Gina Papalia - A Second Generation Teacher, owner of Grasshopper Pilates, NYC (est. 2000), The Pilates Standard (TPS) Teacher Trainer who lives in NYC with her husband and two teens.
Gina fell in love with Pilates in college. After she graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts & Dance she began her Pilates certificate training in January 1995 at SUNY Purchase, under Carol Dodge Baker, and studied at Drago's with Romana Kryzanowska and Bob Liekens at the Pilates Studio. Professionally she went on to perform with Dance Theatre of Harlem for five years.
Gina embraces each client individually and unconditionally, balancing a serious approach with a fun, friendly attitude. She challenges each client, working with their weaknesses and imbalances while acknowledging their strengths and accomplishments. Gina is PMA Certified, a teacher on Pilatesology, trains bi-weekly with Cary Regan and Phoebe Higgins, studied anatomy with Irene Dowd, and is currently becoming certified in Fascia Manipulation - Stecco Method Level II. Gina completed The Pilates Standard Leading Education Advancement Program (LEAP) 2018 and is currently a Teacher Trainer and continuing education provider for TPS.
Having worked closely with Bob Liekens for 23 years, and continuing to expand her knowledge of Pilates and the body, she is excited to be part of The Pilates Standard team of teacher trainers and share The Pilates Method with the next generation of teachers.