About the Owners
Elizabeth Jay (Libby) began dancing at the age of 8. She studied ballet and modern dance and went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University. Along with the dance curriculum her studies included Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology and Ideokinesis.
She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude in 1991 receiving the award for the Outstanding Graduate of the College of Fine Arts. After graduating she made her way to New York and continued dancing and choreographing her own work. She produced, choreographed and performed in a full evening length concert at The Workhouse Theatre in TriBeCa. She also performed and had her choreography produced at The Dance Theatre Workshop in a concert featuring emerging choreographers. Soon after she began the Classical Pilates certification program under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska and Bob Liekens. She received her certification in 1996 and taught at a large studio in lower Manhattan for six years before opening The Pilates Room with her partner Alison in 2002.
As a teacher, Libby is finely tuned in to a person's needs and capabilities. This intuition combined with her compassionate and clear teaching style has inspired confidence and loyalty in all of her clients with some having over 18 years of Pilates training with her.
In addition to her dance and Pilates training, Libby has always been extremely active pursuing her own fitness goals. Her favorites include running, anti-gravity (aerial) yoga, kettle-bell and kick boxing. She is also the proud mother of two girls. She practiced Pilates through both of her pregnancies and had a successful home water birth. She has taught many pregnant women over the years helping them to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy bodies in no time. In addition to teaching and being a mom, she is the creator of "Jay Girl Design" where she sells her expertly handcrafted jewelry, knits and bridal accessories. jaygirldesign.com & etsy/jaygirldesign.com
Alison Johnson began her movement career as a young child. She began with gymnastics at the age of 6 and then quickly shifted her attention to dance. Throughout her childhood years she studied ballet, modern and jazz and went on to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Stephens College. Her education consisted of a comprehensive curriculum of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. In addition to her academic studies of movement, The Pilates Method was a mandatory part of her dance training. Not only did it help create a profound technical foundation, it helped maintain physical balance to keep up with the intense demands of the dance program.
Well into her senior year, Alison suffered a compound fracture to her left ankle. This devastating event caused a great shift in her future plans to become a professional dancer. Luckily, she had already begun her Classical Pilates certification and was well on her way to completion. Despite her broken ankle, Alison graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1997. Shortly after graduation she moved to New York City to complete her Pilates certification with master teachers Romana Kryzanowska and Bob Liekens. It was in the process of her recovery when she discovered how profound the Pilates method can be when it comes to rehabilitation. She also discovered that Teaching was the perfect marriage of her love for movement and working with people.
Alison completed her certification in February of 1998 and went on to teach at a larger Manhattan Pilates studio for 5 years. It was there that she befriended her current business partner Libby. Because of their complimentary teaching styles and similar vision, Alison and Libby decided to venture out and open The Pilates Room, NYC in 2002.
Alison's teaching style has continued to grow with life experience and 21 years of teaching. In the past 9 years Alison became the mother of two young children. She practiced Pilates during both pregnancies as well as after to help her regain strength from two Caesarian sections. Alison continues to love helping people feel better as they grow stronger and more confident in the way they approach movement and life.