Scarsdale native, she has been teaching at CFM since January 2016. Shannon spends her non-Pilates time actively pursuing a career in film and television, and is a successful print model for beauty and lifestyle brands.
Adrienne has been fitness-oriented all of her life, focusing on ballet and tennis in her youth. A stay at home mom for many years, she got her personal training and group exercise certifications in 2007. Since then, she has been training individuals and groups with a whole body approach of strength, balance, flexibility and function. In addition, Adrienne was a Zumba instructor from 2008 to 2012. Having developed a passion for the Pilates method herself, Adrienne looks forward to spreading the love! Her goal is to help clients incorporate sound fitness habits into their daily lives – on and off the mat – to achieve longevity and quality of life.
Sarah moved to New York in 2012 from Boston to purse her acting career. She fell in love with Pilates after taking her first class at Power Pilates Studio. She was so passionate about the classical method, she wanted to share it with others and decided to enroll in the teaching program. Sarah will be completing her 600-hour certification in March through Power Pilates. She is so excited to be teaching at Center for Movement!
Jean was first introduced to Pilates in 2005, after suffering from intermittent back pain and looking for an exercise that would help strengthen her back muscles while building her core. After 10 years of practicing in studios both in Westchester and New York city, she found Center For Movement and instantly felt a connection to the studio and the traditional Pilates practice they followed. In March of 2016, she decided to pursue her love for Pilates by becoming a Pilates Instructor. She is currently enrolled in the Pilates Teacher Training Program, and is working diligently towards her full certification. One of the things Jean loves is that with Pilates she can help people feel better and move with ease.
Since his Diabetes diagnoses in late 2004, Keith’s life became focused on healthy living. He actively sought a more active lifestyle, opening him up to biking, diet and yoga. This health first approach to life led him to triathlons and certifications in Pilates and Yoga.
Since his strength was always connecting to people, he began a new career in Yoga. Helping people manage their stress and create a well-rounded healthy lifestyle by teaching his Advertising comrades Yoga.
He also noticed we are never truly taught to use our core properly, so we tend dump strain into our lower backs, compensating for a weak core. Which is when we begin to loose our own mind/body connection. Hopefully we take a Pilates class and realize we can’t sit up or touch our toes. Keith’s goal is to help people realize there own physicality, coordination, flexibility and core strength.
Candice is a RYT 200 Hour yoga instructor. She teaches weekly classes at the White Plains YMCA. She is a fan of modifications and variations and believes that no yogi should ever feel discouraged. Candice fuses Hatha and Vinyasa yoga into her classes. She is excited to begin teaching new and seasoned yogis at the Scarsdale location.