Pilates Mat Beginner l 6 week course

This class is taught by:

Melissa Cooper - Findlay

Mel is passionate and a dedicated Dance and Pilates educator, with 10 years experience teaching Dance, Drama and PDHPE in the secondary school sector and is also a qualified Pilates Instructor in mat and reformer methods.

She believes a regular practice is essential to maintaining health, well being and balance in this demanding modern world. Her classes are designed to promote core strength fitness and anatomical awareness whilst providing participants with valuable breathing space in their busy schedules to nourish and revive.

Lauren Luthringer

Born in France, Laurence (also knows as Lauren) is a naturally active person, from the age of six she became involved with dance, ranging from classical through to modern and jazz. For her, being fit and flexible are important aspects of being able to enjoy life to the fullest.


Having always had a passion for fitness and movement, she became a qualified personal trainer and a Pilates instructor with both French and Australian qualification.  Coming from a dance background, posture, balance and core became for her an integral part of life.


Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned athlete, Pilates is for you as it improves and aids in the development of core strength, body and breath awareness and flexibility. Following the philosophy of Joseph Pilates, her classes are a combination of strengthening and stretching that can work well for everybody.


With a degree in psychology, she has a great interest in people’s motivation, attitude and behaviour and her goal is to help people bring out the best in themselves.

Dani Pinkus

After making her way to Pilates 10 years ago as a way to recover from a sporting injuries, develop her strength and improve her posture, Dani knows firsthand the benefits of a Pilates practice that reaches far beyond the physical.

A working journalist, Dani completed her mat certificate through Polestar education in 2017.


Her teaching focuses on helping client's achieve freedom of movement through breath, axial elongation, core control and correct body alignment.


With a fun and friendly teaching approach, Dani is dedicated to helping her clients reach their goals, and leave class feeling lighter, taller and happier.

Kate McDonald

Kate MacDonald is a Sydney based dancer and Pilates instructor. In 2012, she graduated from the University of NSW with an Honours in Dance studies. While continuing to dance, she also now shares the skills and knowledge she has gained through her dance training teaching Pilates around Sydney.
As a trained dancer, Pilates has always played an important role in her practice, helping to maintain and develop strength for optimum movement function for the body. She brings this viewpoint to her classes with a focus on form through correct technique, body alignment and breathing. It is her aim to get people using their bodies to their highest functionality and leave class feeling great.
Since she began teaching in 2013, her interest in movement and the body has only deepened and she is now set to begin a Masters in Physiotherapy.
She is currently certified to teach Pilates in Matwork, Matwork with equipment, Reformer and has most recently become certified to teach pre and post-natal Pilates through Studio Pilates International.

Marie Giffi

Marie began dancing at the young age of 6yrs old and movement has always played a main role in her life.


Her first Pilates experience was back in 2004 when she signed up for a six-week beginners course. Marie was immediately drawn to the method because of its emphasis on ‘The balance of the mind and body ‘. As quoted in one of Joseph Pilates original books, Contrology (original name for Pilates) develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.


Following the caesarean birth of her daughter, Pilates helped Marie regain her core muscle strength and whole body flexibility. It also assisted with the mental and physical fatigue that came with being a new mum.


Since then, Marie’s passion for Pilates grew and it was a natural progression for her to become a matwork Pilates Instructor. Marie studied with Polestar Pilates and is a certified instructor.


Marie loves how Pilates is suitable for everybody, people of different ages, at different stages in life (including pre and post natal) and of various levels of fitness. She loves how the same set of principles and exercises can be modified for the absolute beginner/persons with injury or progressed suitably for someone of advanced movement capabilities.


Marie will help you achieve your goals in a supportive environment.

For students with no previous Pilates experience - all students welcome!

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon 11 Dec 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Melissa Cooper - Findlay
  • Wed 13 Dec 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Lauren Luthringer
  • Sat 16 Dec 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Dani Pinkus
  • Tue 16 Jan 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kate McDonald
  • Wed 17 Jan 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Annie Siri
  • Thu 18 Jan 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kate McDonald
  • Sat 20 Jan 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Marie Giffi
  • Tue 23 Jan 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kate McDonald
  • Wed 24 Jan 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Annie Siri
  • Thu 25 Jan 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kate McDonald
  • Sat 27 Jan 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Marie Giffi
  • Tue 30 Jan 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kate McDonald
  • Wed 31 Jan 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Annie Siri
  • Thu 01 Feb 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kate McDonald
  • Sat 03 Feb 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Marie Giffi
  • Tue 06 Feb 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kate McDonald
  • Wed 07 Feb 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Annie Siri
  • Thu 08 Feb 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Kate McDonald
  • Sat 10 Feb 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Marie Giffi
  • Tue 13 Feb 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kate McDonald