Ann Toran, is a native Manhattan born New Yorker. While performing as a ballerina with The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb, Croatia, Ann sustained a major back injury that was considered career threatening. The therapeutic regimen she was given was Pilates based.
Although Ann stopped her performance career 30+ years ago, she continues to perform daily in the Pilates studio as both a Master Pilates teacher and perpetual student! She and her husband, Chiropractor Errol Toran, have dedicated themselves to making the Pilates reformer affordable and available to everyone at their two Pilates Reforming New York locations in Manhattan.
Ann is PMA Certified and continues to further her Pilates education by attending several conferences annually, as well as through study with various Pilates educators. Ann completed the Pilates Master Mentor Program with Pilates Elder Lolita San Miguel in November of 2011 and is now considered a Second Generation Pilates teacher. She has been certified by Polestar Pilates in the Reformer, Mat and Studio (all apparatus) certifications. Ann joined Balanced Body Education in 2008 and is a Balanced Body Master Teacher and conducts Pilates Teacher Training at her Pilates Reforming New York 38th St studio. Pilates Reforming New York is a designated Authorized Balanced Body Training Center.
Prior to her teaching for Balanced Body, Ann began her teaching career as an Educator for Polestar Pilates Education.
Errol Toran, D.C.
Dr. Toran (a Manhattan born New Yorker) began his practice in 1986, providing chiropractic and rehabilitative care to athletes of all disciplines, performers in all areas of theater, as well as New Yorkers working in all forms of office environments.
Pilates has been an integral part of the consistently superior outcomes of his therapeutic and rehabilitation protocols. From working with the athletes, he learned how beneficial regular training and body conditioning are to performance.
The simplicity of Pilates movements as well as the minimal equipment demands made Pilates a superb training choice. Dr Toran was able to incorporate Pilates principles into the rehabilitative programs of his patient's active care and then in their home programs. The performers were able to take their healthcare management on the road across the country and around the world.
He found that his patient base, the athletes, dancers and regular folks returned to work faster and were less prone to future injury. Dr Toran and his wife Ann have spent the last two decades fulfilling their mission of making Pilates "Affordable for Every...body!!!".
Their company, Pilates Reforming New York, was opened in 2002 incorporating a revolutionary business model providing Group Reformer Classes. Dr Toran is also a Balanced Body Educator, teaching Anatomy to Pilates teachers around the world.
Marcela Acosta is a STOTT Pilates Mat certified instructor and received her Comprehensive Certification from Balanced Pilates NYC. She has been training and teaching Pilates for over 5 years. Her passions in Pilates training/teaching include breath coordination with leading movement; mind and body connection; finding more space and mobility in the spine; strengthening for injury prevention and pain-free movement!
When not passionately teaching Pilates, Marcela is dancing and performing in the city. She attended The Ailey School and earned her certificate in the Independent Study Program.
Fun Fact: Marcela is a rock nerd! A native of Sugar Land, TX, she attended the University of Houston, earning her degree in Earth Science. Come for the Pilates, stay for the geology talk.
Marcela is looking forward to seeing you at the PRNY Studios!
Stephanie has been teaching Pilates since 2012, and enjoys helping clients get stronger while enhancing their mind-body connection. She aims to teach classes that are physically challenging but also help you to understand the how and the why behind the exercises.
She is fully certified in STOTT Pilates, and holds a BA in Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Stephanie is a certified personal trainer through PTA Global, in addition to having trainings in 3DMAPS by the Gray Institute and Fascial Movement by Merrithew™.
Currently, she is working towards her Certification in Applied Functional Science (CAFS), to even better assist clients in their fitness endevours. Stephanie's classes pull from her well-rounded background and education, to give clients the best possible outcomes.
Beyond the Pilates studio, Stephanie is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and an avid traveler.
Anyeli Arias graduated with a BA in Dance in 2012. Shortly after she became a freelance dancer and instructor. It didn't take long for Anyeli to learn how to retrain her body after experiencing back pain.
She found a new passion for health and believes you should take care of your body just as much as you put stress on it. Anyeli is currently in training to become a fully certified Balanced Body instructor.
Lani Corson is an aerialist, variety and musical theatre performer based in NYC. After receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, she was introduced to aerial arts – an extension of dance with an element of excitement. What began as a hobby quickly became a passion. She has had the pleasure of traveling the world as a solo aerialist, with her theatrical circus company 2 Ring Circus and as a dancer in such shows as the Broadway National Tour of Chicago the Musical. When not traveling, she teaches circus arts at Aerial Arts NYC, specializing in Silks, Lyra and Dance Trapeze.
Lani was introduced to pilates early on as a dancer, but really began to appreciate it as a compliment to her circus training, working to correct imbalances in strength and flexibility. Since giving birth to her daughter in 2019, pilates has become an important daily practice and was instrumental in her postpartum fitness journey. She has spent the past year completing the Balanced Body Teacher Training and is so excited to bring her unique movement background to PRNY!
Josephine is a competitive runner and cyclist since her teenage years, she started looking for auxiliary training methods that would give her a competitive edge and help her recover faster from injuries. She found Pilates and became a certified Polestar Pilates teacher in Hong Kong and has been teaching for almost 10 years in Asia.
