Annette’s love for movement started with ballet at the age of 5 in Panama where she is from. She grew up in in Panama City, surrounded by tropical nature and beautiful beaches. She was a ballet dance for 13 years, until she moved to London to complete her Master’s degree in Fashion Brand Management.
While working in the corporate world she felt something was missing. Having scoliosis and suffering from severe back pain nothing worked until she discovered Pilates and fell in love with it! She knew right away that this was the new direction of her life. So the shift to the Pilates world happened naturally and with immense enthusiasm. She pursued her new found passion at Real Pilates in Dubai and became a certified STOTT PILATES instructor certified in Mat and Reformer. The fact that Pilates allowed Annette to become pain free after years of suffering is the foundation of her desire to help others. She wants everyone to experience these and many other benefits of Pilates.
In her free time, you'll find Annette working on healthy new recipes! Eating healthy is part of her wellbeing. She strongly believes that the process of taking care of oneself happens both on the outside but also on the inside.
At Real Pilates, Annette teaches group mat and reformer classes as well as private and semi-private sessions.
Pilates & Barre Instructor
Deepti has worked for multinational organizations in India with a career spanning over 17 years. After moving to Dubai, she got introduced to Pilates to cure her lower back and sciatic pain and was amazed to see the benefits.
Being a fitness enthusiast, she had always been keen to learn and explore more, so she decided to say goodbye to her corporate career and pursue her passion for fitness.
Deepti is very focused on efficient and effective movements and teaches a variety of Mat and Reformer group classes as well as private and semi-private sessions at Real Pilates.
She is a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor for Mat, Reformer, Pre & Post Natal, Barre and Injuries & Special Populations.
Pilates & Barre Instructor
With more than 20 years experience in dance, Hayley has been involved in movement and wellbeing for as long as she can remember.
Her passion for all things fitness-related led her to complete a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and become a Level 3 Personal Trainer. She discovered Pilates many years ago as part of her dance training and chose to complete a Diploma in Pilates as well undertaking additional training in Pilates Reformer and barre work. Originally from Scotland, Hayley has worked as an instructor in the UK and most recently Abu Dhabi. Hayley likes to bring high energy and fun to her classes and push her clients to their full potential in a safe and effective way.
She teaches private and semi-private Pilates sessions, group Pilates classes, as well as Body Burn and Real Barre classes.
Pilates & Barre Instructor
Helen’s journey with Pilates started, as it does for many, with a personal success story. After going through hip surgery in 2015, Helen was put on a path to start Pilates as part of her rehabilitation process. Seeing the results on her own body, Helen fell in love with Pilates, and vowed to bring this joy and movement into other’s lives as well, and so began her journey to becoming a Pilates Instructor.
Helen found the perfect marriage with STOTT PILATES, and through Real Pilates became a STOTT PILATES certified Mat and Reformer Instructor, before completing the TOTAL BARRE course.
Helen truly believes movement is the key to slowing down the aging process. Her passion now is to educate clients on the essence of movement and instill in everyone Pilates principles they can use in their everyday lives, enabling them to move with more energy, less pain, improved endurance and strength.
Not surprisingly, her hobbies include hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding and scuba diving!
Helen teaches a variety of Mat, Reformer & Barre group classes, as well as private and semi-private sessions.
Pilates & Barre Instructor
Helen is from the UK and Dubai has been her home for 14 years. She worked in Banking in the UK for 18 years and for a number of years worked evenings teaching aerobics and step aerobic classes alongside her day job. She took a break from the corporate world in 2002 when she became a mum but kept up her active lifestyle with gym work, running, netball and tennis.
Feeling a need to complement her activities, Helen discovered Pilates 10 years ago and has been hooked ever since, loving both mat and equipment classes. With her children growing up, she decided to turn her passion into a new career for herself. She has completed her STOTT PILATES Level 1 & 2 Mat and Total Barre certification with Real Pilates.
She loves to share her passion and knowledge with others to help them feel the great benefits of Pilates that she herself has enjoyed. You can expect a lot of positive energy in every class.
- Merrithew Instructor Trainer:
- STOTT PILATES Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels
- Functional Anatomy Instructor Trainer
Jennifer first discovered Pilates in 2007 while she was living in Toronto. She was drawn to its teachings and the remarkable way it works for different body types. She has been lucky enough to travel the world and gain valuable experience and knowledge whilst practicing Pilates in various studios.
She moved to Dubai in 2008 and decided to turn her passion into a career and became a certified Instructor, undergoing training in Dubai as well as Toronto. In 2016, Jennifer went on to become a certified Instructor Trainer for Matwork and Reformer. She enjoys working with a range of clients, and draws great satisfaction from seeing others motivated and inspired to better themselves.
Jennifer has completed the STOTT PILATES full certification and is a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer for Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels as well as numerous workshops.
Pilates & Yoga Instructor
(on maternity leave)
Since her childhood in Brazil, Jessie has been passionate about sports, salsa and other Brazilian dancing styles. Jessie earned a degree in business management, but after some time in the corporate world, she decided to pursue her passion for movement. Since then, she has found real fulfillment.
When she took her first Pilates class over five years ago, she was amazed by how it made her body feel and how much it improved her strength and posture. She embarked on her education with Real Pilates: she trained in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer, as well as TOTAL BARRE.
