Who We Are

Welcome to Studio High Street. Here at the Studio you will find movement classes to provide the opportunity for an ongoing varied program, for continued results that you can feel and see.

Alex Collins

Pilates & Barre Instructor

Alex decided to fully embrace her passion for Pilates after seven years of being a devotee. In 2012 she studied to become a Pilates Instructor. With a background in Classical Ballet with the Queensland Ballet, she has also continued with involvement in adult dance.

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Alex decided to fully embrace her passion for Pilates after seven years of being a devotee. In 2012 she studied to become a Pilates Instructor. With a background in Classical Ballet with the Queensland Ballet, she has also continued with involvement in adult dance.

Being the proud mother of four boys, she understands the pressures of busy lives and the importance of striving to achieve a balanced approach. She believes Pilates is beneficial for both mind and body and helps to maintain this balance. Her focus is on technique, strength and flexibility in a welcoming environment.

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Olivia Burley-Knox

Pilates & Yoga Instructor

Olivia’s passion for movement began at a very young age through dance. Olivia trained and worked as a professional dancer in many productions including working in the West End.

Since Olivia moved from the UK to Sydney, she has been working in the industry, and forever expanding her knowledge. As well as being STOTT and Polestar Pilates trained, Olivia is a personal trainer and a yoga teacher.

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Olivia’s passion for movement began at a very young age through dance. Olivia trained and worked as a professional dancer in many productions including working in the West End.

Since Olivia moved from the UK to Sydney, she has been working in the industry, and forever expanding her knowledge. As well as being STOTT and Polestar Pilates trained, Olivia is a personal trainer and a yoga teacher.

With Olivia’s wealth of knowledge and firm anatomical understanding, you can expect a well rounded alignment based class, to challenge you to build strength and enhance your mobility.

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Nicky Gattorna

Senior Pilates Instructor

Selected for The Royal Ballet Company’s development scheme, Nicky commenced as a junior associate aged seven, securing a place at The Royal Ballet Lower School (White Lodge). After seven successful years with the Royal Ballet School, Nicky secured a position in 1991 with The Royal Ballet Company, based at The Rooyal Opera House, Covent Garden and also performed on tour in Australia, Japan, USA, Russia, Argentina, China, Korea, Kenya and throughout Europe.

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Selected for The Royal Ballet Company’s development scheme, Nicky commenced as a junior associate aged seven, securing a place at The Royal Ballet Lower School (White Lodge). After seven successful years with the Royal Ballet School, Nicky secured a position in 1991 with The Royal Ballet Company, based at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and also performed on tour in Australia, Japan, USA, Russia, Argentina, China, Korea, Kenya and throughout Europe. During this time, she progressed to the position of Soloist, performing Final Soloist and Principal roles and also guested with Irek Mukamedov’s company at The Sadlers Well Theatre and on tour in Finland.

In 2003, Nicky was awarded a degree in Dance and Sports Psychology, and after leaving the RBC in 2005, completed the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with distinction at the RAD Headquarters, where she conducted freelance teaching and private coaching until 2011, as well as tiition at the RAD summer schools in London, Italy, Singapore and Tokyo. Nicky has also taught at the English National Ballet School summer school in London.

Nicky relocated to Sydney with her family in 2011, where she successfully qualified as an APMA Pilates instructor in 2012 and a Franklin Method Level 1 teacher in 2014. She now teaches ballet and pilates at McDonald College, as well as teaching pilates locally and here at the studio.

Nicky’s understanding of body biomechanics and passion for dance/movement has inspired her to help others. She now combines her extensivedance knowledge and choreographic skills with her personal experience of injury and rehabilitation, alongside Pilates training, to offer our clients and dancers a greater understanding of biomechanics to improve movement, strength and understanding of the body to help mitigate injury. Nicky is highly committed to working with our clients and provides adults and children with a greater understanding of physical movement and body potential.

Apart from dancing and pilates, Nicky enjoys gym work and aerobic fitness, exercising on a daily basis. She also enjoys travel, decorating, and fine wine

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Sandra Reid

Senior Pilates Instructor

Sandra has had a long interest in fitness with the last 10 years specifically devoted to Pilates and its positive impact on general wellbeing.

