This Pilates class uses techniques and exercises to further strengthen the body, improve turnout and achieve coordination and harmony throughout the body.


  • 1 Class
  • Suitable for 16-19 years

In this class, students will practice challenging exercises to isolate different muscle groups and to work on improving turnout. The exercises will work deep core, glutes, adductors and posterior chain muscles. Students will repeat more challenging exercises to develop greater strength. 

What you will learn

  • How to use core muscles effectively
  • Stronger understanding of the turn out muscles particularly in relationship between the supporting and working leg
  • Practicing deeper stretches to achieve strength and flexibility of various muscles
  • To understand the importance of repetition of challenging exercises to gain strength
  • How to strengthen the intrinsic feet muscles

Your Tutors

Leire Ortueta

Pilates Instructor

Leire trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School before joining the Royal Ballet Company in 1990, were she danced for 12 years, the last 5 years as a soloist. In 2002 she joined George Piper Dance (The Ballet Boyz) for 3 months. She completed the R.A.D. Professional Dancers Teaching Course in the summer of 2005 and opened her own studio “Metodo Pilates Leire Ortueta”. She is currently working in Golborne Place teaching Gyrotonic and Pilates classes and also teaches adult ballet classes with Everybody ballet. She has been a Pilates instructor at The Royal Ballet School since November 2017, teaching dancers aged 17 To 19 years old.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

We recommend this class is suitable for male and female students aged 16-19+ years.

None of our Pilates classes are for beginner students, for students with only limited experience or students below 13 years old.

What do I need to participate?

This class is designed so that it can be executed in a smaller space than a dance studio. If you have a dance mat, sturdy chair, Theraband and small ball please have them ready for your session, but these are not essential.

We ask that students/adults ensure that:

  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for Pilates is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teachers verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part.

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