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Jo Higlett - Studio Founder

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) 

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Ellis Fitzherbert
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) 

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Lucy Harley
Adult Ballet 

 

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.

QUALIFICATIONS: BA (Hons) RAD | RTS | LRAD | RAD Advanced 2 Ballet | ISTD Intermediate (Tap and Modern) | Level 2 ETM | First Aid: in Schools, at Work, Paediatric + Emergency | Enhanced DBS check

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Phillippa Peak
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.

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Marcia Middleton
Pilates

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

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Tom Piggott
TRX + Sweat + Strength 

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 |

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Alice Trow
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 |

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Rachel Turford
Pilates

 

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 |

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Jenni Cunniffe
Yoga + Running

A keen marathon runner and cyclist; Jenni is passionate about using yoga to enhance sports performance - be it training for a race or getting the most out of your weekly jogs. She currently mixes teaching at traditional studios with leading groups at the local running and rowing clubs as well as primary and secondary schools.

Jenni discovered yoga 5 years ago when working full time as a clothing designer and training for long distance running events in her spare time. She then completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course at The House of Yoga in 2015, fuelled by a desire to share her enthusiasm and the benefits she was feeling from her practice with others. Not only did yoga help her improve her strength and flexibility, but she loved the philosophical and spiritual approach to the asana practice. Her aim in teaching yoga is to create a safe space for all students. A place where they are encouraged to be themselves, letting go of personal judgment or comparison with others. Jenni is also proud to be an England Athletics Coach.

QUALIFICATIONS: 200 hr RYT | EA Coach | PT

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Cat Kuhl
Yoga

Cat took her first yoga class one hot afternoon as a teenager after school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia almost 20 years ago. Yoga came and went, but in one way or another has stuck with her ever since . In the end it has become a huge part of her life, helping her to ground, become calmer, stronger, and more balanced in body and mind.

In 2016, she completed her 500hr YA US certified Teacher Training under Stewart Gilchrist, whom she also did her 200hr YA US certified training in 2012.

She teaches dynamic Power Vinyasa and Slow Flow (a class that brings together a strong vinyasa flow and more restorative and yin style poses), incorporating variations to engage all levels of practitioners, always focussing on the breath whilst bringing attention to going beyond just the physical yoga asana practice – the part we often get caught up in!

QUALIFICATIONS : 500 hr RYT

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Katy Dent
Yoga

Having practised yoga for many years, Katy decided to become a teacher in order to pass on the many wonderful benefits to others. She trained extensively with the British Wheel of Yoga, qualifying in 2008 and also completed her Pregnancy Yoga teacher training with respected teacher Uma Dinsmore-Tulli in 2010.

In recent years she has become increasingly aware of how important it is to move with ease in order to create space as well as strength in your body and mind. This sense of ease and lightness is encouraged in her Vinyasa Flow classes.

She recently completed the Strala Intensive training with Tara Stiles and Mike Taylor and is currently taking the Strala 100 hour training module to further her understanding of this beautiful approach.

QUALIFICATIONS :  British Wheel of Yoga | Strala Yoga | Pre + Post Natal

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Lisa Mac
Barre

After 3 years training at The Urdang Academy of Ballet and Performing Arts, Lisa worked as a professional dancer for over 15 years. After a great deal of travelling she based herself in London; working on the commercial dance scene. She then went into choreography and taught Street dance.

In 2014 she was introduced to Barre and loved it so much that she trained to be an instructor. It seemed like the best way for her to maintain a strong, long and lean body as well as incorporate some of her dance training. She has worked with many clients during the past couple of years and it's always great to see how Barre can really change their bodies; proving that these exercises really do work!

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Fatema Ali
Sweat + Swing

Fatema has always loved fitness and sport. At university she started a running club, continuing to run for several years. She has also achieved a green belt in kick boxing; travelling to Thailand to improve her technique. 

She discovered weight training in her 30's and has never looked back, taking a short break to become a full time mum. Her achievements to date have been to deadlift 112kg and squat 75kg!

She loves the feeling of being strong; both mentally and spiritually and has changed careers from pharmacy to fitness training in order to encourage and inspire others similarly.

In class she empowers clients with an "I can" and "I will" attitude and is excited about creating a community of powerful like-minded people who lift each other up.