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Dance Classes Start at Norma Jean Pilates

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Norma Jean Pilates, located on Sag Harbor’s Main Street, is now offering dance classes in addition to its private and group Pilates classes.

The studio is offering ballet, salsa, hip-hop and modern dance classes every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. taught by Krystal Lamiroult. The dance classes are $40.

The Norma Jean Pilates studio, which opened this summer, offers mat and reformer classes and private lessons. Classes are 30 minutes or one hour with 10-class and three-month packages available at discounted prices.

To sign up for a class, call (631) 808-3131. For more information on upcoming workshops and special

East End Weekend: Highlights of July Fourth Weekend

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Casey Evans in a San Lorenzo bikini.

Casey Evans in a San Lorenzo bikini on the beach in East Hampton.

By Tessa Raebeck

Norma Jean Pilates and San Lorenzo Bikinis are hosting a party in Sag Harbor tonight, Thursday, July 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is celebrating the East Coast launch of San Lorenzo Bikinis. Guests can shop for bikinis, enjoy “bikini-friendly bites” and enter contests for “amazing” giveaways from local businesses like Happy Bowls, Flying Point and Wampum. Norma Jean Pilates is located at 52 Main Street in Sag Harbor.

To RSVP to the private party, email Abigail Gawronski at argawronski@gmail.com.


Mark Borghi Fine Art in Bridgehampton will showcase Bob Dylan’s work July 4 to July 18. “The Drawn Blank Series” showcases the musician’s colorful paintings and will be celebrated with an opening reception Thursday, July 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mark Borghi Fine Art, 2426 Main Street in Bridgehampton. For more information or to RSVP, call (631) 537-7245 or visit borghi.org.



“Art on the Edge” opens at Vered Contemporary in East Hampton SaturdayJuly 5, with an opening reception from 9 to 11 p.m. The expanded exhibition, an annual survey of the contemporary art of new and provocative painters, sculptors and photographers, will be on view July 5 to August 4. Nineteen modern artists will be featured.

The gallery is located at 68 Park Place in East Hampton.For more information, call (631) 324-3303 or visit veredcontemporary.com.


“Positivilly Marvillainous” opens at the Eric Firestone Gallery with an opening reception Saturday, July 5, from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Expanding on tradition doesn’t necessarily demand the push towards perfection or a high polish,” the gallery said in a press release. “Rather, it can entail building on established conventions in a particular artist’s unique voice. Today, contemporary artists, knowingly or unknowingly, reference George Herriman’s historically overlooked, unpretentious and universally accessible fantasy, Krazy Kat, a comic strip that ran in American newspapers from 1913 until 1944. The artists in Positivilly Marvillainous embrace tensions, arising from Herriman’s formal qualities in character portrayal, including those between line and shade, humor and drama, human and animal, collage and décollage, marvelous and villainous.”

The Eric Firestone Gallery is located at 4 Newtown Lane in East Hampton. For more information, call (631) 604-2386 or visit ericfirestonegallery.com.

A Flexible Place to Flex

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Hayley Thorpe gives Lee Ann Bulgin some Pilates pointers. Photo by Genevieve Kotz

By Genevieve Kotz

Stepping into the Norma Jean Pilates studio feels more like stepping into someone’s home.

“Fitness is only one part of our holistic approach to living,” Hayley Thorpe, who founded the studio, said. “And now it’s become something of a home.”

The studio, which is located on Main Street in Sag Harbor, opens for business on Saturday, June 21, with a grand opening from 6 to 8 p.m.

Nestled in a space next to the Sag Harbor Liquor Store, the studio boasts two group studio rooms and a private studio. The first group studio, which has a fireplace and overlooks Main Street, is for mat classes. The second group studio, which is bright and cheery, has six reformer machines. The private studio is quiet and peaceful, equipped with a classic reformer of Joseph Pilates’s original design. One of its benefits is that it is easily accessible for those who are injured or in a wheelchair.

“Most people are unaware of the fact that Pilates is a form of rehab,” Ms. Thorpe noted.

Ms. Thorpe herself first discovered Pilates after a physician suggested she try it out while recovering from a back injury in 2008. She instantly fell in love and immersed herself in the practice. She quickly began to teach lessons, both privately and in other gyms, but knew she had to open her own studio.

Norma Jean Pilates offers several group mat and reformer classes, as well as private sessions. Group classes are either 30 minutes or an hour long. There is a limit to six students to a class, to ensure that each instructor can adequately watch and assist each student. The classes welcome customers of all levels of fitness, since each of the six instructors are trained to be able to teach beginners along with more advanced clients.

“Pilates is a method that can be moderate or challenging. It welcomes all levels of fitness.” Ms. Thorpe said. “This is a safe place to get better, to start to become your best.”

The 60-minute classes are $40 and the 30-minute classes are $20. Customers can also buy group packages of 10 classes, which are $180 for 30-minute classes and $240 for the hour-long sessions, or a three-month unlimited pack, which runs $240 for 30-minute classes and $1,150 for the 60-minute classes. Private lessons are available for $110, but packs of five or 10 classes are also available.

The schedule for group classes will be available on the studio’s website, www.normajeanpilates.com, or by e-mail. Clients can call or e-mail to book a spot for a group or private lesson.

