Fiore Pilates provides the highest level of instruction. All instructors are classically certified in the authentic Pilates method. The certification program provides extensive knowledge of all exercises and equipment. The training includes safety, injury prevention, improvement of existing health conditions, and working with physical limitations. All instructors have completed over 600 apprentice hours under the supervision of master teachers such as Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Pace, Bob Liekens, Brooke Siler, Simona Cipriani and others. They look forward to sharing their knowledge and experience with you.
Tracy Fiore Lingeza
Founder and Owner
Tracy Fiore Lingeza is a recognized Pilates instructor, dance teacher and fitness expert in Westchester County. She established, owns and operates Fiore Pilates in Mamaroneck since 2004. After graduating from Hofstra University, Tracy took her BA in Dance to the Pilates Studio in New York City. In 2000 she became an authentically certified Pilates instructor under Joseph Pilates’ protege and master trainer Romana Kryzanowska. In 2006, Tracy received a second certification with the Pilates Method Alliance. Since 2008, she has been providing continuing education courses for instructors and apprentices. Tracy spent years balancing both a successful Pilates career and a professional dance career. She has danced with numerous companies and the New York City Opera. She has been recognized for outstanding achievement in the fitness field by Westchester Magazine, Shape Magazine, Daily Voice, Inside Westchester, WFAS, Westchester Health & Life, among others. She is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and a frequent volunteer in fitness programs at local schools.
Daniela Mendes Ferreira
Daniela Mendes-Ferreira has been teaching Pilates since 2005. She is certified under Romana Kryzanowska (now known as True Pilates). Since her certification she has studied under many Pilates master trainers such as Bob Liekens, Ton Voogt, Michael Fitzke, Bret Howard, Simona Cipriani and many more. She has since extended her certifications to include PMA (Pilates Method Alliance). Daniela discovered her love of Pilates at the age of 21 right after obtaining a degree in marketing management. The decision to pursue a career in the Pilates field has been very rewarding and satisfying, She loves what she does and hopes to continue to bring her love of the method to the wonderful clientele here at Fiore Pilates
Donna is a true city kid, raised and schooled in Manhattan. As a matter of fact, she met her husband, Conrad, when they were both in 8th grade at private school (They did wait till they were older to marry!!!) They arrived in Harrison about 10 years ago with 2 babies, a jeep and no drivers license (thank you Formula One Driving School!) and in complete confusion about how to survive without a doorman. It took a while, but she finally has found her way around Westchester and discovered all the drycleaners, drug stores and restaurants that deliver!!!!! oh, and by the way, besides the kids she now has 2 dogs, a cat, a tortoise and a recently deceased crawfish (from my son’s science class) named Boullabaise. She spent the 1st 6 years of her fashion career in lingerie (selling it, not wearing it) and followed that up with Sales Manager positions at Swatch Watch, Charles Jourdan Shoes, L.A. Gear, and HUE and Calvin Klein Hosiery. The Fashion Industry back in the 1980’s and 90’s was exciting – filled with parties and trade shows and travel and she loved it. After her daughter Madison and son Austin were born, however, she decided to devote her time to them instead, a choice she is happy she made. Some years ago, after various injuries that she attribute to a combination of weight lifting at the gym and kickboxing class, she started taking sessions at a nearby Pilates studio and instantly fell in love. She felt energized both mentally and physically and lost the “baby fat” that had settled on her waist and stomach. It was her original teacher who planted the idea in her head that she should advance herself and learn to teach Pilates and she jumped at the chance. She was fortunate to have been accepted by Romana’s Pilates in NYC as she is a direct disciple of Joseph Pilates and teaches the true, original method. The fact that Romana is 83 and bounces around like a kid further inspired her and she is proud to be one of her students. Although she enjoys teaching in the city, she is ecstatic to have joined Fiore – it is a gem of a studio with fabulous teachers and great clients and only 10 minutes away . . . It is a pleasure to be here as part of the “family”!
Maritza resides in Harrison. She was born, raised and schooled in the Bronx. After High School she went to Westchester Community College and Iona College. Maritza was involved in health and fitness for many years. Her training originated with bodybuilding. After years of difficult training, she suffered a back injury that resulted in surgery. Maritza started using Pilates as a challenging and therapeutic form of exercise. She trained for years at Fiore Pilates and discovered her desire to help others obtain their fitness goals. Maritza decided to become a certified Pilates instructor. She successfully completed over 700 apprentice hours, with Tracy’s help and support. Maritza is now a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor.
