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 24 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.

Katharine Bennett (Kate)

BClinExScSc. Exercise Physiology, UNSW (AEP); MNutr &Diet, University of Sydney (APD,AN), Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NSW)

Along with her formal qualifications, Kate is accredited with both the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and Exercise Sports Science Australia (ESSA). She has spent most of her working career in regional and rural Queensland in a busy private practice working primarily in chronic disease management and weight loss. Kate believes that to achieve optimal health you can’t only look at one aspect (e.g. diet alone), but instead take a whole lifestyle approach, which encourages positive and sustainable behavioral change in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and other lifestyle factors (such as stress management and sleeping habits). One style or program does not fit all, so Kate works with each individual to set clear goals and tailor all advice specific to their individual needs. Kate is teaching a variety of classes in the WellFit studio including pre and post natal, PilatesFit and PostureFit as well as establishing her Nutrition and Dietetics practice in the WellFit clinic. Kate is also available for exercise assessments and Initial Consultations for rehabilitation and special conditions in our Pymble studio.

Carla Berry

Portraits2016_MIM_6405 Certificate in Pilates Matwork Instruction (10537NAT)

Comprehensive reformer certification 

Administrator PilatesInt Studio Pymble

Carla arrived in Australia  in 2012 and loved our beautiful weather and beaches so much she decided she wanted to stay forever. Carla’s previous careers were in both hospitality and aged care, and one day she wold love to study nursing.

Looking for a new challenge Carla joined our team at the Pymble studio, and is the bright and cheery face that greets everyone on arrival, and manages the day to day operations and administration of both Pymble studios. Carla has just completed the PilatesITC Certificate in Matwork and is teaching classes in the WellFit Studio at Pymble.

Says Carla: Since discovering Pilates, I love  how much more aware I am of my body. I am learning new things every day!

 Judit Bilinszki

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fitness manager for PilatesInt studios

B.sc Economics (Faculty of Accounting )
Certified Fitness Instructor and Sports Massage Therapist
Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training (RYS200)
Pre-Natal Yoga Teaching Training
Kids Yoga teacher Training
Studio Series and Pilates Mat Teacher Training (Polestar)
Diploma Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT)
Advanced Diploma Professional Pilates Instruction ( Pending)

Judit has a wealth of knowledge and experience in exercise and movement. After leaving her previous career as an accountant, Judit had a desire to help people move efficiently and restore the equilibrium in their body. Her passion towards health, exercise and well-being led Judit to not only study Pilates, but Sports massage therapy, Vinyasa Yoga, fitness and personal training and gained valuable experience working and managing several well-known Spas & Health Centres in her native Budapest for more than ten years.
A decision by Judit and her family to relocate to Australia has enabled Judit to continue her studies and follow her passion in the field of health, movement & well-being.
After completing the Polestar Rehabilitation series, Judit’s new career direction saw her completing the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT) with PilatesITC and joining the team at Pilates International in 2015.
Judit is currently studying the Advanced Diploma in Pilates (10538NAT).
She is very versatile and not only teaches in both Pymble and Hunter Hill studios but is the fitness manager at WellFit Studio in Pymble and has a very popular following with her Reformer and yoga classes.
Judit also mentors and supervises PilatesITC students and new staff members.

Kellee Blamee

Certificate IV in Fitness ( Master trainer), Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW) 

Kellee is passionate about helping people reach their optimal health through the wealth of exercise and movement techniques she has explored. Nearly ten years ago Kellee started working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, focusing on weight loss using strength and conditioning. Later, she qualified to teach Mat Pilates, Pump and Cycle, teaching up to 25 classes a week in clubs throughout Sydney. Soon after, she completed chi-ball training, which is a fusion of Chinese medicine, Yoga, Pilates and Feldenkrais. Most recently, Kelley qualified to teach Booty Barre. Kellee has been successfully running ‘Café Pilates’, her signature mat work classes, around the North Shore for a number of years and her classes have a huge following. Kellee is always keen to expand her knowledge for the benefit of her clients and is passionate about helping people reaching optimum health through movement. We are delighted that Kellee gained her professional Pilates qualification through PilatesITC and to have Kellee as part of our studio team at PilatesInt Pymble as well as WellFit Studio.

