Active Studios NYC

About Us

Active Studios NYC / Tiger Strong NYC

Active Studios NYC / Tiger Strong NYC Is New York Upper East Side’s Premier Boutique Activity Center for adults and kids offering a wide range of classes and programs to improve the body and the mind.

• No contracts
• Master instructors
• Clean and safe facilities

Our Programs include: Martial Arts, Karate, Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, Reiki Energy Healing, Ballet, Modern Dance, Chess, After School, Women’s Self Defense, Corporate Self Defense, and Camp for Kids. Or book a Party for your child’s Birthday, Halloween, Sweet Sixteen, or Graduation. Our spacious, fully equipped facility, including a state of the art kitchen, is also available to rent for your personal or corporate event.

Active Studios NYC is always looking for new programs to incorporate into our offerings……


Active Studio NYC is the best for learning and growing.
But don’t just take our word for it.
Here you can read testimonials from students and their parents!

Active Studios

Active Studios NYC Master Instructors

Bill Pratt

Bill Pratt - CEO / Chief Instructor

Bill brings his expertise in business operations and a passion for teaching to the children, adults and seniors of the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Holding a Masters in Industrial Design, Karate Black Belt, Self Defense Mastery degree, and owner of Active Studios NYC, Bill has taught thousands, ages 2 to 99, how to protect themselves in all situations and to lead productive, fulfilling lives. A supportive husband and loving father himself, Bill brings a nurturing attitude to each class and fosters compassion in every instructor under his direction at Active Studios NYC.

Saba Hocek

Saba Hocek - Reiki Specialist

Saba's passion for empowering others has made her an exceptional teacher, mentor, and hypnotist. Saba wants more than anything for people to find their inner power – emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Too often, an experience, a statement made by another, or an embarrassing moment robs us of our potential. You can regain that strength; Saba is here to help you discover it.

Roy Kamen

Sensei Roy Kamen - Traditional Okinawan Karate

Roy Kamen believes Karate is meant to teach us to be confident, fearless, and compassionate. Roy is part of a long lineage of Martial Arts Masters focusing on perfecting the mind, body, and spirit. Roy treats each student as he treats his own sons and daughter, passing on Karate traditions of courtesy, respect, and trying their best. Roy has penned the Martial Arts book: "Karate: Beneath The Surface". In addition, his brother Robert wrote the hit film: "The Karate Kid," which matches Sensei Roy's philosophy that Karate lies in the mind and heart, not the hands.

William Nadal

Hanshi William Nadal - Isshinryu Karate

William Nadal holds a Ninth Degree Black Belt in Isshinryu Karate and is Hanshi level (Master) instructor. William has studied Karate for over 35 years, has a passion for the art, and a love of teaching children and adults the fine art of Okinawan Isshinryu Karate. William creates the ability for kids and adults to discipline themselves and focus on realistic goals therefore his classes help our students succeed in every aspect of life. Reaching those goals by maintaining discipline and a strong will builds self-confidence and makes the personality grow while learning self-defense.

Hecti Musa

Sensei Ezri Musa - Martial Arts

Martial arts has been a life passion of Ezri's since they were six years old. Their goal as a teacher is to create an environment where every student feels welcome and receives instruction that matches each person’s unique learning style. They also wish to honor these art forms by teaching in a culturally aware manner that avoids appropriation and elevates the history of these forms. Ezri views the teacher-student relationship as one of mutual respect, joy, and growth.

Tai Chi

Shifu Myke - Tai Chi

Myke has been teaching Tai Chi for over a decade. He brings knowledge to Active Studios NYC and a dedication to this peaceful and calming Martial Art. Sculpting bodies and minds with slow, gentle movements combined with deep breathing, Myke will help transform your life in ways you never thought possible. Myke wants you to discover the power of this ancient Chinese exercise that has been proven to improve balance and lower the risk of falls, especially in older adults. 

Christina Spellman

Christina Spellman - Ballet

Christina Morrison is a professional dancer and teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience in Massachusetts, Illinois and New York. In addition to undergoing extensive training in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap & more, Christina is a certified Nutrition Coach, Group Fitness Instructor, and a well-versed choreographer with credits including stadium settings, site-specific work, film, concert, competition, and immersive work.

