The Cornerstone Studio Fitness program was developed in 2014 by Fitness Director Nick Robinson (BPHE, MSc Exercise Science & Kinesiology). Nick developed his strength and conditioning philosophy using his education and experience as a professional dancer, as well as from his Exercise Science & Kinesiology studies. As a strength and conditioning specialist with decades of experience, Nick delivers effective results to a variety of prominent cliental, including Olympic athletes, elite dancers, TV actors and stunt performers. Nick works at the Canadian Sport Institute as a Strength & Conditioning Coach, assisting in building and delivering world-class conditioning programs for high performance athletes, to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances. Among training many of the top dancers in Canada, Nick’s clients also include Canadian Olympic Ice Dancers Paul Poirier and Piper Gilles, competitors of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Peyongchang, Skate Canada International, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Finals, among others.
Cornerstone Owner/Director Lauren Cook, and Studio Manager Caitlin Amodeo, are the directors of Alias Dance Project, a Toronto-based contemporary dance company. The Cornerstone Studio is the permanent home for the company. Alias’ mission is to create platforms for collaboration, professional performances in alternative spaces, opportunities to foster artistic development in youth, and the building of communities.
The dance artists of Alias work in alternative cross training techniques to support the physical demands of their highly athletic dance works. The vision of the Cornerstone fitness program has always been to share Alias’ own various cross training approaches with the Gerrard East community. Under the apprenticeship of Fitness Director Nick Robinson, The Cornerstone Studio today remains a vital community hub for superior athletic training within in a supportive, inclusive environment.
During Nick’s 5 years of leading Cornerstone’s fitness program, he accredited Cornerstone’s instructors to teach and share his carefully designed program with the Cornerstone community. Through our team’s extensive professional dance careers and wealth of movement knowledge, our group classes are lead with the same integrity and attentiveness that is put into our own professional athletic training.