MEET OUR TEAM
CAREY MACALEERFOUNDER OF A•LINE PILATES
Carey Macaleer is a classically trained dancer and Pilates instructor from New York City. Her passion for helping clients improve their bodies and lives through Pilates has helped her establish an extensive and diverse international clientele that includes men, women, seniors, teenagers, expectant and new moms, as well as celebrities and professional athletes. In addition to teaching in New York for 12 years, as an expat she taught in Hong Kong and most recently London.
Carey discovered Pilates at the age of 12 as part of her dance training and has been teaching Pilates for over 15 years. She received her training from Core Pilates in New York. Prior to teaching Pilates, she was a professional dancer with multiple modern dance companies. She has also applied her skills teaching Pilates and dance/movement to other disciplines such as American Olympic figure skating and collegiate-level lacrosse programs.
Carey’s teaching style is deep in knowledge and creativity and always provides a hardcore workout. Most recently she has developed her signature class “The Wellness Hour” and “Kids Roll” classes. She is passionate about bringing Pilates to a wider audience and helping them integrate its principles into their every day lives. She is a newly certified MELT® Hand and Foot instructor. Carey is very excited to be bringing this into A•line studio as an additional class. Melt and Scoop!
Carey has been featured in Pilates Style Magazine and is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.
Originally from Long Island, Kristin has been teaching in the city for over a decade, and is sought after for her fun teaching style, her attention to detail, and her expansive knowledge of the Pilates Method. Certified in 2006, Kristin has worked extensively on all pieces of equipment, and has taught Classical Pilates to hundreds of clients and prospective teachers over the years. Additionally, she is proud to be an integral part of the teacher-training program at Core Pilates NYC. A Crossfit enthusiast since 2010, she has used the knowledge she’s gained from weightlifting to further inform her teaching, and has carved out a niche for herself teaching Pilates to athletes who are looking to heal from injury, or simply increase their core strength and awareness. Kristin’s certifications include: the Comprehensive Training Program at Core Pilates NYC (2006), the 200 hour vinyasa certification at Bodhisattva Yoga (2008), and the ACE personal trainer certification (2009-2012). She also holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, and has 16 years of dance experience. She counts field hockey and softball among the sports she’s participated in over the years, and currently plays on Brooklyn’s best softball team, The Crossfit South Brooklyn Calaveras. Kristin is so excited to be teaching in her home borough of Brooklyn with the wonderful staff at A•line!
Molly’s love of fitness and movement began at an early age. After years as a gymnast, she became a fitness enthusiast always looking for new ways to challenge her strength and flexibility. While rehabbing a spinal injury, she discovered Pilates. Pilates quickly became a way of life. Molly was classically trained by Penelope Wyer, who received her training from Romana Kryzanowska, and continues her education with first generation master teachers including Mary Bowen, Lolita San Miguel, and Jay Grimes as well as some of the country’s leading physical therapists and rehab specialists.
CLEA MAE STARKES
Clea Mae has been a Pilates instructor since 1999. She was certified by Element Pilates Studio (Paris) under the direction of Martine Curtis-Oakes. She received her initial training through The Ellie Herman Studios (San Francisco), a program that blended the classical East Coast approach with more contemporary principles. Miss Clea Mae has completed several advanced Pilates trainings including Jennifer Kries Balance NYC, Little Bridge (Prenatal Pilates) and continuing education through Pilates Method Alliance, The Kane School, Dance Education Laboratory at 92nd Street Y, and Stott Pilates. She is certified in Barre, Zumba level 1, Zumba Toning, Zenga, TRX, and Kukuwa African Dance Workout. Clea Mae is a graduate of the Jamaica School of Dance, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and a former company member of the Caribbean Dance Ensemble. She holds certifications from AFAA in both Personal Training and Group Fitness Instruction. She is currently working towards her Masters degree in Dance Therapy from Pratt Institute. She has been featured in “Into the Gloss” as well as “Lucky Magazine” and is currently enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training.
Gwendolyn Gussman is a Denver-bred/NYC-based professional dancer, choreographer and classical Pilates Instructor. While completing her BFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she practiced Pilates with teachers from the Kathy Grant lineage and soon after graduating decided to complete a Pilates Mat Certification and later, received a Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification. Gwen is extremely committed to helping her clients discover their body’s capabilities and how to find more balance with a holistic approach. Whether it's a class or a private session, Gwen's enthusiasm mixed with her attention to detail and anatomical knowledge, ensure a supportive environment where her students can play and grow, testing their own physical limits! Gwen’s certifications include: the Comprehensive Apparatus Teacher Training Program at the Pilates Institute at Equinox NYC, as well as the 200-hour Yoga Immersion Teacher Training at Prema Yoga Brooklyn.
Elizabeth began practicing Pilates at a young age as part of her dance training. She became comprehensively certified from Core Pilates NYC, as well as training for Pilates for Pregnancy and Jumpboard. She has been teaching for the past 7 years. During that time she danced professionally for several ballet companies across the country. She recently moved back to New York City from Los Angeles. She lives in Brooklyn with her dog Sophie.
Debby firmly believes that the key to a healthy life is a combination of strength and flexibility in both a physical and mental capacity. Her passion for Pilates comes from the ability to help her clients connect with their body on a profound level. Being a student of movement all her life, she has learned to treat the body as a holistic organism. She understands that fitness is a way of life, not simply a way to trim the waistline. Taking time out of your busy schedule to care for your physical body translates to an unlimited amount of benefits to your overall well-being.
Debby is Comprehensively Certified in the Classical Pilates Technique from Core Pilates NYC, with additional credentials in Pilates in Pregnancy, Jump board and the use of Modern Props. She is also an Experienced-Registered-Yoga-Instructor with the Yoga Alliance and holds Barre certifications from Exhale and Booty Barre. In her free time she enjoys surfing, snowboarding and hiking with her dog Piper.
Alexis Ambruso is originally from Newington, CT. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A in Dance and English Minor from Long Island University Brooklyn. She is a classically trained Pilates Instructor from Core Pilates NYC and NASM Certified Personal Trainer with addition training in Pre/Postnatal Pilates and Corrective Exercise. In her teaching, Alexis uses the Pilates method as a tool to facilitate awareness, control, artistry, alignment. Whether the time with Alexis is a class or private session, it is an experience that brings one closer with their body in a safe, encouraging, and inviting manner. Alexis believes in working from the ground up, understanding the fundamentals of the Pilates method to sense the mind-body connection within each exercise. She strives to help clients realize sustainable changes in their body, to feel supported and work within their own limits. Her sessions are dynamic, creative, and mindfully unpredictable at times. Her goal is to help you leave with a smile, a bit of sweat and encouraged to keep working hard!
Hilary Preston is a certified Pilates trainer, with a background in yoga, dance and athletics. Her teaching is dedicated to helping students cultivate a deeper level of curiosity and awareness of their bodies. Equally important to her is finding the joy and empowerment within that process. Hilary’s work with students of all levels and varying physical histories has convinced her of the body’s ability to radically change and heal. She brings over 15 years of experience and an extensive study of anatomy, dance and yoga to her work by focusing on alignment, body mechanics and injury prevention.
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