Our Instructors

April Nolan

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.

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Dina Badawy

Dina’s Bio Coming Soon

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Helen Beach

Helen is orginally from Rochester, NY and has been residing in Charlotte, NC since 2002. Her love and passion for dance started with her mother, who opened her own dance studio when Helen was a baby, and taught youth dance classes for many years. She holds a BS degree in Mathematics from State University of New York at Fredonia, and a Post-Graduate degree in Management and Marketing from University of College Cork in Ireland. She also studied abroad in Australia. 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 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. She 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 mountain of fun and happiness by keeping healthy and fit through the joy of movement.

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Saliima Flanigan

Saliima has been teaching dance to all ages for over 15  years and has her BA in Dance.  She is the Director of "Aloha in Motion" Dance Company whose mission is to Malama/take good care of the land, the people, and each other through music and movement from around the world.  The company performs and teaches at local festivals, schools, and private events.  Saliima danced throughout her childhood in the Middle East and in her public schools in Durham, NC.  She went on to study Dance at UNC Greensboro for 3 years where she studied Modern, Ballet, Jazz, African, Brazilian, Contact Improvisation, Choreography, and Dance Education. Saliima spent the next 10 years traveling, teaching, performing, and choreographing Hip Hop, Swing, Latin, Ballroom, & Hawaiian dance styles.  She currently teaches Kids Dance/Acrobatics, Latin Dance, Swing Dance, Wedding Dances, Hula/Pacific Island Dance, and Praise/Worship dance in Charlotte, NC.  Saliima enjoys partner dancing with her husband and her son.  She fills her classes with laughter and fun movement that makes beginners and experienced dancers feel comfortable and at ease during their learning process.  For more information about Saliima  visit www.saliimadance.com

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Mikaela Laxton

Mikaela’s Bio Coming Soon

Jackie O’Toole

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.

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Anna Warren

Anna was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and is finishing her studies at the UNCC school of Business (on track to graduate in the spring of 2020) majoring in Business Marketing. Although she works and attends school full time, she manages to find time to practice her Vinyasa flow in and out of the studio. She has been practicing yoga for 2 years and aspires to learn more and more flow patterns and poses every day she steps on her mat. You will find Anna managing MoveStudio’s front desk and moving in class!

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Allie Wilhelm

Originally from Salisbury, NC, Allie grew up in Kansas City where she pursued her dance training. From the age of eight years old, she danced both recreationally and competitively and eventually began teaching tumbling and dance. She is currently attending the University of North Carolina Charlotte to pursue a business degree. Allie is a firm believer that you make your own happiness and aspires to bring a smile to everyone she comes in contact with. When she isn’t in the studio you can find her in the sun listening to John Mayer!

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