Left to Right:
Gaby Noble – Teacher Trainer UK
Olga Tamara – Principal Teacher Trainer – AUS / UK / NZ
Marda Willey – Teacher Trainer – AUS-VIC
Kim Paxton – Teacher Trainer – AUS – SA
Katie Agnew – Principal Teacher Trainer NZ


Director and Principal Teacher Trainer – Authentic Pilates Education
Director – Authentic Pilates Studio
Certified – New York Pilates Inc and Romana’s Pilates
Diploma Of Professional Pilates Instruction – 91491NSW
Cert 1V -TAE40110 / TAA40104
PAA Member – Principal Trainer

Olga Tamara is founder and Principal Trainer of Authentic Pilates Education International (APEI) teacher training program and the director of Authentic Pilates Studio.
She served on the board of the Pilates Alliance Australasia for 5 years as Vice President from 2010 to 2015.

Olga first experienced Pilates during her years as a professional classical dancer with the Australian Ballet Company from 1971 to 1976.
After retiring from the Ballet Company, Olga went on to be a certified personal trainer / fitness instructor in 1980. In 1986 she opened “Designing Moves” teaching body-conditioning classes and managed the corporate gymnasium at “Carlton United”. She also taught movement classes to aspiring young actors as well as freelancing as dance coach at McDonald School of Performing Arts.

Olga trained in a number of Pilates studios over the years however it was when she experienced “classical / authentic Pilates” that she found the true essence of the method as developed by Joseph Pilates. Impressed by the authenticity, quality and integrity of the Pilates Method of Body conditioning (“Contrology” as Joe called it) , Olga was motivated to undertake a fully comprehensive Pilates teacher training course and became a certified instructor of “The NY Pilates Method” and “Romana’s Pilates” (True Pilates). Olga manages her own studio in Lilyfield NSW Australia as well as facilitating teacher training seminars in APEI Teacher Training Courses in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

BACKGROUND: Olga spent her early years traveling the world as a classical dancer with The Australian Ballet Company. She danced on stage with greats such as Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev and danced in the Australian Ballet’s film production of “Don Quixote”. She resigned from the Australian Ballet Company in 1976 to pursue an acting career performing on stage, film and many television series including Cop Shop, Holiday Island and Chopper Squad to name a few. Olga’s first acting role in the ABC series “Glenview High” won her the ABC TV “Penguin Award” for the Best New Talent 1978.

Olga was invited to join the Australian Ballet Company as guest artist in the 2006 Sydney season of Giselle. Her performance as “Bertha” marked Olga’s first appearance with the company in 30 years.
Olga continues to perform as a guest artist with the Australian Ballet Company:
Steven Bayne’s production of “Raymonda” 2007
Madam X – “Manon” 2009 & 2015
Émigré – Graham Murphy’s “Nutcracker” (The story of Clara) 2010.
Nurse – “Onegin” 2012
Nurse – Steven Bayne’s production of “Swan Lake” 2013 & 2016
Anna – “La Sylphides” 2013
Madam X “Manon” 2014
Bertha – “Giselle” 2006 & 2015
Émigré – Graham Murphy’s “Nutcracker” (The story of Clara) 2017.


A.P.E.A Teacher Trainer – Victoria
Certified – New York Pilates Inc and Romana’s Pilates
Diploma Of Professional Pilates Instruction – 91491NSW
Cert 1V -TAE40110 / TAA40104

Marda Willey is a 2nd generation Pilates teacher. She certified with NY and Romana’s Pilates and has a Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction 91491NSW and TAE40110 C1V in Training and Assessment. She is also an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA). Marda has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement, Diploma of Education in Physical Education, and Certificate of Remedial and Sports Massage.

With Post Graduate studies in Dance and Movement and Exercise Sports Science, Marda has the perfect blend of understanding human movement and bio-mechanics along with traditional Pilates training.

In 1997 Marda was one of the first in Australia to train in the Authentic NY Pilates method. In July 2010 she was granted teacher trainer status with Romana Pilates.

Marda undertook to direct her own Sydney based Pilates studio in 1997, was the Vice – President of The Pilates Alliance Australasia from conception in 2001 and in 2010 she stepped out of that role to became Continuing Education Officer. In 2012 she retired, leaving behind a new group of inspiring committee members.

In 2009 Marda moved back to Victoria, to be close to her family. After a few years of  freelancing in a variety of Pilates Studios, Marda will soon be studio manager and Senior Instructor at Authentic Pilates Melbourne (opens in 2017) . Marda is a PAA principal trainer and teacher trainer in Melbourne for APEA.

Marda has continued to develop her skills in breaking down the exercises within all methods of Pilates and creating a sound basis for the ‘why do the exercise’ question. She has a special interest in bio-mechanics of the human body within exercise and more specifically the Authentic Pilates Method.


