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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.

Two cousins, a dancer and a businesswoman, united over a common love of Pilates, and Center For Movement was born. Founded in 1998, CFM is the creation of Elle Jardim and Donna Singer, both of whom trained under the legendary master Romana Kryzanowska, one of Joseph Pilates’ proteges.  “Romana’s legacy promotes a balanced lifestyle through Pilates principles that inspire us to excellence in teaching every day at our studios,” says Donna.

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 Jardim is co-founder and director of Center For Movement as well as, especially, its ‘professor’ of long-standing accomplishment. It was as a young dancer that she began absorbing the Pilates method. She studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, from which she holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She also received a master’s degree in exercise physiology.

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

Lynne BallietteLynne Balliette has been a certified Pilates instructor since 1998, receiving her initial training from Romana Kryzanowska in New York, NY. She holds certifications from Romana’s Pilates, The Pilates Studio, and The Pilates Guild, and is a gold-certified instructor and member of the Pilates Method Alliance, an international professional association for the Pilates method. Lynne was the first full-time Pilates instructor in the Dance Department at Goucher College, Maryland, where she taught from 1998 to 2001. In addition to teaching Pilates in the US and abroad, she has appeared in television news programs, newspaper articles, and an instructional DVD on Pilates. Prior to her Pilates training, Lynne received an M.F.A degree in dance performance and choreography from the University of Michigan and danced and choreographed professionally in New York. She has studied anatomy and kinesiology with Irene Dowd, among others, and she completed a Master of Arts degree in movement science from Teachers College, Columbia University, in May 2009.

Nicole Cruz, Pilates Instructor, Center for Movement, NYC 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



Lisa LumerLisa was drawn to Pilates after retiring from dance and becoming an avid runner. Tightened muscles, decreased flexibility and lower back pain forced her to find an additional workout to counteract these symptoms. She decided to try a Pilates session at a local studio called Center for Movement. It proved to be a match made in heaven! A few years later, Lisa enrolled in re:AB’s Teacher Training Program under the tutelage of owner Brooke Siler and master teacher Cary Regan, both students of Joseph Pilates’ predecessor Romana Kryzanowska. The program’s 700+ hours of personal training, observations, workshops, meetings and hands-on experience gave her the tools required to work with clients of all different ages, body types and special needs, including people with current and past injuries. Lisa’s thrive to learn will never cease as she continues to study regularly and attend Pilates Continuing Education classes and workshops throughout the year. Now it’s Lisa’s turn to begin giving back what Pilates has done for her. Come by the studio and let her help you find your path to a harmonious body and “flow like Joe” through your everyday tasks!


Marcia Green Marcia holds a BA in Music and Theater from Long Island University and is a licensed cosmetologist. She has been a Pilates instructor at the Center for Movement since 2007.





Sayaka HigashiSayaka is originally from Japan. Growing up she studied Japanese traditional dance, Jazz and Modern dance, and performed around the country. When she came to the US she started taking Pilates as a method of daily exercise, in addition to her dance training and has been hooked ever since. She believes Pilates is one of the most effective mind body exercise available today. Sayaka received her Pilates certification from Power Pilates in 2005. *CFM Instructor since 2007.


Shaneen HuxmanShaneen has been a certified Level 1 Gyrotonic instructor for 7 years. She has an array of interests in other movement methodologies and takes classes in: Pilates, Iyengar yoga, Aikido, Gyrokinesis and Yoga for dancers. She’s an avid horse lover who for the past 11 years has been a dressage rider who teaches horse riding and trains horses on Long Island. CFM Instructor since dedicated to bringing the love of movement, mind-body awareness, and physical fitness to each session to create an environment for growth, discovery and health.


Anna Kallinkidou

Anna received her certification for Pilates at Bodytonic Inc., NY, in 2003.
 She has an extensive dance background and has taught Pilates in both United States and Greece. Anna is thrilled to be back in NY and bringing her worldly experience to our Scarsdale studio.


Jean McCabe is a former ballet dancer with the Joffrey Ballet of New York and the Stuttgart Ballet of Germany. She performed in a varied repetoire from “Swan Lake” to the “Taming of the Shrew” to “Mythical Hunters”, while doing extensive international tours. Jean studied Pilates with the master teacher Romana, Joseph Pilates student and disciple. Jean enjoys performing in community theatre productions and does ballroom dancing. She brings her varied and eclectic background to her teaching. Jean has been teaching at Center for Movement for 10 years.