She returned to New York in 2020 to pursue her Pilates career and continue education with Polestar educators in NY. Josephine is also a Yoga teacher emphasize on alignment- based teaching. With her well-rounded repertoire of training discipline, Josephine thrives on connecting with her clients, keep them motivated in Pilates practice by focusing on alignment details. She is looking forward to sharing her passion with PRNY clients.
Ross Daniel is a Georgia born dance artist who acquired his Balanced Body Pilates Certification while earning his M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography at Florida State University He also received a B.A. in Theater Performance and Directing from Georgia College & State University.
Ross is pursuing a career as an instructor of Pilates and dance as well as continuing his career as a choreographer. Ross has held teaching artist residences at Lexington Children’s Theater, DeSales University, and Troy University where he has taught Pilates in addition to modern/contemporary dance and acting.
Ross is very excited to be a part of the PRNY community.
Being a true New Yorker Robynn was trying all forms of exercise. She was introduced to Pilates Reforming New York shortly after Ann opened the studio ten years ago and has been attending classes ever since. A marketing executive who sat in front of a computer much of the day, Robynn was looking for a form of exercise she enjoyed and could stick with. What she found was much more - a key to a healthier lifestyle.
After years of talking about become a Pilates instructor, Robynn took the plunge and did it! She believes that Pilates is the best practice for not only young bodies, but older bodies as well, and a great tool for strengthening, toning and preventing injuries. She is thrilled to be part of RPNY.
Shelby Dinslage, originally from San Diego, California received her BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Introduced to Pilates through her dance training, she decided to pursue teacher training and became a graduate of Polestar Pilates.
Shelby completed her certification with an internship in Cologne, Germany under the guidance of Alexander Bohlander, European coordinator of Polestar Pilates. Interested in constantly furthering her education Shelby is eager to continue explorations between the connections of movement and the body through her teaching.
She is excited to help others discover the same joy she feels when moving!
Ilana Gabriella is a New York City based artist. She first started dancing in Plano, Texas at the age of 6. This is where her love for tap dance and all things musical theater began. After graduating high school she moved to New York City to continue her studies.
Ilana graduated from Pace University School of Performing Arts with a BFA in Commercial Dance in May of 2017. It was there that she discovered pilates. She began taking both mat and reformer classes consistently. Through Pilates Reforming NY she has been able to further expand her training and work towards a full Balanced Body certification.
She is forever grateful to Ann Toran and Richie Mastascusa for all their knowledge and help. She cannot wait to share this knowledge with her students and help them discover how beneficial Pilates can be.
Tyler is thrilled to be teaching at Pilates Reforming New York! He moved to New York to pursue a career as a musical theatre actor. He has performed both regionally and internationally in musicals, theme park shows, cruise ship revues and more.
Along the way, he was introduced to Pilates and has been in love ever since. He began his training at The Kane School of Core Integration and continued his certification through New York Pilates.
Tyler loves Pilates because of how challenging and healing it can be for just about every body. He's become addicted to the rewarding feeling of helping people make breakthroughs and achieve their goals.
Have an awesome class!
Trevor grew up in southern California where he started his dance training as a teen. Directly out of high school his professional career propelled him around the world dancing through unforgettable experiences and meeting incredible people.
His performance career, love for movement, and desire to attain a deeper understanding of the body and its endless fascinations eventually landed him in NYC. Studying with some of the world’s best teachers, he has attained certifications in Vinyasa Yoga, Pilates, and AntiGravity® Fitness.
The vast knowledge and wisdom of friends, mentors, and instructors continues to inspire Trevor to learn, share, and remain passionate in bringing this wealth of wellness to everyone!
Also, Stevie Nicks.
Richie grew up in Boston MA and began training to be a professional dancer at age 6. He graduated with a BPA in Dance from Oklahoma City University. Richie has danced in shows on Broadway, London's West End, National and European Tours, Film, Television and for Musical Artists.
While dancing on Broadway Richie was introduced to Pilates to help prevent injury. It wasn't until he took class at Reforming NY and his training through Polestar Pilates and Balanced Body Education that he knew he wanted to be a teacher. Richie has been featured on The Dr Oz Show several times as a Pilates expert and a Fitness Guru. He is a Professor at Pace University, teaching Body Awareness, Core Strengthening and Dance. Richie teaches a high energy, fun class with great technique.
Bobby Miles joins PRNY bringing with him a diversified movement background. Bobby has been teaching Pilates for the past five years having done his training with Amy Beversdorf, Joan Karlen and currently with PRNY founder and Balanced Body Master Teacher Ann Toran, with whom he will soon complete his Balanced Body Education Certification.
Bobby’s Pilates roots go back to his dance student days at age 15 under Romana Kryzanowska trained instructors Patrick Strong and Mary Ann Morrissey. Bobby’s dance background included Milwaukee Ballet, Danceworks INC, Warped Dance Theater and some small musical theater roles.
Bobby’s classes are fun, energetic and educational in that he is always trying to help clients see deeper into their bodies.
Emily was first introduced to pilates while studying at Interlochen Arts Academy. She went on to pursue a degree at SUNY Purchase and received her BFA in Dance in 2015.
She has traveled to Turkey and Israel numerous times to study dance techniques and to gain an international perspective on pilates.
Upon coming back to the States, she studied under Ann Toran and earned her Pilates certification through Balanced Body in 2019.
Emily strives to give detail-oriented classes to challenge both her beginner and advanced clients.