A former dancer, Olivia has always been passionate and curious about movement. Her love for the method stems from the physicality of the work as strength training combined with the precise technique of dance. She was comprehensively trained under Melissa Kakavas + Jen Gianni in North Carolina through Balanced Body.
Olivia completed her Art + Design degree from NC State University. Following graduation, she settled in Raleigh, NC to work and create original artwork and prints. Knowing she ultimately wanted to have her own business one day, she became a Jane of All Trades by working for different small businesses (i.e. teaching for & managing a Wine + Design studio, building and refinishing vintage furniture, graphic design for a nail salon, & eventually starting her own LLC to continue selling her artwork and offer freelance design services).
Van Gogh said “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
Olivia always envisioned a multi-faceted career that would include teaching movement and creative work. She fell in love with Pilates and it surprised her how much it satisfied her creative needs as well. When she says “Teaching Pilates is the most artistic thing I’ve ever done” she really means “I’ve never known how to love people so well.” For her, Pilates is the space where science, art and dance all come together. It’s the space where she feels most human and the most capable of connecting with others. Her passion for making people feel seen and heard provides a unique experience for every client she works with. She has experience working with clients of all ages and skill levels. Her teaching experience has allowed her to develop thorough knowledge on soft tissue release work, disc injuries, muscular imbalances, hip/knee/ankle injuries, pre/post-natal Pilates, Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
Olivia is delighted with the continuous opportunity to learn within the world of movement. Every client she sees is an opportunity to learn and connect with her own body while helping individuals connect with their body and achieve well-being.