Emily Iva Floyd is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University (FSU). She is a Gyrotonic® Level 1 and Pilates Instructor here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. From 2016 to 2017, Emily worked at Body Balance Institute in Jacksonville, Florida as a full time instructor where she taught both Pilates and Gyortonic®. She has experience working with multiple populations from teenagers to 60+ and also has worked with many clients both pre-op and post-op. She has a love for teaching private sessions, duets, trios, and classes.
At Body Balance Institute, she spent some time serving as an Apprentice where she had the opportunity to work closely with Balanced Body Pilates Master Trainers, Kristen Sullivan, Cheryl Forehand, and Vicki Sullivan. She has also worked with Gyrotonic® Master Trainers, Anjali Austin and Billy Macagnone.
Emily’s background in teaching dance and working with injured dancers is primarily what brought her to study the Pilates and Gyrotonic Method. Throughout college, Emily took an interest in Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Science. She continued her studies alongside ProfessorTom Welsch and Anjali Austin. After college, she lived in New York City for three years where she worked as Student Wellness Counselor and Residence Hall Director for the Joffrey Ballet School. She has danced professionally with company Jee Ahn + Dancers and Spaces of Fontana and worked with choreographer Jenifer Archibald during “Voices & Visions Workshop” at The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. Throughout the years, Emily has taught dance in New York City and throughout North Florida community. She has completed intensive dance study with NobleMotion Dance Company, Parsons Dance Company, Keigwin + Company, and also the American Dance Festival. On the side, Emily enjoys working as a freelance photographer and traveling!
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The possibility and awareness that the practice gives our bodies both inside and outside the studio, provides us with the tools to change our habits and strengthen our weak areas. Pilates can truly bring joy back into movement for many people and the mind/body connection of Pilates can be pure magic, if you let it be so!