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Movement for Wellness

Alexander Technique, Yoga, Pilates

I offer an intelligent, holistic approach to pilates and yoga. With over 25 years experience teaching movement, I provide safe and effective sessions geared toward your goals. My approach respects the anatomical reality of the body, and incorporates The Alexander Technique. (I am a nationally certified Alexander Technique instructor.) 

Currently, due to Covid-19, I am teaching online via zoom and at my West Hartford, CT studio. In-person teaching in Brooklyn is suspended until further notice.

I tailor each movement session to the individual to facilitate a balance of strength, flexibility, tone, and connectivity within the body. My instruction is breath-centered and draws on
our innate desire to MOVE to feel better, grounded, and more alive.


I received my pilates teacher training from the Kane School in NYC (2003-5) and have since studied intensively at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. I have also studied with prominent movement specialists including Irene Dowd and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, founder of Body-Mind Centering. I taught Pilates/Somatic Education as Adjunct Professor at Long Island University, Dance Department, for over a decade. 

I obtained yoga certification from The Yoga School New York (2013) and Shambhava Yoga (1998), with additional training through the Body-Mind Centering and Yoga certification programs.

I also teach prenatal, postpartum, and post-injury pilates and can work closely with your physical therapist to optimize healing. 

To make an appointment, email justicedance(at) or

text/call 718.578.8871


The Wellness Center at Mark Morris Dance Center, Ft. Greene Bklyn

Photo courtesy Mark Morris Dance Group ©Carolyn Veith Krienke



Vanessa is fun to work with! She is always positive, constructive, and incredibly responsive to the issues that arise with my body. I consider myself incredibly lucky to work with someone who understands my body so well.


I am a 70 year old male with an extensive background in martial arts. I just retired from a high pressure career on Wall Street and moved to the Hartford area. At the suggestion of my nephew, who is an actor, I started Alexander Technique (AT) training with Vanessa. The results have been spectacular. By letting go of layer upon layer of unnecessary conditioned tension, I am finding a level of balance and wellbeing that transcends even my experiences in martial arts. I view this as a life altering experience. Vanessa’s sensitivity to AT nuance and her depth of knowledge of movement is truly world class. I highly recommend her.


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