Gratz Gallery | April Tillman performing the Mermain exercise on the Wunda Chair

Image courtesy of April Tillman


"I can’t get enough of this exercise, I love opening and finding that stretch from my hip to my fingertips especially after a day of teaching..…ahhhh it’s such a treat!" - April Tillman


About April Tillman
April Tillman, Owner of Urban Pilates in Portland, Oregon is a native of the Pacific Northwest. April grew up with the understanding that a healthy lifestyle begins with physical movement. In 1997 April became certified through Romana Kryzanowska, protégé of Joseph Pilates, after experiencing the results and benefits of the Pilates discipline. April began her career working for Mari Winsor at Winsor Pilates in Santa Monica, CA. After Winsor Pilates, she moved to Sun Valley, ID where she helped facilitate the growth of Pilates. In 2009 she returned to Portland, OR and continued training with Dorothee VandeWalle of Metropolitan Pilates in Seattle, WA.

In 2015 April became a Teacher Trainer through the guidance of Dorothee VanderWalle and Metropolitan Pilates. She is currently teaching the basic and intermediate system workshops to Portland Pilates enthusiast. April takes her high energy and enthusiasm into everyday life and strives to bring the same energy, educated body awareness, and love of physical movement to each of her clients, employees, and apprentices.

April is forever a student of Classical Pilates and a forever teacher of The Method of Contrology.

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