She has been a keen triathlon competitor for many years and has competed in many events including the Hawaiian Ironman World Championship 4 times.

Over the years, Sandra has worked as a Personal Trainer and helped many clients in a diverse number of countries achieve their fitness goals, ranging from weight loss and increased strength to improvement in aerobic fitness.

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Sandra has had a long interest in fitness with the last 10 years specifically devoted to Pilates and its positive impact on general wellbeing.

She has been a keen triathlon competitor for many years and has competed in many events including the Hawaiian Ironman World Championship 4 times.

Over the years, Sandra has worked as a Personal Trainer and helped many clients in a diverse number of countries achieve their fitness goals, ranging from weight loss and increased strength to improvement in aerobic fitness.

Sandra discovered Pilates after having a hamstring injury while living in Japan and it has now become a daily regime as part of her training. Since then she has received three Pilates Mat Certifications and more recently the internationally recognised Polestar Pilates Studio & Rehabilitation Practitioner qualification.

In 2019 Sandra was in a bad cycling accident which resulted in surgery. After learning to walk again she used pilates to completely rehabilitate and is back competing in triathlons once again.

Through her personal experience Sandra is familiar with what it takes to remain active as you age. She understands the benefits of pilates for all agegroups for enhancement of posture,injury prevention, core strength and mobility of joints.

She has experience working with a range of clients ranging from athletes for injury prevention to more mature clients with joint and mobility issues.

Sandra enjoys ocean swimming, cycling, running, skiing and scuba diving. Other more relaxing activities include going to the beach, drinking good wine and reading a good book.

Her mantra is “Stay active Stay young”.

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Ruth Edington-Sheather

Senior Pilates & Yoga Instructor

Ruth’s biggest belief is that everybody should have access to affordable quality training for rehab, prehab, and bio-mechanical understanding of their body.

Ruth started Personal Training and teaching Pilates 19 years ago and has been studying, learning and teaching ever since.

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Ruth’s biggest belief is that everybody should have access to affordable quality training for rehab, prehab, and bio-mechanical understanding of their body.

She carries this through to all her teaching be it Dance, Pilates or Yoga and Fitness.
As someone who spent her life performing for a living she often could not afford proper rehabilitation and support and this meant she was working around injuries that could have been fixed. She wanted to stop that happening to other people.
Ruth started Personal Training and teaching Pilates 19 years ago and has been studying, learning and teaching ever since.

Her loves are Dance (and teaches Tango !), Anatomy and Bio-mechanics and her mission in life is to learn all she can and pass on that knowledge, to help people understand the way their body works, to minimise pain and to improve quality of movement at every level of ability.

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Bethan Mang

Senior Pilates Instructor

Beth discovered a love for fitness later in life, at 37, and with a background in teaching found this new love blended perfectly with her love of sharing knowledge and her joy with others.

Fast forward 13 years and this journey has given Beth so many experiences in multiple training modalities.

Loving CrossFit, weight training, gym classes, running and general HIIT style training is all underpinned by her deep love of Yoga and Pilates.

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Firstly, Bethan’s name is Welsh, so as often asked … it’s not Bethany!

Beth discovered a love for fitness later in life, at 37, and with a background in teaching found this new love blended perfectly with her love of sharing knowledge and her joy with others.

Fast forward 13 years and this journey has given Beth so many experiences in multiple training modalities.

Loving CrossFit, weight training, gym classes, running and general HIIT style training is all underpinned by her deep love of Yoga and Pilates.

Using her knowledge as a PT, together with her training and qualifications in these various genres, Beth finds the benefits of her contemporary Reformer and classical Pilates training in functional movements give a better quality of life and believes we are never too old to start, that it is important to keep moving in various ways to avoid losing skills and movement.

Beth focuses on strength, stability and control through range of motion.

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Lara Adler

Movement Facilitator

Lara first experienced yoga during her school years. She used the movement and breathing to help her recover from a car accident. She’s always been curious about movement of the body and the inner workings of the mind.

After moving to Sydney in 2015 she knew she wanted to share what she had learnt. She teaches because she wants to help you discover confidence through movement.

