We are a married couple from Taffs Well. As both Dance and Pilates teachers we are happy to be able to offer two different but related disciplines to help keep both the mind and body fit and agile in enjoyable ways regardless of age or previous experience.
Fellow - National Association of Teachers of Dancing
I went to my first Dance lesson in my home town of Romford, Essex at the age of 3 and have loved it ever since.
I studied at the London School of Classical Dance from 16 on a three year full-time vocational training course. I took a wide variety of dance and related subjects including Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Anatomy, Music, and Choreography and did my first apprenticeship as a dance teacher.
I graduated from there as a teacher qualified in the Cecchetti method of ballet and stayed on working for them as a children's ballet teacher at their junior school.
Licentiate - National Association of Teachers of Dancing
I am from Cardiff and started dancing at the age of 17. I took classes here before moving to London to train full-time at the Arts Educational School for two years, and the Central School of Ballet for a final year.
My first Pilates classes were with Gordon Thomson (co-founder, with Lynne Robinson of the Body Control Pilates Association ® ) at the Body Conditioning Studio in Covent Garden back in the early days when I was still a dance student.
I became a professional dancer / singer and worked in theatre productions in Jersey, Manchester and Swansea. I appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and with the National Youth Music Theatre. I was a “swing” in the West End production of Cats.
We met in London when Rob was working as a dancer and Caroline was teaching Ballet there.
When we moved from London to Cardiff Rob re-trained in Sports Massage and Reflexology, which he still does (at our Studio). Caroline continued teaching children's dance classes.
We decided to work together as a dance couple and studied new dance styles, becoming Ballroom and Latin American teachers with the NATD over twenty years ago.
We have taught dance together in Cardiff since 1995. We started by working for the late Harry Marks , Cardiff County Council, Viva, Living Well, The Metropolitan Club and the University of Glamorgan. We have also led dance holidays for HF Holidays Ltd., and for a short cruise in 2002, we were the dance professionals teaching on the "QE2" cruise-liner.
We started up our own business in 1998 and we have gradually built it from a single private dance class to the present timetable which now includes Pilates.
Our dance teaching qualifications are in Ballroom Dance, Latin American Dance and Country & Western Dance. Caroline is a Ballet teacher and a Freestyle Dance teacher and is a Fellow of the NATD in this form of dance.
We are now both qualified as Pilates matwork teachers with the Body Control Pilates Association ®. Rob was one of the first Pilates mat work instructors to work in Wales. He has taught mat classes Pilates here since 2000. Caroline qualified as a matwork Pilates instructor in 2006 and is listed as a Registered Exercise Professional (level 3 Pilates).
Rob did his first Studio training with the BCPA and has their Reformer qualification. Later we both had comprehensive Studio teacher training with Gordon Thomson and Ellie Ioannidou in Pilates Reformer , Cadillac and Chair equipment. We qualified to teach Studio work with Gordon Thomson's Body Control Pilates ® Organisation Ltd. and opened our own small Pilates Studio in Rhiwbina in 2015.
We have taught a wide variety of movement related classes and now concentrate on teaching Pilates and Ballroom and Latin American social dance, here in Cardiff.