Read about our highly qualified instructors…

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You’re in good hands indeed!

We set the benchmark in education for the Australian Pilates industry through Pilates International Training Centre (PilatesITC).

We are able to select the most gifted graduates from our training programs. Diploma students are required to complete a minimum of 300 hours work experience (100hrs observation, 200hrs assistant teaching) to graduate. It takes over 600 hours of intensive learning to complete the Diploma, and provides a comprehensive education in all aspects of teaching the Pilates Method. Students are mentored, guided and supervised throughout their training and PilatesInt Studios have the benefit of being able to hand pick the best staff on graduation.

It is important to us that our teachers are dedicated to increasing their skills and knowledge through ongoing education and all our teachers are required to be members of the Pilates industry peak body and to maintain their ongoing education and professional development.

Our senior practitioners have been teaching for more than seven years and our Principal practitioners for between than 15 to 26 years. All our teachers are extremely passionate about their work as Pilates professionals.

To understand our instructors on a personal level and what drives them to be the best at what they do, please select your nearest studio, and read their individual profiles.

Did you know…

Some industry “instructors” learnt Pilates from a five-day course.

With increased demand for Pilates instruction, there has been little control over the influx of training programs that offer ‘certification’. This has resulted in poorly trained teachers working in studios and gyms. Pilates International only employ staff who are formally, comprehensively trained and hold a minimum Diploma qualification.

Important observation:

Our instructor courses through PilatesITC are not only government recognised qualifications but they also require students to complete the greatest number of work experience hours, on top of lectures and assessment, in comparison with other courses. It’s important that you know your instructor and are confident that your body is in safe hands.

To understand the high quality and commitment of our staff, choose your nearest studio and read our staff profiles:

Sally Anderson

Sally Anderson

Advanced Diploma of The Pilates Method (91490NSW), Advanced Diploma Management, Cert IV TAE

Sally is the director of Pilates International Pty Ltd, incorporating Pilates International Training Centre (PilatesITC) and Pilates International Studios. Sally holds Adv Dip Pilates, Adv Dip Management, Cert IV Training & Assessment, Certification in Nutrition and is PMA-CPT (Pilates Method Alliance Certification, USA) with USREPS registration.  Having started Pilates under international master teacher Rael Isacowitz, Sally became a faculty member for Body Arts & Science in the 1990’s and delivered instructor training extensively throughout the world for BASI for many years. On returning to Australia she developed Pilates training programs that went on to become the first ever government accredited courses that PilatesITC has delivered for over ten years – the Cert IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma Pilates. Sally was founding president of the Pilates Alliance Australasia for ten years before stepping down in 2010,  co-founder of the annual industry conference Mind Your Body, and is a regular contributor to the Sunday Telegraph ‘body + soul’ lift out.

Andrew Aroustian

Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT); Stott Pilates Matwork and Reformer Certification

Andrew has studied dance all his life and has enjoyed a very successful career as a performing artist. His professional experiences have included; featured dancer in Baz Lurhman’s film “Moulin Rouge”, 4 years performing the soloist role at Moulin Rouge and Lido de Paris (Paris), various roles in major musical theatre productions in Paris and Australia, and he also toured the world as a dancer on American cruise lines. Upon his return to Australia Andrew discovered the benefits of Pilates, experiencing the rehabilitative effect of Pilates on his own previous injuries, which inspired him to become a qualified STOTT Pilates Matwork and Reformer instructor. Andrew has continued his professional development by completing Xtend Barre training, and graduated in 2015 with his Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction through PilatesITC.

Victoria Becka (Vic)

Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NSW); Royal Ballet School Graduate; PilatesITC Senior Faculty

Victoria’s introduction to Pilates was at the age of 13 through her ballet training. She continued to train with Pilates throughout her years at The Royal Ballet School, London and continuously over the duration of her professional ballet and dance career. Along with teaching in studios Vic has had a private clientele practice in both London and Sydney, and between 2012-2015 was employed exclusively to travel with clients in the USA, Mexico, New Zealand and Asia. Vic is highly qualified and experienced, widely travelled, and an amazing movement practitioner. She qualified with PilatesITC in the inaugural intake of accredited qualifications in 2004 and has since continued her training all around the world as her travels took her to distant countries. Victoria is also a highly experienced yoga teacher.

