Jo began dancing aged 2; a love of creativity and performance was instantly sparked, followed swiftly by a fascination with the human body and all it is capable of.
After years of training, dancing and teaching; she discovered Pilates in 2007. Starting out as a reformer teacher, she was inspired to deepen her understanding of the method and began a mat work qualification with Body Control Pilates. Adding this to her dance teaching, she founded Clifford Studios in 2012.
Jo is committed to constantly updating her knowledge by attending a variety of classes and courses, including small equipment, HIP™ Pilates and most recently Springboard Pilates. She finds Pilates exercises invaluable to her dance teaching and was delighted to discover Barre in 2015. This low impact but high intensity class combines both her passions (dance + Pilates), and, after a long break due to injury, allowed her to start running again.
In 2017 Jo was thrilled to be asked to join The LB Pilates Academy for Teachers as Principle Teacher Trainer for HIP™ Pilates.
She has also completed two marathons and loves to practice yoga and HIIT training to complement her teaching. She tries to visit NYC at least once a year to try new exercise classes and is vegan.
QUALIFICATIONS: Level 3 Body Control Mat Work | Equipment: Small Ball , Toning Circle, Spikey Balls + Foam Roller | Pregnancy 1+ 2 | Further Matwork | Pilates for Performance| Pilates for Dancers | HIP™ Pilates (High Intensity Power) | Springboard Pilates | BarreConcept Teacher Training (REP accredited)
Adult Tap + Barre
Ellis began dance training aged 3, studying Ballet, Tap, Modern + Jazz . She has appeared in numerous professional productions including the UK tour of Evita, Spiller’s Pantomimes (Junior and Senior dancer), Paper Moon Company (Music Hall at Leicester Square Theatre and Trafalgar Square), Kingston International Youth Arts Festival and the 100th anniversary gala performance of Wimbledon Theatre.
Ellis has been an assistant dance teacher since the age of 15, embarking on her official qualifications in 2014. She has now achieved her ISTD Diploma in Dance Education in both Modern and Tap; the latter being her passion.
Missing the discipline of Ballet, in 2017 Ellis added Barre teaching to her repertoire and loves combining adult classes with her timetable of children's classes. She especially loves teaching both parents and children tap so they can practise at home together!
QUALIFICATIONS: ISTD Diploma in Dance Education (Modern + Tap) | BarreConcept Teacher Training (REP accredited)
Adult Ballet + DDMix
Lucy discovered a love for dancing at a young age; training and passing exams in Tap, Modern and Jazz. Ballet however has always been her favourite and 2014 she was delighted to graduate from the BA (Hons) Ballet Education course at the Royal Academy of Dance.
Due to her connections at the RAD, when Patron Darcey Bussell launched her DDMix classes, Lucy was asked to trial the training and as such, was one of the first teachers in the country to qualify.
Since September 2017 Lucy has divided her time between London and Oxfordshire as she was honoured to have been asked to take over the school she herself trained at as a child; the Kinecroft Academy of Dance.
Lucy is committed to developing and progressing the technique of her students at all levels, and finds encouraging enjoyment and creativity in both children and adults extremely rewarding.
Rebecca has been practising yoga for just over 10 years and is a 200hr Yoga Alliance Certified yoga teacher; training under the amazing Erin Prichard at The Power Yoga Company in London.
Her classes link dynamic movements and poses to the breath, and will build strength and flexibility whilst quietening the mind. She will also throw some yoga philosophy in. The classes can be challenging but she will always offer variations and welcome anyone to the mat.
Rebecca has recently finished a PhD in Geography, which looked at biofuel production in India. On her research trips to India she discovered my true passion lay in yoga and photography and so she is replacing the books for the mat and the camera. However, she sees her passion for yoga and her PhD as very much linked; she is interested and concerned in human-environment relations and how to live better lives for ourselves and everyone and everything around us, however that might look. Her yoga practice and teaching are supported by science, research, critical thinking, workshops and reading.
When she's not on the mat she enjoys a run on Tooting Common, loves a good book and a great coffee, she loves to travel, to be outside and all things yoga, photography and India related.
Barre + Yoga
Working as a professional actress and suffering back pain, Phillippa's life was changed when another actor showed her something he did with his body and mind. Such grace and fluidity she had never seen before. It was yoga.
From that moment on she travelled all over the world studying with who she could. She then took what she knew into her own classes as she began her journey of teaching .
