We have to tell you about a for real, for real homie who is moving and shaking all around the nyc area. We’ve known Nicole FOREVER and have always loved her spunky spice for life and are certainly excited she’ll be bringing it to our “Take a sick day for wellness” Urban retreat at Rooftop Reds in Brooklyn on September 20th! She’ll be teaching an Xtend Barre class where we’ll be using the grape vine planters as the barres! Check out more about Nicole:
Moved LA: How would you describe yourself?
Nicole: My passion for dance brought me into the fitness industry as a barre instructor and my desire to expand my knowledge of anatomy brought me to Pilates. I'm a positive, passionate, silly endorphin junkie who is constantly seeking ways to move my body through space and help others do the same.
Moved LA: What’s your story?
Nicole: As a BFA dance major, my first love was performing, but kinesiology and the mind body connection always excited me. My performance career brought me from Las Vegas to cruise ships, and finally to NYC. Here, I discovered Xtend Barre, a fitness class rooted in ballet and Pilates. I have genuinely found a home in teaching this method. I have since earned a Pilates mat certification and started to build a client base as a personal trainer. My roots as a performer, artist, and choreographer fuel me and inform my teaching style.
Moved LA: Why do you do this work?
Nicole: I am happiest when I'm moving. If I can do this while making others feel happy and healthy, I feel as though I really couldn't ask for more.
Moved LA: Who is your role model, and why?
Nicole: I strive to model myself after anyone who uses their profession/platform to help others. If I were to relate that to my specific field, I would chose Sondra Karman. A former professional ballerina, she is now a dance movement therapist and a senior trainer with BASI, the method of Pilates that I studied. She works hand in hand with doctors and physical therapists as a Pilates professional, rehabilitating clients with injuries. Her razor sharp precision as an instructor and knowledge of anatomy inspired me instantly.
Moved LA: If you could give everyone one piece of advice on their health and wellness, what would it be?
Nicole: Measure your success/progress by how you feel, not how you look. I'm sure that sounds cliche coming from a fitness instructor, and of course, this is easier said than done. But that few extra pounds you gain when you are enjoying food w/ people you love, drinking that extra beer, are not to be resented. Maybe you're having one of those self-critical days in regards to your appearance, but did that crazy long plank hold you just did in class feel easier than it did last week? Focus on those moments where you feel strong, congratulate yourself, and strive to continue getting even stronger.
Moved LA: If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Nicole: I feel like I would be an idiot not to choose the power of flight. But a close 2nd would be the power to have my own constant life "movie" soundtrack. The perfect song would be playing at every moment (only the moments where there isn't already music playing). Why? Because my passion for music may actually be greater than my passion for dance. I think this is true for many dancers, we feel music so deeply that we are driven (I might even go so far as to say forced) to embody it.
Moved LA: What are you top three favorite things to do when you have time off?
Nicole: 1) Go out for an epic meal and drinks 2) Take hot yoga 3) See live music or dance
Moved LA: Who are the top 3 people/companies you are following to stay informed?
Nicole: @modoyoganyc (yoga studio), @bethanycmeyers (fitness professional), @emmaportner (dancer)
Moved LA: What’s up next for you?
Nicole: Next year, I'll be completing my comprehensive Pilates certifications.
Catch Nicole over on instagram @nmc239