I first came across Pilates when I was 13 at a dance summer school in Chichester. At 16 years old I went to dance college in London and that’s when I really started to learn Pilates, it really helped me to gain the strength to do the ballet that I loved, and helped to sculpt my body, especially giving me the core strength that is so important for dancers.
My teacher, Conchita Del Campo…
at London Studio Centre, saw how much I liked the exercises and, thinking I would be a good teacher, decided to train me up so that I could take over her classes while she was on holiday! The classes included mat work and studio work including the reformer and cadilac.
At this time Pilates had just started to become more mainstream, rather than just for celebrities and dancers, so I decided to do another course – Body Control Pilates.
After training I went on to teach a number of classes in London whilst waiting for my first professional dance job. After that, I balanced my time between teaching Pilates and dancing all over the world.
There is no doubt Pilates has helped me to stay injury free during tough dancing tours.
After retiring from dancing
I set up my Pilates classes in the local area in 2008 starting with just two classes and now I have 14!
I am a member of the Body Control Pilates Association and frequently attend BCPA training courses to increase my skill set and keep up to date with the latest advice so that i can pass it on to my clients. I am a REPs level 4 Lower Back Pain specialist instructor, a Diastasis Recti Recovery specialist and I have done courses in small equipment including bands, small balls, Big balls, weighted balls, foam rollers and rings; also courses in standing Pilates, older person Pilates, antenatal and postnatal, and bone health.
I am currently working towards my level 4 qualification. Courses that I am hoping to take soon will be the Breast cancer recovery programme and Jenny Burrell’s women’s health.
I like you to feel that you are not just coming to a class but joining a group and making new friends!
I like to keep my clients on their toes by bringing in different equipment to class each week and no two classes will be the same. The clients that have been with me for years don’t get bored!