Jennifer was born in Georgia and raised in Florida where she was introduced to dance at an early age. She studied it for several years and attended a performing arts high school to further her knowledge of dance. After high school, she decided to pursue her passion even further by moving to New York and enrolling in SUNY Purchase dance conservatory where she studied ballet and modern dance. She graduated with a BFA in dance performance and it was during this time that she discovered Pilates. Unfortunately, from all the years of dance she had injured her lower back and had to take some time off. A few years later her back had healed and she remembered Pilates from college and how beneficial it would be for her to start and regain her strength back. It was then, after going to many Pilates classes that she realized that she had found a new passion in her life. Jennifer then decided to become a certified instructor in classical Pilates and share with everyone her love and knowledge of it. Jennifer returned to SUNY Purchase to attend the United States Pilates Association teacher certification program where she received her certification in the Authentic Pilates Method. She is extremely happy to now be teaching at Fiore Pilates with great clients and inspiring teachers.
Nicole Marie M. Gaston-Cruz
Nicole was born, raised, and educated in the Philippines where she had a long professional career in dance. In 1993, she came to New York and continued to dance professionally with companies such as Connecticut Ballet, Ballet New York, Tampa Ballet and Ballet Memphis where she was principal dancer.
Prior to taking her Pilates Certification, Nicole trained under Sonia Orevillo who meticulously instilled her vast knowledge of the art of Pilates. In 2010, Nicole received her certification through the authentic studio, True Pilates.
Currently Nicole belongs to the Faculty of the Connecticut Ballet Center in Stamford.
Lisa Harding began practicing yoga several years ago after struggling with a chronic illness. She found yoga to be highly effective in reducing stress, promoting physical health, increasing energy and providing balance. In 2011 she enrolled in the 200-hour yoga teacher-training program at Yoga Haven in Tuckahoe, NY and earned her certification in the Hatha yoga tradition under the direction of Betsy Kase. This practice, which includes the Vinyasa style, recognizes the union between the body, mind and spirit. It is in this tradition that Lisa incorporates a combination of poses, relaxation and breath control into each class allowing students a safe, comfortable and soothing yoga environment. Students are encouraged to find their personal expression of each pose and practice at their own pace. Lisa also holds a bachelors degree from the University of Hartford and a master’s degree from Fordham University. She currently lives and works in White Plains, NY.
June Coppola was born and raised in Hicksville, Long Island and lived there until her late 20’s. She studied all forms of dance (ballet, tap, jazz, and Hip-Hop), throughout her life. She minored in dance classes at Hofstra University and began teaching dance at the age of 19. In 1995, she relocated to Manhattan and continued her dance studies. After starting her family in 1998, she quickly realized that she needed to strengthen and support her body and began taking Pilates in Manhattan. Realizing how the two forms complemented one another, she quickly became a Pilates devotee and has been fervently studying it ever since.
After 10 years in Manhattan, she relocated once again – this time to Harrison, NY. She found Fiore Pilates and quickly knew it was the perfect studio for her to continue her passion for Pilates. Enjoying it so much, she decided to go to school to learn how to teach the method. In 2007, her Pilates Education with Power Pilates began. In between having her last two children and teaching dance, she finished her certification and became fully certified in 2010 with over 600 hours of training.
A mother of four and the owner of a Long Island Dance Studio that she had taught in for 23 years, June is extremely devoted to teaching both young and old dance and/or Pilates. She is so excited to be a part of the Fiore Pilates Team and feels right at home here. She considers herself extremely fortunate to be able to make her living doing what she is most passionate about and truly believes that “Movement Heals”.
Dorothy Polanowska was born in Poland where she graduated from Hotel Management College.
She grew up doing Callanetics – an exercise program based on Pilates. During her Hotel work she developed shoulder and lower back problems. In order to relieve this pain and stress she was experiencing she began taking Pilates lessons at the Mindful Moves Pilates Center in Mt. Kisco.
After several months she was amazed with the results – she was feeling more energized, stronger and free from pain. This experience made her decide to change her career. She has received all levels of Mat and Apparatus Certifications from Power Pilates in New York City. She continues to improve her Pilates skills with Continuing Education classes and Personal Training.
