Teacher Focus Feature ~ Jamie Graham

Last night, Jamie and I sat sharing a cocktail and trying to determine how long we’ve actually known each other. Although we couldn’t decide on the exact number, we agreed that we’ve shared most of our time here in the Big Apple together, working in the Pilates industry. Jamie was once my boss, and now she’s working out of my space. Jamie is the perfect mix of ball-buster and cheerleader as a Pilates instructor. If only I could be so lucky as to spend the next 6, 7, or infinite years teaching next to this amazing woman! Here’s Jamie’s story…

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Jamie first encountered Pilates when she was trying to get ahead in ballet school at Virginia School of the Arts. She remembers sweating it out on the reformer, under the eagle-eye of Gayla Zukovich, with her long finger nails poking her in the stomach demanding her abs pull in and up! Pilates was the perfect supplement to her dance training. It helped her better understand how her body worked and build strength and flexibility. When Jamie was doing a year of post-graduate study at CODARTS/Rotterdamse Dansacedmie she had the honor to study with master instructor, Marjorie Oron, and it was then that she decided to get certified and complete the certification program with Romana’s Pilates.

As a dedicated devotee, Jamie practices Pilates weekly and also studies Alexander technique with Jean McClelland and Klein technique with Barbara Mahler. Her favorite thing about the Pilates method is being able to help her clients experience the joy and benefits of movement within the safety of the Pilates work. She is especially good at getting her clients to work deeply while continuing to move and experience the flow of one exercise leading into the next.

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When Jamie isn’t in the Pilates studio, you can find her in the dance studio. She’s part of a dance/comedy improv duo called The Raving Jaynes. The Jaynes, Amy Larimer and Ms. Graham, create shows based on audience suggestion using improvised dance and theater. For more info on where you can catch their show click here. Jamie also works with Jenny Rocha & her painted ladies, a dance company that fuses dance, theater, physical comedy, and burlesque. They shimmy and shake every Saturday at the Galapagos Art Space’s Floating Kabarette. Shameless plugs aside, Jamie can usually be found catching a show, tossing a frisbee at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, or sneaking off to the Hudson Valley for a little R&R.

Here’s four fun facts you may not know about Jamie:

  1. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, so she has a soft spot for anything country.
  2. She loves catching NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!
  3. She shares a birthday with her grandfather who just turned 100!
  4. National Parks are her favorite thing about the United States, but if a bee or spider approaches, she turns into a flailing yelping six year old!

For more info about Jamie click here and to schedule a session in our NYC with Ms. Graham email us

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Teacher Focus Feature~ Monica Delgado

When you first meet Ms. Delgado, you are literally transfixed by her beauty. The thing is, she is SO much more than just her looks. Besides being stunning, Monica is an accomplished artist, phenomenal Pilates instructor, and all around inspiring person. I am truly blessed to have her kind, soothing energy in my studio. Here’s all about the woman behind that face…

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Unlike the majority of the Pilates community, Monica did not come to Pilates through dance. She did however find the method through healing an injury, as many instructors do. While weight lifting one day she injured her back and when rehabbing, her Physical Therapist introduced “pilates-based exercises” into her sessions. After doing them religiously for three weeks she was able to function normally again and she was hooked. That was ten years ago. After realizing the benefits of Pilates, Monica continued her practice and eventually became certified in the classical style through Peak Pilates.

Monica is most impressed with how Pilates is applicable to everything we do. Whether it’s sitting in a chair at your desk, climbing up or down the stairs, picking up a bag of groceries, throwing a football, or surfing some waves- Pilates is present. It’s the efficiency of movement that keeps her coming back, and while she looks “small and sweet” she’s not. Her sessions tend to be quite challenging but fun. She likes to give tons of “cookies”. Not the ones you eat…the Pilates ones. You’ll have to try a session with her to get your treat.

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When Monica is not in the Pilates studio putting her clients through their paces, she is at her art studio in Long Island City. She’s a visual artist, with a degree in painting but the work she’s doing now questions the conventional notions of what a painting is. Monica pushes boundaries not only in her teaching but with her art as well.

Here’s 5 fun facts about Monica:

1) I have a baby pillow I still sleep with, and can’t sleep without.
2) I was a cheerleader in middle school and high school.
3) I have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
4) I have 200 something cousins, I think.
5) I was voted Teacher of the Year when I was an inner city middle school art teacher in Texas. Did that for 4 years.

For more information about Monica Delgado or to schedule a session email us at FORM Pilates today!

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Teacher Focus Feature~ Carrie Campbell

Carrie Campbell was well known to me even before I ever set eyes on her face. Her name was synonymous with teacher, and in fact years after first hearing about her, she ended up being one of my teacher trainers at Power Pilates. With a sing song in her voice and a smile on her lips she’ll kick your butt with some creative flow and choreography. Today we are fortunate enough to now have Carrie at FORM. Perfect proximity for butt kicking and a little schooling if need be….here’s her story:

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Anyone who walks behind, instructor Carrie Campbell, can obviously tell that she was a ballerina. Her toes point east and west instead of north and there’s isn’t a foot that isn’t pointed when it leaves the floor, an obvious byproduct of some serious training. The year was 1995, Carrie was living in Austin, TX, and It was her first year in a professional Ballet company. During an overhead lift she was dropped accidentally and broke her foot in five places- ouch! In an effort to get back in point shoes as quickly as she can she could, Carrie began taking Pilates with a classically trained teacher who only charged $10 per private session. After three or four sessions a week for about a month, Carrie came back to Pilates stronger than before and with a new obsession…Pilates.

While Carrie has had almost fifteen years of experience teaching the method, she still finds inspiration in Pilates. She loves how the work can really challenge you but not make you feel like you’ve been beat up after a killer session. She’s found that other forms of exercise can leave you feeling so exhausted and sore it can be hard to go about your daily life- not so with Pilates. Instead you fell stronger, more energized, elongated, aligned, and ready to take on the world.

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Carrie doesn’t pick favorites so she works with bodies of all ages and skill levels. Her clients range from 87 years young to 15 years old, but If she had to pin point a specialty it would definitely be pre and postnatal Pilates. Apart from her comprehensive Pilates certification, Carrie holds 2 certifications in Pre and Postnatal fitness and has studied directly with midwives and doulas. To her, pregnancy and motherhood is an amazing journey so, by helping other women through their motherhood experience- she gets so much back. Carrie gives all the credit to Pilates for both of her healthy, happy pregnancies as well as the ability to bounce back to her pre-pregnant body so quickly after birth.

When Carrie isn’t teaching she’s at her other job… being a mom, which is she professes to be way harder than teaching. She has two beautiful children, Grace (7) and Charlie (4) and they keep her VERY busy. She also loves to cook, go to the theater, practice yoga, take barre classes, and travel.  To Carrie, Pilates is not just a workout, but a way of life. She has seen the rewards of practicing Pilates extend far beyond body aesthetics. According to Carrie, Pilates will give you a better body but also so much more!

5 Things I bet you didn’t know about Carrie:

  1. She and her sister and were born on the same day 2 years apart.
  2. She met her husband on a blind date.
  3. She has lived in 6 different states not counting summer ballet camps/gigs.
  4. She went to a boarding school, North Carolina School of the Arts.
  5. She had a snowball fight with Mat Dillon in NYC during the blizzard of 1996! Jealous!!!

Carrie is currently in the top 10 for Pilates Style magazine’s Next Pilates Anytime Instructor contest!!!! View her video and vote for her by clicking the image below. Official voting begins August 18th. Go Carrie!!!

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