Dance and movement have always been a huge part of Rachael’s life. She studied for 7 years full time at The Royal Ballet School, London with some of the most world-renowned dancers and teachers. She went on to pursue a career as a professional Ballet Dancer, performing with The Royal Ballet, The Birmingham Royal Ballet and Ballet Im Aalto in Germany. Injury presented an unanticipated change of direction in her life.
As a rehabilitation programme, Rachael studied Pilates daily at Lynne Robinson’s Pilates studio in London and consequently trained as Pilates teacher. The mind and body, correct and efficient function of the body, and how to be happy in your body and life fascinate Rachael.
She has worked and studied in Pilates and Movement studios in London, Sydney, Melbourne, New York and Colorado.
Rachael founded Kendra Pilates in 2006 and opened the studio in 2012. She is now one of only three Level 3 Franklin Method Educators in the UK -rachael teaches the Franklin Method globally, most recently in Costa Rica, Canada, New York and Iceland. Her Pilates classes are ‘Pilates Method meet Franklin Method’ as she loves delving into both methods to create a unique variety in her classes.
- Fulltime training at ‘The Royal Ballet School’ 1992-1999
- Body Control Pilates Basic Mat-work training 2002
- New York City Ballet Workout training 2002
- Intermediate and Advanced Mat-work training 2003-2006
- Royal Academy of Dance C.B.T.S 2005-2007 Registered Teacher Status
- Pilates in Pregnancy training 2008
- Kelly Kane School, New York 2008 Anatomy Course and Pilates training
- Body Control Pilates Reformer training 2009
- Zumba teacher training course, Ashford 2011
- Level 1 Franklin Method training- With Eric Franklin and Morten Dithmer at Conservatoire Trinity Laban, London, 2011
- Level 2 Franklin Method training- With Eric Franklin and Morten Dithmer in Colorado, US, 2012-2013
- Level 3 Franklin Method training with Eric Franklin and Morten Dithmer in New York and Colorado, US, 2014-2015
Helen Watts (nee: Chambers) trained to professional level as a Contemporary Dancer at the London Contemporary Dance School, and graduated with BA Hons Degree (2:1).
Helen successfully auditioned to become a member of the post-graduate performance company 4D, the year that Richard Alston was Artistic Director. Over the years she has performed for numerous choreographers such as Kim Brandstrup, Arc Dance Company, Henri Oquike, Jonzi-D and Attic Dance Company.
Helen has worked extensively within both education and the community since 1997. Working as a free-lance artist she has taught all ages and abilities from 5-85 yrs. Her present free-lance commitments include teaching locally for the Dancing Feet Academy.
More recently, Helen has started working for the North Devon Healthcare Trust as part of the highly regarded Neurological Physiotherapy Team based at NDDH. She now works with patients who have suffered strokes and other neurological conditions, varying in ages and severity.
Her role involves working in clinic at NDDH and in the community where she supports patients and delivers various exercise classes and 1:1 treatments. This experience helps inform, influence and enhances her teaching within our studio.
Helen also works at Petroc for 19yrs as Head of Dance, coordinating and teaching AS/A2 Dance, and the vocational dance courses, such as the BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts-Dance. She teaches on the Foundation Degree and latterly, GCSE and AS Level dance for The Ilfracombe Academy.
In addition to her teaching experience, Helen has done a year of Midwifery training, giving her knowledge and insight into to physiological and emotional journey of pregnancy and birth, and some healthcare work as part of the Complex Care Team (working specifically with the Nursing and Physiotherapy teams) within the community. A specific role within this was to facilitate a Balance Class for individuals with mobility and balance issues, to help develop confidence, strength and reduce the risk of falling.
Helen has completed her Polestar Mat III training at Moss Pilates in London.
Ruth has taught dance and movement for many years in the private sector. She has worked extensively with children with emotional and behavioral difficulties encouraging expression through movement.
Ruth was Head of dance for 10 years at Mayville High school in Southsea, Portsmouth. She has choreographed and worked on numerous dance/drama/ theatre productions and took Mayville High School into the premiership league in the Global Rock Challenge competition.
Having trained as a Fitness Instructor, her love of movement and passion for Pilates lead to Ruth training as a Pilates Instructor in 2008.
Ruth runs her own Pilates Studio in Southsea, Portsmouth alongside her weekly commute on Mondays - Wednesdays to the Kendra Pilates Studio.
Ruth has studied with the renowned Kelly Kane in New York, and has attended and been inspired by many Franklin Method workshops. She is committed to delivering the most up to date and informed Pilates tuition, she continues to study and to develop her knowledge, skills and experience.
Ruth delivers fantastic classes in a very warm, loving setting. Everyone feels like they have been well and truly nurtured as well as surprisingly put through their paces after class!
Tom is a Polestar Pilates teacher, a Fitness and Biomechanics Trainer and a Level 2 Franklin Method Educator.
Tom has a natural approach to exercise, he believes that every person should undertake a variety of dynamic and diverse movements that benefit and work the whole body. Tom teaches group and private Pilates classes and workshops, Personal training, and has a passion for Biomechanics. He emails his private clients with weekly routines adapted to meet the individual's personal goal's. Tom's classes are inspiring and thought provoking, he works with the body's natural design to get the best out of your body in a safe and efficient way.
Tom enjoys running, surfing, skateboarding, and reading and is passionate about the connection of the heart and mind, how they interact and play a crucial part of your everyday life.
Tom posts online videos and blogs weekly. Visit his YouTube channel: Tom Waldron Movement Instructor
Jane trained at Roehampton University, graduating in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies. Movement has always been a main focus in Jane's life since a young age.
It was studying and working as a Professional Dancer for TUI Germany's 'Magic Life' where Jane's passion for Yoga and Pilates grew to guide her to a new career path. She fell in love with both practices.
Since beginning her degree, Jane participated in an international exchange where she attended San Jose State University for the second year of her degree studying Latin Ballroom, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet and group fitness Yoga and Pilates.
Jane has worked in the Canary and Balearic Islands and has now relocated back home in North Devon to pursue her passion with Kendra Pilates.
"I feel so honoured to be part of this amazing and knowledgeable team at Kendra Pilates. I'm so excited for my practice to grow and to be part of such a successful studio".
Claire joined the Kendra Team in November 2015 as our Administrator, working behind the scenes. She is happy to answer any questions that you may have and will also steer you in the right direction, whether you are a new client or an existing client in need of assistance- Claire is happy to help.
Claire works at KendraPilates from 9.30-11.30am on Monday- Friday, she will endeavour to respond to your enquiries ASAP!
'' I am a married mother of three children. I worked within the Corporate sector in a variety of Customer Service related roles for most of my career before moving to Devon to start a family.
I love living by the sea, spending time with my family and friends. I have realised with age, the importance of looking after myself, so thoroughly enjoy Pilates and have also taken up running with our local club.
I am delighted to have joined the Kendra team!''