Frances Chippeck

MT7122Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW), BA Honours Business Management

Frances is originally from South Africa but grew up in London from the age of 13. In 2006 Frances  relocated to Sydney. Originally qualified as a chef, Frances went on to study at university where she  received a  BA Honours in Business Management. From there she spent her pre-family career working in sales, marketing and as a National Account Manager in the beer industry, where her last role was as the National Development Manager for Hoegaarden Beer. Frances started Pilates with Pilates International at their Turramurra studio when she moved to Sydney and instantly fell in love with the Pilates Method.  After 6 years of dedicated practice Frances decided to train as an instructor and hasn’t looked back. Frances has a real love of teaching and is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about Pilates as an exercise modality to help everyone.

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.

Antonia Dearden

13071845_1051807491540111_9156405566251772672_oDiploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT), BA Soc.Sc. (Psychology), Bachelor of Social Sciences 

Originally from  New Zealand Antonia completed a BA in Psychology and then spent over 15 years working for two of Australia’s leading fashion designers, lastly as a Sales Director for Camilla and Marc which although she enjoyed immensely was very challenging.

 After this , Antonia started on a new career: raising a family and the changes and challenges that this brings, which inspired Antonia to rekindle her old love of pilates by undertaking classes at Wellfit Studio. Antonia could see another career change on the horizon and quickly decided to enrol in the Diploma Pilates with PilatesITC. This also helped to put her love of sensical movement into action once again.  Antonia has a love of dance from previous years of ballet and contemporary dance and loves to promote a flowing class which is both fun and challenging.

Antonia teaches in both the WellFit Studio and PilatesInt Studio at Pymble.

 Anne-Maree Jones (AMJ)

Director Pilates INT

First discovering Pilates with our very own Sally Anderson after years of severe back pain way back in 2000, Anne-Maree was instantly hooked! After 20 years and four kids in the hotel industry, A lifestyle change was imminent and Pilates Int Turramurra was born, the first comprehensive Pilates studio on the upper north shore.

In 2007 her little studio expanded and her second studio in Hunters Hill opened its doors.

2010 saw further expansion with a relocation and upsize to our beautiful, bright and spacious studio in Pymble. At the same time along with Sally Anderson, Anne-Maree and her husband Stephen joined forces to reinvigorate Pilates International Training Center.

 Erin Jones

Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT)

Manager Studio Style Active & Manager Pilates Temps

Erin Jones joined the PilatesINT team after 10 years in hospitality and event managing and  completed the Certificate in Matwork Instruction (91491NSW) followed by the Buff Bones Certification course. Erin’s Pilates passion is now in full swing and she is focusing on completing the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT) with PilatesITC. Erin also brings a new dimension to all aspects of the PilatesINT family and now combines her  management expertise with her love of fashion and Pilates all together in her role as the PilatesInt Manager of Retail. Running the Studio Style Active online and in-centre store. Erin also still finds time to organise our studio and WellFit events and handle day to day operations where needed.

Besides her role as chief buyer, events co-ordinator, handling social media and marketing for WellFit Studio, Erin is also a director of Pilates Temps and often will utilise her instructor skills for temp covers.

Lauren Jones

Portraits2016_MIM_6386Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW); Currently undergoing qualification upgrade to Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method (10538NAT); Level 4 PAA; Certificate IV Training Assessment; Bachelor of Commerce (Macquarie)

PilatesITC Training Coordinator and Faculty member

After discovering the wonderful benefits of Pilates, Lauren completed her Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice in 2005 and has been part of the Pilates Int team since then. Lauren took a year off to travel, work and ski overseas and since her return has become a multi faceted member of staff. Lauren was integral to the opening of our Hunters Hill studio in 2007, has taught between our 3 Sydney locations, and is currently acting studio manager, as well as a faculty member and Training Coordinator for PilatesITC since 2015. As well as juggling her time between teaching in the studio and delivering workshops for PilatesITC, she completed her Bachelor Degree in Commerce at Macquarie University, completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is currently undertaking the Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method. Lauren is known as our cover girl as she will pop up everywhere covering shifts when other instructors are on leave. She is now also “mother of Olive”, our latest PilatesInt little bundle of joy to join us.

Megan Lee

megan-leeDiploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT)

Megan is one of our newest PilatesITC Diploma graduates, having been a client at our Hunters Hill studio for 7 years prior to undertaking the Diploma. Megan first discovered Pilates in 2003 after having just had her first child. She was looking for a way to get back in shape and to challenge herself.

Being a primary school teacher for 23 years, Megan decided to combine her passion for teaching and Pilates together and enrol in the accredited Diploma course. You will mostly find Megan teaching Reformer classes on Saturday mornings in our WellFit Studio or working out at Hunters Hill! We are super happy to have her on board!

