Emma Fitzsimmons - Swan Instructor

All you hyper-mobile movers out there will find a kindred spirit in one of our new Swan instructors, Emma. Her thoughtful approach to Pilates and her calm, warm composure make her a kindred spirit for just about anyone! A recent transplant to NYC from Saint Paul, Minnesota, Emma holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Sign up for a private for some stellar one-on-one work and take her Pre-Brunch Mat Class on Sundays! See you in the studio.


Can you tell us a bit about your philosophy of teaching, what interests you about the body, and any influences that have shaped your practice and your teaching?

It’s important to me how a person lives in their body in their daily life and how Pilates can create new possibilities for that individual. The years I worked with Amy Beversdorf and Joan Karlen in congruency with my dance training has shaped my style of teaching and practice. Pilates continues to be an integral part of my dance training and is keystone for my understanding of movement and efficiency in the body. Pilates also provides a technical vessel through which I hone my craft as a movement artist. I continue to be impassioned by the indefinite somatic discoveries that Pilates offers and I am constantly sharing new information with my clients. As a teacher, I lead my clients towards creating a deep awareness of their body and organization of the core, and guide clients to new heights through larger movement exercises.

What is your favorite discovery you have made about New York City so far?

I really enjoy being in a dense urban area and then being able to make a short trip to the beach. I love playing in the waves!

What is your favorite color to wear while teaching?

Dark colors or just black.

What are you reading or listening to right now?

I am reading Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

What is your favorite bone or muscle and why?

I can’t just pick one! It’s the way all the muscles work together that make them cool! I have an endless fascination with all parts of the body. Although sternocleidomastoid does have a nice ring to it…

Soup or Salad?

I love a good homemade soup!