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Vanessa Justice


Vanessa Justice tailors every pilates session to the individual. She focuses on connectivity and internal support, guiding clients to embody their breath and movement to form healthy patterns of relationship within the body and with the force of gravity. Her sessions stay true to the anatomical reality of the body. She helps alleviate patterns of tension and over/under muscular use, and assists the body to have optimal circulation, mobility, and stability. Vanessa supports prenatal/postpartum women, injury prevention and rehab, and those simply seeking an intelligent workout. Vanessa trained to be a pilates instructor at the Kane School (2003-4) and continued her study at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. She has also studied movement with Irene Dowd, Clarice Marshall, Liz Koch, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She is currently studying to become an Alexander Technique instructor, and draws from the wisdom of this modality while teaching pilates. Vanessa’s teaching is also influenced by her work as a professional dancer, choreographer, and yoga instructor. She teaches pilates as Adjunct Professor at Long Island University, Dance Department. Vanessa used pilates as a primary source of rehabilitation following a major trauma injury and abdominal surgery. This physical challenge deeply fortified her understanding and appreciation for the balancing, aligning, and strengthening power of pilates. She has a BA in Religious Studies/Philosophy from Pomona College and an MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University. Vanessa’s choreography has been supported by New York Live Arts, Bogliasco Foundation, Yaddo, Movement Research, The New Museum, and Joyce Theater. Her work has been presented in NYC, nationally, and abroad.  

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