The Studio

Westmere Pilates opened in January 2004. It is a boutique studio with a light, cool and relaxing atmosphere. Our group sessions are small and we allow an extra 15 mins (75mins) for you to make the most of our personalised instructor attention and your time at the studio. Each client is provided with a programme which is closely monitored and developed and every session is customised to meet your needs.

Our online booking system makes booking and changing sessions as well as viewing your account status easy. We use for online assessmemts, progress review and home practise.

We also provide on-site Physiotherapy.

Please feel free to email or call to make an appointment and to discuss your requirements.

Our Philosophy

Our focus is on client education as well as instruction. We work with you to provide a tailored and effective exericse plan and our team can work with you on rehabilitation, injury prevention and well being, through to training for elite performance. We value evidence based exercise therapy and by sharing our knowledge you will put yourself in a position to get the most out of your body, improve its appearance and help it last well throughout your life.

Opening Hours

7am - 8:15pm Monday to Friday
Saturdays 8am to 3pm

Sessions may be booked within these times subject to availability. Please email to book your first session.
Session time table

Dance Pilates

Is a dance specific programme for dancers, involving dance specific pilates. For more information visit

Dance Physiotherapy

Dance specific physiotherapy/rehabilitation. For more information visit

How to attend the studio

Please book for an initial 1:1 consultation where your requirements will be assessed. You can then choose to continue with 1:1 sessions or to attend studio sessions.

What to bring

Please wear comfortable exercise clothes and clean socks. Please bring any relevant medical notes.



The Instructors

Angela Gendall (MAhons)

Angela started Pilates over 20 years ago in London and was taught by some of the expert founders of Pilates in the UK. These early experiences, subsequent numerous Pilates courses and her interest in dance and dance science, shape her current teaching practice.

Angela grew up in New Zealand moving to London to attend the Royal Ballet School after winning an AGC Young Achievers Award in 1986. She graduated to the Royal Ballet Company where she sustained a career threatening back injury and underwent major back surgery. Intensive Pilates enabled her to recover and continue to dance with the Royal Ballet Company for another 4 years. In 1995 Angela returned to New Zealand where she obtained a MA (1st class hons) in psychology from Auckland University. During this time she started teaching Pilates in Auckland. Returning to the UK in 2000, Angela taught Pilates in Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire and furthered her Pilates training with Alan Herdman and Jane Paterson. In 2005 Angela became a certified Polestar Pilates rehabilitation practitioner.

Angela's interests include elite performace, sport and neuropsychology and Pilates for dancers. She has been working intensively with young dancers for the past 6 years and has two young children of her own.

Linda Lee (BPhty  NZRP. MNZSP.)

Linda is a physiotherapist and Pilates instructor who has worked in a number of clinics both in NZ and United Kingdom. Linda spent 10 years working in a Sports Medicine Clinic and the Back Institute (Wellington and then Auckland), which enabled her to work as part of a team including Exercise Therapists, Sports Physicians, Psychologists and Orthopaedic Specialists. During this time Linda was involved in treatment of sports injuries, acute and chronic low back and neck injuries and post surgical patients.  She has been working with young dancers intensively for the past 7 years and has particular interest in the young athlete and dancer, injury prevention and rehabilitation. 

Linda has a particular interest in screening dancers and athletes, to establish individualized conditioning programmes both post injury and for injury prevention. Linda is now undertaking a Masters Thesis focusing on dance injuries and screening tools for dancers.  She has undertaken further studies in Acupuncture, and has completed her Post Grad in Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2010 with distinction.  Linda initially did her Pilates training with Dance Medicine Australia and Polestar and incorporates Pilates into her rehabilitation and treatment plans for clients.

Linda Lee
Physiotherapist (MNZSP)
(BPhty, PGDipSp& Ex Med, PGCert Physio (Msk)

Richard Gallen (BPhty, NZRP., MNZSP.,MHPrac(Hons))

Richard completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in 1995. Since then he has worked in a wide variety of physiotherapy roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Richard has undertaken post-graduate study in spinal manipulative physiotherapy and in 2005 became a Polestar Certified Pilates Instructor.

Richard's experience in both the health and fitness industries has convinced him of importance of the Pilates method for rehabilitation, injury prevention and fitness training. He has a special interest in dance, conditions related to postural muscle imbalance and has experience in managing sports injuries and occupational pain syndromes. Richard has been working with young dancers for the past 7 years and has been involved in implementing exercise programmes for chronic back and neck pain as well as post-surgical rehabilitation.

Richard's style of physiotherapy is both hands-on and exercise based and is enhanced by his involvement with Pilates and continuing post-graduate education.

