Classical Pilates technique videos feature two of the most renowned Pilates professionals in the world, master instructor Bob Liekens and commentator Alycea Ungaro, who uphold the tradition and high ideals of Joseph Pilates’ original New York City Studio, which began during the 1920s.
BOB LIEKENS, Artistic Director & Master Instructor, is from Belgium. In 1983, he travelled to NYC to further explore his dance career and started Pilates training at the original studio. He initially pursued studies at the Graham Centre for Contemporary Dance; he became one of the first certified teachers in the technique in 1991 and taught at the school for two years. Romana Kryzanowska invited him to teach the Pilates method in 1986, and he has been teaching under her inspiration ever since. He was instrumental in building her Teacher Trainer Certification Programme, co-created the Training Manual, and originated the current exam system. Bob is internationally recognised as one of the most renowned leaders of our profession, and conducts instructor training seminars, as well as continuing education programmes. In the fall of 2000, he joined the team of the Power Pilates Studio in NYC.
ALYCEA UNGARO, Commentator, is a licenced physical therapist, as well as founder and director of Real Pilates @ Tribeca Bodyworks, New York's largest Pilates centre. Alycea began studying Pilates at the age of 14 while attending New York City Ballet's prestigious School of American Ballet. She became a certified Pilates instructor under the tutelage of master instructor Romana Kryzanowska. In 1995 Alycea established Tribeca Bodyworks, a studio dedicated to teaching the classic techniques developed by Joseph Pilates. Here she has personally trained Madonna, Uma Thurman, Matthew Modine, and many others. Alycea is the author of two books, Portable Pilates (2000) and Pilates Body in Motion (2002). She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.