Think of us as your one-stop shop for Pilates, dance, barre, yoga and more! 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 and 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 young 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.
Amy Messer has been teaching movement and dance for many years. One of her biggest passions is children. Although she teaches all ages, she especially lights up with enthusiasm and joy while teaching children. Amy has two children of her own so she knows first hand the importance of early childhood education. She believes it is very important to learn and use the arts at a young age. Amy has been dancing since she could walk and has worked with well known choreographers such as: Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, and Twitch to name a few. Amy believes she should be continuously growing and has always said, “You can never be satisfied as a teacher, you should always be willing to learn, grow and follow.” Therefore she has continued to take classes and study in order to better her choreography. Amy is also involved in teaching music classes with her husband in the Charlotte area. Amy, an energetic and thriving entrepreneur, runs her own business and is now teaching classes in movement, dance, and gymnastics in several schools and Art Institutes in the Charlotte area. She has been a teacher at Open Door Studios for many years as well as other studios, private and public school systems. Amy is driven to spread her love of movement not only to all of Charlotte but surrounding areas as well. She always strives to work as hard as possible in all she does. Amy is full of life and her teaching abilities speak for themselves. Her goal is to be a role model both inside and outside of the classroom. Amy's MOTTO: You should never be content in your art. You always have room to learn, teach, and grow within in the walls of your art. Be who you are and teach from the heart.
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!!”
Tardiness: As a courtesy to your instructor and fellow students, please arrive to class on time. Of course, everyone is late sometimes! Latecomers will be allowed to participate at the instructor's discretion (i.e. the current exercise is safe to begin with no prior warm-up).
Food/Drink: No food or drink besides H2O is allowed in the studio. There is a water fountain in the lobby; feel free to bring your bottle and fill up!
Shoes: No street shoes on the dance floor. Please bring your dance shoes or sneakers and change into them before entering class.
Class Registration: Drop-ins are welcome, but we strongly encourage you to sign up for the class you intend to take online. This will ensure your space in class is reserved and that we know to contact you in the event of a cancellation All classes must have at least one online registrant to guarantee the class will take place as scheduled.
Weather Policy: We use the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Closing schedule as a starting guideline in making cancellation decisions due to inclement weather. However, we will use our best judgment and keep the safety of our staff and students our top priority, and expect you to do the same when considering how weather will affect your commute. Please refer to our social media pages for the latest information, and please be sure your contact information is up to date in our scheduling system so that we may contact you as necessary.
Cold and Flu: PLEASE do not attend classes if you are sick. Thank you for helping us to maintain a healthy environment at MoveStudio!