Richard Gallen

Xinia Alderson (BDance)

Xinia graduated in December 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Dance for AUT University. During her degree she trained with Absolute Pilates and developed a love for bodywork. She has performed and choreographed in TEMPO Dance Festival, WIP, and the Auckland and Dunedin Fringe Festivals, for the AUT Dance Company, Black Grace Dance Company, and now under her own dance collective Trip Stumble Fall Productions.

Xinia also completed her Diploma of Yoga at Wellpark Collage in 2014 and has had a steady practice since 2006. She regularly visits India to study in Mysore with Ashtanga Guru Sharath Rangaswarmy, grandson of Sri. K Pattabhi Jois, founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute and Ashtanga tradition. Xinia enjoys the variety of work she does and has done, ranging from coaching the NZ Warriors to teaching Yoga in Fiji.

Jane Turner

Jane Turner commenced ballet at an early age in Wellington, New Zealand and at 16 left New Zealand to study fulltime dance in Sydney. Returning to New Zealand to continue her training at the New Zealand School of Dance, she was awarded the fulltime scholarship into the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company in 1994. Whilst with the company she toured New Zealand extensively and abroad to both Australia and the UK, particular career highlights include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Cinderella, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Mark Baldwin’s Ihi Frenzy and performing her favourite role Juliet from Romeo and Juliet at Sadler’s Wells in 2004. Jane has had the opportunity to work with some wonderful teachers, choreographers and characters during her professional career whom have been a true inspiration to dance.

Retiring in September 2004 from RNZB, Jane has been working within the travel and tourism industry and teaching dance. She joined Pilates in April 2011 as our administrator and instructor for our 'finer'classes and programmes.

Alyssa Moore

Alyssa Moore has trained extensively in various dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, ballroom and latin. She has won numerous awards/scholarships over the years and was awarded National Young Performer of the Year in NZ in 2012.

Alyssa has taught many genres of dance during the last 5 years and has been involved in presenting workshops throughout NZ. In early 2013 she was awarded her Teacher’s Diplomas in both tap and jazz.

She currently dances professionally for Candy Lane Studios and has appeared on TV in both NZGT, Dancing with the Stars and the Fight for Life campaign.
At present she is studying for Masters degree in Business at the University of Auckland.

Alyssa is a former Dance Pilates student and is passionate about the role of conditioning in creating better dancers, she trained with and started teaching at Dance Pilates in 2013.

Sarah Roe (Guest Dance Pilates teacher, Wellington based assessor)

After studying ballet for 11 years in Sydney, Sarah moved to London where she studied at the Royal Ballet School, and was then invited to join The Royal Ballet Company. Her performing career continued back in Australia with Darc Swan Dance Company, Phantom of the Opera and Opera Australia.

A passion for teaching led her to complete the Australian Ballet School’s Advanced Diploma of Teaching and RAD teacher registration. Sarah taught in Sydney at the McDonald College and Brent Street Studios before becoming a full time classical tutor at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington in 2001.

To complement her teaching, Sarah trained as a Pilates instructor with the PhysicalMind Institute of New York. She currently combines running her own Pilates studio with teaching ballet, Pilates and rehabilitation. She is the tutor for the finerPointe programme at the New Zealand School of Dance.

Stephanie Owen (Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction National Pilates Training Australia, Full Time Dance training (musical theatre) - Industry Dance, Melbourne, Australia).

Steph began dancing from a very young age and was introduced to the Pilates method by a Physiotherapist to help recover from an ongoing hip problem. Steph continued to practice Pilates alongside her dance training, developing a keen interest in movement efficiency and initiation.

Throughout her career Steph has had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of clientele in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Areas she has worked in include pre/post natal, surgical rehabilitation, elderly, athletes and dancers, specifically, while working at Aligned for Life Pilates, had the liberty of training dancers from the Australian Ballet School, Victorian College of the Arts, and Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.

Gemma Herbison (BSc).

Gemma began learning Pilates with Dance Pilates in 2008. She has a background in ballet and contemporary dance and is currently a dance teacher, Pilates instructor and medical student, who is passionate about the role of conditioning in dance.

Gemma was a founding member of One Step Beyond Youth Dance Company where she had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Katie Burton, Georgie Goater and Zahra Kileen-Chance. She performed in Tempo Dance Festival and with OSB on numerous occasions. In 2012

Gemma moved to Dunedin to pursue an interest in human physiology where she completed a Bachelor Science in 2014. Gemma continued to practice Pilates and teach ballet whilst in Dunedin and was involved in a variety of dance events including the Dunedin Fringe festival.

Gemma has since returned to Auckland to study a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Auckland.