“I was inspired to become a Pilates instructor when I started seeing the positive influence it had on my life. Not only was I healing my body, I was happy. Once I was comfortable enough I started asking questions about other (Pilates) exercises I could do or how I could improve. I discovered so much joy in my own journey that I decided I wanted to share this joy with others.”
Tell me about yourself
My name is Jordan Casanova. I’m from Chino Hills, California. I’m a professional dancer and singer.
When did you first encounter Pilates?
I first encountered Pilates with Sharmila. I remember taking dance class at Dance Precisions and hearing nothing but good things about how she changes bodies for the better. I knew I needed to meet her. After my first class with her I was hooked. Not only did she heal and teach me so much about my body, she inspired my spirit. I’ve been one of her biggest fans ever since.
What inspired you to become a Pilates instructor?
I was inspired to become a Pilates instructor when I started seeing the positive influence it had on my life. Not only was I healing my body, I was happy. Once I was comfortable enough I started asking questions about other exercises I could do or how I could improve. I discovered so much joy in my own journey that I decided I wanted to share this joy with others.
What has surprised you about being a Pilates apprentice?
The biggest surprise I discovered about being a Pilates apprentice is it is not as easy as it looks. Yes, you take Pilates. Yes, you might be extremely advanced. But it is a whole different element breaking down each exercise and learning how to teach them to other people.
When you are just taking a class, you are so used to just getting on a reformer and going. When’s the last time you had to actually break down a specific exercise series for someone safely without hurting them? The time and work you put into it has to be completely focused. Always.
What is your favorite Pilates exercise so far?
My favorite Pilates exercise by far would have to be “Roll up.” I love that the exercise, it lengthens your spine, works on deepening your core, and stretches your hamstrings.
What do you plan on doing once you become a certified instructor?
Once I’m certified I want to take what I learn with me and settle in New York. I want to be on Broadway and continue teaching Pilates. I find New York is the place I could make both dreams a reality.
Why did you choose to get certified at Core Arts?
I chose to get certified at Core Arts for many reasons. First, it’s true when they say, “there’s no place like home.” I’ve been taking class with Core Arts for about five years now; it’s a safe place for me. I feel comfortable and confident when I walk through that door. I feel that’s a key factor in choosing where you want to get certified. Second, Sharmila is an inspiration. She is classically trained by one of the best. She has created Body Strategies for Dancers which is a program tailored for dancers. Lastly, she is an amazing person. I want people to stop me while I teach and ask where I was trained because I’ve made an impact on them just like Core Arts has made on me.
How did the Pilates education at Core Arts prepare you for Wicked?
The Pilates education I’ve received has prepared me for Wicked in many ways. During each show, I’m faced with many different challenges. Wearing three-inch heels for three straight hours all while wearing a lopsided wig and asymmetrical costumes – a strong core is needed. Flipping upside down and flying across the stage in a harness – a strong core is needed. Most importantly injuries – eight shows a week with only one day off really takes a toll on your body. I’ve discovered that Pilates is one of the ways to save yourself from getting hurt.