Flying Squirrel is a fully equipped, boutique Pilates Studio located in the heart of the East Village.
We offer group equipment classes along with private, one-on-one instruction for individuals who prefer a more tailored workout.
Private sessions are also appropriate if you are recovering from an injury or otherwise require special attention.
We aim to provide a safe environment for our students to have fun, learn and explore the relationship between body and mind through the use of the Pilates method.
Meet the Instructors...
Here at Flying Squirrel we take pride in our diverse staff of quality instructors. We encourage you to take advantage of the variety of unique expertise each has to offer.
Come by today, our teachers are waiting for you!
Danielle's extensive background in martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsiu, Muay Thai kick-boxing, acrobatic movement, dance, and current pursuit of aerial arts lends a unique perspective to her teachings and style .
BASI educated and a Kathy Grant Heritage Training® Graduate, Dani offers a deep understanding of anatomy, physiology and movement theory. She enjoys creating highly innovative and contemporary classes with honesty and integrity to the work of Joseph Pilates. “I dedicate myself fully to the work, while lending my energy freely to both the teaching and students so they might experience the joy in every movement”.
Danielle opened Flying Squirrel Studios after her Mentors Anula Maiberg and Jeremy Laverdure decided to sell their long time, successful business Sixth Street Pilates®, at which Dani taught for the past 6 years developing a strong bond with the students and fellow instructors. She is excited and humbled to take this next step in her career. “After teaching Pilates for over 10 years, I’m still learning from my students every day. I am now also learning what it takes to run a Pilates studio in NYC.”
Pilates entered Christy's life whilst she was studying Dance Education at Towson State University. The discipline and precise and mindful movement technique of the Pilates Method instantly struck a chord with her. Christy taught several modalities of dance and movement before deciding to focus on studying the Stott Pilates Method with John Garey in Long Beach, CA. Her organic and creative approach to movement aims to inspire thoughtfulness in her clients movement practice. She hopes to inspire you to fine tune your attention to detail and body alignment, discover your ultimate strength and get you moving with purpose, focus and precision.
Jessie Young is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. After training in Pilates for over 10 years, she completed her certification through the Body Arts and Science International Program under the mentorship of Cindy Reid (Chicago, IL). Her work in Pilates focuses on building sustainable practices that focus on personal awareness of alignment, connectivity and physical capacity. With an MFA in Dance (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign) and Yoga certification (<500hr), Jessie offers sessions that build deep core support and proprioceptive awareness through exercises based in personal embodiments of rhythm and weight.
Kyle received his apparatus and mat certification from Half Moon Pilates under the instruction of Lawson Harris. He is a contemporary teacher focused on innovative exercises, challenging the body & mind, a proper butt kicking, and a heck of a lot of fun. Kyle has a BA in dance from Point Park University, as well as an art history minor from Wells University in Paris France, and is a certified aerial artist. He currently dances for Jessica Taylor's DamageDance, and teaches competitive dance at The Pulse Performing Arts Center.
Angela has been practicing Pilates for 14 years, so it was only natural for her to pursue Instructor training. Following along her family’s path, Angela’s Grandmother (a yoga instructor) handed her a Pilates book in her late teens, recommending Pilates as the practice most suited for her. Now classically trained through Core Pilates NYC, Angela continues to expand her knowledge by continuing education and practice. She teaches a fluid combination of classical and contemporary methods, and has used Pilates to help improve her own posture and alignment from scoliosis, as well as strengthening after a running injury. Angela’s teaching is lighthearted and fun. You may just find some deeper core engagement from laughing in one of her classes. “My intention is to help people move more, and feel good about themselves.”
Vanessa is a Pilates Instructor and a dancer with a passion to help others be their best in their own bodies. She uses her knowledge of anatomy and her dance training to focus on helping clients achieve their ultimate goals. Whether it be toning, sculpting, strength and muscle building, flexibility or mobility, she hones in on specific needs for every body. As she works with clients she believes that the most important thing to do in order to see results is to consistently come to class. Consistency is key from Vanessa’a perspective and her regular clients are a testament to that. She focuses more on helping each person achieve wholeness. She desires that every person should be comfortable and more at peace with living in their own bodies. She believes that we only get one body and we should treat it with the care and respect that it deserves. Vanessa creates rhythmic classes that stimulate the mind and connects the body. She uses tools to change up every class, little by little to increase results and to create fun for her clients. Get ready to sweat, breathe and reconnect with your abs and your body as Vanessa guides you through a powerful Pilates Mat and Equipment class.
Dakota has worked for over 30 years in the circus industry as a professional aerial acrobat, coach, and choreographer. She found Pilates in her youth to help rehab from injury and get back to movement. She was hooked and kept it n her life for injury prevention. So inspired by the smartness of the work, Dakota became a Kane School certified instructor to help others keep moving with ease through their lives. Her classes have an athletic, contemporary style, infused with her love of anatomy and sense of humor. She can also be found coaching aspiring aerialists at Circus Warehouse in Long Island City.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Hannah moved to NYC in 2016 to pursue a career in musical theater after earning a BFA in musical theater performance from The University of Michigan. She’s a Balanced Body certified Pilates instructor, an Xtend Barre certified barre instructor, and specializes in pre/post natal training. Hannah is a vivacious, positive and encouraging instructor with a strong presence and a warm and welcoming energy.