Always interested in functional movement as well as the connection between movement and our relationship with ourselves; she was also drawn into teaching Pilates, Dancefit classes, HIIT classes and finally the beautiful Barre in all its forms.
Phillippa has taught for most studios in London from Triyoga and KX Kensington, to Gymbox and the cool east London FRAME; where she opened their second centre in Queens Park.
She was also senior teacher trainer for the Broga teacher training UK programme and teaches at companies in the city. In addition, she advises companies on pitch presentation and body language with her private clients including actors who are preparing for the stage.
Phillippa caters for everyBODY and hopes to inspire and challenge with her classes; taking her clients beyond what they think they can do so they can leave with a charged body and a chilled mind.
If she can make a difference in a person's day, even with a giggle, then she feels she has done her job as a teacher.
Marcia is a health and fitness enthusiast and has always been very active and sporty. After sustaining a back injury she started practicing Pilates 15 years ago. Hugely impressed with her recovery she decided to train as a teacher and help others to move better and feel stronger.
Marcia is passionate and knowledgeable with an uplifting energy that empowers and motivates, inspiring clients to look after their bodies through correct movement. She originally trained with Alan Herdman; qualifying in classical and remedial Pilates. She then went on to further her training with Body Control Pilates where she has attended numerous courses and gained her Master Teacher qualification in 2014.
She continues her Pilates education with the Lisa B Academy where she attends workshops and retreats and has trained in HIP Pilates (High Intensity Power) and Springboard.
Marcia has run her own private studio for 10 years specialising in reformer classes and is now delighted to be joining Clifford Studios as a mat work and Springboard teacher.
QUALIFICATIONS : Master Teacher (Body Control Pilates)|Advanced Matwork |Advanced Reformer|Cadillac| Chair| Pre/Post Pregnancy|Back Rehabilitation|Pilates Equipment: Small Ball, Toning Circle, Foam Roller |HIP Pilates |Springboard| Barrework | REP accredited |BCPA accredited |Alan Herdman Accredited
Tom has always been a keen sportsperson; winning a scholarship to his secondary school based on his football and hockey skills.
A back injury and his career choice of graphic design meant exercise was no longer a priority until he discovered Pilates in 2011.
This reignited his passion for movement and, in the ensuing years, he has completed the first of the Spartan Trifecta races, several 10k's and a half marathon.
In 2016 he discovered TRX and, enjoying it so much; decided to qualify as teacher in 2017.
Tom's goal is to improve his flexibility and he is passionate about cooking; becoming vegan in 2016.
QUALIFICATIONS : Level 2 Fitness Instructing (YMCA Fit) | Specialism : Suspension Training |
Barre + Yoga
Alice discovered yoga in 2011 and initially felt an instant connection to the physical practice. In 2014, after graduating from drama school, Alice decided to undergo an intensive yoga teacher training course in Ecuador with YogaLondon.
She soon became more curious about the spirituality of yoga and it's history, and loved everything she learned. Through yoga she found the ability to calm her busy mind and discovered the profound beauty of stillness through meditation. She became more grounded, closer to finding her true self and achieved a more balanced lifestyle.
Alice wants to share her experiences and grow as a practitioner through teaching. This she does at a variety of studios across London including Blok + Frame.
Being a professional actress and coming from a heavy dance background, Alice uses her performance skills to conduct an entertaining and engaging class, adding Barre teaching to her repertoire in the last few years.
QUALIFICATIONS: 500 hr RYT | Pre + Post Natal |
Rachel is a British-born, Sydney-trained Pilates instructor who fell for Pilates 10 years ago. She spent most of her teenage years in a leotard doing gymnastics and ballet. It was these passions that made her appreciate the human body when it is strong and supportive enough to allow you to move, dance, play sport and simply walk effortlessly and elegantly.
Work in the corporate world of advertising in London introduced her to the regular ailments of office life; lower back pain, stiff neck and shoulders, poor posture and lack of body strength. After 5 years in London practicing Pilates for her own personal benefit, the desire to learn more, combined with a move to Australia, prompted her to qualify.
Rachel's classes are fast flowing and challenging. She takes particular care at the beginning of each session to ensure that clients are reminded of the fundamentals of Pilates so that they get the most out of each class.
QUALIFICATIONS : Fundamentals & Matwork (Elixr School of Pilates) | Advanced Reformer (Stott) | Ante/Post Natal (Elixr School of Pilates) | Fitness Institute Australia Cert III Fitness | Props (Elixr School of Pilates) | REP Accredited |