Megan is a professionally trained ballet dancer, barre-sculpt teacher, and certified Pilates instructor. She began her journey in the dance world as a young girl. She found a deep connection with ballet and joined the Junior Company of the New Jersey Ballet at a young age.
Megan was grateful to be introduced to Pilates early in her dance life, especially after experiencing a career-ending injury. She became a Pilates certified mat instructor and an American Ballet Theater certified teacher, and she went on to teach Pilates, Barre-Sculpt, and Rebounding. Megan began working for Rutgers University this year, where she teaches both Pilates and Barre-Sculpt. She also works at Drew University and other local Yoga/Pilates studios in the Morristown area of New Jersey.
Megan now enjoys a life filled with the two things she loves to do most, dance and fitness! She is excited to be doing those things in NYC where she always dreamed she would work one day. When she isn’t teaching she enjoys green smoothies and living a vegan lifestyle. She is looking forward to continue to motivate and help others feel their very best!
As a certified Pilates instructor, TRX trainer, health coach and trained professional dancer, Joanie has devoted her life to the world of fitness, dance and nutritious food. She moved to New York City after completing a BA in Dance at Slippery Rock University and spent 6 years dancing professionally with numerous modern dance companies including HT Chen and Dancers and Valerie Green Dance Entropy.
Joanie has experience teaching movers and shakers from ages 2-101. She is a fitness instructor for Complete Body Development and loves the thrill of motivating and energizing people to sweat, smile and have fun! When she’s not teaching, she is a devout yogi, disciplined ballerina, adventurous hiker, and leg pumping bike commuter.
As owner and operator of her own health coaching business, Motivated Nutrition, Joanie believes strongly in a balanced, well-rounded lifestyle. Her world travels have taken her to over 12 countries where she has happily indulged in local cuisine, ethnic cooking courses, a certification in Thai massage and numerous volcano hikes. She knows enthusiasm is contagious and doesn’t allow anyone to walk away without taking a little nugget of motivation with them!
Lauren is a professional dancer, certified Pilates instructor and an enthusiast of all things healthy. She is excited to be back in NYC after performing and teaching in Los Angeles.
Her professional career began in Charlotte, NC with Queen City Jazz Company. After high school, her training continued at The Alvin Ailey School in New York. She has performed with numerous dance companies and has appeared in several plays and films. While at Ailey, Lauren was introduced to Pilates as a part of her dance training. She also worked there as a Physical Therapist Aide, giving her an intimate knowledge of how the body responds to exertion and injury. After a knee injury that resulted in surgery and prolonged rehabilitation, Lauren turned again to Pilates to help rebuild and maintain her dancer condition.
Now she is back on her feet and better than ever. Lauren is happy to continue to pass on her passion for helping others discover the joy of movement and all the benefits that come with it!
Erin has been dancing since she could stand up. She grew up in Arkansas driving an hour each way to Little Rock to take her ballet, tap, and jazz classes. Her love of music took her to Oklahoma City University where she got her Bachelors of Music focusing in musical theater. After college, Erin was immediately cast in the national tour of the Broadway revival of 42ND STREET. Since then, she has performed regionally and off-Broadway and has appeared at City Center and in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Jumping into fitness was a no-brainer for Erin since she has been exercising since she was young to keep herself in shape as a dancer. She frequently goes home to Arkansas to teach dance to children and young adults all over the state. She is excited to bring her excitement for dance and fitness to Body Conceptions.
In her spare time, Erin enjoys running all over NYC–she has done two half marathons and is looking forward to at least two more. She also enjoys traveling (next year: Africa), learning new things, eating new foods, hiking, camping, and just about anything outdoors. And of course, DANCING.
Deborah Kessler, Marketing and Business Development Director
Deborah Kessler has over 10 years of marketing and business development experience. Most recently Managing Director of a highly regarded Wall Street financial firm, Deborah dedicated many years to project managing within the private equity space. She worked by the side of the Past Chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange, consulting on health & wellness, beauty, food & beverage, real estate, financial technology and telecommunications ventures.
Deborah graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona, serving as president of the Student Alumni Association and Director on the University’s national board. She received commendations from Phi Kappa Phi, the Honor’s college and was named a Medici Scholar.
Prior to her career in business, Deborah had an established career as an actress, dancer, singer, songwriter. She currently writes marketing and lifestyle features for magazines and travel websites.