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.
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 of 2011, I met Deborah Lessen at the PMA conference. The following spring, I began a mentor ship 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 Deborah Lessen Pilates and look forward to continuing the journey.
- Chicago School of Massage Therapy
- Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis
- McEntire Pilates Teacher & Teacher Trainer (2006-2014)
- Deborah LessenTeacher, Workshop Assistant, Program Director (2014-current)
- Nutrition Therapy Institute (certification to be completed fall of 2020)