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) + HIP+ | Springboard Pilates (Ellie Herman Pilates) | BarreConcept Teacher Training (REP accredited) | Springboard 1 (LB Pilates Academy for Teachers) | TRX Suspension Training Course (TRX UK) | Pilates Principles: Complete Classical Matwork (LB Pilates Academy for Teachers)
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!
ISTD Diploma in Dance Education (Modern + Tap) | BarreConcept Teacher Training (REP 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.
Level 2 Fitness Instructing (YMCA Fit) | Specialism: Suspension Training
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!
500 hr RYT
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.
Level 2 + 3 PT | CIMSPA Registered (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity)
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.
200 hr RYT | EA Coach | PT | Enhanced DBS | TRX Yoga
Combining traditional techniques and cutting edge styles, AJ has made a massive impact on the international dance scene including Poland, Finland, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Ireland.
After successfully completing her MA in choreography in Poland, she moved to the UK to pursue her love of dance. Her focus as a teacher is on building confidence and self-esteem, supporting physical and mental health and ensuring an inclusive atmosphere.
Over the last decade AJ has inspired hundreds of dancers, both young and old, and encouraged them on their dance path. Not only has she choreographed multiple Hip-Hop theatre productions she has also worked with acclaimed dance names worldwide which led her to being invited on as a guest assistant choreographer on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Poland.
After a successful stint in Finland with DanceTeam International, AJ became Head of DanceTeam UK, where she gets to share her creativity and continues to inspire young generations. AJ teaches Contemporary as well as Street to our dance students.
MA Choreography | Enhanced DBS | BarreConcept Teacher Training (REP Accredited)
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!
Alex started dancing before she could walk. Her fascination with the arts became her career as an adult and she went on to perform in numerous musicals and other theatrical productions.
After being out of the theatre industry for a year Alex, needing something new to sink her teeth into, found the fitness industry.
She now specialises in teaching Yoga and Barre as well as anything else that uses dance based techniques. She is also the proud owner of the Ealing Pole Studio where she teaches Pole Fitness to a huge variety of clients.
She is excited to share her passion and energy with you.
BA(HONS) Theatre | RAD Ballet Advanced 1 | ISTD Tap Advanced 2 | Level 2 ETM | 200 hr RYT | Enhanced DBS | TRX 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.
Hannah is professional dancer, fitness instructor and most importantly of course; former pupil of Jo's! She studied at the Brit school in her teens, going on to complete a degree in dance at the prestigious London Studio Centre.
Alongside her professional dance jobs, she has developed her personal training business from scratch; building a reputation for well thought out, uplifting and brutal classes. She teaches 1 to 1s and outdoor bootcamps in her local area of Surrey; juggling this with being a cheerleader for Crystal Palace FC.
Hannah is also a Zumba instructor, her dance background meaning her end of class stretches are always comprehensive and her music choices excellent; 'Whitney' abs being one of her signature sequences!
Level 2 PT | Level 3 PT | BA | Zumba
As a young dancer Niki was drawn to Pilates for it's ability to cross-train her body.
Regular practise - both during her years as a student and as a company dancer with TDT (Toronto Dance Theatre) - resulted in ease of movement, fewer injuries, and enhanced performance. Pilates quickly became how she learned to understand her body, allowing it to function at it's best; both in and outside of the studio.
Niki's approach to Pilates is informed by over 17 years of training in the STOTT Pilates method while honouring her dance background and need for freedom of movement.
As an instructor, she is drawn to quality of movement; creating sequences that flow, and exercises that challenge the mind, body, and their ability to work together. The result is a toned and agile body that is able to adapt and move instinctively.
Olivia has loved all kinds of sport and exercise since she can remember; from hockey to horse riding, running to cycling. However after running the London marathon she quickly realised how important Pilates was to her body's health.
After just a few classes she fell in love with how Pilates makes you feel and was no longer getting running injuries or desk related back aches from her day job. Not wanting to end the Pilates journey there, Olivia decided to train as a teacher and help others benefit from its wonders.
Olivia therefore trained and qualified with Polestar Pilates in London as a mat Pilates teacher.
She loves the feeling of being strong and injury free and the difference it makes to everyday life. We often take freedom of movement for granted and Pilates gives you the opportunity to pay your body back. The fact that Pilates is for everyone means we can all enjoy the physical and mental health benefits it provides.