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Jane's Story

Hello I'm Jane..

I am wife to Graham, the most amazing former principal dancer of The Royal Ballet Ballet Company and superb ballet teacher. I am also Mum to my hugely inspiring and incredibly dedicated Olympic sailor son Dylan,  as well as my cheeky little Jack Russell terrier Hugo, who cannot go without a mention.

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

As a ballet dancer, Pilates was definitely part of my everyday life. I practiced it throughout my entire professional career - and have done ever since I hung up my tutu, tiara and 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 my son arrived and how it helps with all those niggling aches and pains that seem to go hand in hand with more birthdays. I have had many of those now!

I have plenty of practical knowledge and experience of the different Pilates teaching methods of today, ranging from classical Pilates, right through to more modern and contemporary approaches such as Body Control Pilates. I really enjoy upholding the tradition of Joseph Pilate's original work, as well as being more creative and adding more variety.

My approach to teaching Pilates:

I love Pilates, and as a former ballerina I decided to use my knowledge and experience to develop a way of teaching Pilates that creates continuous flowing movement, and where time just flies by during class. I have a particular focus on:

  • Developing a confidently upright, tall and poised posture
  • Quality of movement and technique
  • Continuous flowing movements
  • Extending and lengthening through the legs, arms and body to help build long, strong and lean muscles 
  • Class content that flows and is carefully planned  
  • Helping you to look better, feel better, more energised - and most of all ENJOY exercise!

Unlike some large Pilates studios, there is nothing impersonal when you join me. Classes are welcome and friendly and it is a huge privilege for me to see the amazing difference and improvement in the way all of my class members move and feel after coming to classes.

My Pilates training:

Following my professional career as a ballerina and a subsequent life in corporate Learning and Development, I trained and qualified with a nationally accredited and award winning Pilates training organisation to Pilates Level 3 (advanced level) 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 get in touch with me directly via my contact page. I will look forward to hearing from you.  

Jane's Story