About Us

Circus/Sideshow and married duo Arrie Fae and Meghann Bronson-Davidson founded BODYHOO Studios to create a space where people of all kinds and backgrounds can experience world class fitness training in an accepting and supportive environment. BODYHOO Studios is proud to be home of Moving Strength Brooklyn, a licensed location of Moving Strength Pilates founded by Patricia Ruiz. Moving Strength Brooklyn is a state of the art Pilates machine studio offering Reformer, Tower, and Cardio Jump Board Classes as well as Private & Duo training sessions. BODYHOO offers Yoga, Pilates Mat, Aerial Hammock, Boot Camp, and Fitness Dance classes. In addition, BODYHOO's 667 sq. ft. climate controlled studio is available for rental.

Mission Statement

BODYHOO is a call to action! In Sideshow, the Ballyhoo is an extravagant, flamboyant, sensational outcry to get audiences' attention. At BODYHOO, we want you to give the same attention to the extravagant, flamboyant, sensation that you are! It's a challenge, a celebration, and an invitation. 

Core Philosophy

We believe that movement is healthy. Moving our bodies is a natural form of exercise and expression that we all share. Far too often, judgement, anxiety, and social pressures keep us from enjoying healthy movement. At BODYHOO, we are passionate about creating a vibrant, encouraging place where people of all kinds and backgrounds can enjoy amazing support and fitness training. Our teachers have experience working with diverse populations including rehabilitation, injury and chronic pain, pre and postnatal, and the Trans and Non-Binary community. 

Owners

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Arrie Fae Bronson-Davidson

Arrie Fae Bronson-Davidson is believed to be the reincarnation of Ruth St. Denis. She is a Transgender Circus/Sideshow Artist, Choreographer and Host/Comedienne. Arrie is a highly sought after Pilates Teacher and Thai Massage Practitioner, receiving her certification with Colleen Glenn at Peak Pilates. She has studied on scholarship at Pennsylvania Ballet, Gus Giordano Jazz/Chicago, and and earned her MFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University, and an undergraduate degree in Dance/Kinesiology from Texas Tech University. Major performance credits include Seán Curran Company, Ballet Preljocaj, and Justin Bond’s House of Whimsy. She is regularly produced at The Box NYC and Coney Island USA. Together with her wife as The Brides, she co-directs Kinetic Cabaret Productions and produces Pixie Grit Circus Sideshow. She is a 2016 Jerome Robbins Foundation Artist In Residence at Dixon Place, and winner of The Bindlestiff First of May Award in 2021.

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Meghann Bronson-Davidson

Meghann Bronson-Davidson is a Circus/Sideshow Performer and Dancer. She received an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and a BFA in Dance and Dance Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. Major performance highlights include Bryant Park Dance Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, PULP at Radio City Music Hall, and Michael Clark’s residency at Whitney Museum of American Art's 2012 Biennial. Together with her wife as The Brides, she is regularly produced at The Box NYC, House of YES, and Coney Island USA. The two also co-direct Kinetic Cabaret Productions and produce Pixie Grit Circus Sideshow. Outside of performing, Meg is a certified C-I Training™ (conditioning-with-imagery) teacher. C-I Training™, created by Donna Krasnow, is a body system which incorporates both conditioning exercises for muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility, as well as visualization and imagery work for neuromuscular re-patterning, alignment work and mind-body integration. Meg is currently on staff at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.

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Patrica Ruiz

One of a handful of women owners of Pilates businesses with multiple locations in New York City, Patricia taught privately in a small studio for many years before opening her first multi-station studio on the Upper East Side eight years ago. The new space was an instant success, thanks to her unique approach to Pilates instruction — offering small classes that provide the personalized attention of a private session. Next came a much larger location on the Upper West Side, made larger still in a recent expansion, and then another on the UES, four times the size of the first. Moving Strength now employs 28 instructors who teach 35 different types of classes, many of them unique to the studio, and a full schedule of private sessions at each location.

 

Often featured in the media, including on Health.com and in AM New York and Eye In, Moving Strength is PMA-approved to train and certify Pilates instructors and is the exclusive East Coast practitioner of Power Plate, the innovative technology popular in L.A., for which she and instructor Raleigh Veach developed Pilates Power Plate Strength, Yoga Plate Strength and TRX Plate Strength. The studio also conducts teacher trainings and workshops in Pelvic Floor, Working with Older Populations and Perinatal Teacher Training.

 

A former professional dancer, Patricia has performed with some of New York’s most renowned dance companies. She is a certified Personal Trainer through ACE, and holds certifications in Pilates, Power Plate, yoga, Resist-a-Ball, TRX Suspension Training and Healthy Moms Perinatal Training. Patricia has been hands-on in designing and, with the help of friends and family, building the locations, and is often called in to consult on setting up apparatus in new studios.

 
 

Teachers

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Katy Ramirez

Katy Ramirez is a 500 hr yoga RYT Quantum Yoga Healer, Spiritual Psychology Coach, circus sideshow & spiritual performance artist empowering community and the world through multi facets of artistic creativity, education, and, is a best selling trauma informed author. She is a guide for people to heal their body and soul through 5000 year old yogic and new thought ancient wisdom, connecting body movements with Vinyasa and Hatha yoga allowing guests of her classes to connect with and find the magical connection that lives within their soul. Her main goal is to unify community through connection at a soul level and show the world how miraculous life is and what the human body is capable of. Her classes combine Vinyasa & Hatha flow, science of body awareness, Chakra and energy knowledge, universal law, and Rock n’ Roll. 

Olivia Parente

Olivia is a Brooklyn based dancer and movement teacher from Connecticut. She completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu School of Yoga in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Olivia came to yoga through dance as a teenager and uses her extensive movement background and knowledge to inform her teaching. Shortly after coming to yoga as a movement-based practice, Olivia came to value the powerful benefits of yoga as a meditative and spiritual practice as well. She is passionate about teaching from a place of compassion and kindness and aims to offer classes that allow students to grow both mentally and physically. Olivia also teaches yoga and dance to children alongside working professionally in modern dance. She believes that yoga is for anyone and everyone and her classes encourage both acceptance and appreciation for the self.

Zia Mancuso

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Zia has been studying movement her whole life. As a dancer and yoga instructor, Zia has taught a wide range of practitioners from children to adults! In May 2021, she graduated with a dual degree in psychology and dance from Point Park University. After receiving her 200 hr yoga teacher training in 2019 from School Yoga Institute in Peru, she co-founded her university's yoga club and has taught at several yoga studios and even a daycare center. She is passionate about staying true to the history and intention of yoga and likes to combine holistic and psychological concepts into her teaching to make yoga feel like a therapeutic form of exercise.

 

Contact Us

BODYHOO Studios
Home of Moving Strength Brooklyn

1080 Wyckoff Avenue, 2nd Floor

Ridgewood NY, 11385

Entrance through Fien Coffee

Phone: (212) 763-7710

Email: bodyhoostudios@gmail.com

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