About the Actor
BOB LIEKENS, Master Instructor, moved from his native Belgium in 1983 to NYC to further explore his dance career and begin his Pilates training at the original studio. He pursued studies at the Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, where he became one of the first certified instructors in the technique in 1991 and taught at the school for two years. In 1986, Romana Kryzanowska invited Bob to teach the Pilates method, and he has been teaching under her inspiration ever since. In 1993, he was instrumental in building her Teacher Trainer Certification Program, and he co-created the Training Manual and originated the current exam system. Bob is invited both nationally and internationally to conduct teacher training seminars, workshops and continuing education programs. In fall 2000, he joined the team of the Power Pilates Studio in NYC. Bobs reputation for teaching the Pilates method with unique brilliance, clarity, inspiration and comprehensiveness is renowned among the most experienced professionals in the field.
ALYCEA UNGARO, Commentator, is a licensed physical therapist, as well as founder and director of the Pilates Center of New York - Tribeca Bodyworks, New Yorks largest Pilates center. Alycea began studying Pilates at the age of 14 while attending New York City Ballet's prestigious School of American Ballet. After a decade of increasing proficiency in Pilates, she became certified by master instructor Romana Kryzanowska. In 1995 Alycea established Tribeca Bodyworks, a studio dedicated to teaching the classic techniques developed by Joseph Pilates. Here she has personally trained Madonna, Uma Thurman, Matthew Modine, and many others. Alycea is the author of two books, Portable Pilates (2000) and Pilates Body in Motion (2002).
PETER FIASCA, Director & Soloist, is from Southern California and began the Pilates method with Phoebe Higgins in NYC in 1988. He was certified by Romana Kryzanowska in 1998 and continues to study with Romana and Bob. Peter has demonstrated Pilates home exercise equipment on QVC since 1997, and has been an on-air guest co-host at QVC and Canadas Home Shopping Channel. During 2000-01, he filmed Pilates videotapes with Romana, which are sold on QVC and around the world. Peters reputation for teaching Joseph Pilates truly classical technique has attracted many clients and other certified instructors to continue their training with him in NYC and at his studio near Philadelphia, PA. As a licensed Ph.D. psychologist, Peter is a true believer in physical and mental fitness for everyone.
JUNGHEE KALLANDER, Soloist, is an award-winning professional dancer and has performed extensively in her native Korea and the U.S. She performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and as the lead dancer at the largest theme park in Korea. After graduating from Kyunghee University in Seoul with a B.A. degree in dance education, she moved to the U.S. and earned a M.A. degree in Dance & Dance Education from New York University. Junghee was certified by Romana Kryzanowska in 1999.
JAMIE TROUT, Soloist, was certified by Romana Kryzanowska in her native Atlanta, GA in 1999, and has taught Pilates in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and New York and currently teaches in Key Biscayne, FL. A graduate of North Carolina School for the Arts, she began her professional Ballet career with Ballet Austin in Texas. Jamie has danced in England, Hungary, Hawaii, North & South Carolina, and in Georgia with Dwende and the Atlanta Ballet.
Classical Pilates technique videos feature two of the most renowned Pilates professionals in the world, master instructor Bob Liekens and commentator Alycea Ungaro, who uphold the tradition and high ideals of Joseph Pilates original New York City Studio, which began during the 1920s. This DVD serves to preserve the original, classical method in the face of current challenges. Each exercise is performed flawlessly, in real-time, and in correct sequence. If you already have a foundation in the principles of this exercise method, then this is the DVD to buy to further your ability. It's not watered down, slowed down, or commercialized; it's just Pilates the way Joseph Pilates created it.While there's nothing flashy about this DVD, it is an invaluable tool (and the best) for those who are interested in more than the latest fad.
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