As a graduate of the Royal Ballet School, Vic danced with Basler Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Shoran Jeyasingh and Opera Australia amongst other extensive dance credits, and has trained and taught Pilates for many years in London, the USA, and of course Australia. Having returned to her Aussie home this year we are beyond excited to be able to bring her expertise and fabulousness to our PilatesITC faculty and PilatesInt teaching team.

Sonia Crisafulli

Sonia Crisafulli

Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice (91120NSW); Advanced Diploma of The Pilates Method (91490NSW); PAA Level 4;                  

PilatesITC Associate Director Curriculum

Sonia initially undertook APMA training in the Pilates Method, following which she completed the Polestar Pilates Studio Series. Having worked extensively in Melbourne and Sydney over 2001-2003, she moved to London where she undertook further training with Body Control Pilates UK before moving into a Teacher Trainer role for them. Sonia continued to deliver teacher training and continuing education for Body Control Pilates UK, as well as taking on the role of Studio Manager for that organization. Upon returning to Australia at the end of 2005 Sonia joined Pilates International as a studio teacher and student supervisor, and upgraded her qualifications to the Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice. In September 2006 she was a guest presenter at the Body Control Pilates UK conference, delivering workshops on Pre and Post Natal Pilates, as well as giving an Advanced Matwork presentation. From late 2006 Sonia joined the PilatesITC faculty with a permanent position as Course Co-ordinator commencing from January 2007. Sonia is now PilatesITC’s ‘Associate Director of Curriculum’ and an integral part of the training delivery from development onwards, working to develop new curriculum as well as review and update existing curriculum through PilatesITC’s ongoing quality review processes, as well as Principal Faculty and Assessor roles. Sonia also holds a Bachelor of Dance, and has completed her Pre/Post Natal Specialist Certification from The Center for Women’s Fitness (USA). Sonia has also completed the Advanced Diploma of The Pilates Method. Sonia also has a busy family life raising 2 young children and can be found at Broadway and Hunters Hill studios.

Elysha Manik

Elysha Manik 2Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW)

Elysha is delighted to have obtained her Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction from PilatesITC and gone on to teach for PilatesInt Studios since graduation.  Elysha has been a dancer for 25 years and worked professionally in the performing arts industry both in Australia and overseas. You may have seen her in the most recent production of Dirty Dancing the Musical and two of Opera Australia’s recent productions at the Opera House, “Carmen” or “The Opera: The Eighth Wonder”.

Pilates was an integral part of Elysha’s physical education throughout her dance training. She was introduced to Pilates in her early teens to compliment her full-time Ballet training, and her experience with Pilates during her formative years greatly helped her understanding of the benefits of the Pilates Method for not just athletes but for everyone. She has used Pilates to maintain and have longevity in her dance career and has gained a great passion for Pilates instruction in the process. Elysha is also a highly sought after dance teacher and currently teaches at prestigious full-time dance institutions and various junior schools all over Sydney, including Sydney Dance Company. Elysha loves being part of the PilatesInt team and working in such friendly and inspiring environment.

Alisha Porter

Alisha PorterDiploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT)

 Alisha grew up in Canberra and was accepted as a contemporary dancer to WAAPA in 2006. An injury to her pelvis and hip socket saw Alisha introduced to clinical based pilates to support her continued full-time dance training, until surgery was needed in 2009. After spending time traveling and relocating to Sydney, Alisha sought out the Pilates International studios after a recommendation from a childhood dance teacher, as a way to recondition her body and postpone the need for further surgery. Alisha developed a consistent practice, her pain levels reduced and she was hooked. A vision and goal setting conversation as part of her employment with Lululemon Athletica inspired Alisha to dream big and enroll in the Diploma with PilatesITC. Alisha’s Big Scary 10 Year Goal is to be part of an Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Team with dancers and athletes. When not at the Broadway studio, Alisha and her husband can be found indulging in their creative side by attending theatre performances, getting out of the city for a camping trip, and pulling silly faces with their 6 nieces & nephews.

