OUR TEACHERS

  • Cassandra Cotta Teacher


    Cassandra’s movement journey began as a rebellious 2 year old who was gifted a dance class in the hopes that it might help tame her wild spirit. While she’s not quite sure it ever really tamed her, she did fall head over heels in love and has been moving ever since.

    She holds a BFA in modern dance performance, with a concentration in ballet, from Temple University in Philadelphia where she graduated magna cum laude. Currently, she performs with Kinesis Project Dance Theater and Erick Montes/Danceable Projects. In the past, she has also had the pleasure of working with Berenik/Pascal Rekoert for Fashion Week 2017, London’s “Bittersuite” for their premiere USA performance at BAM and chrismastersdance.

    As a teenager, she was introduced to the world of Pilates as a way “fix broken bodies,” and as is in her nature, immediately rebelled from this ideology. Years later, a mentor reframed the system as a way to celebrate individual strengths and draw them out as support for any weaknesses, and that stuck as a way to not only to teach, but also to live.

    Cassandra believes that everyone is beautiful, capable and ready to do more than they ever thought they could. She feels incredibly lucky to be continually inspired by the bodies she comes across and the stories they each carry.

  • Hannah Belisle Teacher


    I discovered Pilates over a decade ago, but not until finding my “tribe” in Bodies by Pilates and Deb Lemon did my interest in it transform into a passion.

    A former dancer and lifelong fitness enthusiast (with herniated disc in my lower back), I have tremendous respect for Pilates as an experience, a process, and lifestyle–not only a form of exercise. My appreciation for the nuance, complex simplicity and power of the method are second only to my obsession with how good it makes me feel! I can’t get enough.

    Pilates has changed me physically and mentally and continues to challenge me in both those ways. I so look forward to sharing all it has to offer with those daring enough to give it a try.

    When I’m not practicing The Hundred, I work full time in the Office of Development at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. I love cooking, laughing, and spending precious time with my husband, Mitch, and our one year old son, George.

  • Deborah Lemon Teacher/Owner/Master Instructor

    My name is Deb Lemon and I am addicted to movement! I am a 51-year-old mother of 5 who got bit by the “fitness bug” at the age of 18. I am married to the “man of all men” who truly believes in me and supports everything I do while working hard on his own career. I taught my very first fitness class on campus at Millersville University and that’s where it all started. I’ve always been a “teacher” in some capacity… it’s just in my blood. After delivering my second child, I was persuaded into auditioning to be a fitness model for QVC. I worked for them for the next 18 years. During those years and much after now… I’ve opened 5 Pilates Studios. I’m not sure what I like more… being an entrepreneur, a teacher, a teacher trainer, a wellness coach, or a mentor to aspiring new teachers? What I know for sure is that I am passionate about results! If you come to me with a problem and you look to me for a solution… I will deliver! Whether it be learning pilates, losing weight, getting stronger, inspiring you, or just simply helping you feel better… I will pour myself into you!

    My training and education are extensive and in my opinion, takes a “backseat” to my love of people and connecting with them individually. My studio is the vehicle I use to enhance my life by serving others with the gift of movement!

  • Yung-Li Chen Teacher

    Yung-Li Chen is a Pilates, Barre, Cardio+Barre Teacher with 20 years experience as an independent choreographer and professional dancer. Health, fitness, and movement have always been a large part of Yung-Li’s personality. She holds a MFA in Choreography from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY as well as certification from Exhale Spa (Barre), OM (Yoga) and Balanced Pilates.

    Her recent performance credits include: 2015 NY Fashion Week for Givenchy/Marina Abramovic, Kate Weare Dance Company, Jacobs Pillow, and Judson Dance Theater.

    Yung-Li’s Barre Class is fun yet challenging, focusing on self-motivational goals of strength and alignment. Take your body and mind to the next level- you deserve it!

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