Norma Jean Pilates will not only offer Pilates classes, though. Ms. Thorpe also plans to install a ballet bar into each studio, so that ballet and dance classes can be taught. She also plans to offer art and French and Spanish classes, with two instructors per language so that those interested will not be restricted by different learning styles.

The studio will also be a space to share and collaborate with other ventures in this area, such as trunk shows, art shows, or other events.

Ms. Thorpe, who is the daughter of Barbara and Brian Schmitz, who own the Sag Harbor Liquor Store, was born and raised in Sag Harbor. She said she is proud to live in and support the community with her business and has recently joined the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s beautiful, it’s safe, it’s charming,” Ms. Thorpe said of Sag Harbor. Just like the studio.


Summoning the Inner Pin Up Girl

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Norma Jean Pilates will host its first annual breast cancer rally this weekend.

Norma Jean Pilates will host its first annual breast cancer rally this weekend.

By Courtney M. Holbrook

Hayley Schmitz wants to help women find their inner pin-up girl. Whether they’re blond or brunette, tall or short, curvy or skinny — any woman can find their inner diva.

Schmitz, the owner, designer and Pilates instructor for Norma Jean Pilates and Designs, believes Pilates can help women heal aches and pains, find physical fitness and achieve the outer confidence of a modern day Marilyn Monroe.

“The pin-up girl is strong and sexy,” Schmitz said. “She has curves and she owns them … I fell in love with the sweet, sexy, powerful pin-up girl. That’s what I want women to find in themselves.”

This Pilates instructor is already ahead of the career game, having established herself as a business owner and marketing director at only 26 years old. A native of Sag Harbor and a Pierson High School graduate, Schmitz was “your standard girl jock. I loved exercise and competition. It became important to me to bring the benefits of physical fitness to others.”

Schmitz established Norma Jean Pilates two years ago. The business offers Pilates instruction for all levels and ages, with options for private classes as well.

Now, Schmitz is taking her love for female wellness and empowerment a step further, by turning her attention from female fitness to female activism. On Saturday, October 15, from 12 to 3 p.m., Norma Jean Pilates will host its First Annual Breast Cancer Rally. The suggested $20 donation will go toward research for a breast cancer cure.

“We’re offering a chance for people to come and help us promote this cause,” Schmitz said. “I hope we can create a strong, powerful place for us to get together and fight.”

From 12 to 1 p.m., guests will participate in a Pilates class, with varying levels of difficulty depending on the student. All mats will be pink, with pink workout tank tops — designed by Schmitz — for the guests’ enjoyment. After guests leave, they can enjoy “healthy” snacks, including strawberries, raspberries and more pink-colored assortments on display.

After, guests will leave with a goody bag filled with subscriptions to various magazines, including Self and Bon Appetite. For educational purposes, each goody bag will also contain information about early detection of breast cancer and a breast cancer awareness pin.

“I believe Pilates allows you to take control of your body and your life,” Schmitz said. “So, raising awareness for women’s issues works absolutely with that idea.”

The name “Norma Jean” symbolizes Schmitz’s dedication to women’s issues. Though it is also the name of her white Maltese puppy, the brand comes from Marilyn Monroe’s real name. Born Norma Jean Baker, Monroe has been an idol to Schmitz since the fifth grade.

“I saw her as the ultimate woman,” Schmitz said. “She was beautiful; she was powerful. Isn’t that how we — every woman — wants to feel? And I knew the name was perfect.”

The idea of female empowerment has stayed with Schmitz. Pilates allowed Schmitz to take control of her own physical pain. Later, Pilates brought her a successful private business and, now, an enterprising public studio.

“When I was in college, I realized I was dealing with a lot of back pain that I couldn’t get rid of,” Schmitz said. “I went to a chiropractor … who suggested Pilates. [Pilates] allowed me to stabilize my core.”

Schmitz likes to incorporate other influences into her classes, including yoga, calisthenics and plyometrics. According to Schmitz, Pilates differs from other workouts, because it is essentially a “rehabilitative activity … it’s so important to let students know you want to give them what they need to make them feel better.”

Of course, in the sometimes-plushy world of wellness on the East End, how does any new business-owner compete with the competition? And how does a 26-year-old compete with the fitness instructors down the block?

“I relish competition; I have ever since I was a kid, because it forces me to work harder and separate myself,” Schmitz said. “I went to school to study marketing and advertising at [the Fashion Institute of Technology]. In any business, success is based on how you are perceived. I learned that. I learned what makes my business special, and I went for it.”

Schmitz sets herself apart by offering a more fluid Pilates’ experience. Pilates’ sets are based around 18 different formations performed in increasing rates of difficulty. Schmitz prefers to “switch them around according to what the client is ready for, or what they need for rehabilitation.”

With a solid clientele in private and public studios, Schmitz is now focused on hopes this breast cancer rally is the first of many to come. She hopes to continue supporting women in their goal for internal and external wellness. Beauty, brains and physical fitness — for Schmitz, it’s the ultimate pin-up girl.

“This rally, this Pilates class — it’s a perfect place for all women to come and say, ‘yeah, we can make a difference for ourselves and other women … that’s the atmosphere I want to encourage.”

Norma Jean Pilates and Designs is located at 66 Newtown Lane, Suite 9 and 11, East Hampton. A private studio is located at 52 Main Street, Suite 1, Sag Harbor, N.Y. 11963. The studio is open for private instruction and public classes. For more information, go to www.normajeanpilates.com.