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.

Claire Marston

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Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW)

Claire like many people discovered Pilates after having her first child.  Whilst always having a passion for fitness, she couldn’t believe how physically demanding giving birth and having a small child was!  Tired of back and neck pain and lacking the confidence and motivation to visit a gym Claire tried Mat based Pilates and has been hooked ever since.  Loving the feeling of balance, strength and energy that a good Mat class can give Claire decided to follow her passion and become a Pilates Mat teacher. The family relocating to Australia delayed this plan.  Thankfully she soon discovered Pilates International and the Studio work and immediately applied for the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction. Claire loves the progression of Pilates and the strength and transformation of the body that it can bring. Enjoying and believing it is a privilege to be able to witness this in the people that she teaches. Claire enjoys teaching both matwork and studio sessions and can be found at both Pymble and Hunters Hill Studios for studio classes . Claire has a particular passion for running and is keen to teach Pilates for Runners in the new WellFit Studio. Claire is currently upgrading to the Advanced Diploma of The Pilates Method (10538NAT).

Moira Mitchell

Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT)

Administrator PilatesInt Studio Hunters Hill

Moira joined our wonderful team at PilatesInt and WellFit Studio in June 2015 mid way through her Diploma with PilatesITC.

Discovering Pilates because of a back injury, she was told to, “go see a physio to get it fixed and then do Pilates so it doesn’t happen again” – best advice ever! That was in 2008 and Pilates has been a part of her life ever since. Seeing how her instructors enjoyed their jobs, inspired their clients and had such an energy of positivity, gave Moira the inspiration to want to start her own journey of Pilates instruction. She says: “I love this career as it is ever evolving and I am constantly learning. Supportive and enthusiastic people surround me every day and I truly love my job.”

You will find Moira at our Hunters Hill studio in reception looking after client bookings, regularly teaching at Hunters Hill and Pymble as well as popping up in Well Fit and Broadway studios.

Mana Ogawa

Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW)

– Certificate in Matwork (Pilates ITC). Currently doing the Diploma in Pilates teaching.
– Certificate in Dance Performance (New Zealand school of dance classical ballet)
– Certificate IV in dance (Sydney Dance Company PPY)
Mana is a Certificate in Matwork instructor currently completing her Diploma at Pilates ITC in Pymble.After graduating from The Conlan College in Sydney, she moved to Wellington to study classical ballet at the New Zealand School of dance where she performed in various roles, such as Polka Girl in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Solitaire.
In 2015, Mana was accepted into the Sydney Dance Company PPY where she had the opportunity to work with many international artists as well as understudying Sydney Dance Company for their piece Reign, choreographed by Daniel Riley.
Upon graduation she was offered to work with Australian choreographer Lisa Maris McDonnell for her full length work Five Kinds of Paradise, which was performed at the Casula Powerhouse Museum in January 2016.
Mana was forced into taking time off her professional dancing career after injury to her cervical spine, which resulted in loss of strength on her right side of the body. Commencing her rehabilitation with Lisa Peresan and experiencing the benefits and importance of Pilates, Mana became even more passionate about teaching Pilates and hopes to help and educate others about prevention and rehabilitation to maintain a pain – free lifestyle.
She has an in-depth understanding of musculature and biomechanics and is able to identify needs of each client. She has a very positive attitude and is very passionate about what she does.
Mana has also previously worked in retail at the Alice McCall boutique and is a dance teacher at the Roseville Ballet and Performing arts.

Lisa Peresan

Lisa PeresanCert IV Dance Tuition, Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training, Advanced Diploma of The Pilates Method (91490NSW), Level 4 PAA Member

Lisa has had a life long involvement and passion for movement. Her life’s motto is ” use it or lose it!” Lisa was originally classically trained in the Royal Academy of dancing syllabus and started her career as a professional dancer in the commercial genre at the age of 18, working in a musical in Spain. Her work as a dancer kept her traveling for 7 years in Europe and Asia and included work on television, musicals, Chesse Rijst Contemporary Dance Company and at the Lido in Paris. Lisa first became involved with Pilates in the early 90’s when she returned to Australia and became an instructor working at the Body Control Studio for Alan Menezes. It was during this time that she saw the enormous benefits of regular pilates practice and instructed pilates to people like Paul Mercurio. She also taught dance at the new major dance centres including Sydney Dance Company studios, Aboriginal Dance Theatre, Sydney University and Bodenweissers and was involved in writing the jazz syllabus for the Australian Dance Assessment program. Lisa started her own dance school on the Northern beaches in 1994 and decided to devote her time to the school and her two young children. She started practicing Pilates again in 2003 to help with chronic back problems. In 2005 she applied for and won a scholarship to become a Certificate IV Pilates instructor with Pilates International. Lisa is passionate about Pilates and the benefits it brings with regular practice. She is interested in working with people from all walks of life but has personal experience as a post partum mum, and in working with dancers. Lisa believes you can always improve in what you do and can be found at the  Pymble studio.

