Places now available for advanced Pilates teacher training course

Accredited by the Pilates Foundation UK™, the Trinity Laban course is the only one of its kind in the UK, specialising in dance performance enhancement and dance injury rehabilitation using the Pilates Method.

The 18 month long course offers a minimum of 1,200 hours through an extensive programme of workshops ranging from ball and small equipment repertoire, use of breath, mindfulness and working with remedial conditions, to postural assessment, red flags and screening. Coursework and teaching covers the use of Pilates with different populations such as the elderly, post and antenatal clients, as well as those with conditions such as osteoporosis, hypermobility and scoliosis.

Course leader, Jessica Moolenaar, who has been training people for over ten years, says: "Our training will suit people who want to become teachers and particularly wish to extend their understanding of specialist topics such as somatic patterning, anatomy, physiology and fascial plasticity: There are also specialist lectures on body reading skills, listening skills and the person-centred therapeutic relationship. These are exclusive to the Trinity Laban course, and reflect a holistic, somatic and mindful approach to the Pilates Method.

"All of the teachers certified through our course have found a full time career and are now considered to be among the best in the field."

The course is delivered from Laban Pilates, one of the largest studios in the UK, in Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance in Deptford. Students have unlimited access to the studio and are able to work with dancers and performing artists on a daily basis to maximise their developing specialism. Students also have access to one of the largest movement/dance libraries in the UK. Trinity Laban has an internationally renowned reputation for excellence in Dance Science and works in close collaboration with Laban Health - a complementary health clinic including both physiotherapists and complementary health therapists who have accumulated vast expertise working with dancers and musicians.

Applications for this course can be accepted until 31 March.  For more information on the course, contact Jessica Moolenaar, Pilates Teacher Programme Leader, [email protected], 020 8305 9482/9360.

Find out more information about the Pilates Teacher Training Programme (further details to be added shortly).

The course leader, Jessica Moolenaar, had a successful career as a professional contemporary dancer in The Netherlands. She was taught Pilates by Alan Herdman, and has been a member of the Pilates Foundation™ since 1999. Jessica has an extensive background in complementary medicine and did an MSc in Advanced Professional Practice at the School of Integrated Health at the University of Westminster. Jessica is a member of both the Pilates Method Alliance (the only International Pilates Body) and the British Holistic Medical Association.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Danceis the UK's only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. Its innovative course provision, exciting performances and groundbreaking education, community and social inclusion work make Trinity Laban a leader in the advancement of elite and creative artistic practice. The unequalled expertise and experience of Trinity Laban staff and world class facilities are housed in landmark buildings in Greenwich and Deptford, enabling the organisation to foster the musicians, dancers and artistic leaders of the future, enriching Britain's vibrant cultural life and its creative industries which are vital to a balanced, diverse economy. The Faculty of Music is located in the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site, described by UNESCO as the "finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles." The innovative Faculty of Dance building in Deptford was designed by Herzog & De Meuron, the architects of Beijing's 'Birds Nest'. It was the recipient of the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2003.

As well as providing a world renowned platform for the cultivation of artistic talent, Trinity Laban is dedicated to its work in the wider community. The institution tailors specific music and dance outreach programmes to deprived communities in Deptford, Greenwich, Lewisham, the Isle of Dogs and beyond. Trinity Laban's participatory arts projects engage socially excluded and hard to reach young people and adults, build community relations and develop participants' aspirations and skills for employment or study.

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