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.**
Jemma has recently tested out with Balanced Body on the Comprehensive level and has been teaching here at bePilates since 2016.
She began playing sports in 1999 and began practicing Pilates in 2006. Movement and working out have always been an important aspect of her life, but Pilates allows her to work on her core and upper body strength in a controlled and mindful way more so than any other type of exercise.
She hopes to be able to work with a range of people including athletes as well as beginners, ensuring that the client feels they have had a challenging work out and leaves feeling better than when they arrived to class.
You can expect a full body workout on all available equipment at our studio.
Private sessions: Wednesdays evening and Saturdays (9-1pm).
Group session: Wednesday at 6:30pm.
Jenny was introduced to Pilates after a serious back injury which helped her to recognize the consequences of asymmetrical and faulty movement patterns first hand. Her experience also guided her to discover the benefit of body awareness and deepened her understanding of the human body mechanics.
After years of personal practice, she decided to pursue her passion in addition to her career in finance. Since then, she has trained with a wide range of clients from minors to elderly as well as athletes.
She earned her comprehensive apparatus training in the classical Pilates repertoire but personalizes each session for the needs of her students. She thoroughly enjoys educating not only herself but others regarding kinesiology and posture. Overall, she emphasises on the advantage of whole-body movement in addition to strength and flexibility development.
Expect: Precise and simple instruction that helps in improving proprioception and body awareness through guided movements.
Jenny is teaching in our studio on the week days Monday-Thursday during the day time.
Andrea has been teaching Pilates since 2014 and holds the Active IQ Level 3 qualification in teaching Mat Pilates. She has also completed her Comprehensive teacher training with bePilates, having the theoretical knowledge and practical experience within all Pilates apparatus.
Andrea was introduced to Pilates in 2009 after the birth of her second child left her with chronic lower back pain. Her experience as a client quickly enabled her to see the benefits of the Pilates method, not just for post-natal bodies but for everyone!
Andrea has worked with a range of clients on both the Mat and Reformer from beginners and triathletes to pre and post natal mothers. As a qualified life and business coach she work with her clients to set goals and monitor progress.
What to expect: You can expect a focused full body workout on all Pilates apparatus (Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair, Barrel)
Meet Andrea on Thursdays for private one-to-ones between 7.30am and 2.30pm.
Seb is a registered Member of the General Osteopathic Council, Injury Rehabilitation Therapist and Fitness Coach. He holds a Bsc (Hons) from Middlesex University in Sports Rehabilitation & Injury Prevention. During his university time he completed the accredited National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) fitness qualification. In 2014, he qualified with an MSc from the London School of Osteopathy.
Seb gained experience working in Australia at the Perth Orthopaedic Institute with a multidisciplinary team of experts, alongside work with two professional AFL teams in Adelaide and Perth. On his return to London, Seb has worked at private physiotherapy practices and health studios seeing a diverse range of patients.
He has a particular interest in how lifestyle management can impact upon our presentation and perception of pain. And what is important, he constantly deepens his knowledge- he is currently continuing his studies in the emerging and exciting field of Functional Medicine.
Seb is available in our studio on Tuesdays and Thursdays (am-pm).