Principal A.P.E.N.Z Teacher Trainer
BHSc (Physiotherapy) NY Pilates, Pilates Inc. Certified

Katie is the director of Authentic Pilates and Physiotherapy and a teacher trainer with Authentic Pilates Education New Zealand (APENZ).

Katie received her BHSc in Physiotherapy in Auckland, NZ in 1994.

She was certified in Authentic Pilates in 2001, at Joseph Pilates New York Studio, under Master Teachers Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Meija Santo and Juanita Lopez. Combined with Katie’s more than 20-years’ experience as a physiotherapist, she teaches a wide range of clients, from pre and post spinal surgery through to professional athletes and Cirque Du Soleil artists. While living in the US, Katie’s experience included working as a physiotherapist for Cirque Du Soleil, at a leading sports clinic and teaching Authentic Pilates.

In 2003 Katie returned home to New Zealand to practice physiotherapy and to open her own Authentic Pilates studio. As the most experienced New Zealand teacher of Authentic Pilates in the country, Katie also lectures both locally and internationally to share her knowledge and passion for the method. She regularly attends continuing education and conferences

Her sporting background is in Rhythmic Gymnastics which she started at the age of 9. Katie won many National titles and represented NZ in multiple international competitions from 1986 – 1991. She competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games and 1987 – 1991 World Championships.

She now combines her medical, sporting and Authentic Pilates background to educate, prevent injury and integrate total body wellbeing.

Authentic Pilates & Physiotherapy Ltd


Director / owner Exhale Pilates London
A.P.E Licensee
A.P.E.U.K Teacher Trainer

Gaby discovered Pilates 15 years ago, when she met her teacher, Stephanie Guimond.
She admits to having been an adrenaline junkie and always looking out for the latest fitness fad, however nothing quite kept her attention both physically and mentally as much as Pilates and she was reaping the benefits.
Unfortunately Gaby was involved in a serious car accident that left her unable to lay, sit or walk without pain, due to a compressed spine. She was unable to work for 3 months and unable to go back to any normal type of routine or training. It was through practicing Pilates that enabled Gaby to alleviate the pain and through her own Pilates training she was able to maintain her strength & continue to improve her fitness whilst staying pain free.

In 2011 Gaby enrolled in a teacher training course and became a certified Instructor with Power Pilates. Her goal was to help other people realize their abilities whether it be through overcoming back pain, helping with anxiety/depression or working with sports professionals to enhance their current training regime. Gaby’s dream was realized when she opened her studio Exhale Pilate London. “Giving back and watching clients become stronger, more flexible, shake off bad postural habits and fall in love with this method just like I did 12 years ago, is my ultimate reward”.

In 2012 Gaby met Olga Tamara at a conference in London and became interested in the Authentic Pilates Educating teacher training program. She continued her training with Authentic Pilates Education and travelled to Sydney Australia to work on the teacher training seminars before commencing the A.P.E.U.K course at her Exhale Pilates London studio.

“My heart and soul is in the studio and the Authentic Pilates Education UK teacher training program”.Anyone that knows true Pilates knows that to become a good teacher is a massive commitment from both student and teacher. Our aim is to help our students reach their goals and guide them to become the best teachers in the business!”.


Certified – A.P.E (Authentic Pilates Education)
A.P.E.A and A.P.E.U.K Assistant Teacher Trainer – Mentor

Carlie’s original background was in ballet, attending the Royal Academy of Dancing in London, where she completed the 3 year TTC and gained her LRAD. Her introduction to Pilates came after the birth of her third child and she quickly became hooked on Pilates’s unique potential to improve the body’s strength, coordination, flexibility, and health.

She has completed extensive apprenticeship training with Pilates Body Awareness (PBA), trained with Body Arts and Science International (BASI) on their Comprehensive Teacher Training Program and completed her studies in Anatomy during her Human Sciences degree at London University. Carlie is also certified with Authentic Pilates Education after completing the classical Pilates teacher training program. She continues to expand her knowledge by attending workshops and Pilates conferences, in addition to continuing personal practice and lessons with master teachers.

Carlie has over 18 years teaching experience and is passionate about Pilates’s ability to change bodies, making them stronger, more flexible, leaner and function better. She strongly believes that one of the most extraordinary things about Pilates is that, no matter now experienced you are, Beginner or Advanced, there is always more to learn, more to refine, more to understand. Both your body and your brain get a workout while you continue to reap the benefits of Pilates both inside the studio and in everyday life.

Carlie is assistant teacher trainer at Authentic Pilates Education UK alongside Gaby Noble from Exhale Pilates London.


