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 Summit Studio, teaches classical Pilates true to the original method that Joseph Pilates developed. She has spent more than half her life teaching Pilates, certifying new instructors, and learning something from every student along the way. Over the years she has introduced countless clients to the power of healing of classical Pilates. She now enjoys traveling around the world to provide instructor training and ensure the legacy of the original teachings. April started teaching in 1997 after becoming certified through the program of Romana Kryzanowska, direct protégé of Joseph Pilates. The program included hands-on instruction by Romana, as well as instruction from other highly-regarded “torchbearers” in the direct Joseph Pilates lineage: Sari Mejia Santo, daughter of Romana, dubbed a “Pilates baby” by Joseph Pilates; Dorothee VandeWalle, a protégé of Romana’s, internationally-renowned Pilates teacher of the classical Pilates method, and founder of the M.A.T. Pilates Teacher Certification; Lori Coleman-Brown, a protégé of Romana’s and co-founder of Pilates Seattle International; Lauren Stephen who studied under Romana and Sari, and co-founded Pilates Seattle International. After certification, April worked in Los Angles, with Mari Winsor for 3 years before moving to Sun Valley, Idaho, where she opened a studio and training center affiliated with Dorothee VandeWalle and the M.A.T. Pilates Teacher Certification program. In 2009 she and her family moved to Portland, Oregon where she opened Urban Pilates. Here, she continued to teach classical Pilates and maintained the M.A.T. certification training center, while April also serving as a Teacher Trainer, helping guide and certify new instructors. April is now back in her hometown of Hood River, Oregon, providing a studio where the focus is, learning, empowering each individual, and redefining what it means to be successful in her clients and students day-to-day movements. Here, she teaches with the same holistic “Balanced Body” intent professed by Joseph Pilates. My mission is to bring a positive approach to movement and help guide all body types to their fitness Pilates goals with the influence of the original method of Joseph Pilates.

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