About: Carrie Kenneally - Owner/Level 4 Romana's Pilates Instructor
Carrie became a certified Pilates instructor through the Romana’s Pilates training program; she is now a Level 4 instructor and in her fourteenth year of teaching Pilates. Over the course of seven years, Carrie had the great fortune of studying and teaching under Romana Kryzanowska, her daughter Sari Mejia Santo and granddaughter Daria Pace. Throughout her training, Carrie also benefited from the knowledge and teaching of many wonderful teachers trained under Romana.
Originally from Minnesota, Carrie performed with professional ballet and Broadway companies across the United States and Europe, also teaching ballet during this time. Carrie first experienced Pilates in Chicago following the advice of one of her ballet directors. She then moved to New York and, after sustaining a dance injury, began taking regular Pilates sessions to recover. The Pilates work helped Carrie to rehabilitate from her injury and overall strengthen her dancing. Because of her respect and enjoyment of the Pilates work, Carrie became a certified Pilates instructor after retiring from performing.
From 2009-2015, Carrie was also an adjunct faculty member at the Juilliard School, teaching Pilates to the Dance Department students. In 2014, Carrie received her Certificate in Dance Rehabilitation Training from Westside Dance Physical Therapy in New York City.
In December 2016, Carrie opened her studio, Circ Pilates Studio, located in the Park Towers South Building at Columbus Circle. Because of her passion in sharing the many benefits that Pilates brings to a dancer’s health and length of career, Carrie also founded Pilates Resource For Dancers NYC which provides dancer rates for Pilates instruction to professional dancers and dance students.
Dance Experience: Carrie’s dance training began with Minnesota Dance Theatre's Performing Arts Program. Later, through scholarships, she went on to study with the Cleveland Ballet School, Houston Ballet School Summer Program and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Carrie performed and worked with the Chicago City Ballet Company (director Maria Tallchief, assistant director Paul Mejia), Pennsylvania/Milwaukee Ballet Company (director Robert Weiss, assistant director Richard Tanner), Ballet Chicago Company (director Dan Duell) and Pennsylvania Ballet Company (director Christopher D’Amboise). Carrie’s transition into musical theatre began with the European Tour of Cats; she also performed in the Broadway National Tour and Hamburg production of Cats. Her last show as a performer was A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden (director Mike Ockrent, choreographer Susan Stroman).