Before founding Ballet Beautiful, I was a ballerina with the New York City Ballet. When I launched my business, I worked with clients in their own environments, teaching them how to achieve the grace and strength of a dancer's body.
I trained Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan. I was traveling with her, so I started giving lessons online. Now I have people from 80 countries doing my live-streamed workouts.
The moment I saw this loft, I knew it would be the perfect studio, a place where I could teach my classes and film my videos. It's big, open, and airy, with 16-foot ceilings and 12-foot windows.
The clean, minimal aesthetic was influenced by my heavy following in the fashion industry — I train a lot of supermodels. I just gave the walls and floor a fresh coat of white paint and hung gauzy linen curtains to filter the light but still provide privacy.
An all-white space has a purity that is refreshing and serene. There's a very feminine energy to this studio that sets it apart from the typical gym, which tends to have a loud, aggressive, masculine vibe.
A calming place, where you can go to escape it all and just focus on your body, is so wonderful to have. I want my workouts to feel like a luxury, a way to pamper yourself and add a beautiful dimension to your everyday life.
Produced by Melissa Colgan