Marisa Traino

Marisa_PilatesIntBApp Sc (Physiotherapy), Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW), Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)

Marisa is a Senior Physiotherapist with over twelve years’ experience across Public & Private Hospitals and Private Practice. In that time, she has specialised in Hand Therapy (upper limb injuries and trauma). Marisa is also an Antenatal Educator (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital NSW) with over eight years expertise – promoting women’s health and raising awareness in ways women can improve their fitness and well-being. A keen advocate of the Pilates method, Marisa is keen to share her expertise and the benefits of Pilates for all ages and body types, improving body self-awareness, posture and recovery. Although Marisa has a full time job as a physiotherapist in a busy hospital, she also manages to squeeze in a few hours a week at Pilates International Broadway

 

 

Jennifer Newman-Preston

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Studio Director and Principal, PilatesInt Melbourne

BA Dance, Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method (91490NSW), MA Choreography

Jennifer first explored Pilates whilst performing during 1994 and since then has had extensive training and experience. In 1998 she began teaching the Pilates Method, and in 2000 she took on a senior instructor role for Pilates International Sydney. Jennifer went on to complete her formal International Certification through the Body Arts & Science Professional Program in 2002 before upgrading to the formal qualification of Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice in 2005. Jennifer holds Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training and is a leading Faculty member for PilatesITC.

Having moved to Melbourne in 2008 she was a Principal Instructor for Daily Pilates, while continuing to be a Teacher Trainer & Educator for PilatesITC, and concurrently undertaking her Masters in Choreography. In 2010 Pilates International accredited the highest ever Pilates qualification at Advanced Diploma, which Jennifer successfully completed in the faculty Upgrade Program. Jennifer is a Principal Trainer member of the Pilates Alliance Australasia.

Jennifer is now Principal Trainer for Pilates International Melbourne, as well as continuing to deliver education and mentor upcoming Pilates teachers for PilatesITC

Background: Jennifer graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1985 with a BA in Dance. A professional dancer with a career spanning over 20 years, Jennifer has performed & toured extensively, nationally and internationally.

Since 1985 in conjunction with her performing, Jennifer has also taught contemporary dance, contact improvisation, classical, composition, release & alignment classes and functional anatomy for companies, independent dance projects and in Primary and Tertiary institutions such as WAAPA, VCA, NIDA open classes, Ausdance, UTS, Sydney Dance Company Open classes, NORPA, Laban Centre, School of Theatre Film & Dance University of NSW and NAISDA Dance College.

Jennifer has practiced Yoga since 1984. Gaining her Anatomy & Physiology Certificate and completing her Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Synergy, 2000 when she began teaching for Yoga Synergy, Sydney.

Marianne Fox

Marianne FoxDiploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537 NAT), Level 4 PAA, Stretch Teacher Certificate, Checcetti Dance Advanced 1

Classically trained as a Ballet dancer in South Africa, Marianne’s dance training and performing spanned from Classical Indian to Ball Room to Contemporary and Modern Dance. Marianne is a qualified dance teacher who upon retirement from her dance career broaden her love of movement into a career of fitness. Marianne received her certificate in group fitness and personal training and taught dance and fitness classes for more than 35 years. In 2001 she started practising Pilates and discovered a new passion that took her to pursue her training as a Pilates Instructor. She is now a fully qualified Pilates instructor who has been practising and teaching Pilates for more than 15 years.

Marianne’s professional interests span from Pre and Post Natal, Post Breast Cancer, Pre and Post menopause to scoliosis, sacroiliac dysfunction and spinal fitness to name a few.

As a Pilates instructor Marianne likes to inspire and motivate to live a healthy and balanced life, placing special attention to strengthen, mobilize and increase your flexibility.

Minh Le

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Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW), BA in Visual Communication (Graphic Design)

Minh is a passionate and precise Pilates teacher whose journey to becoming a Pilates Instructor began with her extensive martial arts training. In 2001 Minh began Taekwondo and in 2007 she undertook Muay Thai Boxing. From this training Minh was drawn to the Pilates Method due to the similarities in practice – such as the connection between the mind and body, the use of breath and the focus on the quality of the movement.

Minh began practicing at PilatesINT Melbourne with studio director Jennifer Newman-Preston and completed her Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction through National Pilates Training in 2012.

As a Pilates instructor Minh is especially committed to facilitating the transformation that the Pilates method can bring to the body and the mind.

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