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Nicole Taylor Steward,PMA®-CPT, began her study of bodywork during her professional dance career. She is a graduate of The Chicago School of Massage Therapy and a GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor. She is a professional dancer and until summer of 2017 was on staff at the Chicago High School for the Performing &Visual Arts. In the summer of 2014 she developed the Pilates Teacher TrainingApprenticeship.
"My objective as an instructor is to empower clients and teachers to know and be better in their own bodies thus making the work an integral part of their lifestyle. I love teaching and being a part of the process that enables someone to take ownership for changing, bettering themselves.This is accomplished in client sessions and through workshops and mentoring for teachers, both new and experienced.
I have been a professional Pilates teacher for 19 years and teacher trainer for 10 years. Combined with my professional dance career, movement and teaching movement has been a part of my life for 32 years. In the fall of2011, I met Deborah Lessen at the PMA conference. The following spring I began a mentorship with her that has grown over the years. I have loved learning and teaching Pilates and through my mentorship with Deborah, this love has grown along with a greater understanding of Pilates, its origins and what I am now embracing as my lineage.
I continue studying with Deborah Lessen both privately and while assisting her in workshops she conducts for both new and seasoned teachers. In 2017, I was invited to teach Pilates as it was taught to Deborah by Carola Trier (Joseph Pilates protégé) in addition to the many ways she has explored and honed Pilates on her own. In 2019, I was named Program Director of DeborahLessen Pilates and look forward to continuing the journey."