bePilates was founded by Dawne Likhodedova in 2011 (first opening in a small space for private and group classes near Tottenham Court Road) before expanding into larger premises on Chiltern Street in Marylebone to meet client demand and provide a base for teacher training and continuing education.

Inspired by the joy of movement, bePilates offers practitioners fun and challenging workouts, attentive, high-quality instruction and an education about the body that can be applied in lasting ways.  

"You don't have to punish your body to get results.  Enjoy the process and you will be amazed at what you can achieve." 
- Dawne

Dawne pictured with mejo wiggen
 "there is no hiding..."

"The class was SO hard, this was reformer on another level. I am not that experienced on reformer but this was seriously challenging. I was actually sweating at the end. The class was taken by Dawne the founder who as always was a fantastic teacher and really pushed us to our max. There is no hiding at the back in Dawne's classes."

- N.G.

Dawne Likhodedova, Director


Dawne Likhodedova, Balanced Body® Pilates, MOTR and Bodhi Suspension Training Master Instructor/International Presenter, is the Founder and Director of bePilates.  

A dancer since early childhood, sport and movement have always played a large role in Dawne's life.  A car accident in 1996 came with a new pelvis and an introduction to the many benefits of a regular pilates practice.  Her continued practice took her from rehabilitation to athletic conditioning, allowing her to compete at the highest level of international latin and ballroom dancing.

Having had personal experience with both the rehabilitative and athletic gains associated with a regular Pilates practice, gives Dawne a unique perspective that translates well to working with clients of all levels and abilities, including other teachers.

It is important as a teacher to stay inspired and on top of your own practice, and as a practitioner, Dawne enjoys a sweaty classical pilates session.  She regularly travels around the world to train with some of the best teachers in the industry.  

Dawne regularly presents all of our teacher training and education courses at bePilates, and has presented continuing education courses at:

  • Balanced Body Pilates on Tour London,
  • Balanced Body Pilates on Tour Venice,
  • the Moscow Open International Fitness Forum,
  • the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) Annual Conference, and
  • studios around the world to provide in-house training, continuing education and team building activities.

Please note that Dawne's schedule is subject to change and it may not to be possible to book sessions regularly on her schedule at the present time.