THE FLOOR
MOVEMENT STUDIO - COMMUNITY SPACE

ABOUT US

Jamie Dowd, Violaine Huisman, Jordan Risdon, Janessa Clark, Lindsay Hilscher, Jen Bleier, Brendan Drake

 

THE FLOOR IS A MOVEMENT STUDIO AND COMMUNITY SPACE IN BROOKLYN. WITH A MINIMALIST DESIGN AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT, WE OFFER YOGA, PILATES AND BODY WORK, AS WELL AS WORKSHOPS, GROUP DISCUSSIONS, AND AN ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM. 

OUR PHILOSOPHY IS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO BETTER CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER. 

 

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jamie dowd

is the co-founder of The Floor, a teacher, dancer and mother. Jamie's teaching approach is informed by her classical ballet training, and anatomical knowledge. Her class focuses on incremental progress to build endurance and challenge oneself effectively.

photo (c) Nir Arieli

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vIOLAINE HUISMAN

is the co-founder of The Floor, a writer, translator, arts curator and mother. Violaine programs literary and community events at The Floor, as a way to further the studio's mission to provide support through discussion, inclusion and reflexion. She also runs the artist residency, a program designed to encourage creation in dance and hybrid forms.

photo (c) Beowulf Sheehan


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amy bAUMGARTEN

is a holistic movement coach, and a certified Embodied Anatomy & Yoga through SBMC, Pilates instructor. Using foundational principles of movement to help align the body with ease, Amy uses creative movement sequences that help break down embedded patterns.

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jen bleier

is an educator, theatre practitioner and traveler. Jen finds joy and playfulness in movement and hopes you will too! Her teaching style is student-centered, intuitive and clear. She honors that coming to class is a radical act of self-care and strives to provide a space for people to re-center, explore and safely challenge what is possible.

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janessa clark

is a choreographer, doula and holds a MA. She has a contemporary movement approach incorporating anatomy, classical elements, and functional movement philosophies. Janessa creates a safe, fun and challenging class environment.

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brendan drake

is a Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher. Brendan’s classes are informed by his background in contemporary dance and somatic movement practices. Focusing on alignment and a healthy mind-body connection to provide a challenging and positive movement experience for all students.

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benjamin freedman

is a dancer, adjunct professor and Pilates teacher. He holds a BFA in Dance and Psychology from NYU and his Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Integration. Freedman has danced as a company member with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Keigwin + Company, Sean Curran Company, Third Rail Project’s “The Grand Paradise”, Company XIV, and The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at NYU Tisch Dance where he teaches Pilates, Ballet, Contemporary Technique.

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lindsay hilscher

is a dancer, yogi and passionate about cooking and integrative nutrition. She has been practicing with Eddie Stern since 2012 and has studied under Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India, where she was granted her a level II authorization to teach. Lindsay is constantly inspired and fascinated by the art of teaching.

Lindsay runs the Mysore Program in partnership with The Floor. For information please visit:
lindsayhilscher.com

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jordan risdon

is a dancer, marathon runner, and mother. Her class focuses on linked breath with movement, with the class building towards a peak pose. Integrated Pilates-based exercises will increase core strength and pelvic stability. Every class will end with an indulgent savasana.