with Mariusz Kujawski
Mariusz is an instructor at Plank Pilates
Top five things we should know about you?
1. I was born in Poland
I then moved to Iceland at 14 with parents to pursue Ballroom dancing. After that, I moved to the US for college at UWSP for dance and international studies.
2. Italy is my favorite place on earth
It was also my most memorable vacation. The weather was amazing, I was with my closest friends, and loved swimming in the sea every day. It was a perfect holiday.
3. I love cooking
Especially for my girlfriend. She loves the way I cook and it’s lucky that she is especially fond of my best and favorite dish…crepes.
4. I’m a member of the French Academy of Ballet
Where I will be performing in the Nutcracker this December. It’s my first time being a part of that particular ballet. We haven’t been cast yet but I’m really excited to be part of the production.
5. My favorite band is Sigur Ros
They make up their own musical language and I find them incredibly creative in the way they choose to communicate their craft artistically. I also find unique ways of expressing myself creatively and relate to their process profoundly,
How long have you been practicing/teaching Pilates?
I have been practicing Pilates for the past six years and have been teaching for two. I did it in conjunction with my ballet training at school.
What brought you to Pilates?
The idea that it is more than just a set of exercises, it’s actually a way of living. Pilates brought a greater understanding of my body, especially outside of the studio. I find myself constantly striving for perfect alignment, even while executing simple at home tasks. I started Pilates in college, as a class I took before ballet each day and not much more than that. Soon I fell in love with the process and technique and wanted to explore how dance and Pilates could not only improve my personal technique but also how I could help others in the process.
What do you always have in your refrigerator?
I always have capers!!! I am a big experimenter when it comes to food. Also spinach. It’s a great source of protein and greens and it is delicious cooked or raw (especially with capers!!!)
I know it’s better to cook at home, (and I happen to be a great one) but…NYC is filled with amazing restaurants and I can’t help but indulge in trying many of them. Brooklyn seems to be a place that’s filled with unique and interesting places to try. One of my favorite’s is Roberta’s (if you want to have a little carb indulgence!)
Be sure to check out Mariusz’s classes on Tuesday at 9, 12, and 1 pm. His disciplined coaching coupled with cheeky sense of humor makes the class a delightful blend of Eastern European flare and tough workout!!!! Mariusz is also available for private sessions upon request.)