APEI Mentor Victoria
Director Authentic Pilates Melbourne (APM)
Certified Authentic Pilates Education International Instructor
Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (910521NAT)

Michaela is the director of Authentic Pilates Melbourne, a vibrant classical Pilates Studio in the lovely Bayside suburb of Hampton, Victoria which is aligned with Authentic Pilates Education International, operating as the host studio for Victorian apprentices.

Michaela’s journey to becoming a Pilates Instructor arises from a long struggle with the debilitating effects of fibromyalgia. Seeking a way to exercise without bringing on this condition, she began Pilates & was amazed at the strength & mobility she regained in her body. Pilates became an essential part of a group of alternative therapies she used to manage her fibromyalgia. Many years later, her condition under control, she became passionate about teaching this method to others.

Michaela is client focused, striving to maintain the authentic Pilates methodology to “teach to the body” so clients achieve the results they seek. Michaela loves that Pilates allows her to work with people enthusiastic about making changes in their lives and being a part of this transformative process. She loves being able to work with people of all ages, genders & cultures and has a special interest in working with people who live with chronic conditions.

Michaela is committed to continuing her life-long education in Pilates, and mentoring the students that come through APM in the APEI teacher training program.


APEI Mentor and level 1 teacher trainer Victoria
Certified Authentic Pilates Education International Instructor
Peak Pilates Level 1 Master Instructor
Certified Peak Pilates Instructor

Eve Fairbairn (Marie-Eve) was first introduced to Pilates at a professional dance studio in Quebec City in her jazz and modern classes but really pursued her love for the discipline of Classical Pilates once in Melbourne. This is where she fully trained as an instructor with Peak Pilates and also became a Level 1 Master Instructor with them.

To further her profession development and gain greater knowledge and abilities, she entered the Authentic Pilates Education International bridging course. With her vast experience teaching skills, Eve was recruited as a mentor for the APEI certification at APM.

As Eve’s journey as a Pilates instructor evolves, her goal is to be working with athletes of all ages. She feels that classical Pilates is a great avenue to develop greater strengths and abilities for the practice of a sport at an elite level whether it is tennis, golf, football, ski or any other sport. It is also a great way to help with injury prevention.


APEI Mentor Victoria

Rachel started Classic Pilates Body (Los Angeles) in January 2009 and it has become one of the most successful studios in Los Angeles, thought of as one the premier studios and “the place to go for a true Classical Pilates workout” She credits Pilates for her fast recovery after the birth of her daughter and has enjoyed teaching people of all ages and levels of experience.

Rachel certified in the “Pilates Technique Certification” program in New York in 2001.
She went onto to work at the West Hollywood studio where she studied, as well as a Physiotherapy clinic and travelling to client’s homes. After a few years freelancing Rachel opened her own studio in 2009 called Classic Pilates Body.

She assisted on the Pilates Technique Certification program, from 2005-2015.

When Rachel returned to Australia, she bridged to Authentic Pilates Education International and is now principle Pilates instructor at Authentic Pilates Melbourne and Mentor for the students in Victoria for APEI.


APEI Mentor and Level I and 11 teacher trainer South Australia

Originally from New Zealand, Kim discovered Pilates as a young, full time dance student. After dancing professionally with the Guangzhou Ballet Company and certifying as a RAD Ballet teacher, In 2007, Kim pursued her growing interest in Pilates whilst living in Edmonton Canada. Falling in love with Classical Pilates after her initial certification, she has since studied with Peak Pilates (US and Australia), The Pilates Center of Boulder (Canada and the US) and the Center for Women’s Fitness (US). In 2015, Kim commenced her training with Olga Tamara at Authentic Pilates Education International (APEI) and is now training and mentoring teachers at her studio ‘The Pilates Studio Blackwood’ in Adelaide, which she opened in early 2015.
She has had the privilege to learn from many leading international teachers of the Pilates method such as Brooke Siler, Kathi Ross Nash, Jean-Claude Nelson, Miguel Silva among others.

When Rachel returned to Australia, she bridged to Authentic Pilates Education International and is now principle Pilates instructor at Authentic Pilates Melbourne and Mentor for the students in Victoria for APEI.

Nicole Smith

APEI Mentor and Level I and 11 teacher trainer South Australia

Dancing and horse-riding are natural lead-ins to classical Pilates—and Nicole excelled in both areas, reaching her teaching exams in dance and becoming a Pony Club instructor and Dressage judge. While dancing and riding are no longer among her activities, Nicole maintains her involvement with horses, breeding and showing Arabians.

Before her career as a Pilates instructor, Nicole gained certification in personal training, group exercise and massage, and worked for many years in those disciplines.
Nicole has trained under some of the best classical Pilates instructors. As a Romana-trained Pilates Method teacher, she also holds comprehensive certification by Peak Pilates, is certified by Clare Dunphy, studied under Alison Percic and is certified with Authentic Pilates Education International (APEI).

