Melissa’s first Pilates session was at age 11 at The Australian Ballet School to help with knee pain and alignment. Pilates quickly became a part of her warm up routine, preparing her body for dance and crucial in rehabilitation from injuries such as stress fractures, bulged discs and rotator cuff injuries.

Melissa holds a Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction and a Bachelor of Dance, Honours (Victorian College of the Arts). She has enjoyed an extensive career as a professional dancer and teacher, both nationally and international.

Alongside dance Melissa has taught Pilates at Body Focus Osteopathy and In-balance Physiotherapy in Launceston. Body Centre Pilates and Studio 202 in Melbourne and within dance institution’s. Currently staff at The National Theatre Ballet School. Clients include professional dancers, circus artists, athletes, Australian Ballet School and VCA students, and people from all walks of life. Melissa was also a faculty member at National Pilates Training as a Student Clinic Supervisor and Assessor. Mentoring future Pilates instructors. She returns to National Pilates Training as the Student Liaison for Diploma students.

An active member of Pilates Alliance Australasia,  she regularly attends movement research workshops. With a keen interest in ideokinesis and neuromuscular patterning, Melissa travelled to New York to learn from Julliard conditioning coach Irene Dowd and Blossom at Bridge Pilates.



Here’s how you find Kath to begin or continue your Pilates journey:

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  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (currently completing)
  • Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction
  • Bachelor of Dance (Honours)
  • Aligned for Life, Melbourne CBD
    Pilates Instructor
  • National Pilates Training
    Student Liaison
  • Eureka Osteo, Oasis studio
    Pilates Instructor
  • The National Theatre Ballet School
    Contemporary Dance lecturer
  • 5 years Teaching the Pilates Method
  • 16 years Movement Educator: body conditioning, dance and somatics
  • 24 years Practicing the Pilates Method