A native of Fremont, California, Naomi Sailors trained for many years at Ballet San Jose School (later Silicon Valley Ballet School) and was an inaugural member of The New Ballet’s Studio Company under the direction of Dalia Rawson. While training with the Studio Company, she was introduced to the GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® methods by Shannon Bynum Adams, and fell in love with the work.
Naomi joined Menlowe Ballet in 2017, and was promoted to Company Artist the following year, always using the GYROTONIC® Method as a form of cross-training for better performance. There, she has enjoyed dancing featured roles in ballets such as Michael Lowe’s It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker and Upstream. In addition to dancing with Menlowe Ballet, she is the Ballet Master for The New Ballet Company and School, choreographing original works for their dancers and serving as ballet and contemporary dance faculty. Naomi co-founded and continues to choreograph for em(body) Dance Project, a ballet-based contemporary dance company performing in the South Bay. Additionally, she is a certified ABT National Training Curriculum instructor in Primary - Level 3.
Before becoming a GYROTONIC® trainer at Urban Body San Jose, Naomi was a dedicated client for many years. She has experienced firsthand the benefits of the system as a student and client in improving coordination, flexibility, strength, and muscle awareness in both dance and everyday life. Her goal is to help clients and dancers of all ages learn how to effectively and safely utilize their physical facility to achieve their goals.
Jennifer Wada took her first Pilates reformer session in 2004 and immediately fell in love. Though a dancer and athlete for many years, this was the first time learning how to properly engage the core muscles that can be so elusive. With Pilates as a new staple in her life, it became clear that instructor training would be the next step. In 2007, Ms. Wada studied with Turning Point Studios and Balanced Body University to teach Pilates mat, reformer and all apparatus. A comprehensive trainer in the Pilates method, Ms. Wada has been instructing since 2008 with a focus on private, duet and small group sessions for all levels. With an interest in stretching as well as strengthening, she helps clients develop a strong, well balanced body. Ms. Wada enjoys drawing from her experience in dance, athletics, and yoga to create a fun Pilates workout. Ms. Wada is a strong believer in cross-training and became Zumba certified in 2012. Pilates has been the key ingredient to living a healthier, more active life. She joined the Urban Body San Jose team in 2017 and teaches evenings and weekends upon request. Ms. Wada is a passionate animal lover and devoted mother and calls San Jose her home.