Originally from Seoul, Korea Junghee Won started her Pilates Journey in 1993 when she was attending New York University where she was pursuing a Master degree in Dance and Dance Education. In her first semester at NYU she met Wei Tai Hom who was her Pilates Instructor. Wei Tai and Romana Kryzanowska created the first Pilates teachers training program at The Pilates Studio in the mid 1980’s. This program continued, professionalized and expanded by Sean Gallagher, PT who owns The New York Pilates Studio® Teachers Training Program and The New York Pilates Studio® which is the continuation of Joe and Clara’s original Pilates business. Junghee was certified in 1999 under the supervision by Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska at The New York Pilates Studio® in New York City. Junghee’s considers Romana to be her most important Pilates mentor. She has worked with many other well-known teachers including Bob Liekens, Stephanie Beatty, Ton Voogt, Michael Fritzke, Peter Fiasca etc. at The New York Pilates Studio® until joining Power Pilates in 2003 where she was certified as a Teacher Trainer under the new mentorship and educational director, Bob Liekens.
Junghee returned to Seoul and co-founded Korea’s first Pilates studios, Pilates Korea and Classic Pilates, which was an affiliate of Power Pilates Teachers Training Program from 2003-2005. She ran the Power Pilates teachers training program and the studios as a teacher trainer, director and co-founder in Seoul Korea and worked at universities, dance academy associations. Junghee was on numerous TV shows and featured in magazines and newspapers as a classical Pilates expert in Korea. She was also featured in the Pilates video with an actress Sun Mi Song filmed in Singapore and for a TV show – Dong Ah channel in Korea. In 2006, she returned to New York City and continued to work for Power Pilates Chelsea and at their Equinox Fitness studio at Columbus Circle.
Junghee has an extensive background as a professional dancer – ballet, modern, jazz, Korean traditional dance and she performed at the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul Korea and in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1988 Olympic Games. In 2001, Junghee was asked to be a model for Dr. Peter Fiasca’s Classical Pilates Technique DVD series- MAT and Reformer. She also wrote an essay – “Pilates Technique and Body Awareness” in a Dr Fiasca’s book “VOICE of Classical Pilates” published in 2013. Since 2012, Junghee has been providing classes and lectures for “Pilatesology” which provides classical Pilates online video content in both Korean and English and She also has provided content for “Pilates Anytime” with many different topics for Pilates teachers and practitioners.
Junghee earned a B.A. in Dance Education at Kyung-Hee University Seoul Korea in 1990, an M.A. in Dance/Dance Education at New York University NYC in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Performing Arts at Kyung-Hee University Seoul Korea in 2005. Her published research papers include;
“The Effect of The Pilates Method on Dancers’ Cognitive Style and Body Awareness” which is her Ph. D. theses,
“A Qualitative Approach to the Effects of Pilates Exercise” in The Korean Journal of Physical Education 2004,
“An Inquiry of Philosophy & Principles of The Pilates Method” in The Korean Journal of Dance Research 2004
“The Effects of Pilates Exercise on Physical & Psychological State Change” in Official Journal of the Korean Society of Dance Science 2004.
All research was published under Junghee Kallander which was Junghee’s formal name.
After teaching Pilates for numerous Pilates studios, Physical therapy offices and fitness clubs for three years in San Diego CA from 2008-2011, Junghee returned to the east coast in 2011 and now works at Can Do Fitness and Wellness in Edgewater NJ and The New York Pilates Studio® NYC – teaching visiting Pilates instructors and was one of the Pilates instructors chosen to work with the performers on the Broadway production of Cirque du Soleil – Paramour. she also travels around the world presenting Pilates workshops at conferences and providing training for The NY Pilates Studio® Teachers Training Program. Junghee is very happy to be back working with Sean P. Gallagher PT and The NY Pilates Studio®Visit Junghee