The Studio

Westmere Pilates opened in January 2004. It is a boutique studio with a light, cool and relaxing atmosphere. The studio has a full range of Pilates equipment and accesssories including, a trapeze table, 2 reformers a ladder barrel and a combo chair. Our group sessions are small and we allow an extra 15 mins 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 customised online booking system makes booking and changing sessions easy. Unlike most other booking systems it provides options for reviewing goals and progress and viewing homework. On the system we record individual information against each session, build your client profile, provide online homework to support your studio routine and access a team blog. So if your regular instructor is unavailable, another team member can assist you in their absence; it is also invaluable if you are regularly seeing more than one instructor each week.

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

We also provide on-site Physiotherapy.

Our Philosophy

Our focus is on client education rather than instruction and treatment. We work with you to provide tailored and effective exericse plans and our team can take you from rehabilitation to injury prevention and well being, through to stability training for elite performance. We value evidence based exercise therapy and research 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 through your life.

Opening Hours

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

Sessions may be booked within these times subject to availability. Please email info@westmerepilates.co.nz 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 www.dancepilates.com

Dance Physiotherapy

Dance specific physiotherapy/rehabilitation. For more information visit www.dancepilates.com

How to attend the studio

Each new client should come for an initial 1:1 consultation where his or her needs and requirements will be assessed. The client 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 is also a guest teacher for Dance Tours International http://www.dancetoursinternational.com/teachers/teachers.htm .

Angela's interests include elite performace, sport and neuro psychology 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

Susie Tate UK (BA/MA dance)

Susie is a Pilates teacher and leading dance educator from the UK. She joined Dance Pilates.com in October 2009 and is a qualified Pilates and RAD teacher with a BA (RAD) and MA (Choreography) in dance.

Susie has worked with numerous education units of leading UK dance companies and organisations including; the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Contemporary and Candoco. The latter, a leading disabled and non-disabled dance company, is where Susie became so impressed by the benefits of Pilates. She is now particularly interested in Pilates for young dancers.

Susie left Auckland to return to UK in May 2011, where she continues to teach our 'finer' programmes.

Susie Tate

Erin Bowerman (BDance, PGDipSp&Ex)

Erin trained in RAD ballet from 1998 to 2009 and has a background in tap and jazz. She was named as a ‘Dancer to Watch’ by dance critic Raewyn Whyte (DANZ quarterly 2010) and worked with choreographers Timothy Gordon, Moana Nepia and Jennifer Nikolai while dancing with the AUT Dance Company (2008-2012). Currently she is a dancer with Trip Stumble Fall Productions.

In 2010 she graduated as Top Scholar from the Bachelor of Dance at AUT University before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise in 2011.  She has recently completed a Masters in Sport and Exercise with a particular focus on Dance Science and Pilates at AUT University in conjunction with High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ), carrying out research at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. Erin continues to be involved in this ongoing research. Erin also lectured part-time on the Bachelor of Dance programme at AUT (2011-2012) and was involved in community dance education, co-teaching jazz classes at Primary Schools throughout Auckland (2008 to 2011).

Erin started training with Westmere Pilates/DancePilates.com in mid 2009 and started teaching in May 2010. She also gained valuable work experience in the Pilates studio at the Royal Ballet Company, UK, in December 2011.

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 DancePilates.com/Westemre Pilates in April 2011 as our administrator and instructor for our 'finer'classes and programmes.

Sophie Ryan (Nat. Dip. Dance Performance, (BHSc (Physio), NZRP, MNZSP))


Originally from Australia, Sophie trained in classical ballet and completed RAD exams to Advanced II. She also attended the Gênée International Ballet Competition in Australia and England, before being accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance. While at the School, she had the opportunity to perform in La Sylphide, as well as Indigo Rose and Evening Songs by Jiri Kylian.


Upon graduating, she was offered a contract with Black Grace Dance Company and created a role in Amata, touring the North Island including the Auckland Festival. She also performed in a new contemporary dance work with Ann Dewey called Flicker, which toured both Auckland and Christchurch dance festivals as well as to New Caledonia.  


Sophie then completed a Certificate in Arts (Psychology) at the University of Auckland before commencing the Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) at AUT, which she finished in 2012. She completed a Dance Pilates apprenticeship in 2012 and has also been teaching advanced classical ballet technique, pointe and performance since 2007. Now she is able to combine her passion for dance, conditioning and rehabilitation, and teaching, through her work as an instructor at Westmere Pilates. She looks forward to sharing her passion and passing on the knowledge she has gained from her experiences. 

Sophie Ryan

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.