MoveStudio Charlotte specializes in Pilates and dance It is our mission to promote the joy of movement through high quality instruction, group fitness and dance classes for adults and youth, workshops, special events, private lessons and studio rentals. We are proud of our qualified, well-trained instructors, beautiful studios, and down-to-earth personalities. For more detailed information, please see the variety of services we offer listed below.
We look forward to seeing you at Move!
“Thank you for the care and concern you gave to them during class and in preparation for their showcase. I was so moved by the safe space and encouragement that was provided to all of the dancers during the performances, knowing it was building a healthy and positive self-concept and boosting confidence for each of the dancers.”
-Aundrea, Youth Student’s Mom
“I had my final dance lesson before my wedding with my Dad last night and I just wanted to let you know how thrilled we all are with the lessons we had at your studio. We feel totally prepared and the lessons have really taken a lot of pressure off the big wedding dances so that we can actually enjoy them---it's fantastic.”
-Lauren, New Bride
“Everyone loved your choreography, and I hope we can work with you again next year. I can't thank you enough for your hard work with our kids. They had a blast and learned so much! Thank you again! Without your choreography, it would not have been anywhere near as good a show! Especially the nightmare scene! My plans were SO BAD! You saved that number”
-Dave, High School Drama Teacher
Available for dance and fitness related events, both of our studios have sprung hard wood floors, mirrors and sound systems. Let us help you launch that fitness business, promote your next choreographic masterpiece, or practice for that upcoming showcase. We are committed to providing a safe space where all artists can hone their craft.
April is the Founder/Director of MoveStudio Charlotte and an instructor of both youth and adult classes in Pilates, acrobatics, creative movement and partner dance. She began her dance career as a toddler and continued training and performing into adulthood. She received most of her training from the University of Georgia where she obtained her BBA and dance minor in 1999 and her MBA in 2006. Specializing in ballroom dance, April has performed with, choreographed for and managed several dance companies, including the University of Georgia Ballroom Performance Group (Director, 2002-2006) and Contact Dance (Founder, Director, 2001-2006), both in Athens, Georgia. Her choreography has been performed on both national and international stages. A Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher, April enjoys training students in group mat classes and personal equipment training sessions. She is thrilled to bring the best of all her movement worlds together under one roof! When not dancing or practicing Pilates, April can likely be found on her yoga mat, traveling, boating, or hanging with her husband and two children at home in Charlotte, NC.
Helen is orginally from Rochester, NY and has been residing in Charlotte, NC since 2002. When Helen was just a baby, her mother opened her own dance studio, and taught youth dance classes for many years until she retired the studio when Helen was a young girl. Helen's love and passion for dance started with her mother, but it has been with her ever since as she continues to take various dance classes along her journey in life. Helen holds a BS degree in Mathematics from State University of New York at Fredonia, and obtained her Post-Graduate degree in Management and Marketing from University of College Cork in Ireland before backpacking through Europe for the Summer. She also studied abroad in Australia and travelled to New Zealand. Helen was chosen as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar of Goodwill, and was awarded a position through the Walt Disney World College Program where she had the opportunity to work and play everyday with Mickey Mouse! Today, Helen is an Assistant Preschool Teacher at Plaza Presbyterian Weekday School and is also a Fitness Trainer at YMCA and Beyond Excellence. Some of her greatest achievements, besides being a proud mother to her ten-year-old daughter, is holding a second-degree black belt in Tai Kwon-Do and competing internationally and receiving the bronze medal in sparring at the TKD World Cup competition. Helen also loves to hike and successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa back in '08. She hopes to climb more big summits in the future, but for now she is happy and content teaching little ones how they can climb to the top of their own mountain of fun and happiness by keeping healthy and fit through the joy of movement.
Jackie O’Toole was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA where she began her formal dance training. She received her B.A. in Dance and B.A. in Communications from Coker College. She received her M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University. Ms. O’Toole’s choreography has been presented in venues including the Cloud Dance Festival in London, the White Wave Festivals in New York City, and the American College Dance Association Festivals. She has set choreography on the dance programs at West Chester University, Winthrop University and was on the dance faculty at the American Music and Dramatic Academy’s Los Angeles campus (AMDA). Ms. O’Toole received her certification in Lester Horton Technique through the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She is currently a member of Bodiogragraphy Contemporary Ballet’s Charlotte Company. Ms. O’Toole was chosen as a fellow for the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Minority Serving Institution’s Inaugural program “ELEVATE”. She is the resident choreographer for Carowinds Amusement Park. Ms. O’Toole serves on the board of the Charlotte Dance Festival and is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Johnson C. Smith University. She is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance.
Tevin was born in King Mountain, NC, and has been dancing since he was a child. He specializes in Freestyle, but he loves to learn and adapt to multiple styles. He ventured into the professional side of dance through local Charlotte studios like Dance District, Fuzion Force, and Beyond Dance Project. Throughout the years, he’s performed with local artists and has also toured The States, performing on grand theatre stages. He is also a member of the professional team, the Charlotte Hornets Hive Crew. From doing flash mobs to being in music videos, he loves what he has the opportunity to express.
“Never stop doing what you love!!”