Director's Note

Nikole Dowler has taught Pilates on the Central Coast since 2001 when she became fully certified in the Pilates method through the Physicalmind Institute. Her early dance training in Miami, FL exposed her to instructors from the Milwaukee Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. She taught and performed extensively before beginning her own Pilates studio in 2004 in San Luis Obispo. 
She recently completed her second certification through Balanced Body University's Bridge program and has been certified in Ballecore since 2004. She attended Florida State University where she received her teaching credential in English and Dance Education and taught dance in both public schools and private studios. 
Her continuing education includes courses from instructors Tom McCook, Elizabeth Larkam, Brent Anderson, The Pilates Center at Boulder, Jillian Hessel, Madeline Black amongst numerous others. She is currently working on her 200 hour Yoga Teaching Certification through Yogamaze and studying under Rocky Heron. 

Her love of movement inspires her classes where she focuses on challenging the core, building strength and improving alignment as well as gaining greater flexibility and balance. She aspires to teach students to "know their bodies better" by working from the inside out.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys (Jaydn,9 and Cassius,6).


Kasey Burqunder, Instructor
Kasey Burgunder was born and raised in SLO. She studied dance at the Academy of Dance, performed with the Civic ballet of SLO, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from UCSB. Besides continuing to practice dance and Pilates, Kasey is also an independent artist with her own jewelry line. She teaches PX Barre.

Lindsay Dilworth, Instructor
Lindsay Dilworth discovered Pilates while attending college at Chapman University as a Dance Performance major. She was certified in Stott Pilates in both Mat and Reformer. Her love of dance, science, and intelligent movement inform her work. She teaches PX Cardio Sculpt.

Marisa Fortini, Instructor

Amber Sandoval, Instructor
Amber Sandoval began her yoga training when she was faced with chronic injury in her knees after extensive training in gymnastics and wushu kung-fu. Afraid of losing her active lifestyle, she took to yoga and Pilates as physical therapy. She taught yoga in Hawaii for several years and attended the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in 2006. She teaches PX Flow-ilates.