Mellisa Cabey

Melissa Cabey - Ballet & Pilates

Melissa is exceptional talent with a diverse skill set that includes classical ballet, tap and professional Musical Theatre performer. Beyond dance she has achieved professional Pilates instructor status as well as being Pilates Mat certificate from Core Pilates NYC.

Mojeh Schaniel

Mojeh Schaniel - Yoga

Mojeh is a dynamic Yoga teacher of the first order. Her approach to her classes is unique with her brilliant smile and easy-going nature. Mojeh's Yoga training has been extensive, having studied with the top Yoga instructors and taught at several top-level studios around the city. It is an honor to have her teach at Active Studios NYC.

Sara Lopez

Sara Lopez - Yoga & Ballet

Sara’s passion for wellbeing, expression and development can be seen in her classes as she aims to bring out student’s creativity, individuality and inner joy. Sara started practicing yoga and ballet at a very young age and has continued to expand her practice through various techniques and teachings. Sara currently teaches yoga, ballet and is a reiki practitioner. 

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Katherine Musgrave - Yoga & Pilates

Katherine is Active Studios newest Yoga and Pilates instructor. Katherine completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training with Atmananda Yoga and her 600-hr classical Pilates instructor training with Core Pilates NYC. She helps her students use mindful movement to tap into the mind-body connection as a tool for personal transformation. She teaches functional movement foundations that aim to support a lifetime of strength, balance and flexibility.

Makenzi Cooley

Makenzi Cooley - Yoga

Makenzi is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher who teaches vinyasa yoga at various studios throughout New York City. She began her yoga teaching journey in 2018 at 502 PowerYoga in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently, she is obtaining her certification to become a Yoga Therapist with The International Association of Yoga Therapists. Throughout Makenzi’s class, you'll learn to connect movement with individuality & self-expression in a safe space.

Sarah Crane

Sarah Crane - Ballet

Sarah Crane is a performer, choreographer and teaching artist based in NYC. Most recently was working on the Broadway First National Tours of Mean Girls and The Prom. She will choreograph Legally Blonde in Miami at the beginning of 2024. Sarah is an educator at Marymount Manhattan College, The Dalton School, Applause, and Stem From Dance.

Cara Trinidad

Cara Trinidad - Ballet

Cara began dancing at 4 years old, receiving predominantly classical ballet training at Academy One Music and Dance Center in Manila, Philippines. By age 11, she was granted a full scholarship. This opened up the path to train and compete in both local and international settings. Some notable experiences being the Asian Grand Prix in 2012, and the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive in New York in 2015. Cara is also a recent Bachelor of Music in Dance graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman. In her senior year, she had already started teaching at her home studio, Academy One. She moved to New York upon graduation and has since been teaching dance at various schools. She specializes in ballet classes for adult beginners and children from 2-10 years old.

Sophia Abramovich

Sophia Abramovich - Ballet, Modern Dance, Pilates

Sophia is a passionate fitness and dance instructor in New York. She comes from a background of extensive dance training, focusing in Jazz and Ballet, with experience in Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, and Pointe. After being a student of dance, yoga, and pilates for over 10 years, Sophia looked to empower others and obtained her Mat Pilates Instructing Certification from Core Pilates NY. She is excited to bring her experience and love for teaching to Active Studios!

Ashley Hill

Ashley Hill - Pilates

My passion for Pilates began at an early age when I signed up at a gym and took my first Pilates class. I fell in love with the workout and determined to become a teacher and pass my love of the art to others. I received my Pilates Mat certification and completed my 200 RYT at Sonic Yoga. I have taught in community centers, major fitness chains, concierge fitness, and private trainings. I have studied pre/post-natal, and advanced Pilates. Part of why I love teaching so much is because I am inspired by my mother who trained with me in my teens, and other participants I have met with limited physical mobility and disabilities. In spite of all the odds, they never let their ailments hinder their growth or keep them from being active and healthy. I am happy to bring my passion to Active Studios NYC and help new people reach their fitness goals.

Amanda Sparso

Amanda Sparso - Ballet & Heels Dance

Amanda Sparso is a classically trained dancer who has completed pre-professional training programs with ABT and Gelsey Kirkland Academy. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has studied a variety of styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and Latin ballroom. As a professional dancer, model, and heels instructor, Amanda loves seeing artists grow in their technique and confidence levels. Her classes focus on making students feel empowered, beautiful, and safe in their bodies.