Dorothy enjoys working with people and does her best to help her clients do their best.
Rachel Greenfield was born in Sydney Australia. She was on the high school athletic team and competitive tennis team. She originally studied to be a high school English and History teacher. She also performed modern dance in Sydney at several venues including the Sydney Opera House. Her studies continued with Vipassana meditation for many years and Nutrition at the Kushi Institute in Kiental Switzerland and Boston Massachusetts. She moved to NYC, where she lived for 13 years, teaching healing diets at Annemarie Colburn’s Cooking school, New York Macrobiotic Center and Integral Yoga Center. She received a certification as a Holistic Health Councilor at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She had a private practice working with cancer patients and clients who just wanted to stay healthy. She expanded her yoga practice to include Yengar yoga while living in NYC.
After almost dying from an allergic reaction to an antibiotic and living with chronic pain from a previous back injury, she decided to pursue Pilates as a safe modality to get back into physical fitness. Combining mat with the Apparatus, her body transformed and quickly strengthened and became pain free. She became certified through Power Pilates, studying with Lesly Levy, in all levels of mat and apparatus. Pilates has become her life long vocation and continues to study through Continuing Education and workshops with Bob Liekens. She also has a certification in V-Barre. She shares her passion of Joe Pilate’s genius with all her clients and enjoys seeing them progress and strengthen in this classical system.
Sharon McIlwaine, M.A., L.Ac. is a fully licensed acupuncturist (Bronxville Acupuncture), and a certified Pilates instructor. She danced professionally with companies in NYC and CA before completing a BA in Modern Dance at North Carolina School of the Arts and UCSB, CA. Sharon has been teaching pilates for 15 years and specializes in Pilates Matwork. She founded Breathing Light Pilates in 2007 in Montpelier, Vermont where she developed a program for students as well as teachers, offering Stott Pilates training for instructors from around the world. When her son was invited to dance on full scholarship at American Ballet Theater in 2013 she moved to Manhattan (after living on 100 acres with her family in Vermont for 25 years) so he could take advantage of the opportunity. They relocated to Westchester in 2014. She is delighted to be instructing at
Fiore Pilates where she feels at home and part of a positive, supportive, intelligent and “happening” pilates community!
Cathy joins our studio’s teaching staff with much enthusiasm and as a Certified Pilates Teacher with the Pilates Method Alliance. Cathy brings with her 25 years of public school teaching experience with students from kindergarten through high school, helping them learn many of the challenging curriculums as a teacher of children with learning disabilities. Cathy started at our studio as a client and was inspired by a love of Pilates to begin her own journey to become a Pilates teacher. She began working as a part time receptionist so that she might absorb all aspects of the Pilates world as she worked toward achieving her certification. While on her path to becoming a teacher, she has maintained and enhanced her own personal practice and is thrilled to be able to share all that she has learned with the many wonderful client at Fiore Pilates
A Westchester native, Emily began her movement studies with yoga, obtaining her certification in 2008. She taught yoga throughout the county, and started taking Pilates mat classes with Jean McCabe at Yoga Sanctuary. She fell in love with Classical Pilates for the system’s ability to teach core control and precision, and as soon as she was introduced to the apparatus, she knew she wanted to teach. Emily got her Pilates certification at Center for Movement, and always aims for students to come away with a safe, strong, and fun workout. She lives in Mamaroneck with her husband and son.
Grace Deane was born in New Rochelle, New York. Coming from a family of dancers, she had been drawn to movement from an early age. As a recent graduate, Grace is thrilled to be back in the NYC area. In May 2015 Grace graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a double major in Dance and Mathematics. She then completed her Pilates Mat certification through Movement Insights under the direction of Collette Stewart in 2015. Grace began her formal dance training at Scarsdale Ballet Studio under the artistic direction of Diana White. Then going on to further study dance in college. At UW-Madison, Grace Deane has performed many works by faculty and guest artists alike. Grace has received both the Noel Hefty Scholarship and the Catherine V. and Virginia E. Tenuta Scholarship for her academic performance at UW-Madison. Grace continues to work on communicating and creating through dance. It is the beauty of communication through movement that led Grace to pursue a Pilates certification. Her experience with dance and performance fuel her love for Pilates and desire to help others learn to move efficiently and safely in their everyday lives.