I've enjoyed a long and fulfilling career as a professional dancer after completing my training at Elmhurst Ballet School in Surrey in 1993. I went on to perform with Adonais Ballet Company for three years, before embarking on a mammoth nine year stint as the principal dancer with the world renowned Irish dance show, "Spirit of the Dance", among other productions. Having trained as a pilates teacher in matwork with The Body Control Pilates Association, more information on which can be found below, I am a full member of the Association and a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals at level 3 for the national standard for Pilates. I am based in Battersea, South London.
I started doing Pilates a few years ago as a way of maintaining and conditioning my body whilst touring the World with various dance shows. The lifestyle could be pretty brutal at times! The often cramped travelling conditions and demanding work schedule would take its toll on the bodies of the fittest dancers, but in Pilates I found a way of re-balancing and strengthening my body from within, which meant I eventually enjoyed a long dance career, beyond my expectations.
Having also taught dance for many years and recognising my passion for teaching, I decided to train with Body Control Pilates to become a teacher, as I thought it was time to pass this wonderful method on to others, from any background, and pay forward my experience of the many benefits of Pilates.
I certainly have a lot to thank it for!
Jacqueline started practicing Pilates in 2000, initially to help recover from a minor back injury. It made such a difference that it soon became an integral part of her life. Having attended classes and workshops for six years, she decided to follow her passion for Pilates and become a teacher. She teaches matwork from beginners through to intermediate level and is also qualified to teach ante natal Pilates. She is a member of the Body Control Pilates Association and The Register of Exercise Professionals.
Jacqueline comes from a performance background. After graduating from drama school she spent the next fifteen years working in various fields of the Arts. This included everything from acting, running a small children’s theatre group to artist management. A long held interest in holistic therapies led her to study Indian Head Massage and she practices this wonderful stress relieving therapy, in and around South West London.