Power-House Pilates founders Morwen and Risa honed their superstar teaching skills on Manhattan's Upper East Side. They brought their passion for Pilates to Jersey City in 2015 and set up shop at the Brunswick Center. At their serene studio, Morwen and Risa are dedicated to helping each client look and feel their personal best.
Morwen Banq is originally from Brittany, France. She holds a Dance Degree from Rosella Hightower in Cannes. She moved to New York City in 1998 to continue her dance training on a two year scholarship at Merce Cunningham, where she first heard from friends that Pilates would improve her dancing and help with her lower back issues.
In 2002, Morwen started her Pilates certification in New York City at the legendary Pilates Studio, under master teacher trainer Romana Kryzanowska. She received her certification in 2003 and that same year she joined both Power Pilates and Center for Movement. She quickly became a popular and trusted teacher.
In 2004 she became a full time instructor at Center for Movement. In 2005 Morwen became a Senior instructor, teacher trainer, and Director of Center for Movement's Pilates Certification Program. Since then she has trained hundreds in the authentic Joseph Pilates Method of body conditioning. She also holds a Pilates certification in pre-natal and postpartum teacher training from Anne Martens of Bella Bellies in New York. She has studied with Pilates luminaries Brett Howard, Ton Voogt, and Micheal Friitzke. She lives in Jersey City and is fluent in French and English.
Risa Harris obtained her Pilates Certification at Center for Movement under Morwen Banq. Risa has worked for many years in hospitality and upscale customer service, experience which most recently culminated in her role as manager at Center for Movement's Lexington Avenue studio, where she was also a popular instructor.
Risa holds a B.A. in classical vocal performance from SUNY, as well as a diploma from Mannes College of Music in New York City. This training brings an added understanding of breath and rhythm to her teaching.
Risa lives in Lower Manhattan and enjoys cooking, baking, and writing in her spare time.