Galina Dorodnova-Geissendoerfer, originally from Moscow, Russia arrived in the fall 1996 to New York as part of the contemporary art show “Nellie Show”.
She absorbed the New York’s dance world, studied Modern, Jazz and other contemporary techniques. In New York she was first introduced to the Pilates’ technique, Yoga and Floor-Barre by Zena Rommett. In 1999 Galina was awarded a full scholarship and full-time membership with the New Dance group, a Broadway based modern and classical dance company. She also danced with the Tina Croll Company, Eric Dunlap’s Forward Theatre and participated in the NY Fringe Festival among others.
In 2000 she went back to Moscow for 2 ½ years to teach at her Alma mater the Jazz O.K. School of modern techniques and Jazz. She specialized in teaching kids and young adults, which Jazz O.K. is world renown for. She also started teaching Pilates, studied to become a certified Personal trainer trough the Swedish school Sports Lab at the Moscow Sports University and studied modern dance improvisations techniques in Amsterdam with Anouk van Dijk.
In 2002 she returned back to New York – for Love this time – concentrating on teaching Pilates and to complete the Personal Trainer certification with the International Sports and Science Association. She successfully completed a number of workshops at the Kane school of Core Integration and received her Masters Plates training at Body Tonic, a school which traces their methodology directly to Joseph Pilates. In her private practice she taught people of all ages, body types and worked with physically impaired people besides teaching at Body Tonic and Bally Total Fitness.
In 2009 She moved to Las Vegas. Here Galina was working for different pilates studio’s: Body in Mind, A Body in Balance, Pilates by Irina, Bodies by Pilates. From 2010 she is Pilates instructor for Cirque du Soleil. Working for Ka, Mystere, Zumanity.
Galina’s teaching philosophy centers around the three maxims:
- You don’t have to be perfect, but learn to love yourself and be grateful for your own body.
2. Get to know and feel your own body from the inside
3. Listen and understand the innate voice of your own body.