Yoga is the other love of Jessie's life. She is a RYT 500 Yoga Alliance teacher. When she discovered yoga for the first time, it was life changing. it gave her clarity, balance and inner peace. To her yoga is more than a series of movements, it is a way of life.
Jessie's classes are focused on technique and alignment with a systematic approach to building strength and balance, all with a nice hint of fun.
She teaches Group Pilates and Yoga classes, as well as Private Sessions.
Mahsa began her yoga journey back in 2015 and soon it became her daily ritual. In 2017, practicing in Thailand she became keen to advance in her journey. Having experienced the life changing benefits of yoga through her own personal practice she became passionate about sharing the advantages of this ancient practice with others .She completed her 500-hours teacher training at Vikasa Academy in Thailand in 2019 and since then she has been expanding her knowledge and practice.
Through the combination of Asana, pranayama and meditation she teaches, energetic and dynamic classes with blissful restorative elements, helping her students create and achieve balance between physical, energetic, mental and emotional body.
Mahsa has spent the past 10 years in Dubai, prior to that she was based in London. Having a background in Art; holding a Masters degree in Illustration from University of the Arts London, and a BA in Graphic Design. Her other passions are drawing, painting and spending time with her family.
Pilates & Barre Instructor
Sanam grew up in Iran and was introduced to Pilates when she moved to Canada. She quickly turned a love of Pilates into a new career. She became a certified mat instructor with the Physical Mind Institute of Canada, and completed her STOTT PILATES mat and reformer certification in Dubai. Sanam has skied from a young age and has a love of dance. She also has a BA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Criminology. She teaches a variety of mat and reformer group classes as well as prenatal and private and semi-private personal training sessions.
Sanam is a STOTT PILATES instructor certified in Level 1 Matwork, Reformer and Injuries and Special Populations and a certified Total Barre instructor.
She teaches private and semi-private Pilates sessions, group Pilates, Body Burn and Real Barre classes.
Pilates & Yoga Instructor
At a very young age Thomas became aware of the imbalances in his own body, as he suffered from chronic back pain. This was later diagnosed as a mild scoliosis in the spine. His ongoing and keen interest in functional fitness and mindful-movement, first led him to practice Yoga in an attempt to manage his own postural issues. When he was introduced to Pilates in 2005, he was hooked for life! By diligently practicing Pilates and actively working on managing his scoliosis, he has been pain free ever since!
Thomas has been teaching Pilates since 2007 after he completed his Matwork and Reformer courses. He taught from his own studio until 2012 and has worked at various studios in South Africa since then.
Thomas holds a full certification (Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and Special Populations), which enables him to assist and instruct clients with postural issues, those in rehabilitation, as well as athletes looking for a challenging workout.
His motto is: “We all start somewhere, and can always improve, no matter how fit or weak we may feel”.
He teaches private and semi-private Pilates sessions, as well as group mat, reformer and chair Pilates classes.
- Customer Service
- Education Support
Catherine was part of the original Real Pilates team, arriving in Dubai in 2009, and has supported thousands of our members. She completed her Certificate of Computer Science at the Philippine American Computer Education before working as a data entry officer at Perfect Image Gym. She also held a secretarial role at the Kapis Mansion. Catherine was born in the Philippines, where she used to teach children catechism and volunteered in relief efforts after natural disasters hit her hometown. She loves reading books, camping and traveling.
Born and raised in beautiful Abu Dhabi, after 14 years, Hoda decided to move to Egypt alongside her family to get better acquainted with her culture and roots.
Not long after completing her Bachelors in Business Administration she moved to Toronto (Canada), eager to explore life on her own. Working in sales while she was there she explored her passion for travel. Having lived in 5 different provinces, she has always enjoyed the stunning scenery of each one. She loves getting lost in nature and enjoy sunshine and water. She loves comedy and is open to try almost any type of cuisine.
Her keen eye for detail allows her to provide clients with the best attention and service. Hoda’s motivation, good vibe, and contagious energy will always make you stop by the front desk to say hello.
- Assistant Manager
- Business Development
Originally from Mexico City, Michelle loves all things travel; experiencing difference cultures, trying new cuisines, and getting to know new people. A self-confessed Barre fanatic, Michelle enjoys all types of sports and physical training activities, everything from football to Pilates.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and has a passion for enabling others to achieve their goals, nothing gives her more satisfaction than seeing them succeed. She believes the secret lies in accepting greater responsibility for our own health and fitness. It is all about adopting and taking on a positive attitude toward achieving a balanced healthy mind and lifestyle.
Her high energy and passion for fun come with her in day-to-day life. Having lived in 4 different countries already, Michelle moved to Dubai in 2021 and is ready to take on another new country, and new adventure!
Rita joined Real Pilates in early 2011, first at our Jumeirah studio, before moving to the JLT studio where balances her time between helping existing members with their classes and private sessions and suggesting the right classes to new comers. Prior to that Rita had accumulated 5 years experience in customer service in Dubai, including over two years as a branch supervisor in a well-known salon where she successfully built strong client relationships. Rita grew up in Kenya and has a Certificate in Computers as well as qualification from the International Air Travel Agency (IATA). She spends her free time watching movies, swimming and being with family and friends. Her greatest gift is her ability to connect with people. Her mantra is always smile, be happy and in every situation, be calm.