Simona Cipriani, guiding client in "Spine Stretch Forward"


About Us

The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, as practiced at The Art of Control®, offers both individual and group training, independent work for experienced students, individual sessions at home for students otherwise unable to come to the studio, and group and individual Mat classes. There is also the opportunity for those dedicated to the method to become instructors. The studio also offers massage therapy and other bodywork services. The Art of Control® is the first studio in upper Westchester that descends directly - in its methods and in its certification - from Joseph Pilates himself. Every instructor at The Art of Control® has been trained and Certified by the Master teacher, Romana Kryzanowska, who was herself, trained by Joseph Pilates, or by Simona Cipriani, the Director of The Art of Control® . The certification program assures that the system as developed by Joseph Pilates is taught safely and effectively, and is consistent with the experience of more than 70 years of practice.

Simona teaches Pilates Mat, at Purchase College



Simona Cipriani
Simona Cipriani directs authentic Pilates studio, The Art of Control®. She is a Teacher/
Trainer with the USPA, and a Certified Instructor of the Authentic Pilates Method for more
than 18 years. Ms. Cipriani studied extensively with Romana Kryzanowska at Drago's Gym
in New York City, where she taught by Romana's side for many years. A former dancer
for more than thirty-five years, Ms. Cipriani started performing professionally at the age
of fourteen in Italy, and continued to dance throughout Europe and the United States.
Ms. Cipriani has worked with many dancers, athletes and movie actors such as Glenn
Close, and others in the Westchester and Connecticut area for the past 18 years. She also
concentrates on ballroom dance, participating frequently in competitions, and consistently
places as champion. Ms. Cipriani has studied at Juliard and holds a B.F.A. in Dance from
SUNY at Purchase, and has been a faculty member of SUNY Purchase since 2006. She
is a licensed massage therapist in Connecticut and New York State. Ms. Cipriani was a
member of the massage therapy team at the Olympics in the Athens Summer Games in
2004, and the Torino Winter Games in 2006. She was also the massage therapist for director Darren Aronofsky during the production of “Black Swan.” Ms. Cipriani has co-written two articles with Dr. Joseph E. Muscolino on Pilates that have been published in the Journal
of Bodywork and Movement Therapies and co-written three articles with Dr. Muscolino for
Pilates Style Magazine. Ms. Cipriani has been a Feldenkrais practitioner since 2009 as well
as a graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City in July 2009 as a
Health Counselor. Currently she is traveling throughout the USA, Europe and Australia to
teach seminars and host workshops. She is a member of the AMTA, FENA, NCBTMB and
Ms. Cipriani is also aligned with other Authentic/Classical and traditional Pilates studio and certification programs.


Fran Morina

Francine Morina
Fran has been passionate about physical fitness, nutrition, meditation, and yoga for most of her life.  Almost 15 years ago she decided to pursue her passion, leaving the corporate world as an Underwriter, obtaining a Yoga Teacher’s certification.  She has taught and practiced yoga since, studying with some of the most inspiring and renowned yoga instructors. Fran was introduced to Pilates in 2000 and soon after became inspired and devoted to the principles and methods that Joseph Pilates developed.  She received her USPA teacher certification in 2009 as an Instructor of the Authentic Pilates Method.  Over the years she has taken a number of workshops and seminars with Master Teachers including Jay Grimes, Peter Fiasca, Dorothee Vendewall, Mejo Wiggins, Simona Cipriani, Brett Howard, Alycea Ungaro and Kathy Corey. She continues to teach clients and train apprentices at the Art of Control Pilates studio as well as throughout locations in Fairfield county.  Fran believes strongly in the mind and body  connection that Pilates brings to the individual incorporating positive and appropriate intentions to each student and session that she teaches.

Larry Clark
Mr. Clark received his BFA degree in dance from Ohio State University.  He is a tenured Associate Professor in the Conservatory of Dance @ Purchase College, SUNY, since 1980, where he has been responsible for Modern Technique, Improvisation, Freshman and Senior Seminar, rehearsal director, Pilates Mat, injury specialist (liaison), mentor of senior projects and choreographer of five pieces for the Purchase Dance Corps. He has accompanied the Purchase Dance Corps (PDC) on eleven European and Asian tours..Mr. Clark was the artistic director of two New York City based companies:  Larry Clark Dance Company (LCDC) and Triple Threat; he continues to choreograph and guest teach internationally.   He is a certified Swedish Massage Therapist (Swedish Massage Institute, NYC); a certified Pilates instructor by the New York Pilates Studio with Simona Cipriani (Art of Control) and is presently teaching for Art of Control.

Dana Nelson
Dana Nelson came to Pilates through an unconventional route. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in journalism, followed by graduate work in publishing at NYU. For many years, Dana worked as a film and photography producer, traveling the world to produce advertising campaigns for such clients as Honda, Oldsmobile, Dewar’s, Maybelline and many others. After marrying, she moved into the publishing world and worked as Photo Editor of Conde Nast Traveler and finally as Photography Director of Conde Nast’s House & Garden magazine. Dana then had two boys, which didn’t quite mesh with the 10-12 hour working days, so she retired from publishing. Finally, it was time for Pilates! Dana began taking Pilates seven years ago and discovered her new passion. She has been working with Master Teacher Simona Cipriani for the past three years, who inspired her to join the apprentice program at The Art of Control (SUNY/Purchase) last Fall. Dana looks forward to becoming a Pilates instructor and sharing the joys and benefits of The Pilates Method with beginners and veterans alike!

Tracy Bloom
Tracy Bloom, LMT, BS, lost 60 pounds after ten years and three children, with the help of her personal trainer. She then became certified through the American Counsel on Exercise to train fitness, and licensed in NY and CT as a massage therapist. She began teaching mat Pilates in 2004 and recently completed Traditional Pilates mat and apparatus certification through Art of Control at SUNY Purchase, NY. Recently (2008) Tracy was ranked a Master’s National Champion in the Olympic sport of Weightlifting. “I know what can be achieved with hard work. Pilates is a great adjunct activity for any athlete, for strength, recovery and injury prevention. Healing occurs in the presence of movement.” Tracy is excited to continue teaching Pilates and fitness, and offering therapeutic massage. She also enjoys writing, has written several articles, and is an alum of Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.

Anna Morejon
As a ballet dancer, Anna was first exposed to Pilates during high school as a rehabilitation tool. She continued to supplement her dance training with the core strengthening that Pilates offers. Anna attended SUNY Purchase as dance major, and after 2 years, chose to leave the conservatory and dance professionally with Nashville Ballet. During her time in Nashville, she developed a hamstring injury, which forced her into physical therapy. Her research on her own injury sparked her interest in anatomy and the fields of fitness and rehabilitation. After encouragement from friends and family, she decided to enroll in Linda Farrell's mat certification program, and was certified in February 2010. Anna is currently enrolled in prerequisite courses in hopes of attending Physical Therapy School.







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Certified Instruction of the Traditional Pilates Method of Body Conditioning

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