JLT Crew

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Annette

Pilates Instructor

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.

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Hayley

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.

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Helen Louise

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.

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Jessie

Pilates & Yoga Instructor

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.

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Sanam

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.

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Thomas

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.

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Catherine

  • 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.

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Michelle

  • Customer Service
  • Education Support

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!

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Rita

Customer Service

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.