Lara has studied Aerial, Yoga, Meditation, Wellness Coaching, and Pilates. She sees herself as a lifelong learner and is always adding to her educational toolbelt.

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Lara first experienced yoga during her school years. She used the movement and breathing to help her recover from a car accident. She’s always been curious about movement of the body and the inner workings of the mind.

After moving to Sydney in 2015 she knew she wanted to share what she had learnt. She teaches because she wants to help you discover confidence through movement.

Lara has studied Aerial, Yoga, Meditation, Wellness Coaching, and Pilates. She sees herself as a lifelong learner and is always adding to her educational toolbelt.

Lara teaches Yoga Detour ™ which is a practice focused on infusing strength and stability into yoga asana. This class moves at an accessible pace, waking up the body thoughtfully and methodically with the assistance of props. Though these classes may not move as quickly as a flow class, students should come prepared to work hard as they learn about how their bodies are designed to move. Suitable to all levels — even the seasoned practitioner will pick up a few tips and tricks in this class.

Her classes are mobility focused, infusing strength and stability into yoga. You will learn to play with the patterns of your body and mind.

Lara has always been curious about patterns. How we form them in our bodies and minds. She guides people through Aerial Play Experiences, Yoga Sessions and Mindful Meditations. Her intention is to playfully encourage you to uncover your abilities. She’ll be there to support you as you unlock confidence and trust in yourself. Lara’s sessions are the playground for how you show up in the game of your life. Are you ready to play?

Checkout some of Lara’s work @curiously.confident

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Olivia Hammerschmidt

Yoga & Pilates Instructor, Owner

Hi, and thanks for stopping by! I’m Olivia, the creator of Studio High Street and you’ll find me here in the Studio teaching a range of our classes. I believe in constantly evolving the status quo and am satisfied only when the studio can meet and exceed our clients’ expectations for achieving their goals. If you have any feedback or requests, please feel free to contact me.

 

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Hi, and thanks for stopping by! I’m Olivia, creator of Studio High Street. You’ll find me in the Studio teaching a range of our classes, and managing our day to day operations. I’m always open to feedback, requests and suggestions from clients about our offerings, so please feel free to contact me!

Having endured a broken collarbone from a skateboarding fall at 21, and an arthroscopy and meniscus repair ten years later, I am no stranger to injuries and their ensuing imbalances. For my own injury rehab, I came to experience that the body needs to change up its regimen in order to continue seeing results and avoiding a plateau.

I particularly love the benefits of pilates for the body as there is the ability for such a diverse workout with Pilates, which other modalities don’t offer. Pilates also targets the the small muscles of the body which is often overlooked in more typical fitness environments and the results speak for themselves.

Prior to Studio High Street, I spent the previous three years working with physios and chiros to help clients with ease of movement, increasing their strength and fitness.

For many years now I have been delivering yoga and mat pilates onsite to various corporate companies in Macquarie Park, North Ryde and Chatswood. In addition to my work here at the studio, I still run corporate classes a few days a week, some mornings and evenings.

Outside of the studio, Olivia enjoys cooking up storms (and chowing down!) and spending any leisure time indulging somewhere balmy with abundant and diverse tropical fruits and seafood galore.

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Shriya Kamboj

Pilates Reformer Instructor

Shriya has a natural desire to connect with and help people, and she achieves this by sharing her passion for fitness all things movement, in particular Pilates.
Shriya discovered Pilates while looking for an escape from the stress of the daily grind and fell in love with it instantly. As someone who felt at home in the gym and at yoga, she was drawn to Pilates as the perfect fusion of resistance training and flexibility-building. She completed her Pilates certification through Breathe Education on the Gold Coast.

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Shriya has a natural desire to connect with and help people, and she achieves this by sharing her passion for fitness all things movement, in particular Pilates.
Shriya discovered Pilates while looking for an escape from the stress of the daily grind and fell in love with it instantly. As someone who felt at home in the gym and at yoga, she was drawn to Pilates as the perfect fusion of resistance training and flexibility-building. She completed her Pilates certification through Breathe Education on the Gold Coast.

