Gina Papalia - is a Second Generation Teacher and owner of Grasshopper Pilates NYC (est. 2000), lives in NYC with her husband and two pre teens. Gina fell in love with Pilates in college. After graduation, she began her Pilates training in January,1995 at SUNY Purchase, under Romana Kryzanowska, Bob Liekens. She danced professionally with Dance Theatre of Harlem and completed her Pilates training at Drago’s with Romana and at The Pilates Studio with Bob in her early 20's. Having worked closely with Bob Liekens for 23 years, she was thrilled to be hand picked by him to be a Teacher Trainer for his program, The Pilates Standard (TPS). Gina is excited to share her love and dedication of The Pilates Method with the next generation of teachers with a program that is classical, thoughtful and logical. Gina as a teacher embraces each client individually and unconditionally, balancing a serious approach with a fun, friendly attitude. She challenges each client, working with their weaknesses and imbalances while acknowledging their strengths and accomplishments. Gina is PMA Certified, a teacher on Pilatesology, trains bi-weekly with Cary Regan and Phoebe Higgins, and is currently becoming certified in Fascia Manipulation. You can find out what she is up to on Instagram @Grasshopper Pilates or check out

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