Jo Higlett - Pilates & Barre
Jo trained as a dancer, discovering Pilates in 2007. A firm believer in the philosophy ‘if you’re not sweating, it’s not hard enough’, she initially practised reformer Pilates only, believing mat work to be too gentle. However, whilst training to teach reformer Pilates, she reluctantly tried out a mat work class. To her surprise she found that exercises on the mat, performed with correct placement of the body, were equally if not more challenging than utilising a machine; the pulleys, weights + springs sometimes masking incorrect technique, especially in beginners.
Whilst she still loves sweating it out on the reformer (and gets to do so whilst teaching BarreConcept ), she was converted and immediately began training for a mat work qualification with Body Control Pilates. She finds Pilates exercises invaluable to her dance teaching.
QUALIFICATIONS: Level 3 Body Control Mat Work | Small Ball + Toning Circle | Pregnancy 1+ 2 | Spikey Balls | Further Matwork | Pilates for Performance| Pilates for Dancers | HIP™ Pilates (High Intensity Power) | BarreConcept Teacher Training (REP accredited) |
Lucy Harley - Adult Ballet + DDMix
Born in Oxfordshire, Lucy discovered a love for dancing at a young age, training and passing exams in Tap, Modern and Jazz. However Ballet has always been her real passion and in 2011 she was delighted to be accepted onto the BA (Hons) Ballet Education course at the Royal Academy of Dance.
Throughout her training, Lucy was employed at various schools across London where she gained invaluable experience teaching children from the age of two, up to adults. Having graduated and gained Registered Teachers Status, she has continued her work at these schools, and many more, as a qualified teacher.
Although she predominantly teaches RAD ballet, she is also in demand for freestyle Jazz and non-syllabus classes and runs children’s dance parties, with varying themes, for all ages. Lucy also works for the RAD as both a teacher and administrator. She is involved in the running and teaching of workshops, summer schools, shows and exams within this prestigious and world-renowned institution.
Lucy is committed to developing and progressing the technique of her students at all levels, and finds encouraging enjoyment and creativity in her pupils 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 | DDMix Instructor
Ellis Fitzherbert - Adult Tap
Ellis began her training aged 3, studying Ballet, Tap, Modern + Jazz (in her later years being taught by Miss Jo). During this time, alongside studying the ISTD + RAD syllabuses, she appeared in numerous professional productions. These included 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 teacher since the age of 15, embarking on her official teaching qualifications in 2014. She has now achieved her ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction in both Modern and Tap and is continuing to further her teaching qualifications at DanceTeachers Inc.
Alice Trow - Yoga + Barre
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 a more balanced and happier lifestyle.
Alice wants to share her experiences and grow as a practitioner through teaching which she does at various studios across London. Being a professional actress and coming from a heavy dance background, Alice uses her performance skills to conduct an entertaining and engaging class.
QUALIFICATIONS: 500 hrs | Certified by the Yoga Alliance