Anna Moy, Pilates instructor, Center MovementAnna 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.


barbara schneider BA in Special Education, Lesley College. Certification: Pilates Comprehensive Certification Center for Movement, 2008. *CFM Instructor since 2008.




Sabrina Shapiro Graduated Marymount College with a B.F.A. in dance.  She started practicing Pilates as a cross-training method to keep her body strong and injury-free, and fell in love with the method.  While finishing up her degree, Sabrina joined our Pilates Teacher Training Program, which she graduated from in 2009 as a fully comprehensive and classically-trained Pilates instructor.  She has been an instructor for over 7 years, and has built up a steady and loyal following.  Her clients love her for her strong understanding of body mechanics along with her calm and confident demeanor.  Sabrina is actively pursuing her dance career in NYC while she teaches Pilates at our studios.  She is also a volunteer at the Hospital for Special Surgeries in their Physical & Occupational Therapy department, and is considering acquiring a degree in Physical Therapy to deepen her education as an instructor and better serve pre/post rehab Pilates clientele.CFM Certified in 2009.






Melissa WoyshnerMelissa began studying the Pilates Method as a student in 2004. She loved the results that Pilates had on her own body and decided to increase her understanding of the method by enrolling in a comprehensive certification program. In 2007 she completed Core Pilates Comprehensive Certification. In addition she has been certified in Pre-Natal and Post-Natal care. *CFM Instructor since 2007.



100000156_mobileAs a 25-year veteran in the Health and Fitness industry, developing and maintaining a strong, fit, healthy body requires balance in all areas of your life.  Pilates brings strength and symmetry to all the muscles, large and small, that support our ability to pursue our physical goals.  Health, in mind and body, empowers one to be their very best and it is so important to enjoy the journey!


Isabella CurtiIsabella was first introduced to Pilates at age 13 when her Mother became a certified pilates instructor under Romana Kryzonowska. It wasn’t long after until Isabella caught the Pilates bug herself. Recently certified through Core Pilates NYC’s comprehensive training program, Isabella has found great joy in sharing her love of Pilates and the benefits it can bring to one’s life. A graduate of NYU Tisch school of the Arts, Isabella holds a BFA in drama and has performed in off-broadway productions at The Public Theatre and The Pearl Theatre Company in New York.  Isabella’s passion for Pilates has developed not only into physical strength, but also a sense of mindful balance and focus. She views pilates as a grounding force in the hectic hustle of New York City life, and it is that which she hopes to impart onto each person she trains.


unnamed A Westchester native, Emily began her movement studies with yoga, obtaining her certification in 2008.  She taught yoga throughout the county, and started her Pilates training in 2011 with Jean McCabe at Yoga Sanctuary.  Through Jean, she discovered Center for Movement and was drawn to Classical Pilates for the system’s ability to teach core control and precision, which complements any form of movement.  Emily is proud to be a Certified CFM Instructor, and lives in Mamaroneck with her husband and son.





JeanneJeoung-nam earned an MA in dance in Higher Education at New York University in 1995. She danced as soloist and a choreographer in various dance companies in US and Italy. She has been guest dance instructor at the University of Ohio, University of Akron, and Adjunct  Dance Professor in the Art Communication Department at Bergen Community College in N.J from 1996-1999.

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.



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.

“Everyone is the architect of their own happiness” – Joseph Pilates

A life long fitness enthusiast and former equestrian show jumper, Christine increasingly shifted her focus to Pilates due to chronic neck and lower back pain from working long hours in financial services.  After seeing the results that Pilates can deliver, she decided to pursue Mat Certification from Core Pilates NYC.  Shortly thereafter, she completed Core’s Comprehensive Certification in Classical Pilates, a 600+ hour intensive study program.  Christine is passionate about the ability of Pilates to transform and heal the body, as well as improve the body’s performance in other forms of exercise and daily tasks.  A true believer that Pilates is for everyone, she loves helping her clients achieve their goals and feel stronger and longer.
Christine graduated from Boston University with a bachelors degree in liberal arts and holds a masters degree in science education from Columbia University. She is very excited to be teaching at Center For Movement!