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Our Team > Bonnie Heyman
 

bonnie_hI started dancing at the age of 5 studying ballet at a hometown studio in Glen Cove, NY. Having been born with club feet and inwardly rotated hips, the doctors told my mother, of course, that I would have trouble walking. They broke my feet, cast me for the first 1 1/2 years of my life, and had my hips grow out naturally. My mother, an athlete herself, didn’t think that would be the case, so I started strengthening my legs and feet. Ballet was my challenge, and challenge it was. I excelled in sports, especially running and jumping, and never gave up. I begin with this because it is the first of a series of events that I have gone through, and I believe one of the reasons I became a teacher. Classical Ballet through high school. Exercise instructor at the age of 17, decided on college and my major would be DANCE. I was introduced to Pilates 3 times, before I decided that this is where I would be. Once in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s..It did not click and then finally, having taken a mat class of classical with the right teacher, I said- aha- this is modern dance! I was in, and decided on POWER PILATES as my choice of Classical Teacher Training program. I finished the program in 2003, having had the great fortune of studying with the original team of teachers and thus began my next career as a Pilates Instructor. Working for many years in a private studio, I continued to consistently take lessons, both private and semi, and could not get enough. I found my niche. I started teaching, and in addition to the private studio, I was affiliated with two major gym chains as the only classical instructor in apparatus and mat- My classes were packed. I learned to teach large groups, and kept focusing on the goal of becoming a better teacher, through staying a student. Thus, my journey led me to Deborah Lessen where I met Alycea Ungaro, and the next chapter begins. I am excited to be a senior instructor on the team at Real Pilates where I teach privates and group classes every Tuesday and Thursday.