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.  


Dawne pictured with mejo wiggen

 "Dawne has a wonderful teaching style which keeps you engaged and makes the courses a joy to attend. She has a great sense of humour and is very hardworking. Her knowledge of Pilates and anatomy makes you feel that you are in the best hands. To learn from Dawne is quite a blessing in the sense that you are learning from a seasoned expert and she gives you 100% of the her time and attention."

Dawne Likhodedova, Founder and Director

Dawne Likhodedova, Pilates Instructor/International Presenter, is the Founder and Director of bePilates.

A dancer and athlete 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.

Dawne was part of Balanced Body pilates faculty from 2014-2018 and now runs an in-house classical pilates comprehensive apprenticeship at bePilates and is regularly invited to help studios around the world develop their own in-house programmes.

Dawne 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. You can email the studio if you would like to book a session with Dawne. We encourage you to please check out all of our teachers' schedules to find the best fit for you.**