Pilates House is proud to work with some of the best teachers in New York City. All of our teachers are certified by the country's leading organizations, and have the expertise and experience that is required to work at Pilates House. Each one is unique but have the same goal in my mind: YOU and everything that makes YOU better and stronger!
Annette Fletcher, Owner and Teacher, started her Pilates career at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL under the tutelage of Elaine Wright, where she received her BFA in Dance. Upon arriving to NYC she went on to study under Frankie Puglisi and the Pilates Institute of America where she became fully certified on all of the apparatus. Annette went on to open Pilates House in 2005 and also taught for Equinox Gyms. In addition to her work at Pilates House, Annette is a teacher trainer for the Pilates Institute of America and teaching physical therapists about the Pilates method and how to incorporate into their work with injured patients.
Her approach to teaching is to get to know you and your body. She uses imagery and tactile work to help you to connect and understand your body, all while also discovering what your best methods of learning are. Annette incorporates Deep Breathing, Myofascial release work and Body Rolling and yoga principles to jumpstart your progress in understanding movement.
Lija Fisher has been teaching Pilates for 12 years after training at the prestigious The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. She was introduced to Pilates by her best friend and quickly realized that it made her body feel so much better than her standard gym routine. Lija has worked with bodies of all ages, abilities and injuries -- from A list Hollywood actors, Cirque du Soleil performers, 90 year old grandmas and post-partum mommies. She is able to listen to what your goals and desires are and tailor a challenging yet enjoyable workout that will make your body feel magnificent. She believes in teaching people to listen to their own bodies so will always push you only to where you are comfortable, and if you have any injuries she will create an atmosphere of safety so that you can heal without fear of re-injury. And whether you are pre- or post- partum, she can help your body adjust through the changes of your pregnancy and help it heal after.
Jillian Hollis is a professional dancer and pilates instructor with extensive training and pratice in the Pilates method. She started practicing pilates as a young dancer to help strengthen and bring awareness to her body. Her studies continued with deeper training in movement and anatomy at Point Park University where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Dance. In 2002, she moved to New York City to join the professional dance community and began training to become a teacher of pilates. She also enjoys practicing yoga at the Iyengar Yoga Institute and Kula Yoga. Jillian is constantly trying to find a new approach to help clarify her teaching skills and further her knowledge of the body and movement. Learning how to recover from her own injuries helps her stay in tune while working with clients who are dealing with injury themselves. She works with all ages and skill levels.
Denise Posnak has taught private and group Pilates since 2001. Trained in the classical Pilates method under master teachers Romana Krysanowska (Joseph Pilates' protégé), Sari Pace and Janice Dulak, she continues her affiliation with Romana's Pilates. Denise holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has studied somatic and body techniques such as the Alexander Technique, The Feldenkrais Method, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals and Anusara Yoga, all of which influence the method and spirit of her instruction. Denise has a mindful, personal touch that allows her to cue in to her clients’ unique needs. Her diverse client range includes professional athletes and dancers, pre and post-natal women and those who work in highly demanding and stressful occupations, as well as those who are dealing with injury or chronic illness. She brings her inquisitive and generous nature to each of her interactions.Denise has taught Pilates in universities in the U.S. and abroad. She has also served as a Lecturer of Dance on the faculties of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, the University of Georgia Athens and Stephens College and as a guest lecturer at Barnard College.
Holly Hilt has been a student of Pilates for over thirteen years. She was first introduced to the practice while in college at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Holly came to find the true benefit of Pilates while rehabilitating a major rotator cuff injury. Unable to dance or play tennis, she found Pilates allowed her to continue her active lifestyle. Upon graduation, Holly moved to New York City and began intense private training with Aimee Savage of Aimee Pilates located in the Upper East Side. In 2006, Holly began studying Pilates mat under Linda Farrell. She fell in love with Linda’s teaching methods and soon thereafter, became a certified LindaFit Pilates mat instructor. Holly continued her Pilates training, on the apparatuses, through Pilates Academy International. She thoroughly enjoys sharing her love for Pilates through teaching, enabling individuals to feel the strength that Pilates offers the body. Holly’s clients range from beginner to advance, pre/post natal and many suffer from some degree of muscular or skeletal injury.