Dani Playel

Administrator PilatesINT Hunters Hill

Dani is the newest member of our Pilates Int team taking on our administration at Hunters Hill. Dani has previous experience in the fitness industry and currently teaches Mat work Pilates.

 

Mary Pondif

Mary PondifDiploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT), Cert IV Fitness (PT), Diploma Tourism (Operations Management)

Co-Administrator PilatesInt Studio Pymble

After working in various administration and operational roles in retail, banking, travel and book publishing, Mary grew increasingly tired and restless of sitting all day long in front of a computer. And, was unable to ignore anymore the feeling of stiffness, slouching and fatigue engulfing her body. The highlight of her day became the dash before or after work to catch a Pilates class here and there. The benefits were immediate, which increased her desire to live a more active lifestyle and encourage others to do so as well. Throwing all caution and reason to the wind, Mary enrolled to do the Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction. She feels fortunate to have worked as an administrator first and now teaching at the PilatesInt and WellFit studios, putting her new skills into practice, as well as assisting clients in gaining freedom and joy in movement. In addition to her Pilates and other qualifications Mary is also a Certified Barre Attack instructor, qualified Buff Bones Instructor, and teaches classes in WellFit Studio at Pymble also.

Alisha Porter

Alisha PorterDiploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT)

Co-Administrator PilatesInt Studio Broadway

 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.

Sharan Simmons

Sharan Simmons

B Ed., Advanced Diploma of The Pilates Method (91490NSW), 

PAA Level 4

Sharan is a senior Pilates instructor with Pilates International and is currently completing Advanced Diploma in the Pilates Method. She has been teaching Pilates for more than 10 years.  Leaving a career in Design Education, Sharan moved overseas. She was first introduced to Pilates in the US where she became fascinated with the Pilates method. Sharan was drawn to the precision of the Pilates movements and their power to transform the body. Sharan studied Pilates in Singapore with Pilates International (Sydney) and Polestar. She was instructor in a busy studio in Singapore for 2 years and set up her own Pilates studio in Shanghai when her family moved there.  Sharan is senior instructor and studio manager at the Pymble Studio.  Sharan has passion for learning and continually seeks to expand her knowledge and understanding of Pilates and the body through workshops and Pilates sessions. She shares this passion with her clients and brings her enthusiasm for teaching to her Pilates sessions. Sharan also serves on the Pilates Alliance Australasia committee as Education Officer.

Liz Stride

Liz Stride

DIP Ballet RBS, ARAD, Advanced Diploma of The Pilates Method (91490NSW), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110), PAA Level 4

Liz graduated from The Royal Ballet School Teachers Training Course in London and went on to teach Ballet in England, Germany and Australia.  Liz moved to Australia in 1998 and decided to pursue her passion for Pilates which she discovered its benefits during her dance training. Liz began teaching Pilates in 2002 and joined Pilates International in 2005. Liz holds an Advanced Diploma of The Pilates Method, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma in Ballet and is a Level 4 Instructor with the Pilates Alliance of Australasia.  She is a senior instructor at Pilates International Broadway studio and senior faculty for Pilates International Training Centre, delivering the Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses along with supervising and mentoring the students during their work experience shifts in the studio. Liz is a master trainer for the Core Align method in Australia.

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

Tahlei Watson

Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (91491NSW), BA Business

Manager PilatesInt Broadway Studio

Originally an accountant, Tahlei began practising Pilates in 2006 when the firm she worked for began offering lunch time mat classes in the board room. She fell in love with the method from the very first class, eventually taking the step to complete her Diploma Pilates with PilatesITC in 2011. Tahlei loves the versatility of Pilates, with the range of exercises and variations making it beneficial for every body. She can be found mainly at the Broadway studio, but also pops up at Pymble and Hunters Hill occasionally.

 

 

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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