Jo trained as a dancer, discovering Pilates in 2007. After starting out as a reformer teacher, she was inspired to deepen her understanding of the method and began training for a mat work qualification with Body Control Pilates. She is committed to constantly adding to and updating her knowledge by attending a variety of courses including small equipment, HIP™ and most recently Springboard.
Jo 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.
Jo has completed two marathons (London 2007 + Edinburgh 2017) and also loves yoga and HIIT training. 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)
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 with YogaLondon and in true 'you only live once' style, completed it in Ecuador.
She became more curious to the spirituality of yoga and it's history and loved everything she learned. 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.
Barre + Pilates
Barre + Yoga