April became interested in movement when she realized that regular conditioning can not only aid in everyday life, but can enhance creative movement and breath. She studied Theater Arts at Portland State University and went on to complete a degree in Music at Hunter College in Manhattan. April witnessed all of her educational skills come together when she completed the Comprehensive Teacher Training Program with the world renowned Ellie Herman at her Brooklyn studio. Pilates enforces and sharpens many important tools April used in dance, theatrics, and vocal performance. She learned to be aware of the body, breath, and alignment through an even more precise avenue.
April continues her studies with workshops in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. She sharpened her rehabilitation training working in physical therapy with injured clients and members of our US olympic teams.The idea that Pilates is not only a practice, but a lifestyle has helped her to introduce new clients to the repertoire as well as challenge more advanced clients with their practice. “When we start to feel our brain and body communicate to make us consistently live in a better space everyday, we are always succeeding.”
Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Yuliya grew up in Los Angeles where she began her dance training at the age of 5. She continued to hone her practice throughout high school and in 2009 she was one of two undergraduate students chosen to study abroad at the London Contemporary Dance School, where she focused on multi media performance and choreography. She received her B.F.A. in Dance from California Institute of the Arts in 2010 where she became aware of Pilates as a platform for injury prevention. With a deeper interest in correct biomechanics, Yuliya progressed with her teacher certification at the Kane School of Core Integration with Kelly Kane. Yuliya pursues performing and teaching as a dance company member in Bryn Cohn + Artists. She is eager and excited to contribute her experiences and training with individuals from every population.
Celine Syslo received her BFA in Dance Performance on scholarship from Arizona State University in 2010. Shortly after graduating, she moved to New York City to pursue her career in movement. She has had the privilege of working with a number of local artists and is currently a company member of Suzanne Behars Dance. Celine was introduced to Pilates in college where she studied under Virgina Nicholas of Moving Breath Pilates in Tempe. Celine is excited to have completed her certification through Ellie Herman Pilates teacher training program and looks forward to continuing to share her love of movement through teaching.
Sarah studied her Pilates Teacher Training with Ellie Herman. Originally from Louisville, KY, Sarah moved to Brooklyn to further her career as an artist. Sarah began incorporating Pilates into her movement practice while attending Point Park University, where she received her degree in dance. She is interested in the detail of movement and breathe in Pilates and how it can help herself and her clients move more freely! Sarah is eager to share her experience with movement through Pilates and how it has affected her life!
Jessie Young is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. After training in Pilates for over 10 year, she completed her certification through the Body Arts and Science International Program under the mentorship of Cindy Reid (Chicago, IL). Her work in Pilates focuses on building sustainable practices that focus on personal awareness of alignment, connectivity and physical capacity. With an MFA in Dance (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign) and Yoga certification (<500hr), Jessie offers sessions that build deep core support and proprioceptive awareness through exercises based in personal embodiments of rhythm and weight.
Kayla Farrish hails from Raleigh, North Carolina where she grew up in a dance-loving family. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in dance from University of Arizona before moving to Brooklyn, NY to pursue a career in the arts. Through various sports injuries, she found a recovery and support through Pilates. She grew a passion for finding efficiency in movement and finding more strength and alignment. She has received her Mat certification and is anticipating her full Apparatus certification through Gramercy Pilates contemporary program. She loves what Pilates has brought to her dance career! Kayla is excited to be an instructor at April Nicole Studios and to have the opportunity to bring the joy, healing, and strength of movement to others!
Emily has practiced Pilates for over 15 years. Having trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London (3 year BA program), Emily honed her skills as an actor, singer, and dancer. Her training integrated elements of Alexander Technique, Laban Theory, dance, contortion work, and stage combat. Now, working as a professional stage/TV/film actor, Emily uses Pilates in her daily life to find balance and connection.
Emily received her mat training from Jennifer Golden Zumann at Pilates Chicago and her equipment training from Kim Fielding at Gramercy Pilates, NYC. Her constant goal is to further her knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics of the body, and to integrate classical Pilates theories with modern teaching techniques. She hopes to instruct both performers and non-performers alike in the hopes of sharing the lifelong benefits of Pilates. She believes, as Joseph Pilates once said, "Everyone is the architect of their own happiness."
Benny danced professionally for over a decade, working with leading contemporary choreographers in the UK and New Zealand. He has more recently pursued a burgeoning choreographic practice which has situated itself at the cusp of dance and visual art. He holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a MA Creative Practice from Trinity Laban in London, UK. Benny initially came to Pilates as a dance student and has never looked back, eventually completing his certification in New Zealand with Stabilty Plus Pilates and beginning teaching in 2009. He enjoys teaching a range of abilities, from rehabilitative clients, the elderly and teenagers, through to professional dancers and elite athletes. His teaching aims to incorporate his experience of somatic practices such as the Alexander Technique into the Pilates principles and repertoire while making use of the theoretical and embodied knowledge he has gained through an extensive professional dance career. Benny has taught Pilates in several prominent studios in London including Hoxton Pilates and Belsize Studio.