About Pilates@TRDanceIn 1994, Gayla Zukevich became the first certified Pilates instructor in the state of Virginia. Among her many students were Todd Rosenlieb and Kathryn Finney who would become future colleagues. As professional dancers, they found that Pilates provided them with more strength and stability, enhancing their performance abilities. In 1999 both Todd and Kathryn were inspired to complete their certification at the New York Pilates Studio under Romana Kryzanowska. Romana was personally chosen by Joseph Pilates to carry on his body of work. Romana was completely immersed in Joe's work and she dedicated her life to teaching and preserving the method. As second-generation teachers, we were honored to have had her as our mentor, teacher, and friend.
In 2005, Todd invited Gayla and Kathryn to help him launch the Pilates@TRDance Studio & Teacher Training Center. We were thrilled to open our doors and fulfill a dream of working side by side. Together we have trained thousands of Pilates students. We have personally certified many teachers and inspired others to deepen their study of Pilates and become teachers themselves. Many have been invited to stay and teach with us. Others have gone on to open successful studios and teach in prominent studios in New York, Washington D.C., and Boston.
We are dedicated to carry on the legacy of Joseph Pilates and we are delighted to offer this gift to the community!
Todd Rosenlieb was introduced to the Pilates Method in 1990 under the tutelage of Kathy Grant at NYU’S Tisch School of the Arts, and continued his education with well-known instructor Gayla Zukevich. Mr. Rosenlieb was inspired to become an instructor in 1999 and was certified by Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia Santo, and Bob Liekens at the New York Pilates Studio. Mr. Rosenlieb has taught Pilates for the Virginia School of the Arts, Nashville Ballet, Ballet de San Juan, Waring's Gym, Downtown YMCA, and for a healthy clientele at his Norfolk based studio. Mr. Rosenlieb takes great pride in sharing the Pilates Method to expand the awareness, health, and well-being of his clients. Mr. Rosenlieb is also the founding Artistic Director of Todd Rosenlieb Dance and serves as the Chairman of the Dance Department for The Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia.
Gayla Zukevich began her studies of the Pilates Method in 1992 at the Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California under the direction of Diana Herald. Ms. Zukevich was certified by Romana Kryzanowska in 1994. After completing her apprenticeship with the New York Pilates Studio, Ms. Zukevich developed a Pilates curriculum for the dance department of The Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk VA. While on faculty at GSA, she was awarded The Governor’s School Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ms. Zukevich also introduced the Pilates Method to the National Dance School of Scotland, and the Physical Therapy Department of Truro Hospital while living and teaching in England. In 2002, Ms. Zukevich was delighted to return to Norfolk. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and teaching the Pilates Method to all. Ms. Zukevich is also proud to have been the first certified Pilates teacher in Virginia.
Kathryn Finney began her study of the Pilates Method under the talented eye of Gayla Zukevich. In 1999, Ms. Finney entered and completed the 600 hour Pilates apprenticeship at the New York Pilates Studio with Romana Kryzanowska, Bob Liekens and Sari Mejia-Pace. Ms. Finney founded the Pilates Center at Old Dominion University where she was recognized with an award for Distinguished Teaching in 2001. Ms. Finney has also taught at The Governor’s School for the Arts, Virginia School of the Arts, The Downtown YMCA, and the TRDance Center. Ms. Finney enjoys teaching Pilates to all—from a first lesson to the most challenging workout. One of the many facets of Kathryn’s teachings is her expert ability to help rehabilitate students with injuries and muscle imbalances.
Danile Giesy started her Pilates training with Todd Rosenlieb in 2005 and continued her studies with Gayla Zukevich and Kathryn Finney in preparation for teacher training. She completed her certification at Pilates@TRDance in 2006. Danile continues to teach for Pilates@TRDance and also teaches Pilates for Sun King Dance and Diggs School of Dance. Danile’s continuing education includes a weekly lesson with Gayla, a workshop with Pilates Elder, Lolita San Miguel, and a Feldenkrais workshop with Cathy Butler. Danile is also certified to teach the Elemental Body Alignment System (E.B.A.S.) developed by Scott Putman. Danile is thrilled to share her knowledge and expertise with her students.
Christina Yoshida began her Pilates journey in 2003 under the tutelage of Gayla Zukevich and Kathryn Finney. She found that Pilates helped to rehabilitate injuries and prevent future injuries during her dance career. After graduating with a BA in Dance from Old Dominion University, Christina began her apprenticeship at Pilates@TRDance. Her goal was to help others learn and grow from the Pilates Method as she had done. In 2006, after completing the 600 hour apprenticeship she was invited to teach at Pilates@TRDance. Christina is on faculty at The Governor’s School for the Arts, the TRDance Center and Old Dominion University where she teaches Pilates, Modern Dance, Jazz, and Ballet. She also teaches Pilates at Performance Pilates in Virginia Beach. Christina recently had a beautiful baby girl and used Pilates to quickly get back in to shape.
Krista Zomar began studying the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning in 1996 as a ballet student in Seattle, WA. A firm believer in the ability of Pilates to help with injury prevention and rehabilitation, Krista continued to practice Pilates throughout her professional dance career—first with the Nashville Ballet, and later at Virginia Ballet Theatre and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. Krista received her Pilates Teacher Certification in 2006 after completing the 600 hour apprenticeship through the Pilates Certifying Center at TRDance. In addition to teaching at Pilates@TRDance, she is a faculty member at the TRDance Center, Performance Pilates and The Governor’s School for the Arts where she teaches Pilates, ballet, and movement techniques. Krista is dedicated to helping improve the health and well being of her clients through the Pilates Method.
Jennifer graduated from Mercyhurst College with a BA in Dance Performance in 2002. That summer, she moved to Norfolk, VA to begin her professional performing career with Virginia Ballet Theatre and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. She continued to perform and teach for Todd Rosenlieb Dance until she retired from the stage in 2014 after the birth of her son Emmett. She became certified in Basic and Intermediate Pilates Mat in 2010 and in 2016 completed a 600 hour apprenticeship, earning full Pilates Certification under the tutelage of Gayla Zukevich and Kathryn Finney at the Pilates Certifying Center @TRDance. In addition to teaching at TRDance she also teaches Pilates for The Governor’s School for the Arts as well as Virginia Beach Physical Therapy and Wellness. Jennifer wants her clients to experience the unique benefits of Pilates, and be able to carry that knowledge with them into their daily lives.