She noticed a profound transformation in how her body felt and moved both during and after classes. She wishes to bring these physical and mental transformations to her clients and wants to make exercise accessible for people with any ability and skill level by creating a safe and empowering environment in her classes. Shriya’s classes really take you on a journey. They involve challenging moves and progressions in ways you don’t expect!

Apart from Pilates, Shriya loves baking, going for walks or hikes and anything to do with the water, whether it be waterfalls, kayaking, paddle boarding or just relaxing at the beach!

 

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Chondelle Couper

Barre Instructor

Chondelle began ballet at age 4 and hasn’t stopped moving since. As a teenager Chondelle moved from country NSW to Sydney to attend boarding school and take up a ballet scholarship at the Tanya Pearson Academy. Trained by Tanya Pearson up to Advanced RAD, she enjoyed performing on stage and continues to love all things dance.

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Chondelle began ballet at age 4 and hasn’t stopped moving since. As a teenager Chondelle moved from country NSW to Sydney to attend boarding school and take up a ballet scholarship at the Tanya Pearson Academy. Trained by Tanya Pearson up to Advanced RAD, she enjoyed performing on stage and continues to love all things dance.

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree she embarked on a corporate career that continues today however it is movement, health and wellbeing that is her passion.

Chondelle loves instructing and sharing her passion for Barre, which combines elements of ballet, Pilates and cardio fitness. Chondelle is a certified Barre Attack instructor.  As a mum with two young kids she also loves helping mothers achieve their fitness goals and is pre/post natal trained.
Technically strong and with a down to earth, approachable and friendly manner you are likely to catch the barre bug, get fit and have fun doing it.
Outside of teaching, Chondelle loves bushwalking, stand up paddle boarding, sea kayaking, spin classes and the studio’s Bounce classes.

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Noni Reginato

Pilates Instructor

Noni discovered Pilates in her late teens where she fell in love with its’ benefits for the both the mind and body. She loves the way Pilates is accessible for every age and every body and improves peoples’ strength, balance and flexibility.

Completing her Mat and Reformer certification through Breathe Education, Noni teaches contemporary Pilates which is a great way to diversify your Classical Pilates routine.

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Noni discovered Pilates in her late teens where she fell in love with its’ benefits for the both the mind and body. She loves the way Pilates is accessible for every age and every body and improves peoples’ strength, balance and flexibility.

Completing her Mat and Reformer certification through Breathe Education, Noni teaches contemporary Pilates which is a great way to diversify your Classical Pilates routine.

Noni is particularly interested in the functional benefits of Pilates, specifically how it targets all of the body’s smaller muscles to help people physically move through their lives with greater ease. Her classes aim to make every client, whether a Pilates newbie or veteran, feel challenged, strong and empowered. Shaky muscles guaranteed!

When she’s not teaching Pilates, Noni is studying Media and Communications and International Relations in the hope of becoming a journalist. She loves to cook (and eat!) and often has her head in a fashion magazine.

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Coti Cibils

Pilates Instructor

Born and raised in the mountains of Patagonia, Argentina, Coti Cibils is a contemporary dancer/choreographer, dance, stretching and pilates instructor. For the past 10 years Coti was based in Buenos Aires, training in contemporary dance, biomechanical Ballet and biomechanical stretching along with aerial yoga silks. Her path through dance and movement led her to research on the best method to train, and subsequently achieve in 2010 her Teaching accreditation in Pilates.

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Born and raised in the mountains of Patagonia, Argentina, Coti Cibils is a contemporary dancer/choreographer, dance, stretching and pilates instructor. For the past 10 years Coti was based in Buenos Aires, training in contemporary dance, biomechanical Ballet and biomechanical stretching along with aerial yoga silks. Her path through dance and movement led her to research on the best method to train, and subsequently achieve in 2010 her Teaching accreditation in Pilates.

Besides performing and creating, Coti has followed one of her most passionate activities: teaching. She has been training students in Pilates since 2010 and contemporary dance and stretching since 2014.

Coti instructs powerful pilates classes that will challenge you in a really joyful, upbeat ambience.

Outside of teaching, Coti loves cooking for friends and spending time in nature.

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