Knowing the importance of maintaining her skills and updating her teaching techniques, Nicole attends workshops and seminars, and participates in on-line forums with other instructors. Her clients benefit from the subtle changes in her instructing that come from Nicole’s continuing education.

Nicole’s love and enjoyment of Pilates are evident in her teaching and she is keen for her clients to learn Joseph Pilates’ original method of body conditioning, that he called ‘Contrology’, as a complete way to fitness and health.

Nicole is the owner Classical Pilates Studio in Brisbane, and is a faculty member of APEI hosting the APEI certification to train aspiring Pilates teachers in her studio on QLD.



International Special Guest Teacher Trainer APEUK 2017

She opened her award-winning Manhattan studio, re:AB Pilates, in 1997 and was quickly embraced by Hollywood’s A-list from Madonna to Dustin Hoffman. “Brooke gave me the best workout I’ve ever had in my life!”  Kirsten Dunst, Actress.

Brooke is best known for penning the New York Times’ best-seller The Pilates Body, which has become the highest grossing Pilates book of all time. She has followed it with titles: Your Ultimate Pilates Body ChallengeThe Pilates Body KitThe Women’s Health Big Book of Pilates and the Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners dvd.

Brooke has been seen in hundreds of national and international publications from Vogue and Glamour to the New York Times and was the first-ever recognized Pilates instructor chosen for the cover of Pilates Style magazine. In addition, she has appeared on multiple dozens of news and lifestyle programs world-wide.

After moving to the UK in 2015 for her family, Brooke still teaches independent classes, workshops, courses and conferences and sits on the board of the Authentic Pilates Union, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the authentic work of Joe Pilates. She has remained at the forefront of the Pilates community for more than 20 years because she remains fiercely passionate, purposeful and authentic in her work.


International Guest Teacher Trainer 2012- 2013
Senior Teacher Trainer USPA

Brett Howard is the Director of Education and the Senior Teacher of Teachers of the United States Pilates Association™. The United States Pilates Association™ is a licensee of the Authentic Pilates™ Method of Body Conditioning, as well as the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program- the first and oldest Pilates professional training program in the world.

Brett Howard was certified by the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program under the tutelage of First Generation/ Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska in 1998, he has been a Teacher of Teachers for the program since 2003. He has trained extensively with First Generation/ Master Teachers Mary Bowen, Jay Grimes and Lolita San Miguel, as well as Master Teachers Bob Liekens, Sari Mejia Santo and Steve Giordano. He is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher and is on the PMA Pilates in the Schools committee. He is featured in the Pilates book, The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning by Sean P. Gallagher and Romana Kryzanowska.

Brett Howard is recognized in the Pilates industry as an expert in the Joseph Pilates Archival Exercises, and teaches them around the world. He also specializes in continuing education courses focused around Authentic Pilates™, Anatomy and Biomechanics and Special Needs Populations.

Brett Howard holds a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development and a B.F.A. in Dance from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. He has studied in Anatomy and Biomechanics, training under Irene Dowd, Lynn Martin and Sean P. Gallagher.


International Guest Teacher Trainer APEA 2014 – 2016
Senior Teacher Trainer USPA

Simona Cipriani directs Authentic Pilates Studio, The Art of Control®. She is a Teacher/ Trainer with the USPA, and a Certified Instructor of the Authentic Pilates Method for more than 18 years. Simona studied extensively with Romana Kryzanowska at Drago’s Gym in New York City, where she taught by Romana’s side for many years. A former dancer for more than thirty-five years, Ms. Cipriani started performing professionally at the age of fourteen in Italy, and continued to dance throughout Europe and the United States. Simona has worked with many dancers, athletes and movie actors such as Glenn Close, and others in the Westchester and Connecticut area for the past 18 years.

Simona Cipriani studied at Juilliard and holds a B.F.A. in Dance from SUNY at Purchase, and has been a faculty member of SUNY Purchase since 2006. She is a licensed massage therapist in Connecticut and New York State.

Simona was a member of the massage therapy team at the Olympics in the Athens Summer Games in 2004, and the Torino Winter Games in 2006. She was also the massage therapist for director Darren Aronofsky during the production of “Black Swan.” Ms. Cipriani has co-written two articles with Dr. Joseph E. Muscolino on Pilates that have been published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies and co-written three articles with Dr. Muscolino for Pilates Style Magazine.

Simona is a Feldenkrais practitioner and is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City in July 2009 as a Health Counselor. Currently she is traveling throughout the USA, Europe and Australia to teach seminars and host workshops. She is a member of the AMTA, FENA, NCBTMB and APU.