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Nicky Taylor Steward
Nicky Taylor Steward has taught Pilates and functional movement for 19 years and been a teacher trainer for the past 10 years. In 2012 she met and began studying with Deborah Lessen. In the summer of 2017 Nicky was invited by Deborah to teach under her lineage and in 2018 began assisting Deborah in workshops. Nicky was named Program Director of Deborah Lessen Pilates in 2019.
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 life-style. I loveteaching and being a part of the process that enables someone to take ownership for changing, bettering themselves.
Liz graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in May of 2000. Following a running injury in 2003, Liz began Pilates and discovered how valuable it was to her then 24-year-old body. She completed the full STOTT Pilates certification in 2005 and launched the first MIDTOWN Pilates program. She worked eight years as a manager and instructor before diving into oneBody studio and focusing only on her Pilates education and training.
After attending several Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Conferences, Liz joined the PMA organization as a member and a certified instructor. Her Pilates journey now includes several workshops and study from Deborah Lessen Pilates, the McEntire Pilates Arcus training, as well as the Healthy Mom’s Prenatal and Post-natal certification.
When Liz is not teaching in the studio she enjoys running, volunteering at her children’s school, baking and training her new Labrador puppy, Piper Jane
Lauren is very excited to join the team of instructors at oneBody! Lauren has a background in classical ballet. She performed as a trainee with the Cleveland Ballet, The Pennsylvania Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Lauren completed her 200 hour yoga certification through YogaView in Chicago in 2014. She completed her barre certification through Exhale in 2017 in New York City. She is currently completing her 500 hour comprehensive pilates training under Nicky Steward at oneBody. Lauren loves mind-body movement so much that she has traveled the world for it – participating in yoga retreats in Costa Rica, Ibiza and Bali. She is excited to share her experience and knowledge with you!
I am a graduate of the Chicago High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. I completed my undergrad at Middlebury in Vermont as a Posse scholar. I began my Pilates training at oneBody in 2015 while a junior in high school. I studied with Nicky Taylor Steward for two years and completed my training in 2017. I have been teaching at oneBody for four years and successfully passed the PMA certification exam in September 2017.
After being exposed through my dance education, I immediately fell in love with Pilates. I love helping people reach their full potential and goals, both physically and mentally. I am currently back home in Chicago, applying to physical therapy school. My background in dance and Pilates, combined with Physical Therapy will allow me to continue furthering my skills in order to help others attain healthy, functional bodies.
A native of Madison, WI, Imani English is a teaching apprentice at oneBody Studio. She graduated Valedictorian from the dance department of The Chicago High School for the Arts in 2014 where she studied Ballet, Pointe, and Modern dance. Upon graduation, Imani joined a local dance company, DanceWorks Chicago, where she toured nationally and internationally as a professional dancer. That following year, Imani began the pursuit of her career as a Pilates teacher and joined the teacher training at oneBody Studio under the tutelage of Nicky Taylor Steward. In 2016, Imani relocated to Dallas, TX where she danced for Dallas Black Dance Theater. During that time, she also performed in the Dallas Theater Center’s production of Hairspray and as a principal dancer in The Dallas Opera’s Production of Samson & Dalila. Currently, Imani is working as a dance instructor throughout the Chicagoland area and continues her training with Nicky Taylor Steward at oneBody in Chicago as well as The Pilates Garage in Denver, CO.