About Us

"Exercise is body movement that has a purpose."

— Carola Trier

Michele and Kristin first met in the fall of 2005, when Michele was a teacher and Kristin was a teaching apprentice. The next summer, a few months after Michele opened Rinaldi Pilates in the east village, they ran into each other at a Pilates conference in midtown Manhattan.

Michele invited Kristin, a newly certified teacher, to start a Saturday morning shift at her studio, and the rest is history. Michele ended up successfully running Rinaldi Pilates for over a decade, with Kristin staying on as her longest employee.

Twelve years later, they began a new chapter in their professional relationship: one as partners in The Pilates Local. These two friends are intent on providing their longtime clients a space where they can enjoy quality instruction in a beautiful and comfortable environment.

Michele Rinaldi,Co-founder

A native New Yorker and co-founder of The Pilates Local, Michele discovered the merits of Pilates while rehabilitating her own chronic back and hip injuries from nearly two decades as a gymnast.

After receiving an MA in Psychology in 2001 and working in the healthcare field, she decided to combine her love for movement and understanding of the mind/body connection. Upon the completion of nearly 600 hours of apprenticeship to fulfill her Pilates certification a year later, her journey truly began. Michele founded Rinaldi Pilates in 2006, and soon established herself as respected instructor with a reputation for quick results addressing injury recovery and prevention, weight loss, and pre- and post-natal fitness and health.

With her longtime associate Kristin Hoesl and The Pilates Local, she brings her passion and experience to a broader audience. Through her continued studies of biomechanics and anatomy, Michele’s teaching reaches beyond classical Pilates—providing her clients a deeper understanding of the relationships between the practice and their personal movement patterns.

When she is not thinking about Pilates, she is dreaming about her next European vacation, the next cooking class she would like to take, her next tennis match, and the cheeseburger she will eat at Keen’s after a productive week in the studio.

Kristin Hoesl,Co-founder

Kristin hails from Long Island and is the co-founder of The Pilates Local. A lifelong dancer and athlete, she first discovered mat-based Pilates through her freshman year college dance professor, and began her comprehensive training at Core Pilates NYC in 2005. She remained there as an integral part of their highly acclaimed teacher trainer program for over a decade.

Kristin enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities. She has eight years under her belt as a member of Crossfit South Brooklyn, and specializes in teaching Pilates to weightlifters and athletes. She is especially attuned to the needs of the senior population, and works with many students who are in their 60s, 70s, and beyond. Additionally, she has been fortunate enough to mentor hundreds of apprentices on their journey to becoming teachers; the experience taught her how to have the patience, clarity, and expertise she needed to be a truly great instructor.

When Kristin isn’t at the studio, she enjoys taking French lessons, going to the theatre, planning hiking and camping trips, and relaxing over a delicious meal and a glass (or two) of wine.

Dani Busko,Instructor

Dani came to Pilates unconventionally. She was not naturally athletic or gifted with any sort of graceful movement abilities. She teaches with the true spirit and belief of Joseph Pilates; any person can become comfortable in their own body and move with confidence if they practice the method.

After a long battle with several autoimmune disorders that left her physically, mentally, and emotionally debilitated Dani turned to Pilates for recovery. Pilates was her gateway fitness into regaining her physical ability, mental stamina, and emotional confidence.

In 2012, Dani completed her Pilates certification at Core Pilates, NYC, under the tutelage of Kristin Hoesl, co-founder of The Pilates Local. She has been teaching full-time at various gyms and studios in NYC since completion of her certificate.

When Dani is not running across NYC bridges at sunrise, practicing her kickboxing skills, sampling mezcals or bourbon, or on the sidelines cheering her clients on to victory in their fitness endeavors, she is compassionately teaching her dedicated clientele at The Pilates Local.

Michelle Bay,Instructor

Michelle is a professional dancer from Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Psychology. She currently dances with Azoth Dance Theatre and Ayalis in Motion. She also teaches dance to young children at Midtown Movement and Dance Company. Michelle received her Pilates teacher certification at Core Pilates NYC’s Comprehensive Training Program, and is also certified in pre/postnatal and special cases/injuries.

Michelle’s pursuit of a healthier dance career is what inspired her to study Pilates and make it a part of her daily life. She feels movement is essential for a happy and healthy body and hopes to inspire her students of all ages to feel the same.

Ashton Waldron,Instructor

Ashton Waldron is a screendance filmmaker and dance educator nestled in the city of New York. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in dance with Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2020. Ashton’s passion for dance with an emphasis on a mind and body connection in addition to her first aid work as a ski patroller drove her into Pilates education. In turn, learning about body mechanics and anatomy through Pilates helps to inform her work as a dance educator and a ski patroller. She received her Pilates mat and equipment certification from The Kane School at Kinected. Within Ashton’s creative teaching as a Pilates instructor, she strives to find moments where she can help clients activate their mind and body connection through movement and open communication.

When Ashton isn’t teaching, you can find her exploring the outdoors with her lovable beagle, Blizzard, or finding ways to be active such as dancing, running, biking, or snowboarding. She lives by the motto, “A body in motion, stays in motion.” In addition, ask Ashton about her screendance films that she has created and her works in progress in dance!

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