Nancy Forshaw-Clapp has been practicing Pilates since age 13 or 1993, before it was a household name. While touring with the North Carolina Dance Theatre, studying dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Hollins University, Pilates helped Nancy stay fit and recover from several injuries. In 200o she received her certification from the Physicalmind Institute and began teaching mat classes. She later moved to New York City where she received various certifications from Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon and the Kane School of Core Integration. In 2003, she began working with private clients. She danced professionally until 2007 when she established a full time practice.
Nancy has been lucky enough to develop a diverse, friendly and distinguished clientele throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Hamptons. Dancers, pregnant and postpartum women, artists, writers, clients with injuries, triathletes, models and celebrities are just a few of the types of people who have sought out Nancy’s expertise.
Her teaching is a culmination of experience and strength gained through many years of practice and dedication. She has been influenced by her intense training in ballet and modern dance, Alexander technique, yoga and meditation, anatomy with Irene Dowd, and physical therapy through many of her own injuries.
Most importantly Nancy has been able to deepen her understanding of the body and it’s complexities by working with a variety of clients throughout the years. Nancy’s classes offer great attention to detail and refinement of technique, as well as emphasis on proper alignment and biomechanics of the body.
Nancy has taught at Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon, Sage Fitness, Soho Sanctuary, Sixth Street Pilates, Sag Harbor Pilates, the Sephardic Community Center, Equinox and Uptown Pilates. She currently studies with Deborah Lessen at Greene Street Studio in Soho.