Deborah Lessen is an acknowledged leader in the Pilates field. Ms. Lessen is a founding member and Immediate-Past President of the Pilates Method Alliance
, serving on the Board of Directors since its inception. She was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the PMA Pilates Certification Exam
, the only 3rd party credentialing exam for Pilates professionals, facilitating a broad spectrum of tenured Pilates teachers to work together toward a common goal. She is also the editor and a contributor to the PMA Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide, and Chairperson of the PMA Certification Commission.
A former professional dancer and teacher, she was trained to teach the Pilates method by Joseph Pilates’ first protégé, Carola Trier
. Ms. Lessen founded the Greene Street Studio
in 1983, which nurtures a broad base of clients in the Pilates method for general conditioning, performance specific training, injury prevention, and post-rehabilitation. She offered on-site comprehensive teacher training from 1994 to 2004. As co-defendant
in the federal trademark infringement action for use of the name "Pilates," she rallied the community to oppose the action. The Pilates name was made generic in a sweeping victory in November, 1999. The victory party in New York City was the launch of the Pilates Method Alliance.
Now focusing on her first love, Deborah is a regular international presenter, conducting a roster of continuing education
workshops and seminars for Pilates teachers at conferences like Balanced Body: Pilates on Tour