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“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young”

– Joseph Pilates

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About Nicole Smith-Alvarez

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York Nicole Smith-Alvarez began her formal dance training at John Dewey H.S. under the artistic guidance of the John Michael Goring and continued her undergraduate work in business management at Long Island University. She is also the recipient of several scholarships to some of the most prestigious dance institutions including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Ballet Hispanico. Nicole held the principal dancer position with the Lula Washington Dance Theater and has graced many stages around the world receiving rave reviews by national critics. Nicole credits her professional dance career to numerous companies including; Eleo Pomare Dance Company, Louis Johnson Dance Theater Ensemble, and Ballet Hispanico Ensemble.

Nicole has had the privilege of touring with the national tour of Disney’s The Lion King since 2002, the Broadway cast as well. During her time touring she embarked on the journey of entering the prestigious Pilates program under the guidance of Romana Kryzanowska at her studio in Arlington, Texas. Nicole holds two certifications as a Pilates instructor and continues to study and fine-tune her craft under the watchful eye of ChaCha Guerrero, her mentor.

She also takes pride in her first passion as a dance instructor and continues as an assistant to several choreographers.

In addition to her dance credits, she is a proud member of Actors Equity Associations since 2002. Her television credits include The World Literacy Crusade, national Pilates Infomercials and her list of awards include the prestigious NAACP Theater Image Award for best choreography, for her work in “You Don’t Know Me, an urban musical’’ produced by Tyler Perry.

Pilates continues to keep Nicole healthy after years of performing eight shows a week. A daily workout of Pilates always puts her back together feeling longer, stronger, and centered. This Method of Contrology continues to challenge, surprise and inspire this endless journey.Nicole enjoys being an advocate for doTERRA. doTERRA means gifts from the earth. This company has empowered Nicole to support her health needs and reduce toxin loads aiming for a blue zone living lifestyle. For more information about doTERRA click the link below.

www.mydoterra.com/pilatesnicole

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Testimonials

“Nicole is an outstanding Pilates instructor, an exceptional human being and one of those rare people who truly stands apart. I had the good fortune to work with her privately as her Pilates student three times a week for four months. She has the ability to transfer and apply this knowledge to an individual’s specific condition, to observe a multitude of seemingly invisible movements of a person’s body simultaneously, to communicate corrections with true helpfulness and accuracy without ever sounding condescending, and to do all of the above while already anticipating the next movement that needs to be cued.  She is extremely generous with her own time for people who show the desire to do their best and to improve upon the abilities being targeted in a Pilates program. She does all of this with a sense of goodwill and good humor that make it a pleasure to work with her.”

Dr. Meg P.

If I could give Nicole 10 starts I would. I was first introduced to Nicole when I contacted Gratz Pilates about equipment inquiries. They referred me to Nicole, whom I had seen featured on their site. Nicole’s infectious personality immediately prompted me to take private lessons from her, and I am so grateful I did. Every session has been nothing short of enlightening, and Nicole manages to make me do things I thought I could never do in Pilates. As a pilates instructor myself, I am very selective of who I take lessons from. I can say with full confidence that Nicole is an extremely gifted teacher who will help you reach your goals. Her attention to detail, compassion, knowledge, positivity, and dedication to continuing education is so inspiring. My other teachers notice a big leap forward in my practice when I commit to regular private sessions with Nicole, and my students all gain from my lessons with her. Thank you so much Nicole!

Celine R.

There’s so many wonderful things to say about Nicole. From the moment you meet her, her energy is infectious. Behinds being beautiful both on the inside and out, her attention to deal is unparalleled. Nicole knows Pilates!!! Whether it’s your first Pilates session or you’re experienced, Nicole will take your practice to the next level. Philly is extremely lucky to have such an amazing talent.

Michelle L.

Nicole brings such light and joy into the air when she is present. Her years of training and application of the classical Pilates techniques combined with her background is a powerful combination. I love working with her in person and with online sessions. She doesn’t miss a beat and sees all!

Christina G.

Nicole is one of the best instructors. She doesn’t miss a thing, she encourages me to get beyond my self-limitations, and I feel stronger and stronger after each session. It is the best, safest cross training for me as a competitive athlete.

-Candice N.

“It is rare that I will ever come across another Pilates teacher as outstanding, compassionate, and dedicated as Nicole is.  I had the pleasure of training with Nicole for 3 months.  I was eager to learn the deeper meaning of Pilates and she helped me to gain a better understanding of “The Method”.  In the short amount of time that we worked together my body has become toned, flexible, and stronger.  Nicole has taken me to “the next level.” I witnessed the happiness of all of the clients at the studio.”

Andrea O.

This girl is all that! Nicole will push you to the limit in a great way and you’ll have such a new appreciation for the human body. You will not regret taking seasons with this instructor. Her passions shines through and her supportive spirit will guide your body to its best version of itself.  

Nassemah P.

Nicole is amazing instructor. She listens well and knows how to push your body to the limits. I always feel great after a workout. She makes it known that pilates is for all body types.
 
-Tuesday C.
 
Nicole is vivaciously energetic, completely grounded and serves her Badassery with rhythm and a smile. She will ring you out, and test your limits… And you will leave her hungry for more.
 
-Christi A.
 
I’ve been working with Nicole for almost 2 years now and she has brought amazing energy, great enthusiasm and a high level of intensity to every class. I remember after my first class I was surprised at how difficult Pilates could be. It’s a lot different than going to the gym but you quickly notice how special it is and the respect it demands. It has even helped me in the gym, specifically in strengthening my core and helping me become more flexible and fluid in my movements.Nicole is awesome inside and outside of the studio and is truly one of the great gems of the Pilates world!Make an appointment and ask her to sing come on over.
 
-Antoine O.
 
I have practiced Pilates on and off for years and Nicole is one of the best! She teaches true classical Pilates and has successfully helped me to rehabilitate a hip injury in addition to strengthening my body. I can not recommend her more!
 
-Alexis R.
 
Nicole is an amazing Pilates Instructor. Her passion for the Authentic work of Joseph Pilates and her dedication to her clients’ progress and wellness is evident in her lessons and the energy she brings to every space she teaches in. Highly, highly recommend Nicole!
 
-Kerri B.

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Why Pilates?

Movement Heals Each apparatus offers a gamut of benefits which including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things lead to better posture, efficient movement, relief from back pain, effortless flow through daily lifestyle. This method will build strength throughout the entire body and even support mind/ body connection. Pilates is great for strengthening and …

Contrology

The 6 principals Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow These six principles are the foundation of the Pilates approach to an exercise form originally called “Contrology”. Joseph Pilates called this regimen “Contrology,” meaning ‘the science of control’. This method practiced faithfully holds the key to achieving numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity, circulation throughout, while …

Contact

Nicole has a lovely studio located in Philadelphia, PA. She is also available for workshops/ privates and subbing opportunities in studios all over the world. Including privately in your home via zoom, google hangouts or FaceTime/ WhatsApp.

You may contact her using the form below or call 215-385-3004

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