I am based in West Sussex, near Haslemere and Petworth, where my husband and I are renovating our new home after many years in Stoke Newington, North-East London. I teach privately and host pop up group classes online and our plan is to create a studio here in West Sussex to host small intimate in-person workshops and retreats nestled in the countryside. I lived in London for thirteen jam-packed years and built my business teaching my own method which mixes the different disciplines I trained in with my in-depth understanding of anatomy in motion from my experience professionally training as a ballet dancer. Most of my clients have been with me for many years and live in London or other European cities. Our plan is to create a calm escape for the senses that can be reached in under an hour from London and is also close to Gatwick.
My background is firmly rooted in Classical Ballet beginning to train aged three in Scotland, where I quickly gained coveted places on both the AIYF Dance School and Ballet West’s Intensive courses. I was also a member of Ballet West’s Associate Programme which gave me access to additional training in Glasgow at Scottish Ballet’s studios. These programmes enabled me to receive tuition from a vast array of highly esteemed teachers, including ballet tuition with Kenn Burke, Noriko Ohara and Penny Withers, who first introduced me to Gyrotonic exercise as a means of body balancing.
As well as Classical Ballet, I also studied Jazz and Street dance with Jordi Guitart and contemporary dance with Julian Moss. Through this exposure I was able to progress quickly, both musically and technically, and was awarded a Scholarship to study full time at Ballet West, in North-West Scotland. During my time at the school however, intensive work on pointe highlighted extreme hypermobility in both my ankles, for which I received intensive Pilates based physiotherapy.
Pilates became a way of life around my dance training, helping me to control and prevent injuries and avoid surgery which I was told to expect. The hypermobility in my ankles did however prove too dangerous to continue training and I took the difficult decision to leave, subsequently moving to London to study a BA in Textile Design at Chelsea School of Art. Upon graduating I rekindled my passion for dance and movement, gaining qualifications in Pilates Matwork, Barre and Supple Strength.
In my job every week I learn more about the human body, it’s capabilities, strengths and weaknesses and recurring patterns of discomfort. Over the years I have seen many clients who have lost functional movement; my goal and my strength is getting that functional movement back and then teaching them how to keep it and how to reduce the chances of movement injuries in their future. Helping people find comfort in their bodies both inside and out is my passion.