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Jane's Story

As a young girl from the age of 5, all I wanted to was to be a ballerina and dance! I finally realised my dream when, at 17 years old, I was offered a place with the English National Ballet Company. I was lucky enough to dance my very first role with the iconic male dancer of his time, Rudolf Nureyev.

As a ballet dancer, Pilates was part of my everyday life. I practiced it throughout my entire professional career - and have done ever since I hung up my pointe shoes. My whole inspiration to teach Pilates came from the huge benefits that it brought to me as a dancer, regaining fitness very quickly after pregnancy and how it helps with those niggling aches and pains that seem to go hand in hand with more birthdays!

I have extensive practical knowledge of different Pilates teaching methods ranging from classical Pilates, right through to today’s more modern and contemporary approaches such as Body Control Pilates. This means that I can uphold the tradition of Joseph Pilate's original work by including suitable classical exercises into my class content, as well as having the flexibility of being more creative by adding more variety and, importantly, being able to adapt very easily to differing needs and abilities.

My approach to teaching Pilates:

As a former ballerina I have used my knowledge and experience to develop a way of teaching Pilates that draws on a subtle, ballet inspired approach to executing the exercises. By coming to my classes you will find that I have a particular focus on:

  • Developing a confidently upright, tall and poised posture
  • Ensuring quality of movement and technique
  • Encouraging continuous flowing movements
  • Extending and lengthening through the legs, arms and body to help build long, strong and lean muscles - as opposed to shorter, tighter ones
  • Ensuring that my class content flows and is carefully planned  
  • Helping you to look better, feel better and more energised

It is also really important to me that my Pilates classes are enjoyable! Classes are certainly very friendly and social, and everyone gets that personal bit of attention when needed to make sure that the exercises I set are being done correctly to maximise the benefit. It really is a huge privilege for me to see the amazing difference and improvement in the way people move after only just a short time.

My Pilates training:

I trained and qualified with a nationally accredited and award winning Pilates training organisation to Pilates Level 3 (advanced) and I always work to a code of practice which governs teaching standards, professional ethics and continuing professional development.

To find out how you can enrol please go to the How to Enrol page where you will find more information.

Jane's Story